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.

Hotel industry (87)

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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.
George Nakata Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-29-5)
vh George Nakata Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-29-5)
Growing up in family's hotel

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imperial Hotel (ddr-densho-162-2)
img Imperial Hotel (ddr-densho-162-2)
The Imperial Hotel was operated by the Hatsuzo Murakami Family.
Sam Ogo Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-193-3)
vh Sam Ogo Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-193-3)
Description of parents' hotel business

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

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