Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii

Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, Suooshima-cho: Hours, Address, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii

Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
What people are saying
Kip F
By Kip F
Interesting history in English and Japanese, worth a stop
Apr 2016
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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jn0987
Tacoma, WA135 contributions
Wonderful artifacts and resources
Oct 2018 • Friends
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.
Written December 17, 2018
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Kip F
Sacramento, CA1,285 contributions
Interesting history in English and Japanese, worth a stop
Apr 2016 • Friends
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.
Written May 14, 2016
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경연 구
3 contributions
A fun place to visit!
Jul 2015 • Friends
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.
Written July 27, 2015
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30mfin
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Beautiful place to get to know about the relationship between Hawai and Japan
Jul 2015 • Friends
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.
Written July 23, 2015
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wildbore2015
Hofu, Japan2 contributions
Good place to learn Emigration
Jul 2015 • Friends
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.
Written July 22, 2015
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yuyuyu1023
1 contribution
The Museum of Japanese Emigrations to Hawaii
Jul 2015 • Friends
I went to The Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii at the first time. I could know that Japanese emigration to Hawaii. There are many goods which they used , so I had good experiences.
Written July 21, 2015
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Yunavyre
Magog, Canada1 contribution
More than meet the eye
Jul 2015 • Solo
When I first entered the house, I did not really know what to expect, since all I knew about it was that it was about emigration. I was impressed by the beauty of it: a perfect mix of Japanese architecture and Western influences. It was truly one of the most fascinating house I've ever seen.

The museum explains the reasons why Japanese people emigrated to Hawaii. It also shows how they lived in Hawaii, how they were treated during WWII and how the people that came back to Japan lived once back. There is a lot of information as well as an impressive amount of pieces, much more than what I expected.

There were many signs in English that explained the various items of the collection, which was really useful. Seeing everyday objects of that time was interesting, especially the section of the second floor, which includes clothing and furniture.
Written July 21, 2015
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chi1361
Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan1 contribution
A Wonderful place I could learn Japanese emigration to Hawaii
Jun 2015 • Friends
It was my first time to visit there. The museum's collection included valuable pieces, such as tools used during that time or personal photographs donated by families. I could learn what people who lived there did and thought.
Written July 21, 2015
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bilibarlah
Sherbrooke, Canada2 contributions
Life just found a way!
Jul 2015 • Friends
As an exchange student coming from Canada, this has been quite interesting. Being a class trip thus we made many visits, I can say that this museum was one of my favorites. Providing a mix of information from the past and present as well objects from those times, it tells a story to visitors of how different families survived and immigrated to Hawaii. Ironically, I will be going to Hawaii and just imagining the connections i will be able to make between the two is quite unique. Although a bit small, the museum gives an overall recollection of the immigration and how the Japanese just found a way to live. For history buffs this place could be a starting point for those wanting to understand the immigration a little more.
Written July 17, 2015
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amouse123
Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan6 contributions
A beautiful house mixing Eastern and Western traditions
Jul 2015 • Friends
The melding of East/West cultures and architectural styles and colors was beautiful, and the cultural artifacts displayed were very interesting. A great way to spend a couple of hours.
The bath was gorgeous - don't miss it!
Written July 7, 2015
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