Small business

Japanese American businesses, such as groceries, fish shops, laundries, barbershops, public bathhouses, restaurants, drugstores, and dry goods stores, sprang up in communities along the West Coast. Women and children were vitally important to these "mom and pop" enterprises, as their free labor allowed the family to survive and even prosper during lean times.

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Storefront of Valley Seed Company (ddr-densho-242-23)
img Storefront of Valley Seed Company (ddr-densho-242-23)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "2 Valley Seed Co. photos. Kunezo Hatchimonji in front of his seed store in El Monte, Calif. He operated the store from 1934 to 1942. Live plants shown are from Union Nursery." Caption on reverse: "Anderson Photo Service, Apr. 22, 1936, El Monte, Calif."
Issei man in front of his store (ddr-densho-242-24)
img Issei man in front of his store (ddr-densho-242-24)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Kunezo Hatchimonji in front of his seed store in El Monte, Calif. "
Issei-run store (ddr-densho-25-11)
img Issei-run store (ddr-densho-25-11)
Matahichi and Kisa Iseri ran a small store and berry farm in Thomas, Washington. Matahichi first opened the store in the family's garage shown here.
Wakaichi and Tomo Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-233)
img Wakaichi and Tomo Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-233)
Photograph of Wakaichi "Buck" Ohashi (center) standing with two unidentified men and his sister Ruth Tomo Ohashi riding a tricycle in front outside the Ohashi family store.
Jiro & Bob (ddr-densho-442-57)
img Jiro & Bob (ddr-densho-442-57)
Photograph of Neil Jiro Ohashi (left) and Robert Teruo "Bob" Ohashi (right) seated outside the Ohashi family store.
Dual photo (ddr-densho-442-310)
img Dual photo (ddr-densho-442-310)
Photograph with two pictures, both images show Shika Ohashi standing outside the Ohashi family store.
Three children (ddr-densho-442-238)
img Three children (ddr-densho-442-238)
Photograph of three unidentified children outside the Ohashi family store. Two children are using baby walkers, and the third is waving an American flag.
Jiro and Sab Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-239)
img Jiro and Sab Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-239)
Photograph of Neil Jiro Ohashi (left) sitting with Edward Saburo Ohashi (right) outside the Ohashi family store.
Tomo (ddr-densho-442-84)
img Tomo (ddr-densho-442-84)
Photograph of Ruth Tomo Ohashi holding a bouquet of flowers outside the Ohashi family store.
Baby in baby walker (ddr-densho-442-196)
img Baby in baby walker (ddr-densho-442-196)
Photograph of an unidentified child using a baby walker the Ohashi family store.
Wakaichi Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-89)
img Wakaichi Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-89)
Photograph of Wakaichi "Buck" Ohashi leaning against a telephone pole outside the Ohashi family store
Terao funeral (ddr-densho-442-5)
img Terao funeral (ddr-densho-442-5)
Photograph of mourners in attendance at the funeral of Tomsabaro Terao. Front row left to right: Keiko Togo and Jimmy Tatsuda II. Second row: unknown, unknown, unknown, Bill Tatsuda, Charlie Tatsuda, Abe Hagiwara, Ruth Ohashi, John Tomita, unknown, Pat Hagiwara, Cherry, Tatsuda, unknown, Frank Tomita, and Mike Hagiwara. Third row: unknown, Mr. Faulkner, Mr. Inouye, Jimmy …
Ohashi Family business (ddr-densho-442-53)
img Ohashi Family business (ddr-densho-442-53)
Photograph of George Ohashi's family of outside the pool room and lodging house he ran. From left to right is Shika Ohashi holding Ruth Tomo Ohashi, Mary Haruko (Ohashi) Yamato, and George Ohashi.
Mary Haruko (Ohashi) Yamato (ddr-densho-442-162)
img Mary Haruko (Ohashi) Yamato (ddr-densho-442-162)
Photograph of Mary Haruko (Ohashi) Yamato standing in the doorway of the Ohashi family store.
Tomo Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-226)
img Tomo Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-226)
Photograph of Ruth Tomo Ohashi standing outside the Ohashi Family store. Written along the bottom of the photograph is "Tomo" ink black ink.
Komatsu and Robert Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-206)
img Komatsu and Robert Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-206)
Photograph of Komatsu (Saito) Ohashi (right) standing outside the Ohashi store with her son Robert Teruo Ohashi (left) playing in a toy car.
Mary Haruko Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-83)
img Mary Haruko Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-83)
Photograph of Mary Haruko (Ohashi) Yamato leaning against the open door frame to the Ohashi family store.
Shika Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-243)
img Shika Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-243)
Photograph of Shika Ohashi standing outside the Ohashi family store
Baby in baby walker (ddr-densho-442-195)
img Baby in baby walker (ddr-densho-442-195)
Photograph of an unidentified child using a baby walker the Ohashi family store.
Mary Haruko Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-85)
img Mary Haruko Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-85)
Photograph of Mary Haruko (Ohashi) Yamato standing outside the Ohashi family store with an unidentified man holding a camera. Standing in the doorway behind the couple is Komatsu (Saito) Ohashi. Same as ddr-densho-442-212
Child (ddr-densho-442-194)
img Child (ddr-densho-442-194)
Photograph of an unidentified child posing outside the Ohashi family store.
Child in kimono (ddr-densho-442-163)
img Child in kimono (ddr-densho-442-163)
Photograph of an unidentified child dressed in a kimono standing in a doorway of the Ohashi family store.
Robert and Hope Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-197)
img Robert and Hope Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-197)
Photograph of Robert "Bob" Teruo Ohashi (left) and Hope Nobuko Ohashi (right) sitting on a step together the Ohashi family store.
Child outside store (ddr-densho-442-213)
img Child outside store (ddr-densho-442-213)
Photograph of an unidentified child outside the Ohashi family store. Possibly, Robert "Bob" Teruo Ohashi
Wakaichi Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-152)
img Wakaichi Ohashi (ddr-densho-442-152)
Portrait of Wakaichi "Buck" Ohashi outside the Ohashi family store.
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