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This photo is of a Christmas service at the Moneta Japanese Baptist Church in 1915.
For many of the early immigrants, the church and contact with the American Baptist missionaries offered a gateway into American culture, continuing the gradual process of assimilation. Christmas, being a Western Christian holiday, was not celebrated by most Japanese who were Buddhist; therefore, it's probable that many of those in this photo were experiencing their very first Christmas.

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genieinjapan — Last modified Mar 30 2011 7:56 p.m.


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