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 man in his store (ddr-densho-124-17)
img Issei man in his store (ddr-densho-124-17)
This store was located on Second Avenue in Seattle.
Tsutakawa Company camping trip (ddr-densho-128-115)
img Tsutakawa Company camping trip (ddr-densho-128-115)
Front row (L to R): Marion Tsutakawa, Frank Kubo, Jim Tsutakawa, J.K. Saoka, George Tsutakawa, Mr. Baba, J. Shima. Second row (L to R): Bob, Mrs. Tsutakawa, Dick, Mr. Y. Shimada. Front row (L to R): Thomas, Mr. Y. Omi (?), Kumako.
Man standing outside office (ddr-densho-128-37)
img Man standing outside office (ddr-densho-128-37)
Frank Kubo stands outside the Tsutakawa Company office where he was employed.
Sister and brother in front of car (ddr-densho-129-2)
img Sister and brother in front of car (ddr-densho-129-2)
This brother and sister lived in the University District in a small home behind their parents' storefront dye works business. (L to R): Dorrie Akimoto, Bob Akimoto.
Family portrait (ddr-densho-129-1)
img Family portrait (ddr-densho-129-1)
This Japanese American family ran University Cleaners, a dye works business located at 1014 East 45th Street in Seattle, Washington. (L to R): Mr. Akimoto, Dorrie Akimoto, Mrs. Akimoto, Robert Akimoto.
Dye works storefront (ddr-densho-130-2)
img Dye works storefront (ddr-densho-130-2)
The M & M Dye Works was located at North 42nd and Fremont Avenue in Seattle, Washington. The Japanese American owners lived behind and above the shop.
Dye works storefront (ddr-densho-130-3)
img Dye works storefront (ddr-densho-130-3)
About 15 families in North Seattle owned dye works (dry cleaning) businesses. This shop, the M & M Dye Works, was located at North 42nd and Fremont Avenue.
Two Nisei girls in front of dye works (ddr-densho-135-2)
img Two Nisei girls in front of dye works (ddr-densho-135-2)
Approximately 15 Japanese American families in North Seattle operated dye works businesses before World War II. These two girls are standing in front of the Royal Dye Works, located at 716 North 34th Street in the Fremont neighborhood. (L to R): Esther Hiyama, Marian Tamura.
Dye works picnic (ddr-densho-135-1)
img Dye works picnic (ddr-densho-135-1)
Dye works shop owners gather for a picnic, a common social activity for families in the business. (L to R): Yae Kumakura, Gonnojo Tamura, Yasuye Shimizu, Suma Tamura.
Japanese American family (ddr-densho-135-3)
img Japanese American family (ddr-densho-135-3)
This family operated the Royal Dye Works in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. (L to R): George, Marian, Yoshio, Mr. Tamura.
Siblings in front of house (ddr-densho-136-31)
img Siblings in front of house (ddr-densho-136-31)
Frank and Violet Yokoyama, along with their parents, operated a produce store and greenhouse in North Seattle, and sold their produce at a vegetable stand in the Pike Place Market.
Japanese American store owner prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-91)
img Japanese American store owner prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-91)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Mr. Tatsuno pictured in his San Francisco drygoods store prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry. He was in the drygoods business for forty years in San Francisco. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Seattle Glove Company employees (ddr-densho-166-7)
img Seattle Glove Company employees (ddr-densho-166-7)
Masaye is second from the left, top row. Mrs. Davis, the owner's wife, is third from the left, front row.
Seattle Glove Company employee party (ddr-densho-166-5)
img Seattle Glove Company employee party (ddr-densho-166-5)
Masaye Mayeno, third from right, and her good friend, Mrs. Sakai, is on the far right.
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