Murakami Collection

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The Murakami family operated the Higo Ten-Cent Store in Seattle's International District (formerly Nihonmachi). Photographs in this collection, early 1900s-1950s, include interior and exterior views of the business and one family portrait. Densho interviewed collection donors, sisters Ayako and Masako Murakami, in 1997.

c.1900s-1960s

c.1900s-1960s

24 photographic prints, black and white; 5 documents

Densho

Courtesy of the Murakami Family Collection

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29 Objects

Exterior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-1)
img Exterior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-1)
Sanzo and Matsuyo Murakami owned and operated the Higo Ten-Cent Store which was located on Weller Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. The Higo Ten-Cent Store is currently called the Higo Variety Store and continues to be a landmark business in Seattle's International District which was known as Nihonmachi before World War II. The ...
Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-2)
img Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-2)
The Higo Ten-Cent Store, located in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown), was owned and operated by Sanzo and Matsuyo Murakami. Established in the early 1900s, the store sold a wide variety of American- and Japanese-made goods to serve the surrounding Issei and Nisei community.
Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-3)
img Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-3)
The Higo Ten-Cent Store, established in the early 1900s by Sanzo Murakami and his wife Matsuyo, is one of the last prewar Japanese American businesses in Seattle's International District, formerly known as Nihonmachi. The store sold a wide variety of American- and Japanese-made goods to the surrounding Issei and Nisei community.
Family at a park (ddr-densho-16-4)
img Family at a park (ddr-densho-16-4)
The Murakami family on an outing at Volunteer Park. The Murakamis owned Higo Ten-Cent Store in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. Left to right: Ayako, Sanzo (holding Masako), Kay, Matsuyo, and Chiyoko.
Owner of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-6)
img Owner of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-6)
Kazuichi Kay Murakami stands inside his family's store.
Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-7)
doc Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-7)
This permit was issued to Matsuyo Murakami during World War II. It authorizes her travel within the West Coast region, restricted to Japanese Americans without written approval from the government
Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-8)
doc Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-8)
This permit was issued to Matsuyo Murakami during World War II. It authorizes her travel within the West Coast region, restricted to Japanese Americans without written approval from the government.
Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-9)
doc Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-9)
This permit was issued to Kazuichi Kay Murakami during World War II. It authorizes his travel within the West Coast region, restricted to Japanese Americans without written approval from the government.
Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-10)
doc Travel permit (ddr-densho-16-10)
This permit was issued to Kazuichi Kay Murakami during World War II. It authorizes his travel within the West Coast region, restricted to Japanese Americans without written approval from the government.
Nisei woman at dinner party (ddr-densho-16-11)
img Nisei woman at dinner party (ddr-densho-16-11)
Masako Murakami and her family owned Higo Ten-Cent Store in Seattle's Nihonmachi.

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