On July 30 and 31, 2017, Miya Arasava (a student at the Chiba University, Japan) and her mother Satiko Kawamura visited the Sakhalin Regional Museum. At the university, Miya Arasava is studying the Japanese school system concerning the primary (elementary) education in the middle of the 20th century. When taking the guided tour around the exhibition «Sakhalin in 1905 Ц 1945» she told that her that her relatives had lived on Sakhalin during the Karafuto Governorate, in Kavakami (now Sinegorsk).
Miya Arasava grandfather, Fukuji Kavanaka (19001967), was a low-ranking official in the Kavakami Municipality administration; her great-grandmother Yoshies (19031980) was a housewife and took part in various volunteer and charity events. There was one child (MiyaТs grandfather) in the Fukuji family Yoshiharu Kavanaka (19211977).
Yoshiharu graduated from the Male Gymnasium in the town of Toyohara in 1939, and then worked as a teacher in elementary schools in Kavakami and Toyohara. His future wife Ayako (19252002) graduated from Toyohara Female Gymnasium.
In 1947, the Kavanaka family moved to Hokkaido, where Yoshiharu continued to teach at the school, and Fukuji worked at a Sake Production Company.
Miya Arasava has brought family photos to Sakhalin. Among them are photographs of her relatives, as well as pictures from different events showing both the daily lives of citizens in the Karafuto Governorate and significant events in the country and world.
The guests were allowed to make copies of the photographs and place them in the Museum collection.
The specialists of the Museum express their sincere gratitude to Miya Arasawa and Satiko Kawamura. It is the opportunity to better understand the Japanese period in the history of the Sakhalin region and they look forward to further cooperation with them.
Prepared by E. A. Pashentseva
Photos N. A. Glushkova