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Compiled by Gordon G. Nakayama

Issei
, a collection of brief biographies, gives us the perspectives and memories of some of Canada's earliest Japanese immigrants. Compiled and in large part written by an Anglican Japanese-Canadian clergyman, the stories tell of a once vital community. Though dispersed, the Issei laid the foundation for the generations that followed. Their fortitude, endurance, industry and faith are captured by Canon Nakayama's authentic Issei voice. 

Contents

  • Preface / Joy Kogawa
  • Introduction / Gordon G. Nakayama
  • Manzo Nagano / First Japanese pioneer in Canada
  • Arichika Ikeda / Discoverer of Ikeda Bay
  • Jinzaburo Oikawa / Adventurer
  • Jiro Inouye / Pioneer farmer
  • Yasutaro Yamaga / Founder of Nipponia Home
  • Kozo Shimotakahara / First Japanese Canadian physician
  • Denbei Kobayashi / Poet and farmer
  • Kichinozo Imayoshi / Fruit grower
  • Kumagai Family
  • Hachiro Miyazawa / Union organizer
  • Eiich & Kina Kuwabara / Segregation of Japanese Canadian school children
  • Takuzo Maehara / Discoverer of Maehara Delicious Apple
  • Rokusuke Maeda / Barber on a bicycle
  • Kiyosuke Iwabuchi / Founder of I & S Produce Limited
  • Tome Ueda / Picture Bride
  • Genroku Nakamura / Who cleared forests
  • Yoshimitsu Akagawa / Missionary and Pastor
  • Koryo Tanaka / Golfer
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shotaro Shimizu / Couple who loved trees
  • Genzo Kitagawa C.M. / First Japanese Canadian invested into the Order of Canada
  • Iwakichi Sugiyama / Industrialist
  • Masuyei Fred Tamagi / Founder of Bridge Brand Food Services
  • Masajiro Miyazaki / Physician
  • Rintaro Hayashi / Leader among Japanese Canadian fishermen
  • Shiro Koga / A multi-talented farmer and engineer
  • Anno Makishi & Seiku Sakumoto / Pioneers from Okinawa
  • Kiyozo Kazuta / Who contributed much for the welfare of the Japanese in Canada
  • Katsuyoshi Morita / And the Japanese Canadian Industrial Businessmen’s Club
  • Hanako Sato & Tatsuo Sato C.M. / Educators
  • What I remember about Takaichi Umezuki C.M.
  • Mr. & Mrs. A. Shimbashi / Couple who served the Prince of Wales
  • Ichijuro Matsumoto / Ship builder
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zenichi Kinoshita / Who lived thirty years in a ghost town
  • Takeo Ujo Kanano / Poet
  • Shiketaka Sasaki / Founder of Judo in Canada
  • Takeo A. Arakawa / Businessman
  • Memories of Kikuno Kitagawa
  • Thomas Kakinuma / Ceramic artist
  • Akiko & Mitsuo Imai / Who loved their community