Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shashin Hanayome

The first major waves of Japanese Shashin Hanayome “picture brides” began in 1908.  In general, the picture bride practice conformed to traditional marriage customs as parents or relatives in Japan chose wives for single migrant men working in America and Hawaiʻi.

Between 1907 and 1923, over 14,000 picture brides arrived in Hawaiʻi from Japan.  In addition to being wives and mothers who took care of the home, Japanese women immigrants also worked alongside their husbands in the fields.  Husbands were usually older than wives by ten to fifteen years, and occasionally more.

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