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
Richard Onishi Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-14)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-14)
Reflections on owning a business in Japantown, community involvement

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. 84, No. 22 (June 10, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 84, No. 22 (June 10, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-22)
Selected article titles: "Americans Charge Reverse Bias Against Japanese Firms in U.S." (p.1, 5), "Earl Warren Memoirs: 'It Was Wrong'" (p.1, 4), "Census Questionnaire Questioned" (p.1-2), "Ideas from Community Sought for Little Tokyo Redevelopment Update" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 67, No. 5 (August 2, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-31)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 67, No. 5 (August 2, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-31)
Selected article titles: "'Hot issues' facing JACL convention aired by Jerry" (p. 1), "IDC Civil Rights Position Paper" (p. 1), "Nihongo-speaking collegians survey Little Tokyo area for Issei opinion" (p. 1), "Council of Oriental Organizations receives $13,000 in antipoverty funds" (p. 2), "Violence Rocks Seattle Central Area Businesses. Estimate $16,000 in Damage of Nisei ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 18 (May 3, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 18 (May 3, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-18)
Selected article titles: "American (Gallup) opinion of Japan continues mixed" (p. 1), "JACLer hears Patsy and Sparky cast 'Yea' votes for 1968 Civil Rights Act" (p. 1), "Seattle ordinance on open housing passed unanimous" (p. 1), Architect Minoru Yamazaki designing patient-centered hospital in Toledo" (p. 3), "Hiring Nisei not enough to dismiss state bias charge" (p ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 3 (January 19, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 66, No. 3 (January 19, 1968) (ddr-pc-40-3)
Selected article titles: "1st St. Widening Proposal Snags Li'l Tokio Beautification Plan" (p. 1), "JACLers should guard the right of dissent: Jerry Enomoto Outlines JACL Commitment at PNWDC Convention" (p. 1), "Redevelopment halt asked in San Francisco" (p. 3), "Lack of interest in Junior JACL a common problem in Northwest" (p. 4).
Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-21)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-21)
Reflections on owning a business in the 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.

Chris Kato - Yoshi Mamiya - Tad Sato Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-33-2)
vh Chris Kato - Yoshi Mamiya - Tad Sato Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-33-2)
Description of size and approximate boundaries of Seattle's prewar Japantown
Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-289-5)
vh Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-289-5)
Community activities: Boy Scouts and Nisei Week

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 Interior.

Tadashi Kuniyuki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-227-10)
vh Tadashi Kuniyuki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-227-10)
Working in the Nippon Kan Theatre, seeing Japanese American "gangsters"
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 2 (January 12, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 2 (January 12, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-2)
Selected article titles: "Japanese Leaders More Concerned Over Shabby U.S. Treatment of Japan Trade" (p.1), "Seattle City Council Turns Down Proposal to Prohibit Housing Ban" (p.1), "Nisei in Hawaii Losing Political Grip, Says Inouye" (p.1), "After Pearl Harbor" (p.2), "Li'l Tokyo Issei Cited for Goodwill Push" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 9 (March 2, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 9 (March 2, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-9)
Selected article titles: "Buddhists to Aid JACL in Japanese History Project" (p.1), "Supreme Court Slaps Down All Travel Bias" (p.1), "Mosk Lauds JACL Work Against Communism" (p.1), "Nationalism or Patriotism" (p.2), "Japanese Soldier Brides Surveyed" (p.3), "JACLers Hear Challenge to Maintain San Francisco's Nipponmachi" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 18 (May 4, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 18 (May 4, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-18)
Selected article titles: "UCLA Agrees with JACL to Co-Sponsor History Project" (p.1,4), "Keep Nihonmachi Policy Announced" (p.1), "Japan's Reaction to Nuclear Tests" (p.1-2),"Youth Career Parley Stimulating" (p.2), "'Injustice' of War Relocation Recalled in Utah" (p.3), "Educational Level of Sansei Students Seen Dropping Below High School Average" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 7 (August 12, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 7 (August 12, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-32)
Select article titles: "Li'l Tokio brightens up for Nisei Week" (p. 1); "Anti-riot mood compared with Evacuation era" (p. 1); "Nat'l JACL program attractive to 21-35 age group under study" (p. 1); "In-depth research, future History plans summarized" (p.3); "San Diego Convention Minutes" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 11 (March 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 11 (March 12, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-11)
Selected article titles: "Orange County Japanese Become Millionaires as Land Value Rise, but Hard Times Strike Growers in Imperial Valley-JHP Learns" (p.1-2), "Documents for History Project Gain in Volume" (p.1-2), "Ventura County Lemon Growers Authorized Limited 'Tanno' Use" (p.1-2), "100th, 442nd Designations to Be Retained" (p.3), "San Francisco Japanese Cultural, Trade Center ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 02, (July 13, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-27)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 77, No. 02, (July 13, 1973) (ddr-pc-45-27)
Select article titles: "Watergate Hearing: Inouye's Hopes Revealed" (p.1); "JACL Mail Poll Underway for $250,000 Bldg." (p.1); "Straightening out Japanese on Nikkei in U.S." (p.3); "Eight New Records Set in 21st S.F. JACL Olympics" (p.4); "WW2 Drawings of Life for Teenager in Poston Camp Basis of New Book ...
Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
img Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
Star Laundry was located at 1229 Jackson Street. A note on the back indicates the driver as Mr. Shimono.
An oral history with Katsumi Kunitsugu - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-66-1)
vh An oral history with Katsumi Kunitsugu - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-66-1)
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. Audio is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0163. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3378_F01
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 23 (June 16, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 23 (June 16, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-23)
Selected article titles: ""Pioneer Issei Physician Honored by Colleagues, Ex-patients and JACL" (p.1, 3), "NBC Anxious to Interview Persons Pictured in 'Executive Order 9066'" (p.1), "'Save Little Tokyo' Echos [sic] in City Hall" (p.3).
An Oral History with Katsuma Mukaeda (ddr-csujad-29-56)
vh An Oral History with Katsuma Mukaeda (ddr-csujad-29-56)
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 ...
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."
Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-13)
img Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-13)
This photo shows Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown in the winter.
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