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How Big Was Japantown?

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 10, 2019
1. How Big Was Japantown? Marker
Inscription.  At its peak, nearly 14,000 people, many of them U.S. citizens, lived and worked from here on up the hill.

This is the original edge of Japantown, a large and energetic community from the 1890s to 1942. The Japanese influence in Seattle expanded as the Chinese presence declined, limited by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The growing U.S. still needed labor and Japanese immigrants fit the bill.

As time passed, these immigrants and their descendants established businesses, ran hotels, raised families, and helped build Seattle-until the forced removal of the entire population during World War II, from which the original community never fully recovered.

For more about Japantown, visit the nearby Wing Luke Museum

Caption 1: The restored Furuya Building still stands across the corner on Main Street. Its founder settled in Seattle as a tailor then gradually expanded into retail and import-export, labor contracting, and eventually banking.

Caption 2: During World War II, the U.S. Government forced 7,000 Japanese Americans from Seattle into concentration camps elsewhere. Their businesses and houses taken,

How Big Was Japantown Marker? - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 10, 2019
2. How Big Was Japantown Marker? - wide view
few returned after the war. Those who came back re-established Japantown, which is now just a few blocks up Main Street.

Caption 3: Parade float by the Japanese Fishing Tackle Dealers Association, 1930s.
 
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Location. 47° 35.999′ N, 122° 19.883′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and 2nd Avenue South, on the right when traveling east on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of United Parcel Service (within shouting distance of this marker); UPS - Celebrating 100 years of Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Smaller Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lou Graham’s Sporting House (about 400 feet away); The White Chapel District (about 400 feet away); Information Booth (about 500 feet away); Pioneer Square Historic District (about 500 feet away); Great Northern Tunnel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Japanese in Seattle (Wikipedia). (Submitted on November 1, 2019.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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