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Image Contributed by: Jane Muranaka

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Date: early 1950s

Place: Kawakami Ranch in Sunland, California

Photograph by: Toyo Miyatake

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Description: Each year, Saichi Kawakami, an accomplished wholesale flower grower who raised a family of eight, would hire a photographer to take new pictures of the family ranch. Saichi would then send these pictures to family in Japan to show the progress he was making in America. Pictures would be taken in the winter, when flower gardening profits were highest, providing Saichi with the financial means to hire professional photagrapher Toyo Miyatake, who was widely known in the Japanese American community. Pictured are stocks, one of the dozen different types of flowers that the Kawakami family grew at their ranch.

© California State University, Northridge 2008

For more information about this project, please contact:

Edith Chen, Professor Asian American Studies Dept.
18111 Nordhoff St., JR 340
Northridge, CA 91330-8251

Nancy Takayama
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center

CSUNAsianAmericanStudies — Last modified Mar 30 2011 7:54 p.m.

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