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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Man behind clothing store counter (ddr-densho-383-380)
img Man behind clothing store counter (ddr-densho-383-380)
Kameki Inouye pictured in his men's clothing store at 504 King St. Written on mat: "Grandfather Inouye first store King St. between 5th & 6th".
Basketball team photo (ddr-densho-383-374)
img Basketball team photo (ddr-densho-383-374)
The basketball team was sponsored by George Tokuda's pharmacy business, Tokuda Drug. George Tokuda is pictured third from right. The team won the championship for the league in 1949.
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."
Issei men outside a store (ddr-densho-259-265)
img Issei men outside a store (ddr-densho-259-265)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This is the Oak Street view of the back half of the second Yasui Brothers store in Hood River. The man at the left was Kamematsu Norimatsu, but I don't know the other man."
img "Third Yasui Brothers Store under construction" (ddr-densho-259-284)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This view [of the third Yasui Brothers Store under construction] was looking north northwest. The brick building to the left was the Hood River Hotel. The wooden building with the cupola and the verandas on both the first and second stories was the old Mt. Hood Hotel."
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."
Issei men in hansom cab (ddr-densho-259-278)
img Issei men in hansom cab (ddr-densho-259-278)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui], the Reverend S. Yoshioka, and A. Ikeda (the driver) in a horse-drawn hansom cab. Behind the cab, the first Yasui brothers store with the sign, is seen. The street which surely must have been State Street, was a dirt road."
Auto camp (ddr-densho-259-312)
img Auto camp (ddr-densho-259-312)
Unidentified Japanese Americans in front of Auto Camp building.
img "Shinbo's Restaurant" (ddr-densho-259-348)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "View of 'Shinbo's Restaurant' kitchen."
Nikkei standing in front of a store (ddr-densho-259-269)
img Nikkei standing in front of a store (ddr-densho-259-269)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Print of several Nikkei standing in front of a clapboard wooden building, over the doorway of which can be seen the number 14 Shown here was the south side of the second Yasui brothers store, which was located on the northeast corner of First Street and Oak Street in Hood River."
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."
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."
Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1010-8-2)
vh Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1010-8-2)
Father's prewar bicycle shop

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 19 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-19)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 19 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-19)
Opening a Chinese restaurant in San Jose, California, after World War II

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 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-3)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-3)
Family's grocery store in Salinas's Little 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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