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Letter from Masao Okine to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, April 23, [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. He writes from Japan where he is stationed as a Nisei soldier. He reports to his parents about their relatives and friends in Hiroshima: He took ten days vacation to visit Hiroshima and found that the Hiroshima City was completely destroyed by the atomic bombing. He confirmed the safety of Naoji Okine and his wife, the Sasakis, and the Nakanos. He also met the Tanakas and the Matsuokas in Hiroshima, who used to be their neighbors in Montebello, California. During the vacation, Masao stayed in Naoji Okine's place for five nights and in Jokichi Yamanaka's place for two nights. He expresses his appreciation for their courtesy. He also informs of the arrival of his parents' letter and is relieved to learn that they are receiving the U.S. military family allowance checks and are also doing well in a new house.
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.
5 pages, 6.25 x 9.25 inches, handwritten
World War II--Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
World War II--Military service--Military Intelligence Service
Japan--Post-World War II
Military service--Postwar occupation of Japan
Identity and values--Nisei
CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Okine Collection

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