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Early Japanese passport

Issued for immigration to the Hawaiian islands.


Though this is not my main topic of interest, it is still an attractive early 2oth Century travel document that was issued by the Japanese foreign ministry.


Passport number 182620 was issued on September 10th 1921 to Kon Nakata, aged 32 who is clearly indicated as a “returning immigrant”, near her name (rubber stamped).


The document also states that she is travelling to Hawaii, and thus she obtained the necessary US visa from consulate general located at Yikohama, issued by vice consul Sam J. Wardell.


In addition, the passenger-boat ticket is also pasted inside the passport.


On September 20th she was admitted into Honolulu; and her passport was amended or seen by the Japanese diplomatic mission as well once she settled in.


The Japanese are one of the highest ethnic groups on the Islands and at their peak, 1920, consisted of about 43% of the general population.




I have added images of the passport.



Thank you for reading “Our Passports”.


Neil Kaplan
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