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.

Small business (330)

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Yae Wada Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-476-1)
vh Yae Wada Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-476-1)
Father's family background: establishing a laundry business
Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 25 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-25)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 25 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-25)
Description of family restaurant and the Japanese American community

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.

Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-16)
vh Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 16 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-16)
Decision to sell Japanese goods in department store

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.

Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-22)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-22)
Description of family's Chinese restaurant

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.

img "Third Yasui Brothers Store under construction" (ddr-densho-259-284)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This view [of the third Yasui Brothers Store under construction] was looking north northwest. The brick building to the left was the Hood River Hotel. The wooden building with the cupola and the verandas on both the first and second stories was the old Mt. Hood Hotel."
Issei men in hansom cab (ddr-densho-259-278)
img Issei men in hansom cab (ddr-densho-259-278)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui], the Reverend S. Yoshioka, and A. Ikeda (the driver) in a horse-drawn hansom cab. Behind the cab, the first Yasui brothers store with the sign, is seen. The street which surely must have been State Street, was a dirt road."
img "Shinbo's Restaurant" (ddr-densho-259-348)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "View of 'Shinbo's Restaurant' kitchen."
Signed contract (ddr-densho-278-7)
doc Signed contract (ddr-densho-278-7)
A signed contract for "Rentle [sic] of Candy Plant for One year."
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 78 (October 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-65)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 78 (October 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-65)
"N.W. JACL District Council to Meet Nov. 22, 23 in Seattle" (p. 1) "Nisei Funeral Director Opens Offices on Jackson Street" (p. 4).
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.
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.
George Iseri Interview Segment 8 (ddr-one-7-40-8)
vh George Iseri Interview Segment 8 (ddr-one-7-40-8)
Helping father make grocery deliveries

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.

George Azumano Interview Segment 23 (ddr-one-7-32-23)
vh George Azumano Interview Segment 23 (ddr-one-7-32-23)
Starting a travel agency

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.

Mii Tai Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-186-4)
vh Mii Tai Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-186-4)
Living above family's laundry business

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Junkoh Harui Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-11-3)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-11-3)
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)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-11-4)
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)
vh Junkoh Harui Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-11-2)
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.

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