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Murakami Family

The Murakami Family

Kimiko, daughter of Kumanosuke and Riyo Okano, moved to Salt spring from Steveston around 1909 at the age of five.

After a series of family disasters, the family visited Japan in 1911 or 1912. Mr. Okano returned to B.C. and Mrs. Okano stayed to give birth. After her child was born, Mrs. Okano returned to Canada but left Kimiko and her sister under the care of their grandmother in Japan, a decision that upset Kimiko for the rest of her life. In March of 1919, Kimiko rejoined her family in Canada.

In 1925, on a return visit to Japan, Kimiko met and married Katsuyori Murakami. They came to Canada and in 1932, bought acreage and farmed on Sharp Road on Salt Spring Island.

February 26, 1942, saw this changed abruptly as the War Measures’ Act declared that all persons of Japanese racial originals must move from within 100 miles of coastal regions. The Murakami family was relocated to the B.C. interior after an initial interment at the Hastings Park livestock buildings in Vancouver. They later moved to Alberta where they farmed sugar beets and subsequently, opened a restaurant.

After the war, the Murakamis saved money to return to Salt Spring. This was against Kimiko’s wishes but Katsuyori wished to return. They discovered that all of their land and possessions had been sold by the government and they would be returning to begin all over again.

In 1954, the Murakami family returned to Salt Spring and bought their property on Rainbow Road. As a family, they faced great prejudice as they reestablished themselves on the island. They farmed the land and sold vegetables at the little building just off the road. Stopping by for fresh veggies and a brief chat with Mrs. Murakami was always a treat!

The family still resides on the Rainbow Road property

Okano Family

Kumanosuke Okano and his wife Riyo with three of their children, Sayoko, Miyoko and infant, Kazue who died in 1911 at the age of two years.

Kumanosuke Okano was considered a leader amongst the Japanese on Salt Spring Island. He was a successful fisherman who later bought acreage around Booth Canal and virgin forest on Rainbow Road.

Kumanosuke knew that the Japanese on Salt Spring must become an intregal part of the community, so encourgaed giving to the churches, such as the fund to buy a new organ for the Anglican Church, giving food to people in need, fighting forest fires on the Island, giving money and labour for the building of the Consolidated School on Rainbow Road. Kumanosuke was an upstanding citizen who gave much to his community.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1908

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 14.1cm x 9.9cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph in good condition

Accession number: 2004005001

Kimiko Okano

The passport photo of Kimiko Okano when she was fifteen years old, March 1919. Kimiko is dressed in traditional Japanese costume.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: March 1919

Responsibility: passport photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 9cm x 6cm

Extent and Physical Description: passport photograph with cracked surface

Accession number: 2004005002

Okano House

Previously owned by Mr Sharp, this house became the home of the Okano Family in January 1920. They added to the front of the house and to the upstairs.

The Okano Family developed a successful farm in this location. All the produce was shipped to Vancouver or Victoria.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: January 1920

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 6.2cm x 10.8cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005003

Okano, Kumanosuke, Sayoko and Kimiko

Kumanosuke Okano with daughters, Sayoko and Kimiko, feeding the chickens.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: January 1920

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5.9cm x 10cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005004

Okano, Riyo and Kumanosuke

Riyo and Kumanosuke Okano posed in front of their home. Mr. Okano came to Canada about 1896, first operating fishing boats out of Crofton. Moving to Salt Spring in 1920, he bought land in the Booth Canal valley and developed an extensive market garden.

