Yoshiko Yamanouchi


Name Yoshiko Yamanouchi
Born May 12 1895
Died August 10 1973
Birth Location Osaka, Japan
Generational Identifier

Issei

Yoshiko Yamanouchi (1895–1973) was an early Buddhist community leader, businesswoman, and amateur painter. She was born in Osaka, Japan, on May 12, 1895. She immigrated to the United States in 1915 and settled in San Mateo, California, where she became a prominent member of the community, establishing the first Buddhist Sunday School Young Buddhist Association, and Women's Association for the growing immigrant population. She also maintained and owned a laundry business.

During World War II, Yamanouchi was incarcerated at the War Relocation Authority camp in Topaz, Utah. Despite having no formal art training, she produced a number of watercolor paintings depicting her experiences in camp. Following the war, she returned to San Mateo, where she resumed her laundry business. Her work was included in the seminal exhibition "The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps" which was held in Los Angeles in 1992.

She died on August 10, 1973, in San Francisco, California at age 78.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

For More Information

The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, UCLA Wight Art Gallery, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1992.