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)

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George Hanada Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-16)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-16)
Thoughts on Japanese American community, culture, identity

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.

James Sakamoto Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-17)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-17)
Thoughts on running a business in 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.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 25 (June 24, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 25 (June 24, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-25)
Select article titles: "American Buddhists can help end war in Vietnam: Sparky" (p. 1); "Redevelopment kills Salt Lake's Nihonmachi" (p.1); "Civil Rights Bill House Action" (p. 2); "Nat'l Junior JACL Constitution and By-Laws proposed" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 24 (June 23, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 24 (June 23, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-24)
Selected article titles: "On Asian Americans: "Our Mellow Yellowness" (p.2-3), "L.A. Allows Romex, Little Tokyo 'Saved'" (p.3), "Bias in Private Clubs OK by High Tribunal" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No.2 (July 13, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No.2 (July 13, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-28)
Selected article titles: "In Memoriam: Scotty Tsuchiya" (p.1), "Public School Prayers" (p.1), "Housing for Aged Issei in S.F. Urged" (p.2), "Architects Selected for 'Nihonmachi'" (p.2), "Early California History of Japanese Inspires Youth Delegates at NC-WNDC Meet" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 19 (May 11, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 19 (May 11, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-19)
Selected article titles: "Pat Okura First Nominee for President, Mt. PDC Candidate" (p.1), "History Project Fund Climbs Past Mark of $62,000" (p.1), "Round 1: The PC Debate" (p.2), "D.C. Teenagers Form Girls' Odori Group" (p.3).
Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-82)
img Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-82)
Okayama men on Main Street in front of the Mitsuwado. Note on back: " NW Nikkei caption 6-89: Mr. Yanagi (leaning against car) with friends, celebrates his graduation from the U of W's pharmacy school before returning to Japan." Another note says "set at 100, 2 sec"
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 16, (October 19, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-41)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 16, (October 19, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-41)
Select article titles: "Ex-Envoy to Japan to Co-Chair Bldg. Fund Bid" (p.1); "40 et 8 Vets Drop All-White Policy" (p.1); "Little Tokyo Redevelopment: Hotel Okayed, Housing Assured" (p.1); "'Relocation Camp' More Comfortable As Term than 'Concentration Camp'" (p.3); "Association for Foreign Wives of Japanese Helps Members to Adjust" (p.6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 13 (April 6, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 13 (April 6, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-13)
Select article titles: "U.S. Census Hears Asian Concerns"(p.1);"JACL Calls for Repeal of Discriminatory Employer Sanctions in Immigration Law"(p.1); "San Jose Japantown Seizes Unique Opportunity for Revitalization of Businesses & Community Life"(p.2); "Common Memorial to Restore Pioneer Issei History on Vancouver Island Planned for 1991"(p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 7 (August 14, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 7 (August 14, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-33)
Selected article titles: "Judge Black Backs Civil Rights Act Accommodations" (p.1), "Federal Urban Renewal Fundsd Jeopardized by Prop. 14 Nod" (p.1), "Nisei in Snake River Valley Area Active in Local Community, Civic Programs" (p.1), "New Japanese Town in Salt Lake Proposed as Civic Auditorium Complex Underway" (p.1), "Salt Lake JACLers Concerned over ...
Members of the Japanese Baptist Church (ddr-densho-353-69)
img Members of the Japanese Baptist Church (ddr-densho-353-69)
The church was located on Jefferson Street. A note on the back indicates the 50th anniversary.
Memorandum for Alien Enemy Information Bureau Office of the Provost Marshal General War Department, Washington D.C. (ddr-one-5-210)
av Memorandum for Alien Enemy Information Bureau Office of the Provost Marshal General War Department, Washington D.C. (ddr-one-5-210)
Photocopy of a declassified memorandum for the reclassification of Keizaburo Koyama as a detained Enemy Alien. Koyama is currently listed as interned at Santa Fe, New Mexico and in the custody of Immigration and Naturalization Services.
Nori Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-22)
doc Nori Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-22)
Oral history interview with Nori Masuda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASUDA_NORI
Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
doc Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
Oral history interview with Mr. Nori Masuda, Mrs. Masako Inada, Mrs. Fumi Nakajima, and Mrs. Setsu Hirasuna. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Fresno West Side
Salt Lake City's Japantown (ddr-densho-162-7)
img Salt Lake City's Japantown (ddr-densho-162-7)
100 South between West Temple and 100 West. This photo was taken just before demolition and construction of Salt Palace convention center.
Salt Lake City's Japantown (ddr-densho-162-9)
img Salt Lake City's Japantown (ddr-densho-162-9)
100 South between West Temple and 100 West. This photo was taken just before demolition and construction of Salt Palace convention center.
New Kimpa Cafe (ddr-densho-162-6)
img New Kimpa Cafe (ddr-densho-162-6)
The New Kimpa Cafe was located in Salt Lake City's Japantown. Pictured are Mary Doi and Kiyoko Nishida.
New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-84)
img New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-84)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified bar patrons at the New Tokyo Bar. Bartender George Ninomiya is behind the bar.
Frank Hirahara at New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-79)
img Frank Hirahara at New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-79)
Original black and white photographic print of Frank Hirahara and Rose Mae Hara at the New Tokyo Bar in Portland, Oregon. For negative please see ONLC 2856 (ddr-one-1-80).
New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-82)
img New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-82)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified men playing Gibson guitars at the New Tokyo Bar. For print please see ONLC 4949 (ddr-one-1-720)
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