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San Mateo

The warm climate and convenient railway service attracted wealthy San Franciscans to build estates in San Mateo, and Japanese first found employment there as domestics, often “live in”, as maids, cooks, gardeners, and butlers. By the 1940s, Japanese had begun setting up shop, with 5 nurseries, 4 laundries, 2 stores, 2 cleaners, and a tailor. The ideal climate in San Mateo County also had become a haven for Japanese flower growers and community formed around the 3 churches, and 1 Japanese school. Although the historic community buildings are gone, the local Gardeners Association helped to establish a Japanese American Community Center at 415 South Claremont Street.


Bayshore Bait

1119 Bayshore, San Mateo

Buddhist Church

216 First Ave, San Mateo

El Camino Nursery

110 El Camino Real, San Mateo

Endo Laundry

26 S Claremont Ave, San Mateo


206 S Delaware St, San Mateo

Kkuike Florist

10 N El Camino Real, San Mateo

Miyako Barber

116 S Claremont Ave, San Mateo

Nelly's Florist

10 N El Camino Real, San Mateo

Ryusei Club

128 N Humbolt St, San Mateo

San Mateo Nursery

416 El Camino Real, San Mateo

Sun Rise Cleaners

233 Baldwin Ave, San Mateo

Takahashi Co.

418 2nd Ave, San Mateo

Takahashi Sanin

110 S Claremont Ave, San Mateo

Union Church

116 S Humboldt St, San Mateo