Lot 36 of 461:
Postcards from Japan to U.S. WW2  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$2,000
$300 - $500

Group of letters and postcards sent from Japan to family in the U.S. during WWII, one being addressed to an internment camp in Texas


Japan, mostly




Comprises: 3 postcards and 1 letter written in Japanese; Christmas card in an envelope addressed to Crystal City Internment Camp, Crystal City Texas, and a few other pieces of ephemera.

A translator notes: "I'm guessing these letters were written before the world war ended. The sender named Koichi was writing from somewhere in Japan to his parents who were living in the U.S., and Koichi's uncle, his father's brother, was taking care of him in Japan."

Some loose translations of the material:

  • How are you father and mother ? We are  both doing well. Thank you for the package. I received it without any problems. We're thinking that we want to go to the U.S. as soon as possible and study hard to make you two feel relieved. It's summer time here and it's so hot now As for Auntie Mitsuko, there are 3 females in her family.  Her first sister Setsuko is a second grade in elementary school. Please send around 18cm sized shoes for her. Don't worry about me as I am learning at school and enjoying it.  Well then, please take care of yourself, father and mother. Yoshiyuki and Kouichi.
  • How are you, father and mother ? We are doing well. Since the letter came to Kusamizu (name of the city ? I guess this is the place he lived) and said we would be getting a package, so uncle seems to be in a good mood these days. He was saying after reading the newspaper the other day,  Soviet union and the U.S. will be fight so you guys won't be able to go to the U.S. for a while, but if you could,  I can help you to prepare the documents, packing and take you to Yokohama (for the ship?) since it's not easy for kids, but after reading your letter , he changed his mind and said "let your parents do that". Also when you were not sending the package to him, he complained  " even though I am taking care of kids, he doesn't send me anything. If you have a chance to move there, you have to send me 2 or 3 times a week. He's saying greedy things. Aunty who lives in Hiratsuka, she was so happy to get the package too.  Seems like uncle found the canned food in a package, then he was trying to eat it secretly, but had to dump the leftovers because he forgot that then it was already spoiled.  Please send the package to auntie and Setsuko family. Ok, I will write to you soon.Take care of yourself, father and mother. Bye, Koich,
  •  How are you father and mother ? We are doing well and learning at school . this year,6-3-3-4 system of education was legally established in Japan. Now Yoshiyuki will be turned first grade of Junior high, so please send him clothes and leather shoes. He needs a little bit bigger size which will be better. Yoshiyuki (writer), the size I'm wearing now is perfect. As for my pants, they were too big so I need several cm shorter one, and if you can send me more, I want a fountain pen or brush, only if you could. We received 3 packages and I got 2, thank you so much for that, Please send something more to uncle, aunt in Hiratshuka is waiting for your letter, please send it to her. just a letter is ok for her. ok, I will write to you again. take care of yourself, Koichi.  
  • How are you, Father and mother ? We are doing well.
    We enjoyed the sweets you sent us in a package. We don't have any place that sells something so sweet like that. 
    Aunt Mitsuko had a newborn baby, they are now 3 sisters. The first sister Setsuko turned into second grade in an elementary school and she does not seem to have shoes for her school, if you could send something for her, send her around 20 cm pairs of shoes. If the Treaty of peace with Japan was established, I would go there as soon as possible. I pray that it will happen soon. Take care of yourself, I will write to you soon. Bye, Koichi.
  • Christmas card in evenvelope addressed to Internment camp in Crystal Texas. Ink stamp on envelope reads: Detained Alien, Enemy Mail means World War 2 Enemy alien control program ? Stamp reads 1946 .

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General light wear and toning, occasional light foxing; all pieces very good.

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