Archives-Japan: Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawai’i, Suo Oshima, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawai’i 日本ハワイ移民資料館 Link

This museum opened in 1999 and was the first in Japan to be dedicated to the history of Japanese migration to Hawai’i. It is particularly dedicated to telling the history of how those emigrants contributed to the cultural and economic development of their hometowns. The museum was the result of local history project by the city of Suo-Oshima in 1995 into the history of house owned by Fukumoto Chōemon (1881-1970) a successful emigrant trader to San Francisco, California who returned to Japan in 1928. The house is the current home of the museum.

The museum’s permanent exhibit features a sampling of its large (8000 item) collection related to Japanese labor ship passage to Hawai’i starting in 1885, labor contracts, and a wide variety of artifacts from emigrants’ every day lives. First-floor exhibits feature an overview of contract labor migration, Fukumoto’s kitchen, and cultural exchange with Hawai’i. The second floor features exhibits about migration to California, goods brought back by emigrants, and figures in the Fukumoto family.

Address: 山口県大島郡周防大島町大字西屋代2144

Telephone: 0820-74-4082

Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed Mondays

Email: hawaii@town.suo-oshima.lg.jp

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