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.

Industry and employment (204)
Small business (179)
Bakeries (4)
General stores (36)
Grocery stores (10)
Hardware stores
Laundromats (4)
Restaurants (28)
Florists
Service stations and garages

179 items
Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-31)
img Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-31)
The Mitsuwado store, located at 522 Main Street, was owned by Kinzo Asaba. The store sold a variety of items including books, records, record players, and fishing tackle. Left to right: Mr. Izui, Denny Yoshimura, Nobujiro Shibata, Ayako Shibata, Yoshiko Hagiya, Shuzo Asaba, and Kinzo Asaba.
Mitsuwado store's window display (ddr-densho-13-34)
img Mitsuwado store's window display (ddr-densho-13-34)
The Mitsuwado store was located at 522 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. In this display are matsutake (pine mushrooms) and various prizes to be awarded to fishing derby winners.
Auto camp (ddr-densho-259-312)
img Auto camp (ddr-densho-259-312)
Unidentified Japanese Americans in front of Auto Camp building.
Yasui Brothers store in Hood River (ddr-densho-259-160)
img Yasui Brothers store in Hood River (ddr-densho-259-160)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Daiichi Takeoka and Keisuke Ito of Portland, [Masuo Yasui], [Shidzuyo Yasui] and Senichi Tomihiro standing in front of the main door to the second Yasui Brothers store in Hood River."
img "Shinbo's Restaurant" (ddr-densho-259-347)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "'Shinbo's Restaurant', Walla Walla, Washington. That may not have been the real name of the restaurant This was a pretty nice restaurant for its days, which was around 1938 when we visited them. There are six Caucasian waitresses, so that was a pretty sizeable operation."
img "Third Yasui Brothers Store under construction" (ddr-densho-259-283)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Texaco service station being built on the corner of First and Oak Streets in Hood River, Oregon Third Yasui Brothers Store under construction."
Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-34-54)
img Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-34-54)
The Nakata family owned and operated the Eagle Harbor Meat Market in Winslow on Bainbridge Island. Mo Nakata worked at the market before and after World War II.
Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-296)
img Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-296)
Aiko photo studio was located on Sixth and Jackson in Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown.
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.

Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-16)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-16)
Decision to sell Japanese goods in department store

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 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-22)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-22)
Description of family's Chinese restaurant

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 25 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-25)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 25 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-25)
Description of family restaurant and the Japanese American 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.

Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-59-3)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-59-3)
Running store and raising the family, "The quiet strength" of mother
Junkoh Harui Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-11-24)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-11-24)
Present and future plans for Bainbridge Gardens, as a "wonderful legacy"

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-143-10)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-143-10)
Hectic life helping with family's restaurant business in Seattle's Nihonmachi
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