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The Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii was first opened in Japan in the town of Nishiyashiro, Ohshima-cho, Yamaguchi Prefecture on February 8, 1999 as coinciding with the arrival date (February 8, 1885) to Hawaii of the first boat load of Japanese "government-contracted" emigrants to Hawaii.
The Museum clearly displays the hardship faced by the emigrants in Hawaii, the contributions, they made with the fortune accumulated through their sweat, to the development/growth of culture and economy for their hometown, and the history of cultural exchanges between the hometown and Hawaii up to now.
The former Fukumoto house was restored and converted into the Museum. Since 1995 the town of Suo-oshima-cho having sent a lot of emigrants to countries overseas began to put together a collection of various data and materials related to emigration to Hawaii in order to inform present and future generations of their ancestors' past.
The Museum also features information on Emigration to California. Many Japanese migrated to California after Hawaii, and the hardships and struggles faced in California is briefly on display. In this section, you can find information on the legislation and other unfair barriers the Japanese in California faced. It also goes over the history of how farmers in California were able to use clever irrigation and other farming techniques to grow various produce on some of the worst lands available to the Japanese/Japanese Americans.
The Museum also has sister museums with the Japanese American National Museum, Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Hawaii's Plantation Village, Kauai Museum, and the Nihoshima-Mura Museum.
Learn about the Japanese emigration to Hawaii and see why there is a big Japanese population on Hawaii by joining our Nikkei Ancestry Tour!
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