[Honpa Hongwanji president Sonyu Ohtani and congregation in front of church, San Francisco, California, November 1, 1925]
San Francisco, Calif.,
November 1, 1925
Buddhist Churches of America Archives
1 photographic print : sepia toned.
Portrait of Honpa Hongwanji Church congregation on the occasion of welcoming president Taka? in San Francisco, California, November 1, 1925. Several rows of men, women and children pose in street in front of church with sign, "Buddhist Church Hongwanji" over open doorway. Twelve men in Buddhist priest's robes and vestments, or okesa, sit in front row, center, including one Caucasian priest; they are identified (L to R): Rev. Dr. R. Clarke (?) (1st), Rev. S. Shimizu (2nd), Rev. G Taga (3rd), Rev. R. Kusuhara (4th), Rev. R. Hanada (?) (5th), (Daika) Sonyu Ohtani (6th), Rev. Y. Tofuku (9th), Rev. K. Takahashi (?) (10th), Rev. J. Kow (11th), Rev. Kenshi Iwao (12th). They are flanked by men in suits and neckties with ribbons pinned to their lapels; boys in knickers and caps stand at far left. Row of girls in white tops and boys in pullovers with "Y" on chest stand behind seated men. Rows of men and women, some carrying infants, stand in back rows leading up steps and extending out into street. Building appears to be on a street corner; it has two glass windows with manji, or reverse swastika symbols, on either side of doorway. Japanese writing in white on original image, TR.
In TR (In Japanese): Taisho Juyonnen Juichigatsu suika / Honpa Hongwanji kancho / Otani Taka [unreadable] / Gogei / oite soko kyokai.