“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Uoki Sakai

Fish Market • 1906


— San Francisco Japantown History Walk —

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By Barry Swackhamer, March 18, 2015
1. Uoki Sakai Marker
Inscription.  Kitaichi Sakai arrived in San Francisco in the 1890s. He worked as a cook and sold fish door-to-door from a horse and buggy. After the 1906 Earthquake he opened a combined grocery, fish market and ship's chandlery on Geary Street. The store's name Uoki comes from uo "fish" and ki "happiness,' one of the kanji in Kitaichi's name.

As Nihonmachi grew, the store moved to Post Street. Sakai's customers relied on him for hard-to-find specialties and staples of the Japanese diet: fifty-pound bags of Japanese rice varieties, daikon (a long white radish), kabocha. (Japanese pumpkin), gobo (burdock root), and impeccably fresh fish - to be served raw as sashimi, simmered in a warming seafood nabe (stew) or grilled as shioyaki or teriyaki.

As Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps in 1942, the Sakai family moved all of their possessions, including their truck, into the store and boarded up the front, hoping for the best. Returning from internment in Topaz, Utah in 1945, they were among the fortunate few whose store and possessions were intact. They
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 18, 2015
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quickly reopened, providing Japanese foods rich with memories and tradition as well as new items reflecting change and adaptation resulting from the Japanese-American experience.
Erected by Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 37° 47.14′ N, 122° 25.775′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Post Street near Buchanan Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1656 Post Street, San Francisco CA 94115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Issei Women's Legacy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soto Mission of San Francisco (about 500 feet away); A New Ballgame (about 500 feet away); House of Gerhard F. Terschuren (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sarcophagus of Thomas Starr King (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1545 Divisadero (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Japantown.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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