Tonari Gumi History Book “Spirit of the Issei: The story of Tonari Gumi” Now Available!!

“Spirit of the Issei: The Story of the Tonari Gumi” tells the story of how an upstart group of Japanese immigrants joined forces with Canadian-born third-generation Japanese-Canadians to re-energize a community and through the spirit of volunteerism provide help to those in need. The beauty and dignity of the issei is captured in a 22-page series of photos by renowned photographer, Tamio Wakayama.

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Book Price : $19.95 per copy (tax included) plus shipping and handling