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.

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Small business (335)

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Photograph proofs (ddr-densho-359-486)
img Photograph proofs (ddr-densho-359-486)
A sheet of photograph proofs including photographs from a butcher, outdoor winter scenes, and indoor scenes.
Seizaburo Mukai's Jackson Theater (ddr-densho-353-95)
img Seizaburo Mukai's Jackson Theater (ddr-densho-353-95)
Seizaburo Mukai also ran the Atlas, the Circle, and the Rialto theaters.
Northwest corner of 6th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-119)
img Northwest corner of 6th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-119)
Japanese businesses included Asakura Jewelry on the corner, Togo Meshiya, Sun Express, and a small grocery and tobacco shop run by the Sumiokas.
Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
img Jiro Kaneko's Pacific Printing Company (ddr-densho-353-87)
The Pacific Printing Company was located at 611 Main Street.
Northeast corner of 6th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-117)
img Northeast corner of 6th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-117)
Japanese businesses included the Dreamland Hotel, Komatsu-Zashi, Abe's dry goods store, Tokyo-Wan, Fujii Hotel, Inouye clothing store, New Golden Shoe repair, the Ogata's dry cleaning shop and the Salvation Army mission.
Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
img Star Laundry wagon (ddr-densho-353-72)
Star Laundry was located at 1229 Jackson Street. A note on the back indicates the driver as Mr. Shimono.
Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-82)
img Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-82)
Okayama men on Main Street in front of the Mitsuwado. Note on back: " NW Nikkei caption 6-89: Mr. Yanagi (leaning against car) with friends, celebrates his graduation from the U of W's pharmacy school before returning to Japan." Another note says "set at 100, 2 sec"
Rainier Heat and Power building and the Golden Shoe store (ddr-densho-353-106)
img Rainier Heat and Power building and the Golden Shoe store (ddr-densho-353-106)
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce occupied rooms upstairs along with other professional offices.
Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-81)
img Group of men with a car (ddr-densho-353-81)
Captioned: "On Main Street in front of the Mitsuwado." The Mitsuwado was a large bookstore. A note on the back reads: "set at 200, 8 sec."
Nihonmachi Jackson Street (ddr-densho-353-73)
img Nihonmachi Jackson Street (ddr-densho-353-73)
Jackson Street, looking east from 5th Street. Note on back indicates Japanese stores in left foreground, and the Academy of Holy Names in background, built 1880. The photo was taken before the Jackson St. regrade of 1907-1909.
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