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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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.
Southeast corner of 5th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-118)
img Southeast corner of 5th and King Street (ddr-densho-353-118)
Japanese businesses included the Pool Room, The Sunrise Cafe, and the St. Nicholas Hotel, which was run by Mr. Kato.
Northeast corner of 6th and Weller Street (ddr-densho-353-123)
img Northeast corner of 6th and Weller Street (ddr-densho-353-123)
Japanese businesses included the Midway hotel, a barber, tailor, dry goods store, and retaurants.
The Fujino girls in front of the Waldon Hotel (ddr-densho-353-217)
img The Fujino girls in front of the Waldon Hotel (ddr-densho-353-217)
A note on the back identifies the girls as Matsuko, Akiko, and Hideko.
Southwest corner of 6th and Weller Street (ddr-densho-353-122)
img Southwest corner of 6th and Weller Street (ddr-densho-353-122)
Japanese businesses included the Paris hotel and Hinode Laundry baths.
Southern California Nisei Directory 1934-1935 (ddr-densho-480-1)
doc Southern California Nisei Directory 1934-1935 (ddr-densho-480-1)
A directory of Japanese American citizens and businesses in Southern California.
Commemorative Issue 2600th Anniversary Yearbook and Directory 1940-1941 (ddr-densho-480-2)
doc Commemorative Issue 2600th Anniversary Yearbook and Directory 1940-1941 (ddr-densho-480-2)
The yearbook includes pictures and information about Japanese American businesses, schools, organizations, individuals, and families. The directory includes city indexes for California, as well as a few city indexes for Arizona and Japan, with advertisements for businesses and organizations throughout the city indexes.
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)
Jeanette Otsuka, far left. 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 Kaichi Kawamoto. 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.
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.
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