Fonds - Yoshinosuke Yoshioka fonds

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Yoshinosuke Yoshioka fonds

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  • 1917-1939 (Creation)
    Yoshioka, Yoshinosuke

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223 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 95 cm or smaller

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Yoshinosuke Yoshioka was born in Sasebo, Japan in 1889. Mr. Yoshioka’s conversion to Christianity was influenced by the Rev. Toyohiko Kagawa of Kobe. He graduated in 1912 from Kwansai Gakuin University at Shizuoka, Japan, and was baptized a Christian by the Rev. Mr. Murai in 1914. He was ordained in the Methodist Church in 1921. Yoshioka married Hisa Misaki (1890-1975), then a primary school teacher, in Shizuoka, Japan, where they lived until they left for Canada. Yoshioka succeeded the Rev. Mr. Saito at the Japanese Methodist Church in Steveston in 1922 and served there for three years. This was followed by an appointment at the Japanese Mission on Powell Street in Vancouver (1925-1926). He completed theological studies at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, and earned Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. In 1929, he was called to the mission at the Japanese United Church in Kelowna, British Columbia, where he served until 1952. He went on to serve in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he died May 26, 1956.

The Yoshiokas had two sons, Edward and James. Edward Yoshioka was born in 1923. He attended Victoria University and Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. Having been ordained in 1947, he served as a United Church of Canada minister in several locations across Canada and as a missionary in Trinidad. He died in 1990. James Yoshioka was born in 1925. He earned a medical doctor’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1949; thereafter he practiced medicine in Montreal, Quebec, and Oakville and Toronto, Ontario until he retired.

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The photograph collection was donated by James Yoshioka in 1992 to Steveston United Church, Richmond, B.C. In 1996, the collection was transferred to the BC Conference Archives.

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The photograph collection documents Yoshioka’s transition to Canada and his life as a minister serving in the Japanese community. The majority of the collection dates from the earlier 1920s, his early days in Canada; photographs capture the life of the Japanese church community in and around Steveston and Powell Street. Fonds also includes photographs of the Yoshioka family and Rev. [Robert?] Wilkinson and his family, taken at Shizuoka, Japan, around 1917.

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Steveston United Church (Richmond, B.C.)


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  • English
  • Japanese

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137 photographs : b&w ; 14 x 20 cm or smaller on sheet 22 x 26 cm
7 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 27 cm or smaller on sheet 27 x 33 cm

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Created March 26, 2019

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