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Abstract:
An account of the Bahá'í Cause in Japan, China, Korea, and the Hawaiian Islands, prepared by request of the Guardian.

History of the Bahá'í Faith in Japan 1914-1938

by Agnes Baldwin Alexander

edited by Barbara R. Sims.
Tokyo: Baha'i Publishing Trust of Japan, 1977
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[with editing and end notes by Barbara Sims]

Bahá'í Publishing Trust
Osaka, Japan

1977



To
the beloved Guardian Shoghi Effendi
whose guidance inspired the writing
of this history
                         CONTENTS

  FOREWORD ............................................................. 1  
    
  INTRODUCTION ......................................................... 2

  CHAP. I   BEGINNING OF THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH AMONG JAPANESE ............... 4  
         First Japanese Bahá'ís  
         ‘Abdu'l-Bahá's Meeting with Japanese  
         Bahá'í Travelers Pass through Japan  
           
  CHAP. II   BAHÁ'ÍS FROM HONOLULU GO TO JAPAN ......................... 7  
         George Jacob Augur M.D.  
         Preparation for Work in Japan  
         Toward Japan  
         Arrival in Italy  
         Voyage to Japan  
           
  CHAP. III  THE BAHÁ'Í CAUSE IN JAPAN ................................ 12  
         Arrival in Japan  
         Establishing the First Bahá'í Meeting  
         First Meeting with Japanese Esperantists  
         First Japanese Bahá'í in Japan  
         First Naw-Rúz in Japan  
         First Celebration of May Twenty-third  
         First Letter from Japan to ‘Abdu'l-Bahá  
         Martha Root in Japan  
         Dr. and Mrs. Augur Arrive in Tokyo  
         In Hiroshima  
         Return to Tokyo  
         Contribution to the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár  
         Meeting Daiun Inouye  
         Vasily Eroshenko  
         Tokujiro Torii  
         President Naruse and the Japan Women's College  
         A Bahá'í Home in Tokyo  
         Ichi Kamichika  
         Tablets From ‘Abdul-Bahá Reach Japan  
         First Young Woman Bahá'í of the Far East  
         November Twelfth Celebration in Tokyo  
         Bahá'ís of Japan Stand Alone  
         Akira Torii  
         Last Visit of Dr. and Mrs. Augur to Japan  
           
  CHAP. IV   THE BAHÁ'Í CAUSE IN JAPAN 1919-1923 ...................... 30  
         Tablets Received from ‘Abdul-Bahá  
         Voyage to Japan  
         Arrival in Japan  
         The Day of the Covenant  
         A Fire  
         A New Bahá'í Home in Tokyo  
         First Girls' Bahá'í Meeting in Japan  
         Japanese Girls Receive Tablets  
         The Star of the East
         Seven Tablets to Japanese  
         Christmas Tree Party  
         Messages From ‘Abdul-Bahá  
         Second Year of the Star of the East
         The Ascension of ‘Abdu'l-Bahá  
         ‘Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablets to Japan  
         New Era in the Cause—1922  
         Martha Root's Second Visit to Japan  
         Esperantists of Nagoya, Kyoto, Kobe and Tokyo  
         The Great Earthquake  
         Interval 1923-1928  
           
  CHAP. V   THE BAHÁ'Í MESSAGE TAKEN FROM JAPAN TO CHINA .............. 55  
         Meeting the Editor of the Canton Times
         Chinese Students Visit Japan  
         Letters from Chinese Students  
         In China with Martha Root in 1923  
         With Martha Root in Shanghai in 1930  
         Miss Fung-Ling Liu Visits Tokyo  
         Professor R.F. Piper Meets Shanghai Bahá'ís
         Dr. Yun-Siang Tsao  
           
  CHAP. VI   THE BAHÁ'Í MESSAGE REACHES KOREA THROUGH JAPAN ........... 64  
         Oh Sang Sun  
         Doors Open to Korea  
         Arrival in Seoul  
         Last Tablets from ‘Abdu'l-Bahá
         Second Visit in Seoul  
           
  CHAP. VII  THE BAHÁ'Í CAUSE IN JAPAN 1928-1933 ...................... 70  
         Return to Japan  
         Dr. R. Masujima  
         All Japanese Religions Conference  
         Messages From Shoghi Effendi  
         Martha Root's Third Visit to Japan  
         Keith Ransom-Kehler in Japan  
         Visits in Japanese Homes  
         First Bahá'í Assembly of Japan  
         Visit to Hokkaido  
         Esslemont Book Translated Into Japanese  
         Return to Honolulu  
         Letters From Japan  
           
  CHAP. VIII  THE BAHÁ'Í CAUSE IN JAPAN 1935-1937 ..................... 89  
         Return to Japan  
         In the Torii Home in Kyoto  
         A New Home in Tokyo  
         Japan-American Student Conference  
         Esslemont Book in Japanese Braille  
         November 26, 1936  
         Visit to Yanai  
         In the Torii Home  
           
  CHAP. IX   FROM JAPAN TO PALESTINE .................................. 98
         Leaving Tokyo  
         The Voyage  
         Arrival at Port Said  
         Arrival in Haifa  
         A Japanese Scroll  
         Visit to Jerusalem  
         Visit to Bahjí  
         Words of Shoghi Effendi  
         Martha Root's Fourth Visit to Japan  
           
  ILLUSTRATIONS  
         Christmas Party .............................................. 11
         Early Group .................................................. 29
         Bahá'í Girls ................................................. 36  
         Miss Alexander and Miss Root ................................. 63
         In Korea; Miss Root and the Toriis ........................... 69
         Miss Alexander and Mrs. Maxwell .............................. 88
         Miss Alexander with Two Esperanto Groups .................... 105
           
  AFTERWORD .......................................................... 105

  APPENDIX
         References in Bahá'í Literature to Japan .................... 106

  EDITORIAL AND HISTORICAL NOTES
         by Barbara Sims ............................................. 108
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