Come Home in Glory

studio photograph of 5 women in long dresses seated in front of 5 men in suits; 3 men are japanese, rest are caucasian
Dallas Hotel staff, Lethbridge, Alberta, ca. 1910 - 1912. Yoichi (Harry) Hironaka on the far right and Mr. Zenkichi (James) Shimbashi on far left. Others include Linda Carr, Adeline Johnson, Nellie Finnie, and James Gibbons.
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The promise to hana wo sakasete kaitekoi (come home in glory) was a strong motivating factor for Japanese Canadians to succeed. Japanese immigrants became quickly known for being hard workers. To “have glory” could mean amassing wealth or achieving success through education or any worthy accomplishment.

The Japanese who first came to Canada were mostly young, energetic, adventurous men with ambitious hopes. They initially settled along the coast of British Columbia. Some found how they were treated was harsh and moved to Alberta. Alberta offered no better opportunities for quick wealth. Taking what work was available, they sought to make a success of themselves so that they might fulfill their promise.