Photograph of Yoichi Hironaka sent to his future bride

Yoichi (Harry) Hironaka had this photograph taken to send to Tsuki Kanehiro in Japan. The two were married 10 April 1913. Their marriage was arranged by their families. Prior to getting married, the two exchanged photographs. Yoichi sent this photograph taken of himself in Canada showing him wearing a three piece suit.

Galt Museum & Archives
c. 1912
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Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • recognize the general characteristics of individuals who emigrated from Japan to Canada (and particularly southern Alberta) in the early 20th century
  • appreciate the difficulties the Issei (1st generation Japanese immigrants to Canada) faced when moving to Canada

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