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East Asia Library receives donation of mid-20th century Japanese diaries

February 6, 2017
Joshua Capitanio
Entry from Hisao Magario's diary

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 with Miki Nakajima

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.

View the Hisao Magario diaries on SearchWorks.


Joshua Capitanio

Joshua Capitanio

Public Services Librarian, East Asia Library
Bibliographer, East and Southeast Asia (Western languages)
Subject Specialist, Religious Studies