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.


Uyehara, N.

1118 Stanford Ave, Oakland

W. Nabeshima

805 Franklin St, Oakland


576 Sycamore St, Oakland

Walter's and Helen's

5809 College Ave, Oakland

Wanto Co.

401-403 8th St, Oakland

Wanto Hall

601 Jackson St, Oakland

Wanto Printing

235 7th St, Oakland

West End Grocery

1000 Wood St, Oakland

West Nursery Inc

5599 Foothill Blvd, Oakland

Wilson Market

3444 E 14th St, Oakland

Yamagishi Nursery

9443 Foothill Blvd, Oakland

Yamamoto, T.

1214 23rd Ave, Oakland

Yamanashi, T.

5346 Grove St, Oakland

Yamane, H.

1698 12th St, Oakland

Yasui Sewing School

2005 Harrington Ave, Oakland

Yoshi's Beauty Shop

5329 Foothill Blvd, Oakland

Yoshida Nursery

10900 Edes Ave, Oakland

Yoshida, Grocery

1103 36th St, Oakland

Yoshihara Nursery

1445 45th Ave, Oakland

Yuasa Bath

1468 7th St, Oakland

Yumae, S.

1446 13th Ave, Oakland