Nihonmachi ("Japantowns")

Because of housing and employment discrimination, Japanese Americans tended to cluster in ethnic neighborhoods known as Nihonmachi, or "Japantowns." Living, working, studying, and worshiping in close proximity made for tight-knit communities. With the forced removal of Japanese Americans in the spring of 1942, the bustling Nihonmachis of the West Coast closed down and never fully recovered, even after the war ended.

Nihonmachi ("Japantowns") (144)

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Family in front of their store (ddr-densho-13-39)
img Family in front of their store (ddr-densho-13-39)
Left to right: Mr. Kawai, unidentified, Haruye (last name unknown) holding Teruo Shibata, Kinzo Asaba, and Nobujiro Shibata in front of Sagamiya, a Japanese confectionery, which was located at 524 Main in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. Sagamiya was an institution in Seattle's Nihonmachi, well known for its mochigashi (Japanese rice cakes). Founded in the ...
Three Issei men and child outside the Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-2)
img Three Issei men and child outside the Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-2)
Mitsuwado was located at 522 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. The store sold a variety of items including books, records, record players, and fishing tackle. Left to right: Kinzo Asaba (the store's owner), Mr. Osawa, unidentified, and unidentified.
Sagamiya confectionery (ddr-densho-13-1)
img Sagamiya confectionery (ddr-densho-13-1)
The Sagamiya confectionery was located at 524 Main Street in the area previously known as Nihonmachi, now Seattle's International District. Sagamiya closed in the early 1970s. Left to right: Yoshi Mamiya, Shuzo Asaba, Nobujiro Shibata, Kinzo Asaba, and Rick Mamiya.
Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-14)
img Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-14)
This photo shows Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown in the winter.
Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-25)
img Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-25)
This photo shows the store's original light fixtures.
Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-15)
img Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-15)
This photo shows Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown in the winter.
Dai Nippon baseball team visiting from Japan (ddr-densho-18-14)
img Dai Nippon baseball team visiting from Japan (ddr-densho-18-14)
The Dai Nippon baseball team in front of the N-P Hotel in Seattle's Nihonmachi area.
Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-295)
img Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-295)
Aiko photo studio was located on the second floor of this building on Sixth and Jackson in Seattle.
Issei women at the Astor Hotel (ddr-densho-35-298)
img Issei women at the Astor Hotel (ddr-densho-35-298)
These women and children are standing outside of the historic Astor Hotel, which housed the Nippon Kan Theatre.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 25 (June 20, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 68, No. 25 (June 20, 1969) (ddr-pc-41-25)
Select article titles: Noguchi hearing ending next week" (p. 1); "Seabrook JACL installation fete to commemorate 25th anniversary" (p. 1); "L.A. city human relationships votes 6-1 for repeal of Title ll" (p. 1); Ruth Benedict's study of Japanese lauded for foreign policy hearing" (p. 1); Tourist potential pf Little Tokyo eyed by planners" (p ...
Dinner party (ddr-densho-124-27)
img Dinner party (ddr-densho-124-27)
These Issei are eating dinner at Maneki Restaurant in Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown. (L to R): Azuma (or Higashi), Eiji, unidentified, Tamura, unidentified, Azuma (or Higashi), Yoshizo (or Ryozo), Yamaguchi, Tadashi.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 20 (May 17, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 20 (May 17, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-20)
Selected article titles: "JACL to commemorate historic Nisei event" (p. 1), "Two Views of Discrimination in Japan" (p. 1), "Winners of JAL-JACL fellowship" (p. 1), "Surgeon General appoints ex-Hanford Nisei as consultant in pharmacology" (p. 3).
Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-1-2)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-1-2)
Delivering newspapers as a child; description of the prewar Japanese American community

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life ...

Richard Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-2)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-2)
Memories of San Jose's prewar Japantown

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-172-9)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-172-9)
Description of childhood neighborhood: "the 'new suburbia' for Japanese Americans"
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 21 (November 24, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 75, No. 21 (November 24, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-46)
Selected article titles: "Fed Aid Urged to House Aged Displaced by Stadium" (p.1-2), "Iva Toguri Denied Relief from U.S. Court to Pay Fine" (p.1), "NASA Exceptional Service Medal Won by Telecommunications Engineer" (p.1), "Community, Political Involvement Stressed" (p.3), "Draft Evasion Case Appeal Reversed" (p.6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 05, (February 9, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 05, (February 9, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-5)
Select article titles: "Vietnam War Dead: 61 Nikkei" (p.1); "Growing Tide of Japanese Investment Worries Hawaii" (p.1); "128 Teams, 5 from Japan, to Roll at Portland Pinfest" (p.4); "Lt. Gov. Ariyoshi Predicts Focal Point of World Affairs Shifting to Pacific" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 18, (November 2, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 18, (November 2, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-43)
Select article titles: "Tuai Exonerated by Board of Ethics" (p.1); "Senator Inouye Calls for Nixon to Resign" (p.1); "Sac'to Asian Youths Caught in Drug Culture" (p.1); "Placer County JACLer Files Papers to Incorporate New City of 6,600 "(p.3); "San Jose Mayor Mineta Tells Youth to Become Involved in Government" (p ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 21, (June 1, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 21, (June 1, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-21)
Select article titles: "Inouye: Impeachment if Hard Evidence Warrants It" (p.1); "City Housing Okays Project for Li'l Tokyo" (p.1); "Rep. Mink Wants HEW to Establish National Asian Studies Institute" (p.1); "Nisei Born in Texas Internment Camp Conferred Law Degree at San Diego" (p.2); "Effects of Parents Being Away from Home" (p ...
Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-355-3)
vh Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-355-3)
Description of prewar Yamato Hall: raided during Prohibition

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 15 (November 10, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 15 (November 10, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-40)
Selected article titles: "Conference Report Shunted Back to House: Senate Delays Money Bill for Redress" (p. 1), "JACL, OCA, Etc.: Concerns Discussed at D.C. Anti-Asian Violence Confab" (p. 1), "For the Japanese American National Museum Collection: Artifacts Gathered from Basement of S.K. Uyeda (Taul) Building Being Torn Down in Little Tokyo" (p. 3), and ...
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