Small business

Japanese American businesses, such as groceries, fish shops, laundries, barbershops, public bathhouses, restaurants, drugstores, and dry goods stores, sprang up in communities along the West Coast. Women and children were vitally important to these "mom and pop" enterprises, as their free labor allowed the family to survive and even prosper during lean times.

Small business (330)

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Japanese American store owner prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-91)
img Japanese American store owner prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-91)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Mr. Tatsuno pictured in his San Francisco drygoods store prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry. He was in the drygoods business for forty years in San Francisco. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
img "Yasui Brothers Second store" (ddr-densho-259-303)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large gathering of mostly Issei men along the south side of the second [Yasui Brothers] store."
Japanese man shaping a glass bowl (ddr-densho-299-48)
img Japanese man shaping a glass bowl (ddr-densho-299-48)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-2856. 23 April 49 / Manufacturing glassware in Japan: / One of the oldest and highly skilled / employees at Hoya Glass Factory, / Tokyo, Japan, uses a pair of shears / to trim off surplus glass as he care- / fully styles a bowl. / Photographer - Girard / Photograph by U.S. ...
Business owner with family (ddr-densho-113-51)
img Business owner with family (ddr-densho-113-51)
This man, posing with his family in front of their car, owned the Home Brew Supply Store in Seattle. (L to R): Ayako Uyeda, Masato Uyeda, Fumiko Uyeda.
Tsutakawa Company camping trip (ddr-densho-128-115)
img Tsutakawa Company camping trip (ddr-densho-128-115)
Front row (L to R): Marion Tsutakawa, Frank Kubo, Jim Tsutakawa, J.K. Saoka, George Tsutakawa, Mr. Baba, J. Shima. Second row (L to R): Bob, Mrs. Tsutakawa, Dick, Mr. Y. Shimada. Front row (L to R): Thomas, Mr. Y. Omi (?), Kumako.
Man standing outside office (ddr-densho-128-37)
img Man standing outside office (ddr-densho-128-37)
Frank Kubo stands outside the Tsutakawa Company office where he was employed.
Dye works picnic (ddr-densho-135-1)
img Dye works picnic (ddr-densho-135-1)
Dye works shop owners gather for a picnic, a common social activity for families in the business. (L to R): Yae Kumakura, Gonnojo Tamura, Yasuye Shimizu, Suma Tamura.
Japanese American family (ddr-densho-135-3)
img Japanese American family (ddr-densho-135-3)
This family operated the Royal Dye Works in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. (L to R): George, Marian, Yoshio, Mr. Tamura.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 19 (November 7, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 19 (November 7, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-44)
Edition contains Mail Order Supplement, A-D, between pages 4 and 5. Selected article titles: "'Star Trek' Star Honored by Hollywood" (pp. 1, 8), "L.A.'s Nikkei-Oriented Movie Theater Closes Doors" (pp. 1, 5), "Mineta Recalls Impact of 99th Congress on JAs" (p. 2), and "Take Risks, Help Others, Matsui Tells Students" (pp. 6-7).
Dale Minami Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-141-2)
vh Dale Minami Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-141-2)
Father's life in Gardena, California: gardening and running a sporting goods store in Little Tokyo
Mii Tai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-186-3)
vh Mii Tai Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-186-3)
Description of parents' laundry business

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Kay Matsuoka Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-48-10)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-48-10)
Getting started in dress design, apprenticing and opening own shop
Jim Akutsu Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-2-3)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-2-3)
Father's shoe sales business

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Frank Miyamoto Interview I Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-50-11)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview I Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-50-11)
Role of the business associations in the development of Seattle's Japantown's businesses and industries
Frank Miyamoto Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-50-7)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-50-7)
The development of Seattle's Japantown businesses and industries
Tomio Moriguchi Interview III Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-61-1)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview III Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-61-1)
Where it all began, a look at the current production of satsumaage and a discussion of how it differs from when his father first made it by hand

Filmed on location.

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