School Photograph – Seattle, Washington
Early Japanese immigrants arrived in Seattle, Washington in the late 19th century to work in sawmills and canneries. Some became farmers turning land covered with marshes and tree stumps into productive cropland. A large “Japantown” developed at the south end of town with a variety of businesses served the population of immigrants and their children. They became fully involved in American life, forming churches, attending area schools and colleges, joining Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, playing baseball, basketball, and other sports, and enjoying the music and movies of the day. But they still sought to preserve their culture. A Japanese Language School offered lessons in the languange of parents and grandparents.
On June 3, 1912 the Japanese Language School had a picnic at Alki Point, West Seattle, Washington.