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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Kunio Otani Segment 42 (ddr-densho-1000-75-42)
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A different business philosophy at the Greenwood Greenhouse
May K. Sasaki Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-79-6)
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Father's difficulty with discrimination in the retail business
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-172-12)
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Entrepreneurial roots: helping in family grocery store as a child
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-172-6)
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Childhood memories: living above parents' grocery store, feelings of not fitting into the Japanese American community
Junkoh Harui Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-11-5)
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Idyllic memories of growing up in Bainbridge Gardens, 27 acres to "roam and play"

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Junkoh Harui Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-11-3)
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Description of Bainbridge Gardens: "People would come to see this for many, many miles"

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Junkoh Harui Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-11-4)
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Family-run grocery store and gas station on Bainbridge Island

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Junkoh Harui Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-11-2)
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Acquiring land and clearing it to start nursery: Bainbridge Gardens

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Junkoh Harui Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-11-10)
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Memories of childhood

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Junkoh Harui Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-11-24)
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Present and future plans for Bainbridge Gardens, as a "wonderful legacy"

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-143-10)
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Hectic life helping with family's restaurant business in Seattle's Nihonmachi
Tad Sato Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-82-3)
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Father's retail business in Seattle's Japantown

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

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