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.


Kurimoto, M.

410 7th St, Oakland

Kusano Hotel

709 Franklin St, Oakland

Kyudo Sha

602 Alice St, Oakland

Linden Grocery

2940 Linden St, Oakland

Louise Beauty Shop

1124 Franklin St, Oakland

M. Yamasaki

228 5th St, Oakland

M. Yoshichi

271 5th St, Oakland

M.K. Cleaners

816 Franklin St, Oakland

Market Laundry

718-730 Myrtle St, Oakland

Market Radio Shop

3008 Market St, Oakland

Marvel Food Center

7101 E 14th St, Oakland

Masuda Apartment

815 Franklin St, Oakland

Matsui Nursery

1026 83rd Ave, Oakland

Max Grocery

3446 Market St, Oakland

Melrose Cleaners

4564 E 14th St, Oakland

Melrose Florist

4546 E 14th St, Oakland

Merritt Florist

1124 E 14th St, Oakland

Merritt Laundry

4112 E 14th St, Oakland

Mi Ju Low

415 8th St, Oakland

Miyoko Express

627 Oak St, Oakland

Mizote Grocery

752 7th St, Oakland

Mochida Nursery

2225 81st Ave, Oakland

Mosswood Grocery

3663 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Mrs. K. Hotta

4520 Market St, Oakland

Mrs. Kawano

622 E 18th St, Oakland

Mrs. Kihara

1002 Wood St, Oakland

Mrs. S. Oka

8819 E 14th St, Oakland

Mrs. Yamasaki

165 6th St, Oakland

Mrs. Yuasa

6611 Tremont St, Oakland

Murakawa Co.

815 Franklin St, Oakland

Muramoto Co.

2931 Magnolia St, Oakland

Murphy Caf

810 Franklin St, Oakland

Nagata Nursery

1507 55th Ave, Oakland

Najima, Y.

402 7th St, Oakland

Nakahara Nursery

1116 66th Ave, Oakland

Nakamura Nursery

2277 82nd Ave, Oakland

Nakano Nursery

1897 75th Ave, Oakland