by Chizu Iiyama
Mrs. Kou Kitano arrived on Angel Island in 1914 and waited for her husband, who she had only seen in a photograph. Thus, begins the journey of a Japanese picture bride, as told by her daughter, Chizu Iiyama.
My sister Masako visited Japan as a graduation present with my mother in 1935. Their stay was extended several months as Mother became ill. She became very close to my mother who reminisced about her early life in Japan, how she became a picture bride, and her brief stay at Angel Island and her first glimpse of her husband-to-be.
Photos provided by Chizu Iiyama (top to bottom) Top - photo of Kou Yuki Kitano circa 1914, Bottom - Motoji Kitano and Kou Yuki and Hisashi Kitano (rear) circa 1914
Place of Origin
Place of Settlement
San Francisco, U.S.