The Center for Japanese Studies oversees collections of donated photographs, taken in Japan, that may be of interest for research and educational purposes. Our online collection these photographs are housed in ScholarSpace, an open-access, digital institutional repository for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) community. ScholarSpace stores the intellectual works and unique collections of the UHM academic community and also provides a permanent web location for those accessing these resources.

Description of the collections:

  • The Pennino Collection - an online collection of photos of everyday life in Japan during the Occupation Period, taken by US Army Lieutenant Colonel Walter A. Pennino (1915-1998). His daughter, Ms. Donna Howard (former President of the UH Foundation), donated the photos on black and white negative film, and generously gave permission for them to be made available through online. We hope that the collection will provide those interested in Japanese culture and history with a valuable and interesting insight immediate postwar Japan.
    • Use of the photos - No permission is necessary if photos are used for non-commercial educational purposes such as use of the photos in class lectures, students’ presentations, and academic conference presentations. Please credit the photos with the sentence: “From the Walter A. Pennino Postwar Japan Photo Collection, courtesy of the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.” However, if the photos are planned to be used in books, newspapers, documentaries, films, or other forms of media and print, the users must fill out this REQUEST FORM and submit it to the Center for Japanese Studies to request permission. Send inquiries or requests to: cjs@hawaii.edu
  • Haynes Photo Collection - The Center for Japanese Studies is proud to display a collection of personal photographs donated by Mrs. Diana Samiano on behalf of her father, James E. Haynes, on September 11, 2011. James Edward Haynes (July 12, 1929-October 16, 2012) was born in Chicago, Illinois and joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17.  He was sent to Tokyo, Japan as part of the U.S. Occupation Force in October 1946. While in Japan, Haynes worked as a hotel steward and a cook. He met his future wife, Nakae Matsuo, in Tokyo at the Palace Heights Hotel where they both worked.  They were married in 1949 and left Japan for Camp Crowder, Missouri in 1951. They had a daughter before being transferred to Hanau, Germany in January 1953. In August 1955, Master Sergeant Haynes was discharged from the Army and moved his family to Los Angeles, California to begin civilian life. James and Nakae had two more daughters and went on living happily together until Nakae’s death in December 2010. The photos in this collection date from the period between October 1946 and August 1951. Sgt. Haynes took photographs of his friends, as well as the people, events, and places around him. His collection documents the life of a young soldier in Japan. It offers an honest and oftentimes endearing perspective of (military) life in postwar Japan. Below is a transcription of a letter from Sgt. Haynes that serves as a fine introduction to his work. The photos in this collection date from the period between October 1946 and August 1951. Sgt. Haynes took photographs of his friends, as well as the people, events, and places around him. His collection documents the life of a young soldier in Japan. It offers an honest and oftentimes endearing perspective of (military) life in postwar Japan. Below is a transcription of a letter from Sgt. Haynes that serves as a fine introduction to his work.
    • Use of the photos - No permission is necessary if photos are used for non-commercial educational purposes such as use of the photos in class lectures, students’ presentations, and academic conference presentations. Please credit the photos with the sentence: “From the James E. Haynes Japan Photo Collection, courtesy of the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.” However, if the photos are planned to be used in books, newspapers, documentaries, films, or other forms of media and print, the users must fill out this REQUEST FORM and submit it to the Center for Japanese Studies to request permission. Send inquiries or requests to: cjs@hawaii.edu
  • Life in Colors in Hawaiʻi 2012 - an archive of photos from Akihiko Izukura's (textile artist from Kyoto) exhibits in Honolulu in 2012.