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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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.
Interior, tailor shop (ddr-densho-26-9)
img Interior, tailor shop (ddr-densho-26-9)
Kinnosuke Yanagihara stands inside U.S. Tailors, which was located at 206 4th Avenue South in Seattle, Washington.
Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-71)
img Japanese American children (ddr-densho-26-71)
Akio and Mitsue Yanagihara pose in front of their father's tailor shop.
Meat market (ddr-densho-34-61)
img Meat market (ddr-densho-34-61)
Mrs. Tom Omura (second from left) and Mr. Tom Omura, holding one-year-old Masaaki (John) Nakata, in front of the meat market and restaurant along Winslow Way East on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The identity of the person on the left is unknown.
Bainbridge Gardens (ddr-densho-34-8)
img Bainbridge Gardens (ddr-densho-34-8)
Bainbridge Gardens consisted of a nursery, grocery store and gas station.
Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-34-54)
img Japanese American butcher (ddr-densho-34-54)
The Nakata family owned and operated the Eagle Harbor Meat Market in Winslow on Bainbridge Island. Mo Nakata worked at the market before and after World War II.
Opening day of the Eagle Harbor Meat Market (ddr-densho-34-62)
img Opening day of the Eagle Harbor Meat Market (ddr-densho-34-62)
The Eagle Harbor Meat Market was located on Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Bainbridge Gardens gas station (ddr-densho-34-23)
img Bainbridge Gardens gas station (ddr-densho-34-23)
A view of Bainbridge Gardens from Miller Bay Road with Mo Nakata's Pontiac out front.
Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-296)
img Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-296)
Aiko photo studio was located on Sixth and Jackson in Seattle's Nihonmachi or Japantown.
Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-295)
img Aiko photo studio (ddr-densho-35-295)
Aiko photo studio was located on the second floor of this building on Sixth and Jackson in Seattle.
Cherry Land Florist (ddr-densho-38-30)
img Cherry Land Florist (ddr-densho-38-30)
The Cherry Land Florist was located on Jackson Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown.
Tashiro's Hardware Store (ddr-densho-39-2)
img Tashiro's Hardware Store (ddr-densho-39-2)
Tashiro's Hardware Store, established in 1917, was a prominent business located on Prefontaine Avenue in the heart of Seattle's Nihonmachi. Kanjiro Tashiro (without hat) sold Japanese folding knives before opening his hardware store in Seattle. During World War II, he stored his inventory at Northcoast Importing. After the war, Tashiro reopened his business and continued to …
Market (ddr-densho-109-60)
img Market (ddr-densho-109-60)
West Side Market at Twenty-sixth and Proctor in Tacoma, Washington.
Sun Rise Pool Hall (ddr-densho-113-10)
img Sun Rise Pool Hall (ddr-densho-113-10)
This pool hall was owned and managed by Masato Uyeda (left). Masato immigrated to the US in 1912 and worked in the coal mines and on the railroad before opening this pool hall.
Business owner with family (ddr-densho-113-51)
img Business owner with family (ddr-densho-113-51)
This man, posing with his family in front of their car, owned the Home Brew Supply Store in Seattle. (L to R): Ayako Uyeda, Masato Uyeda, Fumiko Uyeda.
Invoice from Carter Products, Inc. (ddr-densho-319-496)
doc Invoice from Carter Products, Inc. (ddr-densho-319-496)
Invoices for liver and nervine pill purchases made by T.K. Pharmacy from Carter Products, Inc.
Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-502)
doc Invoice from A. Carbone & Company (ddr-densho-319-502)
Invoice for a whiskey, rum, and gin purchase made by T.K. Pharmacy from A. Carbone & Company.
Invoice from Morey Mercantile Co. (ddr-densho-319-523)
doc Invoice from Morey Mercantile Co. (ddr-densho-319-523)
Invoice for purchases made by T.K. Pharmacy from Morey Mercantile Co.
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