Dave Tatsuno Collection (91.74.1-8)


Dave Tatsuno (1913-2006) was well known in the Bay Area Nikkei community for operating the Nichi Bei Bussan stores in San Jose and San Francisco, California. His interest in making movies began in 1936 and resulted in this collection of home movies, consisting of eight 8mm films (3 color and 5 black & white) and one 16mm color film.

The film depicting Topaz concentration camp is on the National Film Registry, the only such home movie originating from an American ethnic community. The Tatsuno home movie collection documents activities in Topaz concentration camp and pre-WWII festivals, sporting events, family outings, holidays, celebrations, and the family business - the Nichi Bei Bussan.

#1: Topaz footage (29:56).

#2: 1) One Sunday at the Golden Gate Park, August 23, 1936. Characters: Dad, Chiye, Wilbur, Tut and Dave; 2) The Bay Bridge; the U.C. campus, August 28, 1936. Characters: S. Kawasaki, Bob Takeda, Dave; 3) Santa Cruz, M.E. Church outing: Fleischacker Pool; and home. September 1936; 4) The Bay Bridge Fiesta Parade, November 13, 1936 (taken by Tut) (13:38).

#3: 1a) picnic: Palo Alto, Alameda and San Mateo; b) St. Mary's vs. U.C. 10-0; (following is lined out) c) N.C. YPCC 1936; d) Santa Clara vs. U.S.F.; 2) Football: U.C. vs. U.C.L.A. 6-17, October 17, 1936; 3) "The Big Game" 20-0, and over Bay Bridge (Kodachrome Color Film) November 21, 1936; 4) New Years Dinner and our store (Kodachrome Color Film), January 1, 1937 (14:12).

#4: Y.P.C.C. 1936-1937 (Young People’s Christian Conference), Spring of 1937, NCYPCC Chairman's Pow-wow, Mt. Hamilton-San Jose, Golden Gate Bridge, Dad and King Tsuchiya; at Christ Church. Personalities: Joe Omachi, Harry Fujita, Art Morimitsu, Michiyo Teramoto, Chi, Dad, Henry Tani, Sada Onoye, Santa Clara YPCC, Fresno YPCC, YPUC and Bay Region YPCC, N.C. Intercollegiate Advance, Yoshifuji's, Pescadero, Tennis: Yamaguchi-Don Budge, Picnic: Oakland Hills, Sunny Boy (15:18).

#5: 1) New Year's dinner at home; 2) Picnic in Sequoia Hill (Oakland) – Spring; 3) Yosemite - family and Mr. and Mrs. Tsuchiya – June; 4) Yosemite - July Wilbur-Henry-Roy-Tom; 5) Christmas - Home Sumi Teramoto-Alice (10:16).

#6: 1) YMCA Olympics – May; 2) Golden Gate Bridge; 3) San Anselmo Retreat – June; 4) Outing: Monterey - July 4th; 5) Outing: Russian River – July; 6) Outing: Calistoga – Aug; 7) NCYPCC Cabinet Meeting - Oct at Oakland M.E; 8) Northern Calif. Young Peoples' Christian Conference; 9) Loomis: Dave Takagishi's wedding (16:02).

#7: Alice at Loomis, Barton Sasaki, etc.; Dave Takeuchi wedding; 1940 JACL Nat. Convention; Yosemite, Matsuko, boat (10:57).

#8: Topaz footage (8:04).

Credits: Dave Tatsuno Collection, Gift of Dave Tatsuno, in Memory of Walter Honderick, Japanese American National Museum (91.74). Preserved and made accessible in part by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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family history


HNRC — Last modified Jun 28 2021 1:49 a.m.

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