East Asia Library receives donation of mid-20th century Japanese diaries
The East Asia Library recently received the valuable donation of a set of diaries written by Hisao Magario (1889 - 1960), a Japanese businessman who operated an import business in Oakland and San Francisco during the mid-20th century. The forty-one volumes of diaries cover the period between 1920 and 1960, describing Magario's time in the United States during the years 1920-1926 and his subsequent activities after returning to Japan.
The diaries were kept in the possession of Tamiko Magario, Hisao's daughter-in-law, who has graciously offered to make them available for scholarship on US-Japan ties. They were entrusted to the Stanford East Asia Library by Tamiko Magario, Miki Nakajima, Tsuneo Nakajima and Steven K. Yoda.
Japanese studies librarian, Dr. Regan Murphy Kao, receives the donated diaries from Miki Nakajima, Hisao Magario's great-granddaughter
These diaries are a rich source of material for those interested in researching relations between the United States and Japan during the mid-20th century.