Twelve wire recordings and corresponding digitized copies that contain portions of a variety of live concerts performed by
Japanese and Japanese American musicians on tour in Sacramento, California in and around the year 1950. The recordings capture
portions of small concerts performed by unidentified musicians, as well as live concerts of well known Japanese performers
of the era, including Hibari Misora, Hamako Watanabe, Yoshiko Otaka (Shirley Yamaguchi), Ryoichi Hattori, Tomiko Hattori,
Shizuko Kasagi, and Kawada Haruhisa.
In 1950, Japanese musicians were permitted to travel overseas and perform in the United States for the first time since the
end of World War II. Many artists traveled across the United States on concert tours that year, and were greeted by Japanese-American
fans in cities including Honolulu, Chicago, Los Angeles and Sacramento. The Wire Recordings of Japanese Performers in Sacramento,
California capture a variety of these significant postwar concerts performed in the city during and around the year 1950.
The earliest known provenance of the recordings is their purchase from a Sacramento antique market. Subsequently, the recordings
were sold on eBay and purchased by the donor in August and September of 2008. The recordings were digitized into .WAV and
.MP3 formats by the donor, who gifted both the analog and digital versions to UCLA Library Special Collections in November
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