[San Francisco: Nichi-Bei Shinbunsha, 1917]. 424pp., plus one advertisement leaf. Text in Japanese and English. Tall octavo. Original pictorial tan wrappers, blue cloth backstrip, bound in Japanese style. Moderate soiling, rubbing, creasing, and edge wear to wrappers, some insect damage to backstrip. Textblock tanned, minor occasional foxing, one leaf with short closed marginal tear. Overall about very good. Item #WRCAM55485
A rare Japanese-American directory published at the end of World War I. The text lists addresses for businesses and residents in the San Francisco Bay Area and about 350 other California cities, as well as contact information for Japanese Americans in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Montana, and Mexico. The name of each person or business is printed in Japanese characters, with the address and telephone number in English. As with the great majority of directories, the listings are interspersed with advertisements for local businesses, mostly for San Francisco in this case. Examples of such San Francisco businesses advertising here include The Fook Company House of Clothing on the rear wrapper, K. Inukai Company on the inside front wrapper, and the Nippon Dry Goods Company on the inside rear wrapper. Full-page advertisements within the text feature The Kisen Co. Silk House, Fred F. Morikawa General Insurance, the Hotel Ogawa, the Sumitomo Bank Limited, Uoki Fish Market, and the Sun Trading Company, all of San Francisco. Businesses from other locations also advertise in the directory, such as the Hotel New York in Los Angeles; North American Tuna Canning Co. on Terminal Island; Kawikawa Brothers in Fresno; physician Tomooki Ota of Alameda; the Fuji Hotel in Seattle; Ogden Art Studio in Utah; and scores of others. THE JAPANESE AMERICAN DIRECTORY was published from 1904 to 1941, ceasing after the American entry into World War II. Any issue of this directory is most uncommon, with only a smattering of copies of any year in OCLC, and no specific mention of any institution holding the 1918 edition. The Japanese American National Museum only holds copies of the 1940 and 1941 editions. Ichioka, A BURIED PAST: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE JAPANESE AMERICAN RESEARCH PROJECT COLLECTION 751. JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM PRE-WORLD WAR II PERIOD ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 27. OCLC 45119923.