Category Archives: History

The missing 1936 Forward now available for download

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The SJIS Alumni Association Archive Committee, in one of its main projects, has been scanning “Forward”, our yearbooks from the past. The first edition of the DVD copies that…..

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The Firsts in Japan from Yokohama, Part VI

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by Luke (Schneider) Oyama ’54 [Luke takes us through the history of Yokohama in this six part article – enjoy!] – Part VI – Sports, Music, and Others —————————————————————————————————————— Sports ———————————————-——————————————————————– TENNIS The government leased property to the Foreign Settlement for safe recreational purposes and constructed the Yamate Park but as the residents could not […]

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The Firsts in Japan from Yokohama, Part V

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by Luke (Schneider) Oyama ’54 [Luke takes us through the history of Yokohama in this six part article – enjoy!] – Part V – Bluff/Yamate —————————————————————————————————————— Bluff Area: Churches and Religion ———————————————-——————————————————————– CATHOLICS Though Christianity was forbidden for the Japanese, this prohibition did not apply to foreigners and the government permitted the construction of a […]

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History – Bro. Aloysius Soden

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History – Bro. Aoysius Soden (Lt. Soden, USNR) Francis Tanabe (’61) wrote to Franz Metzger ’58 “Just in case this is new material about Bro. Soden, I have attached a query from the son of Bro. Soden’s cousin.” Lt. Aloysius Soden, USNR, JLS 1944 Marianist BrotherI am looking for information about his service as an […]

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The Firsts in Japan from Yokohama, Part IV

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by Luke (Schneider) Oyama ’54 [Luke takes us through the history of Yokohama in this six part article – enjoy!] – Part IV – Yatobashi-Yamashitabashi/Motomachi —————————————————————————————————————— Yatobashi/Yamashita-bashi Area ———————————————-——————————————————————– ICE MAKING PLANT At around the bottom of the slope of Yatozaka, the Dutchman , Ludwicus Stornebrink founded an ice making plant in 1879 and named […]

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History – SJC & Korean War

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This is an excerpt from e-mails between Franz Metzger (’58) and Kikuchi brothers on memories of the 1950 SJC graduation ceremony. Franz, see what you started with UME no Hana and Negishi Race Track! Kunio Kikuchi ’60. Pictures of Ume no Hana, plum blossoms, at Negishi Shinrin Park, former Negishi Race Track was emailed to […]

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The Firsts in Japan from Yokohama, Part III

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by Luke (Schneider) Oyama ’54 [Luke takes us through the history of Yokohama in this six part article – enjoy!] – Part III – Chinatown —————————————————————————————————————— Chinatown Area Since the opening of Japan to Western culture, there came traders, moneychangers, furniture makers, musical instrument makers, laundrymen, cooks, barbers, dressmakers, interpreters, accountants, servants, and other experienced […]

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The Firsts in Japan from Yokohama, Part II

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by Luke (Schneider) Oyama ’54 [Luke takes us through the history of Yokohama in this six part article – enjoy!] – Part II – Streets Crossing Honcho-Dori —————————————————————————————————————— Yokohama Station to Sakuragicho AreaYoshidabashi Area – Bashamichi to Honcho-dori The first horse carriages in Japan were used by the foreign consular for commuting between their consulates […]

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The Firsts in Japan from Yokohama, Part I

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by Luke (Schneider) Oyama ’54 [Luke takes us through the history of Yokohama in this six part article – enjoy!] -Part I- Yokohama-Sakuragi-cho and Honcho-dori —————————————————————————————————————— Yokohama Station to Sakuragicho Area —————————————————————————————————————— GAS STATION The first gas station in Japan was built and operated by Yokohama Beiyu Co., Ltd. in mid 1920’s at the location […]

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