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Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii

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2144 Nishiyashiro, Suooshima-cho, Oshima-gun 742-2103 Yamaguchi Prefecture
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jn0987 wrote a review Dec 2018
Tacoma, Washington138 contributions36 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the artifacts and records related to the Japanese emigration to Hawaii. My ancestors were among those who left Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries. The rooms had articles from Hawaii along with records of the emigrants from the area who made their way to Hawaii, in search of a better life. Of course they found hard work and financial trickery there, but labored to get beyond these adverse circumstances. This museum is a tribute to their lives. With some effort, the museum found the record of my father's and mother's families. It was fascinating. If people are interested in the emigration to Hawaii, this is a must see. If you are interested in the Japan-US emigration for its own sake, this also should be on one's list. The setting is in a semi-rural section of Japan, about an hour and a half from Iwakuni. The island itself is an interesting area where one might see Japan outside the city (and of course most of Japan is outside of the city, just not featured). We valued our time here. While one site on a three week long Japan trip, it was one of the more meaningful stops for me.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Kip F wrote a review May 2016
Sacramento, California1,256 contributions339 helpful votes
We walked there from the Oshimaohanshi Bridge, and we too had to get some directions when close to it, as it is a house that is well integrated into the neighborhood. It has a lot of photos with both English and Japanese written info, along with the tools and clothes and household goods that the workers brought with them to Hawaii and also those that they brought back with them. Suooshima has a sister city relationship with the island of Kauai that exists due to the contract that was forged between the two places in the late 1800s to go over to Hawaii for sugar plantations. My sister-in-law's great-grandparents went there and then returned but then her grandparents went there as well for a 6 year period. Most contracts were for 3 years available for renewal if wanted. Reading about the terrible work conditions and lousy pay, it was amazing that anyone went there, until you read about how the Japanese were literally starving at home so Hawaii represented the chance to not only eat but send money home to relatives there. Some of the Japanese stayed in Hawaii and became citizens, others returned with enough money to retire and others made enough to start a business that gave riches to their family, like the man who used to own the home that the museum is in. The museum has a 12 minute movie in English, as well as Japanese, about the history of the time period. Then visitors can browse the artifacts of the time from the returnees and ship manifests and photos. There were also stories from 3 individuals, along with their possessions. The museum is small but interesting. The previous owner of this museum did well in life and wanted to bring his wealth to help showcase the history esp of his success in being able to get rich in America. The house is 2 stories and quiet large as this was a wealthy man.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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경연 구 wrote a review Jul 2015
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It was my first time visiting Suo-Oshima and this museum. I learned a lot about Japanese culture while visiting. I was also impressed by the beautiful setting. It was a fun place to visit because of the various things that were displayed. It was my first time seeing objects from Hawaii. If I was given the chance to go there again, I would be glad to visit once more.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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30mfin wrote a review Jul 2015
Sydney, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
I went there to study Japanese immigration to Hawaii. It is located in a quiet and beautiful place. The atmosphere of museum is like Hawaii, so you can feel as if you were in Hawaii. You can get to know well about Japan and Hawaii.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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wildbore2015 wrote a review Jul 2015
Hofu, Japan2 contributions2 helpful votes
This is my first time to visit this museum. I’m studying Japanese immigration. I think it was the best place to lean their lifestyle in Hawaii, their income, their works and so on. There are many materials and pictures of the person who immigrated to Hawaii and became English teacher in Japan. In addition, many tools are on display. I was able to watch movies about immigrants. For example, daily commodities, agricultural implements, text books. I was especially interested in economics of Hawaii at that time. I was able to collect some information about that. This museum reused the Fukumoto’s house. He went to America when he was 16 years old and engaged in a trading business. I felt this was a quaint old house. So I was able to spend great time and learn a lot. In addition, I could see beautiful scenery from 2nd floor. The admission fee is reasonable and there are many kinds of souvenirs, for example, Hawaiian shirts, juice and accessories.However, I think it was difficult to find this museum because this house was hidden by other houses. This museum should make many marks or many signboards near this museum.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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