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") (189)

189 items
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 ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 17 (April 27, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-17)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 17 (April 27, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-17)
Selected article titles: "Non-Commercial FM Station Seeks Nisei Subscribers" (p.1), "Supreme Court Extends Reapportionment Decision to Empower State Courts to Review" (p.1), "Kennedy's Order Extending Civil Rights in Okinawa Welcomed but Not Enough" (p.2), "Dreamy Proposals of Future Li'l Tokio Unveiled at USC" (p.2), "JACL to Promote Equal Opportunties in ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 23 (December 3, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 23 (December 3, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-49)
Selected article titles: "Washington Land Law Repeal Campaign in '66 under Fire" (p.1), "Japanese Understand 'U.S. Honor Is at Stake in Vietnam': Amb. Takeuchi" (p.1), "History Project: Twin Falls Portal for 10,000 Evacuees" (p.1), "Northside of 1st St. in Li'l Tokio Spared Seizure" (p.3).
Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
img Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
The Pacific Printing Company was located at 611 Main Street.
Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-81)
img Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-81)
Captioned: "On Main Street in front of the Mitsuwado." The Mitsuwado was a large bookstore. A note on the back reads: "set at 200, 8 sec."
Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
doc Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
Oral history interview with Satoshi Kuwamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUWAMOTO_SATOSHI
An oral history with Katsumi Kunitsugu (ddr-csujad-29-66)
vh An oral history with Katsumi Kunitsugu (ddr-csujad-29-66)
An oral interview with Katsumi Kunitsugu, longtime volunteer and leader in Little Tokyo. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0164. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3378_T01
Mitsuwado store's window display (ddr-densho-13-34)
img Mitsuwado store's window display (ddr-densho-13-34)
The Mitsuwado store was located at 522 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. In this display are matsutake (pine mushrooms) and various prizes to be awarded to fishing derby winners.
Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-31)
img Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-31)
The Mitsuwado store, located at 522 Main Street, was owned by Kinzo Asaba. The store sold a variety of items including books, records, record players, and fishing tackle. Left to right: Mr. Izui, Denny Yoshimura, Nobujiro Shibata, Ayako Shibata, Yoshiko Hagiya, Shuzo Asaba, and Kinzo Asaba.
Classical dance performance (ddr-densho-13-15)
img Classical dance performance (ddr-densho-13-15)
This dance performance took place at the Nippon Kan Theatre in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) area.
Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-16)
img Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-16)
This photo shows Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown in the winter.
Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-296)
img Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-296)
Aiko photo studio was located on Sixth and Jackson in Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown.
Nihonmachi (Japantown) (ddr-densho-36-47)
img Nihonmachi (Japantown) (ddr-densho-36-47)
South Jackson Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. The museum's original identifying information dated this photo to circa 1910. Densho's later date, circa 1920s, is based on the clothing shown in the photograph.
Nihonmachi (Japantown) (ddr-densho-42-1)
img Nihonmachi (Japantown) (ddr-densho-42-1)
This area later developed into Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown.
Four children in Nihonmachi, or Japantown (ddr-densho-117-1)
img Four children in Nihonmachi, or Japantown (ddr-densho-117-1)
This photo was taken next to the Osaka Hotel, which was located on 308 Fifth Avenue South. (L to R): Mits, Shiz and Kaz Murakami and Emio (friend).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 4 (February 16-29, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 4 (February 16-29, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-4)
Selected article titles: "JACL Convention: Host City San Jose Features Japantown Rich with History" (p. 1), "In Indiana, Immigration, Internment Exhibit Gets Good Reviews" (p. 4), "'Brick-Laying' Dedicates Japanese American Museum's Phase II Pavilion Site in Los Angeles" (p. 5), and "Books: Sugihara's Heroism in Saving Jews Chronicled by His Widow" (p. 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 21 (November 21, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 21 (November 21, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-46)
Selected article titles: "Wendy Bares Own Background" (pp. 1-2), "Sen. Inouye at Lone Mountain: Vigilance Key to Democracy, Equality" (p. 1), "Denver Testimonial to Salute Only Governor Who Welcomed Evacuees" (p. 1), and "From the Frying Pan: The Japanese Way" (p. 2).
Salt Lake City's Japantown (ddr-densho-162-8)
img Salt Lake City's Japantown (ddr-densho-162-8)
100 South between West Temple and 100 West. This photo was taken just before demolition and construction of Salt Palace convention center.
New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-81)
img New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-81)
Black and white photographic negative of two women behind the bar with the bartender at the New Tokyo Bar in Portland, Oregon. From left to right: unidentified, Rose Mae Hara and George Ninomiya.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 48, No. 4 (January 23, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 48, No. 4 (January 23, 1959) (ddr-pc-31-4)
Selected article titles: "Clipping service for the word 'Jap'" (p. 1), "Specific JACL chapter projects aired, quota obligation should be met" (p. 1), "Nisei appointed administrative asst. to Wisconsin Congressman" (p. 1), "Vacaville Buddhist Church dissolved, area never fully resettled" (p. 2), "San Jose CLers to hear police chief" (p. 3), "Nisei architect criticizes contemporary styles ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 9 (March 1, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 9 (March 1, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-9)
Selected article titles: "Nisei employers note on-the-job training program" (p. 1), "JACL placed on record in Sentate for rights bills" (p. 1), "Kido recounts his 40 years inside League" (p. 1), "Seattle newsletter survey made on central area school issue" (p. 1), "Civil Rights and the Senate" (p. 2), "San Francisco new Nihonmachi awaits formal dedication ...
Bob Utsumi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-8-7)
vh Bob Utsumi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-8-7)
Moving to downtown Oakland, where father operated a photo studio
Richard Onishi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-8)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-8)
Being one of the first families to return to San Jose's Japantown after the war

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.

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