California Japantowns - Exploring the preservation of history, culture, and community...

Santa Monica

What began as a small Japanese fishing village with a prime Japanese-owned resort at the Santa Monica Bay, gave way with the opening of the Port of Los Angeles. Yet the warm climate and ocean breeze enticed the settlers to remain. By the 1940s, 60% of the Japanese had found work as gardeners and others opened laundries, nurseries, and grew vegetables and bedding plants. While none of the pre-war buildings remain, the Santa Monica Japanese Community Center at 1413 Michigan Street, built after the war, is proudly maintained and continues the legacy of the former Japanese school.


Aoki Nursery

1819 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica

Artesian Laundry

907 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica

Cactus Garden

2914 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Fuji Florist

1238 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica


2768 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

J. G. Nursery

1701 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Nakamura Market

2770 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

O. K. Market

1345 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Florist

2923 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Wilshire Nursery

2808 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica