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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.

Community activities (600)
Nihonmachi ("Japantowns") (190)

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Jim Matsuoka Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-281-2)
vh Jim Matsuoka Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-281-2)
Memories of Little Tokyo during the Great Depression

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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
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

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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"
Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-355-3)
vh Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-355-3)
Description of prewar Yamato Hall: raided during Prohibition

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