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Tomookai Japanese Christian Community fonds
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1963 - 1989 (Creation)
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6 folders, 4 volumes textual material.
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The Tomookai Japanese Christian Community existed as a chapel at Wayside House in the Ontario community of Fort William, now known as Thunder Bay, from 1942 to 1970. When the chapel was built, the building was renamed Wayside Church. The congregation called themselves Tomookai, which means "friends of Jesus" in Japanese. From July 1, 1968 to February 11, 1969, Rev. C. Furuya, a Japanese minister from Winnipeg, came to give services once a month. English services at Wayside Church ended in 1969, and the congregation disbanded. The property was sold to the Boys and Girls' Clubs of Canada around 1970. Most of the congregation joined or transferred to Knox United Church - Pruden Street, where Japanese services continued.
Records of the Tomookai Japanese Christian Community came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records from Tomookai Japanese Christian Community in 1992.
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Surviving records of the Tomookai Japanese Christian Community include: financial records (1967-1969, 1973-1989); minutes written in Japanese; a Japanese / English hymn book; a membership list; records of the Manitoba Japanese United Church, including correspondence / newsletters and service bulletins (1976-1977); records of the Japanese Canadian Centennial Committee, including newsletters and minutes (1977); an In Memoriam List (1974-1977); and records of Wayside United Church, including financial statements (1963-1969).
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Related material: See also the Wayside Centre fonds for additional material relating to the Tomookai Japanese Christian Community.
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The material is in English and Japanese.
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