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Visalia

Visalia served an influx of laborers from many smaller Japanese settlements in the Central Valley during its high season with 6 hotels, 7 restaurants, a theater, and various stores. Although very little remains of the pre-war buildings along Center Street, a commercial building at 413-433 E. Center Street noted for its Chinatown history, also held several Japanese businesses – a café and pool hall, Oda’s Barber Shop, Star Barber, Kitano Drug Store, and Star Co. Store. The Sumida family returned after the war and operated a pharmacy and convenience store along Center Street for several decades. The Visalia Buddhist Church is the remaining vestige of the former Japanese community.

Listings 

Asahi Hotel

424 E Center St, Visalia
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Bijou Theater

212 E Main St, Visalia

Buddhist Church

514 E Center St, Visalia
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Chinese Noodle

401 E Center St, Visalia

Fuji Hotel

428 E Center St, Visalia
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Garden Caf

107 N Garden St, Visalia

Kitano Drug Store

423 E Center St, Visalia

Lucky Caf

402 E Center St, Visalia

Muramoto Hotel

402-A E Center St, Visalia
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Namba Dental Parlor

129 E Center St, Visalia

Namiki Dentist

312 E School St, Visalia

Nippon Hotel

512 E Center St, Visalia
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North East Caf

202 N East St, Visalia

Oda Barber

413 E Center St, Visalia
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Otani F.S. Co

129 N Garden St, Visalia
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Showa Hotel

402 W Center St, Visalia
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Star Barber

429 E Center St, Visalia
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Star Caf

433 E Center St, Visalia

Star Co (Soyama Co)

427 E Center St, Visalia
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Sumida Co

400 E Center St, Visalia
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Sun Rise Laundry

206 N East St, Visalia

Takahashi Co

109 N Garden St, Visalia
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Tokyo Caf

402 E Center St, Visalia

Tokyo Club

200 N East St, Visalia

Visalia Hotel

302 E Center St, Visalia
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Watanabe Co

408 E Center St, Visalia
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Watanabe Fountain

408 E Center St, Visalia

Y.M.B.A.

514 E Center St, Visalia

Y.W.B.A.

514 E Center St, Visalia

Yokomura Caf

404 E Center St, Visalia