Hood River Valley

From Betty Morita: Back in the day of early digital cameras, Jr. bought me a camera that took regular as well as panoramic photos. Our whole family went to HR for the 50th wedding anniversary party that Candy and Carey hosted for Ruth and Sus. We visited all the old Morita family sites where their history transpired.

From Uncle Junior: On the way to school at our last home of residence there was the steepest hill that we had to navigate to get to both high school and grammar school called Ehrick's Hill which overlooked Nishimotos farm and apple orchard. It's a nice view alright but in that valley there was a lot of views like that! It's real significance lay in the fact that we had to traverse it going and coming from school everyday. In the old days some of the jalopies we owned couldn't make it all the way in one shot. So we'd have to stop midway; block the tires and start over. Scenic all right, but in the old days since it was one lane and a quarter of a mile long on a foggy day you couldn't see if anyone was coming up or down if you met midway the one coming up had to back down. It didn't happen too often since it wasn't a heavily populated area fortunately! Ah yes, the old day!

Chicago circa ?


Sweet Home Hood River

Walking the Talk

It was the grand opening of the 'Then They Came For Me' exhibit at the Presidio in SF. Auntie Betty and Dave flew in for it.
Auntie Betty and Uncle Junior had been filmed for a video that was shown at the earlier exhibit in Chicago. An old video that had Oji-chan
and Oba-chan was also shown in Chicago. From left to right, Mark, Ro, Dave, Lisa, Miwa, Betty Morita, Jackson, Brian, Betty Shibayama, Bekki
and Tiffany (Brian's girlfriend).

More Hood River

Hood River Picnic

Images from Hood River 1937

Images from Hood River 1934-35

At Clark and Division streets in Chicago

Morita family in 1945 at Minidoka

From Donna Tamaki:

From Stone Marker in Soja, Okayama

Yabuki Tamizo was from Asao, Soja-cho, Kibi-gun. He studied the Shinkeito style of kendo with Aratachi? Seiichiro.

In the second year of Bunkyu (1862), his lord Makita Kosagami was stationed with his men in Kyoto, and was attended by Tamizo.
He studied the Shinkeito style with Yabuki Koheita.

He studied later in Edo (Tokyo) with Iba Gunbei, a famous swordsman. Tamizo returned home with the highest honors and taught hundreds of students.
He defeated young opponents even at the age of 70 and commended every year by the All-Japan Martial Arts Association

(Tamizo was Masano Morita's maternal grandfather. She said he used to walk from Soja to Okayama on foot, wearing straw footwear.)

Morita family picnic in 1939.

Junior and Claude in Oregon

Motosugu Morita Jr. at Minidoka camp

From Dorothy Kaneko: Left, Mr. Sarai (a relative who made shoyu); three at right, Mrs. Sarai, Mr. Fukuda (who sold shoyu at his store) and Mr. Akagi (who had a garage)

More Akagi garage photos. In search of the identity (switching to great-grandfather's driving) Updated: 10/14/04


The Akagi garage in Portland


The Nitta children in kiddie car at Akagi garage.




From Donna Tamaki, Dec. 8, 2000

I think I'm the one on the right and the other, I'm sure, is Diana. Cherie is three years younger and would have been just a toddler then. I have two other snaps taken at the same
time, I think, of Diana and me. Was that after you were discharged from the army, Paul? I have so many pictures taken in front of LaSalle Mansion with so many different people. My grandfather bought it so that people who relocated to Chicago after WWII had a temporary place to stay while looking for a job. The Resettlers Office (now the JASC) was just down the street, I think.




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