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Who Taught the Word skebe to Americans?: Skebe in Chicago's Japanese American Community - Part 3

Takako Day

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Who Taught the Word skebe to Americans?: Skebe in Chicago's Japanese American Community - Part 2

Takako Day


Who Taught the Word skebe to Americans?: Skebe in Chicago's Japanese American Community - Part 1

Takako Day

Hiroichiro Maedako, a proletarian writer who came to Chicago in 1907, once wrote in one of his articles the following confession:

Japanese Christians in Chicago

Chapter 4: Misaki Shimazu and The JYMCI at 747 E. 36th Street

Takako Day

In 1917, Shimazu visited the New York Japanese community to secure funding to purchase the property.1 It was variously reported that Shimazu raised $11,0002 or $18,0003, but these donations came mainly in small amounts from friends of the Central YMCA of Chicago.4 Notably, William J. Parker, the General Secretary of …

Japanese Christians in Chicago

Chapter 3: Misaki Shimazu and the JYMCI

Takako Day

The Japanese YMCA that Shimazu had taken over in 1908 had yet to realize its mission, which was to better the lives of the Japanese immigrants scattered around Chicago, in the spirit of Christianity.1 For the next thirty years, the Japanese YMCA endured many twists and turns, changing its location …

Japanese Christians in Chicago

Chapter 2: Misaki Shimazu — Birth of the Japanese Christian Community in Chicago

Takako Day

According to Misaki Shimazu, there were four stages of activity among the Japanese Christians in Chicago: the Fujita era, the Baptist days, the Confusion period, and the Separation and Independence era.1 The first period, the Fujita era, was from July 1899 to April 1903, when Toshiro Fujita was the Japanese …

Japanese Christians in Chicago

Chapter 1: Introduction

Takako Day

It is well known that prewar Chicago had no “Japan town.” Was it simply because the Japanese population before 1940 was too small? Or was there a specific reason that Chicago did not establish a center for Japanese immigrants?

Toyokichi Iyenaga: Japanese Publicist in Chicago - Part 3

Takako Day

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Toyokichi Iyenaga: Japanese Publicist in Chicago - Part 2

Takako Day

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Toyokichi Iyenaga: Japanese Publicist in Chicago - Part 1

Takako Day

Introduction: Chautauqua

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I am a shin-Issei who has lived in the West and Midwest for nearly thirty years. I spent the first six years in Berkeley California. When I was young, I got excited about visiting New York City. But now, after thirty years in Midwest, my body seems to be allergic to people, cars and noises. I am now enjoying my life in retirement, writing and tending to my garden.

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