While diminutive in size, Riyo worked beside her husband on their farm.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1925

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 3.9cm x 8.9cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot in excellent condition

Accession number: 2004005005

Okano, Kimiko and Sayoko

Kimiko and Sayoko Okano photographed at the time of their departure for Japan to celebrate their paternal grandmother’s 88th birthday. On this trip, Kimiko met and married Katsuyori Murakami. This was an arranged marriage of long standing.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: March 1925

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 12.7cm x 7.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005006

Kimiko Okano

Kimiko Okano boarding the ship that will take her home from Japan.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: March 1926

Responsibility: family member

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.6cm x 5.3cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot

Accession number: 2004005007

Okano, Sayoko and Jim, Kimiko and Katsuyori Murakami

Vancouver 1927, the year that Katsuyori Murakami came to Canada from Japan.

left to right: Sayoko Okano, Kimiko Murakami, Katsuyori Murakami with Jim Okano in front.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1927

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 12.7cm x 7.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005008

Murakami, Kimiko and Baby Alice

Kimiko Murakami with her first born baby, Alice.
The snapshot was taken on the Okano farm in 1927.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1927

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.8cm x 5.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot

Accession number: 2004005009

Murakami, Katsuyori and Kimiko with Daughter Alice Murakami

Katsuyori and Kimiko Murakami with infant daughter Alice Murakami.

Katsuyori and Kimiko bought virgin land that stretched from Frank Speed’s on Sharp Road to near what is now Atkins Road. They were pioneers, clearing the land of trees and bushes in order to start a farm.

Katsuyori and Kimiko were partners in everything they did. Clearing the land was very hard work, but Katsuyori had an invincible spirit and pursued his dream to have a good working farm.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1928

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 14.8cm x 10.1cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005010

Murakami, Katsuyori and Alice

Katsuyori Murakami with his infant daughter, Alice Murakami, aged six months, on Okano Farm.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1928

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 10.7cm x 6.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005011

Katsuyori Murakami

Katsuyori Murakami feeding the chickens at Okano’s

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1930s

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 6.3cm x 10.8cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005012

Okano and Murakami Family

Family portrait of Okano and Murakami families.

Seated l to r:
Kimiko Murakami with infant Alice on her knee,Riyo Okano

Standing l to r:
Victor Okano, Miyoko Okano, James Okano, Kumanosuke Okano, Katsuyori Murakami, Sayoko Okano.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1930s

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 11.7cm x 16cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005013

Victor Okano and Minoru Takao

Victor Okano is standing behind Minoru Takao, inside the Okano family’s first greenhouse on Salt Spring Island.

Victor and James Okano, under the guidance of their father, Kumanosuke, grew tomatoes in the many greenhouses on the Okano property.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1930s

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 10.5cm x 5.9cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005014

Okano’s First Greenhouse

The Okano family’s first greenhouse on Salt Spring Island, built by Katsuyori Murakami.

Kimiko Murakami was an Okano by birth.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1930

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 10.6cm x 6.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005015

Riyoichi Murakami

The funeral of Riyoichi Murakami, first born son of Kimiko and Katsuyori Murakami, born a ‘blue baby’ on January 11, 1933 and died at the age of eight months on September 17, 1933.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: January 1933

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 6cm x 10.9cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005016

Riyoichi Murakami

The Murakami family taking infant, Riyoichi Murakami to his funeral and burial in Central Cemetery, September 1933.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1908

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 6.1cm x 10.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot

Accession number: 2004005017

Riyoichi Murakami’s Funeral

The funeral and burial of Riyoichi Murakami, in Central Cemetery. The first born son of Katsuyori and Kimiko Murakami was born a Ôblue babyÕ on January 11, 1933 and died in September 17, 1933.

Back, l to r:
Katsuyori Murakami, Kumanosuke Okano, Morihei Murakami, Victor Okano, unknown woman, Luke Murakami, two unknown men, Sayoko Okano, Yetsujiro Takebe, Katsutaro Tottori, Magoe Ishizumi

Front, l to r:
Kimiko Murikami, with Alice in front, unknown woman with child in arms, Jim Okano, George Murakami. Minister ?

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: January 1933

Responsibility: unkown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 14.1cm x 9.9cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph in good condition

Accession number: 2004005018

Riyoichi Murakami

The fenced grave of Riyoichi Murakami in Central Cemetery, with other family graves in the background.

