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


From the early 1900s, Watsonville filled with over a thousand Japanese immigrants who thrived in the fields and orchards of Santa Cruz county. The close-knit community swelled with over 300 residential listings and 80 businesses and community organizations by 1941. With the closing of Yagi Bait & Tackle and Oda's Barber Shop in the early 2000s, the few remnants of pre-war businesses are gone. Yet a steadfast community core remained to celebrate the centennial of the Buddhist Church in 2006 and 75th Anniversary of the JACL in 2009.


Canton Mkt

unknown address, Watsonville

Dr. Koda, K.

101 First St, Watsonville

Enomoto Co.

109 Union St, Watsonville

Hirahara home

1635 W Beach Dr, Watsonville

Hiura Bros

Kerney St, No.2, Watsonville

Ito Dentist

112 Union St, Watsonville


59 Union St., Watsonville

K. Weda

82 Merchant St, Watsonville

Kokka Co.

142 Main St, Watsonville

Marui Camp

Rt. 3, Box 908, Watsonville

Nagase Dryer

124 Grove St, Watsonville

Oda Barber

185 Main St, Watsonville

Pajaro Ryuginsha

82 Merchant St, Watsonville

Presbyterian Church

127 Van Ness Ave, Watsonville