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


After the Great Fire and Earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, many Japanese immigrants fled across the bay, rapidly increasing Oakland's Japantown to 2,709 by the 1920s. While some businesses were established in commercial space amidst Chinatown, the service industry expanded throughout the city with 28 cleaners, 26 cleaning services, 14 restaurants, 12 laundries, 21 florists, 26 nurseries, 61 markets, 20 shoe repairs ,and 8 garages. Oakland's Japantown included 5 churches, 4 Japanese halls, 3 Japanese schools, 7 Kenjin Kai (prefectural associations), 5 bathhouses, 5 hotels, 4 barbers, and 5 beauty salons. 8 Japanese goods stores, 5 art stores, and numerous clubs. While over 150 buildings remain to reflect the sprawling Japanese American pre-war presence, very little is noted to recognize its contributions to Oakland's diverse history.



706 Broadway, Oakland

A 1 Grocery

2353 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Akita Art Co.

3344 Grand Ave, Oakland

Aladdin Cleaning

2102 Hopkins St, Oakland

Alta Vista Hotel

714 Broadway, Oakland

Arita Sign

210 5th St, Oakland

Bargain Grocery

3102 School St, Oakland

Bay Produce Co.

356-8 Franklin St, Oakland

Bijou Grocery

8401 E 14th St, Oakland

Blue Bird Grocery

3615 Foothill Blvd, Oakland

Broadway Florist

4149 Broadway, Oakland

Buzenjin Kai

712 Franklin St, Oakland

California Florist

2001 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Cherry Blosssom Florist

6020 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Chidori Bath

918 Franklin St, Oakland

City Hall Laundry

1502 Market St, Oakland

Clarke Bros.

1129 Clay St, Oakland

Coco's Caf

909 Franklin St, Oakland

Colombus Market

1448 23rd Ave, Oakland

Consolidated Cleaners

1827 Franklin St, Oakland

Dandy Grocery

3002 Market St, Oakland

Dimond Cleaning

3417 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Dimond Florist

2225 Hopkins St, Oakland

Dr. H. M. Iriki

812 Franklin St, Oakland

Dr. H. T. Yamasaki

1624 Franklin St, Oakland

Dr. H. Uyeyama

709 Franklin St, Oakland

Dr. K. Iriki

379 8th St, Oakland

Dr. R. H. Wehara

2611 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Dr. Robt. S. Evans

1919 Broadway, Oakland

Dr. S. Yamada

905 Alice St, Oakland

Dr. T. Inukai

1007 Broadway, Oakland