Directly behind fenced grave is that of Sayoko Okano, who died November 29, 1939. The grave with the flowers is that of Riyo Okano, who died April 7, 1957, shortly after the Murakami Family return to Salt Spring Island.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1957

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 11.8cm x 16.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: large sepia toned photograph

Accession number: 2004005019

Fall Fair

Victor and Miyoko Okano with a friend, Miss Fumiko Nagata, at a Salt Spring Island Fall Fair in the 1930s.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1957

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 11.8cm x 16.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: large sepia toned photograph

Accession number: 2004005020

Japanese Young People’s Association

The Salt Spring Island Japanese Young People’s Association at a picnic held at Crofton’s Beach, Booth Bay.

Front, l to r:
Tameo Murakami, Shigeru Nakamura, Phillip Murakami, Victor Okano.

2nd:
Shoso Mikado, Jim Okano, Kanako Numajiri, Mrs Numajiri, Sachiko Numajiri, Alice Murakami, Tomiko Nakamura, with Haruko Nakamura directly behind the three girls, Violet Murakami on lap of Kumanosuke Okano, Sayoko Okano, Masakichi Mikado, Shichiro Nakamura

3rd:
Kuniko Mikado, Nakamura, Shigeko Mikado, Hatsumi Ito, ? Nakamura, Haruko Ito, Kazuko Mikado, Miyoko Okano, Luke Murakami, Kazumi Ito, George Murakami, Goro Nakamura, Ichiro Numajiri, ?

Back:
Charlie Okano, Masao Ito

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1933

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.9cm x 13.6cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005021

Okano, Riyo and Kumanosuke with Shigeo (Sam) Murakami and his father.

Riyo and Kumanosuke Okano posed with infant Shigeo (Sam) Murakami and his father at Steveston.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1930s

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 15.8cm x 11.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned photograph

Accession number: 2004005022

Alice Murakami

Alice Murakami sitting on the wharf at Vesuvius, with the Vesuvius Inn and Dowry Cottages in the background.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1936

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 10.4cm x 6cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005023

Murakami Family

Katsuyori and Kimiko Murakami with their children. Alice Murakami, standing, Violet and Mary, seated and Rose on Kimiko’s knee.

After years of hard work, Katsuyori and Kimiko realized their dream. The fertile land produced top quality berries that were served at the Empress Hotel to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their visit to Victoria in 1939.

Their asparagus and other vegetables were sought after in Victoria and Vancouver.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: Summer 1938

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 12.7cm x 7.8cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot

Accession number: 2004005024

Murakami, Alice, Violet, Mary and Rose

The four Murakami girls, Alice, aged 12 years, Violet, 9 years 7 months, Mary, 5 years 10 months and Rose, 3 years, standing next to the bed of strawberries on their farm on Sharp Road in May 1940.

Katsuyori and Kimiko built many chicken houses which housed thousands of egg laying chickens.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: May 1940

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5cm x 7.9cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot

Accession number: 2004005025

Alice Murakami

Alice Murakami aged 13 years, at the family home on Sharp Road.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1940

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.5cm x 5.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005026

Murakami, Katsuyori, Violet, Rose and Infant Richard

Katsuyori Murakami with Violet Murakami and Mary Murakami with infant son, Richard Murakami on his knee, Rose Murakami (half of her)to the right. The family is sitting on the steps of their home on Sharp Road.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: January 1, 1941

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.9cm x 5.4cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005027

Murakami, Mary and Rose

Mary Murakami, aged 7 years and Rose Murakami, aged 4 years at their home on Sharp Road.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: November 30, 1941

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 8.3cm x 5.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005028

Alice Murakami

Alice Murakami, aged 13 years, sitting on the steps of the Murakami home on Sharp Road.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1941

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 8.2cm x 5.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005029

