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.


Harada Cleaning

918 Franklin St, Oakland

Harano Barber

805-A Franklin St, Oakland

Hatanaka Co.

417 8th St, Oakland

Hatanaka Co.

417 8th St, Oakland

Henry Grocery

1646 12th St, Oakland

Higaki, N.

7309 E 14th St, Oakland

Hirao Nursery

359 105th Ave, Oakland

Hobart Grocery

1426 Market St, Oakland

Home Cleaners

2018 73rd Ave, Oakland

Hopkin Produce Co.

3933 Hopkins St, Oakland

Hoshi Express

70 6th St, Oakland

Iriki Grocery

1602 12th St, Oakland

Ishikawa, C.

3702 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Isono Nursery

560 105th Ave, Oakland

Itaya Barber

404 8th St, Oakland


912 38th St, Oakland

K. Yuasa

6611 Tremont St, Oakland

K.Y. Grocery

4006 E 14th St, Oakland

Kagami Cleaning

1009 14th St, Oakland

Kano Grocery

1044 Willow St, Oakland

Kashu Drug

718 Franklin St, Oakland

Katayama Nursery

2236 96th Ave, Oakland

Katow Cleaning

5023 E 14th St, Oakland

Key Food Center

5509 Shattuck Ave, Oakland

Key Route Cleaners

3916 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Kimono House

1522 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

King Tailor

1117 Franklin St, Oakland

Kinoshita Grocery

9807 Foothill Blvd, Oakland

Kitagaki Cleaning

3935 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

Kogetsu Sukiyaki

711 Franklin St, Oakland

Kohan Sha

602 Alice St, Oakland

Korematsu Nursery

Edes and 107th Ave, Oakland


404 7th St, Oakland