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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George Hanada Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-16)
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Thoughts on Japanese American community, culture, identity

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

George Hanada Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-17)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-17)
Observations of changing San Jose Japantown

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

James Sakamoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-21)
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Rewards and difficulties involved in running a Japantown business

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

James Sakamoto Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-17)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 17 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-17)
Thoughts on running a business in Japantown

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Bob Utsumi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-8-7)
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Moving to downtown Oakland, where father operated a photo studio
Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-1-2)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-1-2)
Delivering newspapers as a child; description of the prewar Japanese American community

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not …

Chris Kato - Yoshi Mamiya - Tad Sato Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-33-2)
vh Chris Kato - Yoshi Mamiya - Tad Sato Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-33-2)
Description of size and approximate boundaries of Seattle's prewar Japantown
Jim Matsuoka Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-281-2)
vh Jim Matsuoka Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-281-2)
Memories of Little Tokyo during the Great Depression

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.

Ben Uyeno Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-100-6)
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Prewar Japanese American community in Yakima, Washington
Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-289-5)
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Community activities: Boy Scouts and Nisei Week

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.

Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-172-9)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-172-9)
Description of childhood neighborhood: "the 'new suburbia' for Japanese Americans"
Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview I Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-355-3)
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Description of prewar Yamato Hall: raided during Prohibition

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.

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