Consolidated School

Salt Spring Island Consolidated School, Division 4
Identities from right to left.
Back row: Peter Ellis, Eugene Rogers, Bobby Hele, Pat Kreb, Iwami Ohara, Donald Abbott, Pat Crofton, Bruce Gard.
Middle row: Paul King, Tommy Toynbee, George Sampson, John Spaulding, Donald Jenkins, Glen Jansen, Michael Abbott.
Front row: Lois Foubister, Delores Jansen, Pat Cartwright, Diana Blythe, Barbara Goodman, Shirley Henn, Wendy Fanning, Judy Clegg, Daphne Alwin, Violet Murakami, Jean St. Denis, Jacquelin Lumley, Judith Fanning

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1941

Responsibility: professional school photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 11.3cm x 16.6cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white professional school photo

Accession number: 2004005030

Murakami, Katsuyori and Kimiko

On May 25, 1941, six months before Pearl Harbour, government registration became compulsory for Japanese Canadians. All people of Japanese decent, over the age of 18, were ordered to register with the RCMP.

These are the identification cards for Kaysuyori and Kimiko Murakami.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: May 25, 1941

Responsibility: government issue

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5cm x 8.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: government identification cards with photos, front

Accession number: 2004005031

Murakami, Katsuyori and Kimiko

The back side of the identification cards in the previous file, showing place of residence, physical description , thumb print, occupation and signature.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: May 25, 1941

Responsibility: government issue

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5cm x 8.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: government identification cards, back

Accession number: 2004005032

Riyo Okano

Riyo Okano’s identity card that was compulsory for Japanese Canadians from May 25, 1941.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1941

Responsibility: government issue

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5.3cm x 8.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: government registration card in good condition

Accession number: 2004005033

Riyo Okano

National registration card of Riyo Okano, showing both sides of the card.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: August 14, 1943

Responsibility: government issue

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5.4cm x 8.3cm

Extent and Physical Description: government idenfication card

Accession number: 2004005034

Murakami, Kimiko and Richard

Kimiko Murakami and baby, Richard Murakami in Greenwood, B.C., where the Murakami was sent after being removed from their home on Salt Spring Island. The building in the background is the Greenwood post office.

After their long toil with their dream within their grasp, the Canadian Government took away all their possessions and sent them to internment camps in the British Columbia interior.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1941

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.7cm x 5.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005035

Murakami, Kimiko, Alice, Mary, Violet, Rose with Baby Richard

Kimiko Murakami holding Richard Murakami

from back: Alice Murakami, Mary Murakami, Rose Murakami and Violet Murakami to right. The family is sitting on the steps of the Greenwood post office in Greenwood, B.C., where they were sent after having been removed from their home on Salt Spring Island.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1941

Responsibility: Katsuyori Murakami?

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.6cm x 5.3cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005036

Murakami, Katsuyori, Phillip and Luke with Ron Inouye

Katsuyori Murakami with Phillip and Luke Murakami and Ron Inouye at the Yellowhead Pass Prison Road Camp in which they were confined during World War II.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: April 19, 1942

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 10.5cm x 6cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005037

Murakami, Kimiko, Richard, Mary, Rose, Violet and Alice

Kimiko Murakami with her children in Greenwood, B.C., after the family have been removed from their home on Salt Spring Island.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: July 30, 1942

Responsibility: Katsuyori Murakami?

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.3cm x 10.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot

Accession number: 2004005038

Rosebery United Church Kindergarten

Richard Murakami’s class of younger kindergarten pupils in Rosebery United Church sponsored kindergarten. Richard is the first child on the left in the front row.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1943-4

Responsibility: school photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5.9cm x 10.4cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white school photograph

Accession number: 2004005039

Rosebery United Church Kindergarten

Rose Murakami, first from left, back row, graduates from the Rosebery United Church sponsored kindergarten in 1943.

