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2 - Black and White studio Wedding photographs. Sam and Kyoko Meek. Taken in Japan Bride wears Japanese wedding kimono and headdress. Donated to the Wing Luke Asian Museum in August of 2006, these 2 wedding photographs of Sam and Kyoko (Kaneda) Meek, the donor's parents, were taken around 1954, in Japan. The larger image features both bride and groom and the second smaller portrait only the bride. Kyoko wears a traditional wedding kimono and headdress and the groom, an American from Ohio, wears a suit. The following year they moved to the US where they lived and raised 2 children. About 6 months after her wedding, Kyoko received an inquiry through a Japanese marriage sponsor that a young Japanese doctor - from a hospital where Kyoko had recently worked - wished her hand in a traditional Japanese arranged marriage. That hand was already joined in matrimony, and soon Sam and Kyoko would join a huge wave of international marriage between American men and Japanese women following WW II and, in Kyoko's words, "Your father and I held hands together and crossed the Pacific ocean to the other side of the World."
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