Asahi Terminal League Championship photograph, 1926

issei (ees-say)

Japanese term meaning first generation of Japanese to emigrate from Japan and settle permanently in a new country.

The Club and the community


Asahi players were highly visible – people looked up to them. Baseball helped to bridge differences in language and outlook between the generations. The issei cherished their ball player sons.


Asahi Dai-ichigun yakyudan, Terminal League senshuken yushou kakutoku kinen satsuei, 1926. [Asahi Senior League baseball team, Terminal League Championship commemorative photograph, 1926.] Main Studio. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.