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Oysters & Agriculture MAEKAWA: imm. 1894

Oysters & Agriculture MAEKAWA: imm. 1894

The International Examiner August 30, 2005 0

BY HELEN AKITA Zenzaburo Maekawa was born on August 17, 1877 in Takashima, Japan, a suburb of Hikone. He immigrated to Canada in 1894, as passports were easier to get than to America. Maekawa

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A Samurai to Seattle FUJII: imm. 1894

A Samurai to Seattle FUJII: imm. 1894

The International Examiner August 30, 2005 0

BY GARY IWAMOTO Kojuro and Chojiro Fujii played important roles as pioneers in the development of Seattle’s Japanese American community. The Fujiis, father and son, were as instrumental as any individuals in encouraging the

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Entrepreneurial Issei NISHII: imm. 1879

Entrepreneurial Issei NISHII: imm. 1879

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY RON MAGDEN Kyuhachi Nishii left Yawatahama, Japan, in 1879 with the dream of making “a grand achievement by venturing forth to seek a fortune.” For the first three years he sailed around the

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Arts, Culture & Community KUNIYUKI: imm. 1898

Arts, Culture & Community KUNIYUKI: imm. 1898

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY NHIEN NGUYEN Though Kojiu Kuniyuki never talked much about his struggles in life, he was proud to show evidence of his labor to his grandchildren: a missing middle finger on his left hand.

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Farming Families ISERI imm. 1897

Farming Families ISERI imm. 1897

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY CHIZU OMORI The Olympic Music Festival, voted “Best Classical Music Festival” by the Seattle Weekly, boasts a location on “a turn-of-the-century dairy farm nestled on 55 acres of tranquil farmland on Washington’s beautiful

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A Sansei Searches for His Issei Roots WATANABE imm. 1899

A Sansei Searches for His Issei Roots WATANABE imm. 1899

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY BIF BRIGMAN Where do you start finding information on a grandfather who immigrated to the Pacific NW one hundred years before? How do you start to find out about a man who died

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Rise & Fall of an Empire FURUYA: imm.1890

Rise & Fall of an Empire FURUYA: imm.1890

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY GARY IWAMOTO Masajiro Furuya — banker, merchant, and manufacturer — was perhaps the most prominent local Japanese American businessman of the early 20th Century. Taking advantage of every business opportunity, Furuya’s success was

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A Furuya Family Profile: Issei Father, Nisei Daughter KAWAKAMI imm. 1899

A Furuya Family Profile: Issei Father, Nisei Daughter KAWAKAMI imm. 1899

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY IRENE SHIGAKI Kakuzo Kawakami was born on October 3, 1875, to an impoverished family of tenant farmers in Mie-ken Japan. At the early age of ten, he left his home and family to

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Civil-rights Pioneer YAMASHITA imm. 1893

Civil-rights Pioneer YAMASHITA imm. 1893

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY STEVEN GOLDSMITH Takuji Yamashita passed the bar exam. His license to practice law arrived 99 years later. What took it so long reveals much about the obstacles that Issei like Yamashita faced. Yamashita

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Merchant of Seattle TSUKUNO imm. 1889

Merchant of Seattle TSUKUNO imm. 1889

The International Examiner August 29, 2005 0

BY KEN MOCHIZUKI Yoshio Fujimura, 67, says his family doesn’t know why his great uncle Matajiro Tsukuno immigrated to America in the first place. Born in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture near Mt. Fuji in 1864,

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