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Japanese Kuwabara Hospital

 
 
Japanese Kuwabara Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
1. Japanese Kuwabara Hospital Marker
Inscription. The Nishiura Brothers built this Colonial Revival structure in 1910. Named after its first resident physician from Japan, Dr. Taisuka Kuwabara, the Kumamoto Kenjin-kai (a prefectural association) established the hospital to serve the Japanese community. In 1934 the Japanese Association, an Issei organization, purchased the building to use as a community center. After World War II it became the office of the Japanese American Citizenís League. Upon its designation as a historical landmark in 1983 and after its renovation, it was renamed the Issei Memorial Building in honor of the first generation of Japanese pioneers.
 
Erected by San Jose History Walk.
 
Location. 37° 20.88′ N, 121° 53.628′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on North 5th Street south of Jackson Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 565 North 5th Street, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Japantowns (a few steps from this marker); Wesley United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Hori Midwife House (within shouting
Japanese Kuwabara Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
2. Japanese Kuwabara Hospital Marker
Issei Memorial Building, formerly the Kuwabara Hospital, in the background.
distance of this marker); Jackson Drugs (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Amamiyla Midwife House (about 400 feet away); Nihonmachi (about 400 feet away); Japantown Theater (about 400 feet away); Dobashi Market (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Go For Broke". The history of the all-Japanese 442nd Regiment. (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Japanese American Internment - World War II. (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Additional keywords. Japantown
 
Categories. Asian AmericansNotable BuildingsScience & Medicine
 
Issei Memorial Building Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
3. Issei Memorial Building Plaque
Issei Memorial Building
Built in 1910 as Kuwabara Hospital by Issei
Renovated 1982-83
Rededicated September 25, 1983
San Josť Historic Landmark
Japanese Internment Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
4. Japanese Internment Memorial
Camps listed:
Manzanar, Tule Lake, Topaz, Poston and Heart Mountain
Japanese Internment Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
5. Japanese Internment Memorial
Camps listed:
Amache, Rohwer, Gila River, Minidoka and Jerome.
"Go For Broke," on top of the bench, was the nick-name for the all Japanese U.S. 442nd Regiment during World War II.
World War II Japanese Evacuation Order image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
6. World War II Japanese Evacuation Order
A copy of the WWII Japanese Evacuation Order is posted on a telephone pole next to the Japanese Internment Memorial.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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