The three blond children in the picture, two in the back row and one in the centre, are the children of the United Church teachers.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1943

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 6cm x 10.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned school photograph

Accession number: 2004005040

Murakami Family

The Murakami Family on the steps of their hut where they were confined in Rosebery during World War II.

Alice Murakami and Kimiko Murakami standing at back with Mary Murakami between them.

Seated l to r: Violet Murakami, Rose Murakami, Katsuyori Murakami holding Richard Murakami in front.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1943

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 8cm x 5.4cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot, clouded

Accession number: 2004005041

Murakami, Kimiko, Bruce, Richard, Rose and Violet

Kimiko Murakami holding baby Bruce Murakami, with Richard Murakami behind, Rose Murakami, standing and Violet Murakami, in front.

The family is outside their substandard housing in the community of Rosebery, where they were incarcerated during World War II.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1945

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5.4cm x 7.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005042

Richard Murakami

Richard Murakami aged 4 years and 7 months.

He is standing outside the hut in the BC Interior where the Japanese Canadians were confined during World War II.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: March 4, 1945

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.8cm x 5.4cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005043

Murakami, Mary and Bruce

Mary Murakami holding her baby brother, Bruce Murakami in the grounds of the inadequate shelters made for the Japanese Canadians removed from the coast to the community of Rosebery in the B.C. interior.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: March 2, 1945

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.9cm x 5.4cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005044

Murakami, Kimiko and Bruce

Kimiko Murakami with her youngest son, Bruce Murakami, who was born October 1, 1944 in the New Denver Hospital. The Japanese Canadians were confined in a settlement called Rosebery in the BC Interior.

Throughout their hardships of the 1940s and 1050s, Kimiko Murakami maintained her beautiful smile and her undaunted spirit.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: March 2, 1945

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.9cm x 5.4cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005045

Rosebery United Church Kindergarten

During the confinement of Japanese Canadian people in Rosebery, B.C., the United Church set up a school so that the children could continue their education. Japanese Canadian girls were trained to be teachers and became part of the teaching staff.

Japanese Canadian children were not permitted to attend the public schools. This is Richard Murakami’s kindergarten class. He is fourth from the right in the middle row.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1945

Responsibility: professional school photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 10.3cm x 15.1cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white professional school photograph

Accession number: 2004005046

Alice Murakami

Alice Murakami, a very pretty teenager. Alice later married Ted Tanaka, an American soldier and moved to California.

Of the Murakami children, Alice suffered the most, being at that vulnerable early teen age and bearing cruel words from her teacher and other adults that had been considered friends.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: circa 1948

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 14.4cm x 9cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005047

Magrath Alberta Public School

The Grade Two class of Richard Murakami in Magrath, Alberta.
Richard is 6th from left in the middle row.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1947-48

Responsibility: school photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 11.3cm x 16.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white professional school photograph in good condition

Accession number: 2004005048

Murakami Restaurant in Cardston AB

When the Murakami Family were released from their wartime confinement, they open a restaurant in Cardston Alberta from 1949 to 1954. They were not permitted to return to the coast, so made the best of things where they were.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1950

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5.1cm x 5.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005049

Kimiko Murakami

Kimiko Murakami in the kitchen of the Du-Eet Cafe in Cardston Alberta. Kimiko was cook for the restaurant for a double shift.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1950

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 5.3cm x 8cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005050

Murakami, Kimiko and Bruce

Kimiko Murakami with her youngest son, Bruce, standing in front of the Du-Eet Cafe in Cardston Alberta in 1950.

