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 (392)
Small business (335)

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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.

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 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-15)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-15)
Getting involved in the family business postwar

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.

Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-17)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-17)
Typical working conditions at Dobashi Market: hundred-pound rice sacks

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 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-16)
vh Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-16)
Thoughts on running a family 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.

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 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-12)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-12)
Taking over the family's florist 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.

Richard Onishi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-10)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-10)
Helping to establish family business, Onishi Florist

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 13 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-13)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 13 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-13)
Changes in Onishi Florist business over the years

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 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-4)
vh Richard Onishi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-2-4)
Father's work in the nursery 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.

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.

Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-17)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-17)
Description of Nichi Bei Bussan Department Store: long working hours

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.

George Hanada Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-15)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-15)
Reflections on George's Service Center: "I never begrudged a day for going to work"

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 13 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-13)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 13 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-13)
Community involvement and its effect on small 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.

George Hanada Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-11)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-11)
The beginnings of George's Service Center

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 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-14)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 14 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-14)
Running George's Service Center, limited family 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.

James Sakamoto Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-15)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 15 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-15)
Description of barbershop business, playing cards with friends

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 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-18)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-18)
Positive aspects of owning the Sakamoto Barbershop

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.

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vh George T. "Joe" Sakato Interview Segment 3 (ddr-manz-1-29-3)
Parents' small businesses: barber shop, pool hall, bathhouse
Mii Tai Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-186-4)
vh Mii Tai Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-186-4)
Living above family's 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.

Mary Hirata Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-22-9)
vh Mary Hirata Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-22-9)
Running a family-owned business in prewar Seattle; memories of things left behind during mass removal
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