img Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-2)
The Higo Ten-Cent Store, located in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown), was owned and operated by Sanzo and Matsuyo Murakami. Established in the early 1900s, the store sold a wide variety of American- and Japanese-made goods to serve the surrounding Issei and Nisei community.
img Exterior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-1)
Sanzo and Matsuyo Murakami owned and operated the Higo Ten-Cent Store which was located on Weller Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. The Higo Ten-Cent Store is currently called the Higo Variety Store and continues to be a landmark business in Seattle's International District which was known as Nihonmachi before World War II. The ...
doc Higo Ten-Cent Store business card (ddr-densho-16-24)
This card shows the store's original address. Higo later moved from Weller to Jackson Street.
img Issei-owned store (ddr-densho-25-9)
Matahichi and Kisa Iseri sold imported and dry goods from Japan as well as general merchandise to the Japanese American community in the White River Valley. When they started the business, the Iseris used their garage, as seen here. Later, they built a bigger store in front of their property.
img Bainbridge Gardens grocery store (ddr-densho-34-13)
Bainbridge Gardens had a store, gas station, and a nursery to serve the Japanese American community.
img Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-25)
This photo shows the store's original light fixtures.
img Takayoshi general store and delivery wagon (ddr-densho-34-158)
This general store was located in Yama, the Japanese village in Port Blakely, Washington. The store served the Japanese village by providing general merchandise, Japanese goods brought over from Seattle, fresh homemade ice cream, and the only telephone in the village. The store's owner put a piano in the store after it became a community ...
img The Tazuma Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-24-13)
Bunshiro and Sawano Tazuma owned the Tazuma Ten-Cent Store located at 12th Avenue and Jackson Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. The store sold both American- and Japanese-made goods. Front: Yukio Tazuma. Back (left to right): Sawano and Bunshiro Tazuma.
img The Leonard Store (ddr-densho-25-10)
The Leonard Store was an important business in the White River Valley. Leonard introduced modern conveniences such as post office boxes and phones to the community. He also catered to the local Nikkei and imported various goods from Japan. Matahichi Iseri, a prominent Issei, worked for Leonard who promised to make him a partner in the ...