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") (190)

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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).
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).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 18, (May 11, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 76, No. 18, (May 11, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-18)
Select article titles: "New York to Host Next EDC Session May 19 with Inaugural" (p.1); "United Methodist Agency Steps Up Aid for Ethnic Projects, 2 in L.A. Cited" (p.1); "Manzanar Dust Swirling" (p.2); "Self Help Housing for Farm Workers Explained by Sac'to Nisei Recruiter" (p.5); "JARP Plans Issei Pictorial" (p.5); "Housing Needs of New York's Aged ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 17 (October 23, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 17 (October 23, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-43)
Selected article titles: "'No' Votes Gaining in Prop. 14 Polls" (p.1), "U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Rule on Mixed Marriages in Florida Case" (p.1, 4), "San Francisco Chinese and Japanese Americans Tell of Housing Discrimination before State Senate Subcommittee" (p.1, 4), "Salt Lake Group for Nihonmachi Formed" (p.1), "Yamasaki Commissioned to Plan $100-Million California 'City'" (p.3), ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 26 (December 18-25, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 26 (December 18-25, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-51)
Selected article titles: "Assisting in Formation of National Jr. JACL" (p.A1, 3), "Japanese American Research Project: Answers to Six Basic Questions Most Often Asked" (p.A1-2, 5), "Most Important Legislative Enactment: Civil Rights Act" (p.A5), "Evacuation Claims Tax Liability" (p.A6), "JACL Views on Proposed Immigration Legislation" (p.A6), "Sansei in Mississippi" (p.A10-11), "JACL Seeks Data of Nisei Employment ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 16 (October 19, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 55, No. 16 (October 19, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-42)
Selected article titles: "Merrill's Marauders Assn. Tells Army Its Displeasure Over Film" (p.1), "Dan Inouye Senate Boosters Wary of Primary Results" (p.1), "Li'l Tokio Revives Community Hall Plan" (p.1), "1st Commercially Grown Roses Hailed in Watsonville" (p.1), "On Negro Rights" (p.2), "Policy Statement on Civil Rights" (p.2).
An Oral History with Katsuma Mukaeda - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-56-1)
vh An Oral History with Katsuma Mukaeda - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-56-1)
Chairman of Japanese American Cultural Center and former president of Japanese Chamber of Commerce recounts conditions of prewar Los Angeles's Little Tokyo, its wartime conversion into a black community, postwar reestablishment as a Japanese-American cultural and commercial center. Includes comments on discriminatory legislation, prewar Japan-American relations. World War II removal and incarceration, camp conditions, wartime repatriation ...
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.

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.

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.
Dance party in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-12)
img Dance party in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles (ddr-densho-242-12)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Dance Party LA 1923." Caption on reverse: "Little Tokyo, Los Angeles 1923. 'Dance Party.' No other detail."
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