NIPPU JIJI HAWAI NENKAN [in Japanese characters]. HAWAIIAN JAPANESE ANNUAL & DIRECTORY 1939 [wrapper title].

Honolulu: The Nippu Jiji Co., Ltd., [ 1938]. [4],8,[14],304,[2],230,[2],54,[2],52,[2],8,[2],36,[2],37- 44,[2],100,[2],26pp., plus small double-sided folding map and inserted leaves of advertisements and additional maps. Text mostly in Japanese. Square 12mo. Original tan wrappers printed in red, black, and blue, bound in the Japanese style. Moderate soiling, staining, and creasing to wrappers, both wrappers slightly over-opened. Text a trifle toned, but clean, with a handful of pencil marks by a previous owner in the directory section. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM55484

An uncommon surviving directory of Japanese-American citizens and residents of Japanese ancestry from pre- World War II Hawaii. Many or most of the citizens and businesses listed would be taken away to war and/or internment camps just three years after the publication of this work, making this directory an important source for Japanese-American people, places, and businesses in Hawaii before the war. The work is comprised of several sections, but there are two main groupings. The first and longest section is the annual and business directory, numbering 304 pages. It includes various tables and statistics, information on government officials and offices, military officials, banks, notaries public, trade schools, seminaries, professional associations, immigration information, museums, tax information (including contact information for "Poll Tax"), unemployment relief, and much more. The residential directory portion comprises the remainder of the work, with separately-paginated sections for Honolulu, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Hawaii, Kona, and Kau. Each person's name and address is listed in Japanese, with the address printed in English, as well. Each subsection of the residential directory begins with a sectional titlepage, most of which are illustrated with a map of the given island on one side and advertisements on the opposite side. In fact, the annual and directory is interspersed throughout with portraits of prominent Japanese businessmen and various advertisements for Hawaiian businesses, including the Yokohama Specie Bank, the Sumitomo Bank of Hawaii, the Kobayashi Hotel, Honolulu Sake Brewery & Ice Company, Honolulu Cyclery, Oahu Railway & Land Company, and Yamasaki Garage, among others. The Honolulu Paper Company advertises the arrival of "the World's New Royal No. 1 Typewriter," including a picture of the new machine on the rear wrapper. Just preceding the annual section is a fourteen- page collection of advertisements printed in blue and brown. Some of these ads are photo-illustrated on the versos, picturing groups of Japanese-Hawaiian organizations, various storefronts, and even team photos for various youth baseball clubs, including the Oahu Japanese Junior Baseball Inter-League team. NIPPU JIJI HAWAI NENKAN was apparently published from 1927 until 1941, ending after the outbreak of World War II and before the subsequent Japanese-American internment period. OCLC records a scattered mix of copies of this serial publication in institutions, but this 1938 edition covering the year 1939 seems especially scant in the listings, with only a few copies indicated in periodical runs. The only separately-listed copy is at the National Diet Library in Japan. Ichioka, A BURIED PAST: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE JAPANESE AMERICAN RESEARCH PROJECT COLLECTION 712. OCLC 674946307.

Price: $2,250.00

Directory of Japanese Americans in Hawaii, Two Years Before Pearl Harbor