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Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence in Ikaho, next to the Stone Steps. He was the Hawaiian Minister to Japan during the late 19th century. He supervised the immigration of Japanese to Hawaii. ロバート W. アルウイン別邸
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In 1985, the 100th anniversary of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii, Ikaho designated this residence as one of the town's Historic Places. Map here ハワイ公使別邸
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This modest building is only part of a larger complex of Irwin's summer residence. This is the front entrance. Note that this residence has moved slightly up the Stone Steps in fall 2013.
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Rear view of Irwin's summer residence. This building has moved to a new location up the Stone Steps and these photos show it at the previous location at the foot of the Stone Steps.
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Irwin's Ikaho estate is now occupied by an inn called Kanzanso which can be seen on the right. (On the left is the previous location of the summer residence.)
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Kanzanso, an inn fronting the bottom of the Stone Steps and where Irwin's summer estate was located.
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Foyer of the Irwin summer house. A US flag, but no Hawaiian flag...
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Main room of the Irwin summer house. When these photos were taken, the house served as a museum. However, in April 2014, a new Guidance Museum next to the relocated house opened to display these artifacts. The house has no exhibits now.
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The first display case on the right shows a chronology of Irwin's life and portraits of him and his wife Takechi Iki.
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Portrait of Robert Walker Irwin and with his Japanese wife Takechi Iki who was from a samurai family.
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Robert Walker Irwin in his later years. ロバート W. アルウイン. Read more about him here.A young Robert Walker Irwin ロバート W. アルウイン
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Robert Walker Irwin and wife Iki formally dressed during a visit to the Imperial Palace for an audience with the emperor. ロバート W. アルウインと妻のイキ
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On the top right is a letter from Hawai'i's Governor George Ariyoshi (next image). The lower right are rocks from Kilauea volcano, and the left are souvenir ribbons marking the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigration in 1868.
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Letter from Hawai'i's Governor George Ariyoshi thanking Ikaho for preserving Irwin's summer home.
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A young Robert Walker Irwin.
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The next display case includes this panel explaining Irwin's activities as Hawaiian Minister to Japan.
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The display case includes photos of the Irwin family in Ikaho.
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At center top and bottom are copies of Irwin's marriage applications. Bottom left is a news clipping announcing Irwin's marriage to Iki. Top right is a photo of the Irwins in Ikaho.
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Top left is a photo of four of Irwin's children in Ikaho. Top right is a photo of Irwin and his children in Ikaho. Bottom left is a postcard addressed to Irwin in Ikaho. Bottom right are Ikaho postcards bought by Irwin.
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Photo of of four of Irwin's children in Ikaho. The building on the right is apparently the building that remains today.
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Display panel explains Irwin's Ikaho connection. In English here.
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The display case shows an old map of Ikaho Spa on the upper left.
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Old 1902 map of Ikaho with Irwin's summer home marked by the red circle. It was in front of the bottom of the Stone Steps which cuts through the center of the town.
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1902 map close-up showing the location of Irwin's summer home (red circle) in Ikaho. It was right in front of the bottom of the Stone Steps.
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The upper left is a woodblock print showing foreigners vacationing in Ikaho in 1882. On the right is a souvenir from Ikaho that Iki bought.
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Panel explaining the Japanese immigration to Hawai'i.
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Copy of a Japanese immigrant's labor contract dated Jan. 11, 1900. (Not for Kanyaku Imin.)
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Various printed matter related to the Japanese immigration and Japanese-Americans in Hawaii, including a booklet from Lorraine Inouye, then mayor of the Big Island. Koa calabash on the right from Hilo, Hawaii to mark Ikaho's 100th anniversary in 1989.
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Panel explaining Japan-Hawaii relations.
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Dishes and cutlery used in Irwin's Ikaho residence. Most were imported from Europe and the US. Some are also from Japan.
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On the left are table cloths bearing Irwin's family crest. In the middle is Irwin's binoculars, cross, and watch. On the right are cuff links and cups with the Hawaiian flag.
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On the left is a winter coat worn by wife Iki. A few lamps, hibachi heater, and furniture used in the Irwin summer residence also displayed.
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Veranda with a life-size Irwin cut-out.
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Veranda
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Panel showing Irwin's paternal family tree.
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Upper left is a Japanese letter from Bella Irwin written in roman letters. Upper right is an obituary for Robert Irwin in a Philadelphia newspaper. On the bottom left are condolence telegrams from Ikaho to Bella. Bottom right is get-well letter to Robert.
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Ink stone and brushes used by wife Iki.
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Bella Irwin established the Irwin Gakuen school and kindergarten アルウィン学園 in 1916 in Kojimachi. Today, the school is in Tokyo's Suginami Ward called Irwin Gakuen Gyokusei Hoiku Senmon Gakko.she
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Upper left is a New Year's postcard to Robert. Lower left is a funeral notice for Iki. Upper right is a family portrait.
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Family of Robert Walker Irwin. Left to right: Robert Jr., Bella, 4th daughter Agnes, Iki, 2nd son Richard, Robert, 3rd daughter Marion, and 2nd daughter Mary.
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Upper left is a photo of the Hawaiian Minister's residence in Tokyo. Lower left is a pamphlet of the Mitsui Club at the minister's residence. Upper right is a portrait of Irwin and Bella in the US.
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Robert Walker Irwin and oldest daughter Bella. Portrait taken in the US.
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Panel explaining Bella Irwin's Christian Sunday School.
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Upper left is a letter from Yukiko Irwin, Bella's niece. Upper right are hymns used by Bella's Sunday School. Photo below shows Yukiko Irwin (daughter of Robert Irwin's 2nd son Richard) visiting Ikaho in 1979, meeting with a cultural property
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Letters to Bella from her Sunday School students. Lower right is a chronology of Bella's life published by her school. Her name "Irwin" is rendered in kanji characters pronounced "Ari-in." 有院
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Signboard outside the Irwin summer house. Map here Also see my list of other Japanese-American and nikkei museums in Japan here..
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Ikaho's sister-city exhibit in Machi-no-Eki building (ropeway terminal).
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Sister-city exhibit for the County of Hawaii (Big Island).
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Letter from Big Island Mayor Stephen Yamashiro proclaiming sister-city relations with Ikaho (before it merged with Shibukawa).
     
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