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.

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Nihonmachi ("Japantowns") (191)

191 items
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
Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-1-2)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-1-2)
Delivering newspapers as a child; description of the prewar Japanese American community

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not ...

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 ...
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
Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-4)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-4)
Memories of Salinas's 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.

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 27 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-27)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 27 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-27)
Reflections on Japantown businesses

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.

Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-5)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-5)
Description of family's store in prewar 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.

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.

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.

Richard Onishi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-3)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-3)
Description of prewar Japanese and Chinese communities

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.

Richard Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-2)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-2)
Memories of San Jose's prewar 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-172-9)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-172-9)
Description of childhood neighborhood: "the 'new suburbia' for Japanese Americans"
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