Kimiko

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1950

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.7cm x 5.3cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot

Accession number: 2004005051

Murakami, Katsuyori, Kimiko and Bruce

Kimiko, Katsuyori and Bruce in front of the restaurant in Cardston, Alberta. 1950

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1950

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.7cm x 5.3cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned snapshot

Accession number: 2004005052

Murakami ‘Du-Eet Cafe’ Restaurant

Murakami restaurant in Cardston Alberta, called the Du-Eet Cafe. They had this cafe from 1949 to 1954.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1950

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 8.1cm x 13.3cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white postcard style snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005053

Murakami, Katsuyori and Kimiko

Katsuyori and Kimiko Murakami celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary while still exiled and far away from their Salt Spring home in Cardston, Alberta.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1950

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 14.7cm x 10cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005054

Murakami House on Rainbow Road

The original Murakami house on Rainbow Road on return to Salt Spring, with strawberry field in foreground, after harvest.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1950

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 14.7cm x 10cm

Extent and Physical Description: sepia toned professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005055

Murakami Garden

A view of the garden at the Murakami home on Rainbow Road, in Ganges, on Salt Spring Island.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1958

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.7cm x 7.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: colour snapshot

Accession number: 2004005056

Murakami House on Rainbow Road

The original Murakami house on return to Salt Spring Island, on Rainbow Road in 1958.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1958

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: unknown

Extent and Physical Description: colour snapshot in excellent condition

Accession number: 2004005057

Murakami Farm

Katsuyori Murakami hoeing a field of potatoes on the Murakami farm on Rainbow Road in 1958.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1958

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.8cm x 7.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: black and white snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005058

Murakami Farm

Rows of strawberries on the Murakami Farm on Rainbow Road, July 1956.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: July 1956

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 8.8cm x 8.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: colour snapshot in good condition

Accession number: 2004005059

Murakami Home

A view of the original Murakami home on return to Salt Spring on Rainbow Road in Ganges.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1958

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 8cm x 8cm

Extent and Physical Description: colour snapshot

Accession number: 2004005060

Murakami Garden

Part of the garden at the Murakami home on Rainbow Road in Ganges on Salt Spring Island.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1958

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 7.7cm x 7.7cm

Extent and Physical Description: colour snapshot

Accession number: 2004005061

Murakami, Katsuyori and Kimiko

50th wedding anniversary photograph of Katsuyori and Kimiko Murakami 1976.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1976

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 18.4cm x 25.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: colour professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005062

Murakami Farm

Boysenberries in blossom on the Murakami Farm on Rainbow Road in the early 1980s.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: early 1980s

Responsibility: unknown

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 9.9cm x 10.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: colour snapshot in excellent condition

Accession number: 2004005063

Murakami, Katsuyori and Kimiko

60th Wedding Anniversary portrait of Katsuyori and Kimiko Murakami 1986.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: 1986

Responsibility: professional photographer

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 12.6cm x 17.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: colour professional photograph

Accession number: 2004005064

Richard Murakami

Richard Murakami at work at his autobody shop on Rainbow Road in Ganges, Salt Spring Island.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Location: Murakami family home

Date: June 29, 2004

Responsibility: Derrick Lundy, copyright Gulf Islands Driftwood

Source: Rose Murakami

Dimensions: 21.9cm x 26.2cm

Extent and Physical Description: professional colour photograph

Accession number: 2004005065

Okano Greenhouse

Okano greenhouse as it looked in 1941. After they were sent into exile in 1942, vandals smashed all the glass.

Collection: Murakami Collection

Dimensions: 7.8cm x 15.2cm

Accession number: 2005011001

Murakami, Riyoichi and Kimiko

This is the only photo that was taken of my brother Riyoichi. The SSI archive has a few of his funeral pictures but not of him. Mother had taken him to a doctor in Victoria hoping to get some help. However, at that time there was no help for a blue baby as they were known then. Today, the doctors could close the hole in the heart with their eyes closed. He died on the 17th of September 1933 at the age of 9 months.

Keiko Mary Kitagawa

Collection: Murakami Collection

Date: 1933

Source: Keiko Mary Kitagawa

Dimensions: 13.7cm x 8.5cm

Extent and Physical Description: digital image emailed from Keiko Mary Kitagawa

Accession number: 2006001001