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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Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-3)
img Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-3)
The Higo Ten-Cent Store, established in the early 1900s by Sanzo Murakami and his wife Matsuyo, is one of the last prewar Japanese American businesses in Seattle's International District, formerly known as Nihonmachi. The store sold a wide variety of American- and Japanese-made goods to the surrounding Issei and Nisei community.
JACL Convention (ddr-densho-18-44)
img JACL Convention (ddr-densho-18-44)
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Convention outside the Jackson Building in Seattle's Nihonmachi.
Street view of 'Mary's' store (ddr-densho-298-179)
img Street view of 'Mary's' store (ddr-densho-298-179)
Caption in album: "Once popular hangout in Sacto's 'Tiny Tokyo.'"
Nihonmachi restaurant (ddr-densho-140-2)
img Nihonmachi restaurant (ddr-densho-140-2)
Genji Mihara talks with the waiter at an Issei-operated cafe in Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown. (L to R): Genji Mihara, Sakae Ojima, unidentified.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 80, No. 2 (January 17, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 80, No. 2 (January 17, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-2)
Selected article titles: "Dean Interested in Evacuee Reparations" (p. 1), "Little Tokyo Redevelopment: Northsiders Tiff with City Hall" (p. 1), and "The Rice Act of 1974: Manna in the U.S." (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 13 (March 29, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 13 (March 29, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-13)
Select article titles: "JACL seeks deletion of 'Fuzz Young' text, use of 'Japs' may bias children" (p. 1); "First Japanese PW Taken in WW2 Found Working For Car Firm" (p. 1); "Nat'l Campaign on Anti-Nisei TV-Films Opens" (p. 1); "Hearing dates for Hawaii statehood set in both Houses" (p. 1); San Francisco 'Nipponmachi' suffers light ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 3 (January 22, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 3 (January 22, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-3)
Selected article titles: "Task Unit Investigates Anti-Minority Violence" (p. 1), "Reagan Alters Stand; Biased School Tax Urged" (p. 2), "Supreme Court Ruling Excludes Aliens from Public Employment" (p. 2), and "Lil' Tokyo Expansion Plan Halted" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 4 (August 7-14, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 4 (August 7-14, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-29)
Selected article titles: "Inouye Lauded by Many for Role in Hearings" (p. 1), "Amended Version: S.1009 Passes Senate Committee" (pp. 1-2), "Over 120 Participate in NCRR Delegation to Lobby Capitol" (pp. 1-2), and "Little Tokyo District Formally Entered on National Register" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 20 (November 15, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-45)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 20 (November 15, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-45)
Selected article titles: "JACL--National Board: New Evacuee Reparation Concept Without Massive Pay Bill Explained" (p. 1), "San Francisco Nihonmachi: Agency's 10-Year Report" (pp. 1, 3), and "Topaz Revisited: Desert Sands Reclaiming History" (pp. 1, 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 5 (July 29, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 5 (July 29, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-29)
Selected article titles: "Evacuation Was a 'Bum Deal': Buchanan" (p.1-2), 'Carter Appoints Four Nikkei to High-Level Posts" (p.1, 4), "Japan to Raise 1,000,000,000 Yen for Li'l Tokyo Cultural Community Center" (p.3), "The Bakke Case" (p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 17 (April 26, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-17)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 17 (April 26, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-17)
Selected article titles: "TV writer aims gripe at JACL mass protest" (p. 1), "Grateful Chicago Japanese Americans see first of 150 gift trees planted" (p. 1), "UH students air feelings about draft, riots in mainland and war in Vietnam" (p. 1), "Idaho governor lauds Nisei Idahoans as efficient, excellent farmers" (p. 1), "The race problem" (p ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 16 (April 19, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-16)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 16 (April 19, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-16)
Selected article titles: "JACL undergraduate scholarships now awards $500 for top three" (p. 1), "Nisei businessmen urged to aid economic progress of Negroes" (p. 1), "Rep. Mink Marches in Rev. King Funeral" (p. 1), "Open housing signed into law by President" (p. 2), "Negro servicemen scuffle with whites at Yokosuka club" (p. 2).
George Hanada Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-17)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-17)
Observations of changing San Jose 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.

George Hanada Interview Segment 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-12)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-12)
Living and owning a business in Japantown: experiencing housing discrimination

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 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-21)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-21)
Rewards and difficulties involved in running a Japantown business

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.

Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-18)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-18)
Thoughts on running a business in the changing Japantown community

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.

Ben Uyeno Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-100-6)
vh Ben Uyeno Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-100-6)
Prewar Japanese American community in Yakima, Washington
Nihonmachi Jackson Street (ddr-densho-353-73)
img Nihonmachi Jackson Street (ddr-densho-353-73)
Jackson Street, looking east from 5th Street. Note on back indicates Japanese stores in left foreground, and the Academy of Holy Names in background, built 1880. The photo was taken before the Jackson St. regrade of 1907-1909.
Ten cent store (ddr-densho-353-80)
img Ten cent store (ddr-densho-353-80)
Heitaro Matsumoto's ten cent store, located at 902 Yesler Way. Note on back: "Meiji 38 Apr, went to Fife, then hotel in Seattle, Taisho 7 Feb."
The Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-densho-353-71)
img The Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-densho-353-71)
Located at 624 Main Street. Note on back indicates the Seattle Betsuin's 75th anniversary (from 1901-1976), as well as identifying Rev. Gendo Nakai on the stairs.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 10 (October 6, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 10 (October 6, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-35)
Selected article titles: "'Never Hated Them Before, But I Do Now' Says Letter Writer of Asians in America" (p. 1), "Senate Approves Redress as Entitlement"(p. 1), "Non-Nikkei Groups Supporting Redress Push Honored by JACL" (pp. 1, 3), and "Proposed Little Tokyo Nisei War Monument to Focus on WWII Record of 13,639 Veterans" (p. 3).
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