[Oakland: 1918-1924]. 179 silver gelatin photographs mounted on  leaves. Oblong octavo. Original black cloth covers, string-tied, black paper leaves. Light wear to covers and contents. Some images captioned in ink on the photograph, others captioned faintly on the page. Very good. Item #1968
A wonderful and engaging photograph album compiled by a young Japanese-American man from Oakland, filled with his friends and family members and their many adventures. Images here span several years, not necessarily in chronological order. The album opens with a large group outing of Japanese Americans aboard a ferry, with scenes aboard the boat and at their beach destination. It continues with individual and group images of Yuki and his friends -- hiking in Muir Woods, posing in suits alongside a car, in swimsuits, at school, and on other traveling holidays. There appears to have been a core group of four or five young men. One image shows the group of four young men standing in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, arrayed around the tombstone of Denge Furuta, presumably their compatriot, who died March 18, 1922 at the age of twenty-one. Another photograph shows a young man standing with his hands on his hips, flatcap at a jaunty angle, which is captioned "Ye Graduate, George E. Furuta," dated June 11, 1920, which may be the young man in question. There are also numerous images of other people we presume to be Yuki's parents or family members, as well as female friends, and sports teammates.
There are several baseball-related images herein, including a group portrait identified as the Fuji Club, the Japanese-American baseball club founded in San Francisco in 1903. At least two images depict a young man in uniform, dated in the last months of 1918 at Nela Park, Ohio -- presumably enlisted in the army for World War One. Several images are captioned as "U.C. Medical Building," and others as "Future D.D.S.s". There are several images that would seem to be on campus. There are also many images of the young men hiking in Muir Woods.
One photograph is blind-stamped "Kinnosuke Ito," though most would seem to be vernacular. Several are captioned in ink on the image. The captions written on the pages are mostly faint and slightly hard to discern, though some are better than others. Altogether, the album depicts a vibrant group of young men at school and play and hints at the thriving Japanese-American community they were part of.