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Baptist Churches in Pre-WWII Imperial Japan

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This album highlights the Wada family Christian missionary work in Japan before 1930. The Wada family started or served at several churches in Northern Japan as well as the Tokyo and Hiroshima areas before coming to the United States.

After graduating with a law degree from Tokyo Imperial University, Rev. Wada continued his education by attending The Baptist Theological Seminary of Yokohama established by Albert Arnold Bennett, a missionary of the American Baptist Missionary Union (now called Kanto Gakuin University). It was in Yokohama that two Baptist missionaries Jonathan Goble and Nathan Brown established the First Baptist Church in Japan.

The Yokohama Baptist theology was a more evangelical approach to Christianity. This probably explains Rev. Wada’s focus on evangelism and missionary work. One of its early leaders, Honda Yoichi, became the president of the YMCA’s governing body. Rev Wada went on overseas missionary trips to Japan occupied Manchuria, Korea and Siberia for the Japan YMCA.

This album is just in its infancy, so check back for updates. There are hundreds of photos and documents of the Wada family missionary work in Japan, Manchuria, and Siberia...

Slides in this album 

Tono Baptist Church, Iwate-ken

One of the oldest Christian churches in Northern Japan.   Modeled after the Baptist church in Morioka.  American Baptist missionary Annie Buzzell is standing in front of the Tono Church.

Tono Baptist Church, Iwate-ken Japan
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Back of Tono Baptist church photo

Great Grandmother Kuni Wada grew up thinking her name was Sen which is what her father called her.  She was to be named Sen, probably after her father Dr. Sentei Hara. But as a physician, he was away at the time of her birth.  She found out her real name ...

Back of Tono Baptist church post card
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Tono Baptist Church, Iwate-ken Japan

Tono Church circa 1910 - one of the oldest northern Japan Baptist Churches.  Several American Baptist missionaries are standing in the back including Dr. William Axling (light colored pants).

Tono Baptist Church congregation around 1910
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Tono Church Article - Annie Buzzel worked with Rev. M. Wada

Mrs. Annie Buzzell, a Baptist missionary, ran the Tono Sunday School and Mrs. Kuni Wada played the piano at the church.

Tono Church Article - Annie Buzzel worked with Rev. M. Wada
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Tono Baptist Church, 2006

Tono Baptist Church, Iwate-ken

Tono Baptist Church, 2006
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Tono Baptist Church interior 2006

The wood for the interior of the church was the wood originally used to build the original church purchased by Rev. Wada around 1910.

Tono Baptist Church interior 2006
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Baptism records: Rev. Wada - Rev. Sawano

My Great Grandfather saved his and Rev. Sawano's Baptist records

Baptism records: Rev. Wada - Rev. Sawano
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Baptism in Meiji-era Japan

Rev Wada's countryside Baptisms

Baptism in Meiji-era Japan
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Kamaishi Baptist Church, Iwate-ken - 1912

The Kamaishi church was just to the east of the Tono Baptist church.  The Wada family visited the church often.

Kamaishi Baptist Church, Iwate-ken - 1912
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Countryside evangelism

Rev. M. Wada speaking

Countryside evangelism
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Rev. Wada speaking to missionaries

Mrs. Kuni Wada was often asked to help interface with the new missionaries.  She was brought up in missionary schools in Morioka and spoke English, French, and German in addition to Japanese.

Rev. Wada speaking to missionaries, probably in Tokyo
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1918 Church service in Vladivostok, Russia

Possibly Vladivostok Russia.  The Japan YMCA sent many missionaries to this region.

1918 Church service in Vladivostok, Russia
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Russian Church

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Russian Church
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Kure Baptist Church, Japan 1923

From August 1923 to 1928, the Wada family lived in Kure, Hiroshima-ken, and attended a Southern Baptist Church. Evangelism brought two well known Navy officials to the church. One was the head of the Navy hospital and the other was the head of the ammunition factory. Many Ensigns from the ...

First Baptist Church of Kure, Hiroshima-ken, Japan 1923
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Kure Church Nursury School

Mrs. Kuni Wada taught at the church school. It was said that her bible lessons were often done in English, just as she learned them. This attracted many children as their families wanted them to learn English.

Kure Church Nursury School
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Kure Church Missionaries - Rev. Franklin & Daisy Ray

Southern Baptist Missionaries to the Hiroshima area.

Rev. Franklin & Daisy Ray
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Kuni Wada with missionaries in Kure, Japan

Mrs. Kuni Wada seated to the far right with Mr. & Mrs. McCollum, Southern Baptist Missionaries.   The person seated to the left of Mrs. Wada may be Ms. Pearl Todd.

Kuni Wada with Baptist missionaries in Kure, Japan
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Kure Baptist Church, Hiroshima-ken

Auntie Midori Wada Murai, standing in the 2nd row far left, and Kuni Anazawa Wada standing in the back row 4th from the left.

Kure Baptist Church, Hiroshima-ken
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Chofu Baptist Church Japan

In 1928, Rev. Wada accepted a position at a Baptist Church in Chofu. However, Rev. Wada was called to serve in the USA and left on Nov 12, 1928 on the SS “Taiyo Maru” NYK for San Francisco. After Rev. Wada left Chofu Baptist Church, Kuni Wada took care of ...

Chofu Baptist Church Japan
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Wada family with Chofu Baptist church members

Michihiko "Mike" (front row center), Kuni Wada,  Midori in Chofu 1930 after Rev. Wada and eldest daughter Mutsu left for the USA.

Wada family with Chofu Baptist church members
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This item is based on another item which has been withdrawn by its contributor.

30th Anniversary SBC in Japan (VI) - Japan Missionaries

30th Anniversary of Southern Baptist Convention work in Japan

30th Anniversary SBC in Japan (VI) - Japan Missionaries
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30th Anniversary SBC in Japan - Rev. Sato & Fujinuma

30th Anniversary of Southern Baptist Convention work in Japan

30th Anniversary SBC in Japan - Rev. Sato & Fujinuma
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First Y.W.A. conference in Kokura, Japan.

Baptist missionaries are attending the service.   Grandmother Mutsu Wada Homma attended and wore her dark colored kimono.  July 21-26 1926.

First Y.W.A. conference in Kokura, Japan.
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Hiroshima Baptist Church

Please describe me

Hiroshima Baptist Church
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Moji Baptist Church

Please describe me

Moji Baptist Church
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Church play

Outreach with the use of church plays was very popular in the Wada's churches.

Known for their church plays
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Ten Commandments Lantern slide

One of many of the Wada family's lantern slides.  They were used in the Sunday schools in Japan as well as in the USA.

Ten Commandments Lantern slide
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David & Goliath lantern slide

One of many of the Wada family's lantern slides.  They were used in the Sunday schools in Japan as well as in the USA.

David & Goliath lantern slide
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Makiki Christian Church in Honolulu, HI USA

Since 1904, Makiki Christian Church has been the home of a prayerful, worshiping community.


In 1923, Rev. Takie Okumura wrote to Rev. Wada and asked him to come to Hawaii to minister to the growing Japanese population.   Rev. ...

Makiki Christian Church in Honolulu, HI USA
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mhomma — Última actualización Sep 04 2017 3:59 p.m.


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