Historical Background

Scope and Content

General Notes

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

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Subject Terms


Guide to the Photographs of Koyasan Shingon Temples in North America



PH Collection No.: 763
Title: Photographs of Koyasan Shingon temples in North America
Date Span: circa 1949-1980
Quantity: 17 photographic prints; 2 pieces of ephemera (1 box and 1 oversize folder) ; various sizes
Location: K205 (1 box)
K52 (1 folder)
Languages: Collection materials are in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
Four masters sitting on an altar, June 12, 1955. Special Collections, UW Libraries. UW27748z




Historical Background

In 1920, a Buddhist group, Sacramento Daishiko was initiated and organized by Toshi Yamamoto, Sakuma Shimada and Eiju Nakashimaat at Yamamoto's farmhouse near the present site of William Land Park, California. As the membership grew, the group moved to several places over years and also built shrines around the West coast area, including Oregon and Seattle. In 1970, two Daishiko group were merged into one religious organization; they purchased an old Italian church and remodeled it as the current Koyasan Buddhist Church in Northern California.

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of photographs of the Koyasan Buddhist Church in Seattle, Oregon, and Northern California during 1949-1980. It documents the groups and activities including ceremonies and a funeral cult. Two pieces of ephemera, one envelope with Japanese handwriting and a record of payment book from Yoshitoshi Toyomasu's account with Seattle First Bank, are possibly associated with the photographs.

General Notes

Several photographs have handwriting in Japanese, Chinese, and English, indicating the date and the title of the church activities.

Digital Content

View selections from the collection in digital format.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Acquisition Info

Source: Fairlook Antiques, November 18, 2004.

Processing Info

Processed by Meng-fan Lu; processing completed in 2008.


Inventory

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Seattle Koyasan Church
OS11Group at Tanaka Gaizo's funeral, Seattle    OVERSIZENovember 2, 1949

Photographer: Tanaka Taki, Ochi Studio, Seattle, Washington
Handwriting in Japanese and Chinese on the back of the photo: "the photo memorialized the funeral ritual which Master Takahashi ministered for Tanaka Gaizo in Butterworth Funeral Home, Seattle at November 2, 1949. Tanaka Taki photographed. Koyasan Buddhist Church, Seattle."
1/12Church group in front of a house   View imageOctober 1963

Photographer: Richmond
Handwriting in Japanese and Chinese on the photo: "the memory of the fifth anniversary of Master's lecture in Seattle." Hand script in Chinese on the top right corner of the photo: "October, 1963."
3Church group in front of a houseOctober 8, 1972
Color print.
OS14Church group in front of Seattle Koyasan Church    OVERSIZEundated

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Oregon Koyasan Church
1/25Church group in front of a house   View imageJune 12,1955
Handwriting in Japanese on the photo, the partial meaning is: "the Aoba Sai [a ceremony celebrates the birth of Master Kukai who established the denomination of Buddhism], Gosatou [the title represents Buddhist masters in different levels] and Iroha Sai [another Buddhist ceremony]"
6Four masters sitting on an altar   View imageJune 12, 1955
7Church group in front of a houseJune 17, 1956
Handwriting in Japanese on the photo, the approximate meaning is: for the memory of the visit of Master "Gon-Dai-Sou-Jou" [the title represents Buddhist masters in different levels] Kagao joining the Aoba Sai [a ceremony celebrates the birth of Master Kukai who established the denomination of Buddhism]
8-9Group in front of the Oregon Koyasan Church   View imageJune 17, 1962
The sign in the photo says: "the tenth anniversary of establishment."
10-12Women reciting the Buddhist Scripture in the ceremony   View imageJune 1962
13Group waiting in line near the churchundated
14Group in front of the Oregon Koyasan Churchundated
Color print.

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Northern California Koyasan Church
1/315Group inside the churchJune 19, 1978
Color print.
16Group in front of the Northern California Koyasan Church   View imageApril 19, 1979
Color print.
17Group in front of the Northern California Koyasan ChurchNovember 2, 1980
The Chinese writing on a sign in the photo: "the memorial ceremony for the sixtith anniversary of Koyasan Daishi Mission and the tenth anniversary of the Church building."
Color print.

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Ephemera
1/418Envelope with Japanese handwritingundated
The handwriting is translated to: 88 stops in Shikoku. Donation. ["88 stops" indicates the 88 Buddhist temples in Shikoku, which represents the route of Master Kukai's annual visit].
19Payment ledger 1949-1954
The payment ledger detailed Yoshitoshi Toyomasu's account with Seattle First National Bank between 1949 and 1954

Subject Terms

Genre Headings:
Photographic prints.
Last modified: November 10, 2010
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