The Collection consists of documents, diaries, letters, books, calendars, newspapers, photographs, artifacts and audiovisual
media pertaining to Kikuyo Morimoto Nakatani, a Japanese-born woman who lived in Isleton, CA. During World War II, her family
was incarcerated in the Minidoka and Tule Lake War Relocation Centers. After the war, she moved to Los Angeles and studied
tea with Madame Sosei Matsumoto, and became a tea master acknowledged by the Urasenke Headquarters in Japan. The collection
also contains letters from her son, Kunio, who served aboard the Yamato battleship during World War II. (See also MSS 2005/68
Sokiku Nakatani Tea Collection and MSS 2005/69 Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room Materials).
1903 – Kikuyo Morimoto Nakatani born in Hiroshima, JapanKikuyo Morimoto Nakatani (1903-1990) was born in Hiroshima, Japan. In 1919, she traveled to the United States, eventually
settling in Isleton, California. In 1921, she married Kinjiro Nakatani, a grape and strawberry farmer in the Sacramento region.
Together, they had seven children: Kunio (1922-1945), Seiji (1924-2004), Kazuhisa (1927-1990), "Lilly" Atsuko (1929-2014),
Satoru (1931-2007), "Max" Mamoru (1935-1995) and Koso (1938-2015).
29.25 Linear feet
(44 cartons, 1 flat file drawer)
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