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Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 10, 1946 [in Japanese]
Okine, Masao: author
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California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne. This letter is written in Japan where Masao is currently stationed as a Nisei soldier and mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, Masao describes his work as a US Army solider in Japan: He has been staying in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, but has not been informed of the next deployment. The solders take an exam and the next locations are determined based on the results of the exam. He also writes about her brother-in-law, Nobuyuki Tanimoto, who Masao has been trying to locate in Tokyo. He states that Ginza in Tokyo is completely destroyed by the bombing attacks during the war. He also appreciates his parents for the financial support, 37.00 dollars given to his wife, Ayame. The handwritten notes on the back on the envelope read: Arrived on January 30, 1946, no. 3 [in Japanese].
The Okine Collection contains materials collected by Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine who were Issei flower growers in Whittier, California. It includes correspondence, photographs, financial documents, and a photo album. A large portion of the collection consists of family correspondence with Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, including letters from their Nisei children, Masao and Makoto Okine, both soldiers overseas during World War II, to their Issei parents incarcerated in the Rohwer incarceration camp in McGehee, Arkansas. The correspondence also includes letters from their relatives and friends who are former incarcerees in the camps during the war and have “resettled” in Chicago, Illinois as well as letters from the Okines’ family members in Hiroshima, Japan during the Allied occupation of Japan. In addition, the collection includes a family photo album compiled by Dorothy Ai Aoki, a Nisei daughter to the Okines.
1 page, 6 x 9 inches, handwritten; 1 envelope
Japan--Post-World War II
Military service--Postwar occupation of Japan
World War II--Military service--Military Intelligence Service
Identity and values--Nisei
Sagamihara, Japan
CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Okine Collection

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