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Boys in Topaz next to a flag pole with paper carps
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1943-1946
Contributing Institution
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
Rights Information
All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to California State University, Sacramento, University Library, Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained. Further information available online:
Photograph of a group of boys standing next to a flag pool with carps flying from it and surrounded by barracks. Carps are a symbol of Boy's Day ("Tango no Sekku") which celebrates boys and wishes for their success in life. The back side is a postcard.
Kameji Ikuma was born in Japan on October 17, 1887. He returned to Japan to marry Yasuno (later known as Yasuko) Ikuta, who was born on June 20, 1902. They had one child: Kazumi (later known as April), who was born on April 9, 1932. In the 1920s, Kameji established Tozai Dry Goods Store on 1214 Fourth Street in Sacramento. The Ikuma family was forced to evacuate to Walerga Assembly Center, Tule Lake, and Topaz. Upon resettlement in Sacramento, Kameji worked as a farm laborer and saved enough money to open Kay's Pool Hall in August 1947. Yasuno began working at Bercut-Richards and California Packing Corp. packing sheds as well as the Libby, McNeil & Libby cannery.
black and white, 3.5 x 5.25 inches
World War II--Incarceration Camps--Holidays and festivals
Identity and values--Children
Community activities--Festivals, celebrations, and holidays--Boys' Day
Delta, Utah
Incarceration Camps--Topaz (Central Utah)
California State University, Sacramento, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Ikuma and Adachi Families Collection

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