[1905 Japanese Visa Granting Permission to Emigrate to the United States and Hawaii]

Issei Passport

[1905 Japanese Visa Granting Permission to Emigrate to the United States and Hawaii]

Notes: The beginning of a Japanese immigrant's journey to a new life in the United States, a form partially printed in purple ink and completed in manuscript with an official orange stamp.

This visa grants a Mr. Takahashi (高橋正業, the first name could be transliterated Shogyo, Seigyo, or Masaygyo) leave to travel to the United States or Hawaii. A person with that name is listed as an official with a Japanese bank in the January 1, 1915 issue of San Francisco's Nichibei Shinbun.

An interesting artifact issued during the height of Japanese immigration to the United States and just before immigration would be restricted, beginning in 1907, under the Gentlemen's Agreement.

Edition + Condition: Old folds and some creasing to the edges, with a small hole in one margin, not affecting any text.

Publication: Fukuoka Prefecture: 1905 (Meiji 38).

Item No: #308091

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