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Abstract:
Extensive history of Baha'i events and personages in Japan, 1914-1983.

Traces That Remain:
A Pictorial History of the Early Days of the Bahá'í Faith among the Japanese

by Barbara R. Sims

Tokyo: Bahá'í Publishing Trust of Japan, 1989
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Copyright © Barbara R. Sims, 1989

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                                              Contents
      Frontispiece ..............................................................................i
      Dedication ...............................................................................ii
      Foreword ................................................................................iii
 1.   'Abdu'l-Bahá in Oakland, California in 1912 ...............................................1
 2.   The First Bahá'í Group in the Pacific .....................................................8
 3.   The First Japanese Bahá'ís ...............................................................10
 4.   'Abdu'l-Bahá's Prayer for Japan ..........................................................23
 5.   The First Public Meeting in Japan ........................................................24
 6.   Miss Agnes B. Alexander, Daughter of the Kingdom .........................................26
 7.   Dr. George Jacob Augur ...................................................................30
 8.   The First Photograph of a Bahá'í Meeting in Japan ........................................33
 9.   A Garden Party ...........................................................................34
10.   A Gathering to Meet Tagore of India ......................................................35
11.   Mr. Kikutaro Fukuta ......................................................................35
12.   Miss Yuri (Yuriko) Mochizuki .............................................................37
13.   A Bahá'í Girls' Class in Tokyo ...........................................................38
14.   The Faith Spreads to Kobe in 1920 ........................................................40
15.   A Christmas Party in Tokyo, 1920 .........................................................41
16.   Mrs. May Bolles Maxwell ..................................................................42
17.   Japanese Dolls to Sell for the House of Worship ..........................................43
18.   Auntie Victoria ..........................................................................44
19.   Mr. Tokujiro Torii .......................................................................47
20.   Akira Torii ..............................................................................49
21.   The Blind in Japan Receive the Light .....................................................51
22.   Mr. Daiun Inouye and Mr. Sensui Saiki ....................................................54
23.   Mrs. Ida Finch ...........................................................................56
24.   The Faith Reaches Korea from Japan in 1921 ...............................................58
25.   Viscount Eiichi Shibusawa ................................................................62
26.   Confirmed Bahá'ís, 1922 ..................................................................64
27.   Mr. Susumu Aibara ........................................................................65
28.   The Kanto Earthquake .....................................................................67
29.   China ....................................................................................72
30.   Miss Martha Root and Mrs. Keith Ransom-Kehler ............................................75
31.   The Emperor of Japan .....................................................................81
32.   Japan Religious Conference ...............................................................82
33.   A Meeting at a Buddhist Temple ...........................................................84
34.   Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki .............................................................84
35.   Two Persian Bahá'ís Visit Japan ..........................................................85
36.   Miss Alexander Introduces the Faith in Hokkaido ..........................................88
37.   Dr. Rokuichiro Masujima ..................................................................90
38.   The First Local Spiritual Assembly in Japan ..............................................92
39.   Kudan Ue .................................................................................93
40.   Esperanto and English Clubs, and Other Organizations .....................................93
41.   The Crossing ............................................................................110
42.   A Tea Party .............................................................................111
43.   Mr. Fujita's Mother .....................................................................112
44.   A Japanese Scroll Hangs in the Holy Land ................................................113
45.   In the Holy Land ........................................................................114
46.   The Years Between and the Later Years ...................................................115
47.   Naw-Rúz, 1948 ...........................................................................116
48.   At Kudan ................................................................................120
49.   In Tokyo ................................................................................121
50.   Two Bahá'ís .............................................................................126
51.   The First Persian Pioneer Families Settle in Japan, 1953 ................................126
52.   The Faith Spreads to Other Areas ........................................................128
53.   A Public Meeting in Osaka and Early Groups ..............................................130
54.   The Tokyo Haziratu'l-Quds ...............................................................132
55.   The First Asian Regional Teaching Conference and Further Expansion ......................136
56.   The First Convention of the Bahá'ís of North East Asia, 1957 ............................145
57.   Anthony Yuen Seto, 1890-1957 ............................................................148
58.   Early Activities ........................................................................150
59.   The First Bahá'í Marriage of Japanese Believers .........................................151
60.   Participation in Conferences in the 1950s and 1960s, and One in 1970 ....................153
61.   The First Summer School under the Guardian's Six Year Plan for Japan, Takarazuka, 1957 ..160
62.   The Development of the Local Spiritual Assemblies in Japan ..............................161
63.   Nagasaki, and the First Bahá'ís in Kyushu ...............................................172
64.   Expansion in the Late 1950s .............................................................176
65.   The Third Summer School .................................................................181
66.   In Osaka ................................................................................182
67.   Teaching in Hokkaido and the Development of the Faith Among the Ainu ....................183
68.   A Bahá'í Children's Class ...............................................................197
69.   Delegates to the 1962 National Convention ...............................................197
70.   At the London Congress, 1963 ............................................................198
71.   The Sixth National Spiritual Assembly of North East Asia.................................199
72.   Two Birthday Parties ....................................................................200
73.   Dr. Mizuno Speaks at Summer Schools .....................................................202
74.   More Activities in the 1960s ............................................................203
75.   Hand of the Cause Miss Alexander Spends Two Years in the Hospital in Tokyo ..............208
76.   The Ashiya Bahá'í Cemetery ..............................................................211
77.   Three Japanese Bahá'ís Abroad ...........................................................213
78.   Bernard Leach, English Potter, Author, Artist, Poet, and Bahá'í .........................216
79.   The Continental Board of Counsellors ....................................................219
80.   Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands .................................................................223
81.   The North Pacific Oceanic Conference, Sapporo, Hokkaido, September, 1971 ................227
82.   Visits to Japan by Hands of the Cause and Other Special Bahá'ís .........................230
83.   The Spiritual Axis Between Japan and Australia  .........................................269
      Afterword ...............................................................................273
      Bibliography ............................................................................276 
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