Hotel industry

Many entrepreneurial Japanese families owned and operated hotels in Japantowns or Chinatowns. In Seattle, for instance, the "skidroad" neighborhood featured many Japanese-run hotels where single men of various races and backgrounds lived. The hotels provided housing as well as income for the families.

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Nihonmachi hotel (ddr-densho-124-16)
img Nihonmachi hotel (ddr-densho-124-16)
An Issei man stands in the doorway of his hotel, located on Yesler Avenue in Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown.
Washington Hotel (ddr-densho-34-45)
img Washington Hotel (ddr-densho-34-45)
The two-story Washington Hotel (left) was started in about 1900 by Hanjiro Kono and was later operated by Sohichi Shigemura. The Ikuta Barber Shop is behind the community bulletin board along the walkway. Port Blakely is located on the southeast end of Bainbridge Island, Washington.
The Niagara Hotel (ddr-densho-36-44)
img The Niagara Hotel (ddr-densho-36-44)
The Niagara Hotel, owned by K. Sawai, was located at 705-1/2 King Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, Japantown. (Phone directory, 1925.)
Man in suit in front of hotel (ddr-densho-359-1059)
img Man in suit in front of hotel (ddr-densho-359-1059)
A man stands in front of Benton Hotel. Eddie and Jeanette Otsuka operated the Benton Hotel before World War II. The Benton Hotel was located at 1420 6th Ave.
Group standing outside Brenton Hotel (ddr-densho-359-1041)
img Group standing outside Brenton Hotel (ddr-densho-359-1041)
Eddie and Jeanette Otsuka operated the Benton Hotel before World War II. The Benton Hotel was located at 1420 6th Ave.
Two men in suits (ddr-densho-359-1040)
img Two men in suits (ddr-densho-359-1040)
Eddie Otsuka stands outside Benton Hotel in Seattle with another man. Eddie and Jeanette Otsuka operated the Benton Hotel before World War II. The Benton Hotel was located at 1420 6th Ave.
Man poses in front of building (ddr-densho-359-990)
img Man poses in front of building (ddr-densho-359-990)
The reflection in the window is the sign of the building across the street "New World Life Building". The glass behind the man shows the letter "TEL". The building may be the Benton Hotel.
Group photo in front of a store front (ddr-densho-348-42)
img Group photo in front of a store front (ddr-densho-348-42)
Five men and one woman standing in snow pose together for a photo in front of a store front.
Southeast corner of 6th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-120)
img Southeast corner of 6th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-120)
Japanese businesses included the King coffee shop, the Mukilteo hotel, Panama grocery and express, Hinode Laundry baths and the Paris Hotel.
Block of Japanese businesses (ddr-densho-353-102)
img Block of Japanese businesses (ddr-densho-353-102)
Identified businesses are the dentists Dr. H Kato and Dr. S. Higashida upstairs, with the Welcome Hotel, Sanyo 10 cent store, Gosho Drugs, and the Jackson Street Sanitary barber shop on the street level.
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.
Businesses on 5th Avenue south (ddr-densho-353-107)
img Businesses on 5th Avenue south (ddr-densho-353-107)
Between Jackson Street and King Street was the Dreamland Cabaret, the St. Paul and Diamond Hotels, Baths Laundry, the NP restaurant and an Italian restaurant.
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