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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Inside of Mitsuwado (ddr-densho-353-68)
img Inside of Mitsuwado (ddr-densho-353-68)
Mitsuwado was a large bookstore on Main Street.
Nippon Fireworks Company (ddr-densho-353-135)
img Nippon Fireworks Company (ddr-densho-353-135)
A note on the back identifies Mr. Endo as the third to the right.
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.
Yasui Brothers store in Hood River (ddr-densho-259-160)
img Yasui Brothers store in Hood River (ddr-densho-259-160)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Daiichi Takeoka and Keisuke Ito of Portland, [Masuo Yasui], [Shidzuyo Yasui] and Senichi Tomihiro standing in front of the main door to the second Yasui Brothers store in Hood River."
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."
img "Third Yasui Brothers Store under construction" (ddr-densho-259-283)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Texaco service station being built on the corner of First and Oak Streets in Hood River, Oregon Third Yasui Brothers Store under construction."
Issei men outside a store (ddr-densho-259-265)
img Issei men outside a store (ddr-densho-259-265)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This is the Oak Street view of the back half of the second Yasui Brothers store in Hood River. The man at the left was Kamematsu Norimatsu, but I don't know the other man."
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."
Auto camp (ddr-densho-259-312)
img Auto camp (ddr-densho-259-312)
Unidentified Japanese Americans in front of Auto Camp building.
Nikkei standing in front of a store (ddr-densho-259-269)
img Nikkei standing in front of a store (ddr-densho-259-269)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Print of several Nikkei standing in front of a clapboard wooden building, over the doorway of which can be seen the number 14 Shown here was the south side of the second Yasui brothers store, which was located on the northeast corner of First Street and Oak Street in Hood River."
img "Shinbo's Restaurant" (ddr-densho-259-347)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "'Shinbo's Restaurant', Walla Walla, Washington. That may not have been the real name of the restaurant This was a pretty nice restaurant for its days, which was around 1938 when we visited them. There are six Caucasian waitresses, so that was a pretty sizeable operation."
img "Yasui Brothers Second store" (ddr-densho-259-303)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large gathering of mostly Issei men along the south side of the second [Yasui Brothers] store."
img "Shinbo's Restaurant" (ddr-densho-259-348)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "View of 'Shinbo's Restaurant' kitchen."
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).
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. "
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."
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