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


During the peak harvesting seasons, Marysville became the center of activity for the migrant Japanese laborers. By 1940, the town, concentrated in a 2-block radius alongside Chinatown, was comprised of 3 churches, 11 community organizations, 6 boarding houses, 2 hotels, 4 barbers, 3 garages, 2 beauty shops, and other businesses. Although the Buddhist Church of Marysville continues to provide a community gathering place, only a skeleton of the former town remains, with many Nikkei moving to larger cities for work.