Takeshi Ban was an Issei congregational minister from Kumamoto prefecture, and a president of the Pacific Society of Religious
Education. The collection consists of documents, publications, and phonographs records, and 3D objects spanning from 1902
to 1986. The film portion of the collection has been transferred to the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern
Art, Tokyo in 2007.
Takeshi Ban, an Issei congregational minister from Kumamoto prefecture, moved to Hawaii in 1910 and to mainland in 1913.
After 1931 he established Pacific Society of Religious Education (Taiheiyo Bunka Kyoikukai) and was the principal of the Pacific
Cultural Institute (Taiheiyo Bunka Gakuin) in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. He went around the nation giving lectures about
Japanese culture to Nisei youth. He also showed Japanese films with his lectures. He was connected with Fuji-kan theatre
in Little Tokyo before the war and was a benshi (narrator) for the Japanese silent films. He was also the president of the
Pacific Bureau of New Musical Study, which distributed Japanese records to Academic institutions in the United States.
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