Nihonmachi ("Japantowns")

Because of housing and employment discrimination, Japanese Americans tended to cluster in ethnic neighborhoods known as Nihonmachi, or "Japantowns." Living, working, studying, and worshiping in close proximity made for tight-knit communities. With the forced removal of Japanese Americans in the spring of 1942, the bustling Nihonmachis of the West Coast closed down and never fully recovered, even after the war ended.

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Nihonmachi ("Japantowns") (196)

196 items
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 4 (January 31, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 4 (January 31, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-4)
Selected article titles: "Onizuka Killed in Space Shuttle Disaster" (p. 1), "Judges Overturn Dismissal of NCJAR Suit" (pp. 1, 5), and "Little Tokyo Tenants Protest Evictions" (p. 3).
Memorandum for Alien Enemy Information Bureau Office of the Provost Marshal General War Department, Washington D.C. (ddr-one-5-210)
av Memorandum for Alien Enemy Information Bureau Office of the Provost Marshal General War Department, Washington D.C. (ddr-one-5-210)
Photocopy of a declassified memorandum for the reclassification of Keizaburo Koyama as a detained Enemy Alien. Koyama is currently listed as interned at Santa Fe, New Mexico and in the custody of Immigration and Naturalization Services.
Sacramento reunion III (ddr-csujad-55-2698)
doc Sacramento reunion III (ddr-csujad-55-2698)
Pamphlet of Sacramento reunion held at the Red Lion Hotel at Sacramento, California. Includes photographs of the Japanese community in Sacramento, California, before the war. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2862
Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
doc Fresno West Side (ddr-csujad-8-13)
Oral history interview with Mr. Nori Masuda, Mrs. Masako Inada, Mrs. Fumi Nakajima, and Mrs. Setsu Hirasuna. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Fresno West Side
Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
doc Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
Oral history interview with Satoshi Kuwamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUWAMOTO_SATOSHI
Nori Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-22)
doc Nori Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-22)
Oral history interview with Nori Masuda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASUDA_NORI
Japanese Americans revisit their painful past (ddr-csujad-55-2109)
doc Japanese Americans revisit their painful past (ddr-csujad-55-2109)
Newspaper clipping published in the Los Angeles Times regarding former incarcerees dismantling barracks at Heart Mountain incarceration camp to send back to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles as a permanent reminder of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2212
An Oral History with Katsuma Mukaeda (ddr-csujad-29-56)
vh An Oral History with Katsuma Mukaeda (ddr-csujad-29-56)
Chairman of Japanese American Cultural Center and former president of Japanese Chamber of Commerce recounts conditions of prewar Los Angeles's Little Tokyo, its wartime conversion into a black community, postwar reestablishment as a Japanese-American cultural and commercial center. Includes comments on discriminatory legislation, prewar Japan-American relations. World War II removal and incarceration, camp conditions, wartime repatriation …
Tomoye Hotel (ddr-csujad-29-241)
img Tomoye Hotel (ddr-csujad-29-241)
Photograph of the front of the Tomoye Hotel. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P184
An oral history with Katsumi Kunitsugu (ddr-csujad-29-66)
vh An oral history with Katsumi Kunitsugu (ddr-csujad-29-66)
An oral interview with Katsumi Kunitsugu, longtime volunteer and leader in Little Tokyo. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0164. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 3378_T01
Mitsuwado store's window display (ddr-densho-13-34)
img Mitsuwado store's window display (ddr-densho-13-34)
The Mitsuwado store was located at 522 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. In this display are matsutake (pine mushrooms) and various prizes to be awarded to fishing derby winners.
Family in front of their store (ddr-densho-13-39)
img Family in front of their store (ddr-densho-13-39)
Left to right: Mr. Kawai, unidentified, Haruye (last name unknown) holding Teruo Shibata, Kinzo Asaba, and Nobujiro Shibata in front of Sagamiya, a Japanese confectionery, which was located at 524 Main in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. Sagamiya was an institution in Seattle's Nihonmachi, well known for its mochigashi (Japanese rice cakes). Founded in the early 1900s …
Three Issei men and child outside the Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-2)
img Three Issei men and child outside the Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-2)
Mitsuwado was located at 522 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. The store sold a variety of items including books, records, record players, and fishing tackle. Left to right: Kinzo Asaba (the store's owner), Mr. Osawa, unidentified, and unidentified.
Two Issei men outside the Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-16)
img Two Issei men outside the Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-16)
The Mitsuwado store was located at 522 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. The store sold a variety of items including books, records, record players, and fishing tackle. The store's owner, Kinzo Asaba, is on the left.
Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-31)
img Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-31)
The Mitsuwado store, located at 522 Main Street, was owned by Kinzo Asaba. The store sold a variety of items including books, records, record players, and fishing tackle. Left to right: Mr. Izui, Denny Yoshimura, Nobujiro Shibata, Ayako Shibata, Yoshiko Hagiya, Shuzo Asaba, and Kinzo Asaba.
Classical dance performance (ddr-densho-13-15)
img Classical dance performance (ddr-densho-13-15)
This dance performance took place at the Nippon Kan Theatre in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) area.
Sagamiya confectionery (ddr-densho-13-1)
img Sagamiya confectionery (ddr-densho-13-1)
The Sagamiya confectionery was located at 524 Main Street in the area previously known as Nihonmachi, now Seattle's International District. Sagamiya closed in the early 1970s. Left to right: Yoshi Mamiya, Shuzo Asaba, Nobujiro Shibata, Kinzo Asaba, and Rick Mamiya.
Family and friends in Nihonmachi (ddr-densho-13-38)
img Family and friends in Nihonmachi (ddr-densho-13-38)
Top to bottom: Yayeko Asaba, unidentified, Kimiko Asaba, and Yeichi Asaba in front of Sagamiya, a Japanese confectionery, located at 524 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi.
Interior of Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-32)
img Interior of Mitsuwado store (ddr-densho-13-32)
The Mitsuwado store, located at 522 Main Street, was owned by Kinzo Asaba (right). The store sold a variety of items including books, records, record players, and fishing tackle. Asaba's daughter, Chiyo, stands next to him.
Yokohama Tailor and Laundry (ddr-densho-12-10)
img Yokohama Tailor and Laundry (ddr-densho-12-10)
Fusa Kunitsugu (left) and her son, Teruo, inside the Yokohama Tailor and Laundry, located at 515 Yesler Way in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown.
Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-25)
img Interior of Higo Ten-Cent Store (ddr-densho-16-25)
This photo shows the store's original light fixtures.
Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-15)
img Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-15)
This photo shows Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown in the winter.
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.
Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-12)
img Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-12)
This photo was taken on Jackson Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown.
Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-13)
img Nihonmachi covered in snow (ddr-densho-16-13)
This photo shows Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown in the winter.
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