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


Kogetsu-Do Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, December 4, 2014
1. Kogetsu-Do Marker
Inscription. Kogetsu-Do A Fresno landmark. Confectioner Kogetsu - Do has survived in the same location it has occupied for 99 Years. Sugimatsu Ikeda and his wife Sakino started the business in 1915 and were able to purchase this building on "F" Street in 1920. With the outbreak of World War II, they were sent to an internment camp in Arkansas. Ikeda worked out a deal with a Chinese family to take over the shop while the family endured the camp. After 2 years of confinement, Ikeda reopened Kogetsu-Do in 1944. Sons Roy and Masao carried on the family business specializing in Mochi. This Japanese business has been a cornerstone of the Fresno community and has passed from generation to generation now being run by Ikeda's Granddaughter Lynn Ikeda, continuing on with the family recipe. This confectioner remains a staple for the Asian community of Fresno's Chinatown district.
Erected 2014 by Maj. James D. Savage Chapter 1852 E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 43.794′ N, 119° 47.639′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on F Street 0.1 miles west of Kern Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map.
Fresno's Chinatown image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, June 7, 2014
2. Fresno's Chinatown
Photo showing F Street west of Kogetsu-Do including the Chinese Temple owned by the Chinatown Revitalization Committee.
Next door to the former Victory Cafe, now the Chinatown Revitalization office and museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 920 F Street, Fresno CA 93706, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. China Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basque Hotel (was about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Green Bush Spring (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); William Saroyan (approx. half a mile away); Fresno County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (approx. half a mile away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
More about this marker. Marker sits indoors on a shelf and is visible through the front window.
Categories. Asian AmericansIndustry & Commerce
Kogetsu-Do Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, June 7, 2014
3. Kogetsu-Do Marker
Picture of the mural inside Kogetsu-Do showing what the store looked like in the 1920's.
Kogetsu-Do, 920 F Street image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, June 7, 2014
4. Kogetsu-Do, 920 F Street
The storefront on the day of the dedication.
Chinatown image. Click for full size.
By Chinatown Revitalization Committee, unknown
5. Chinatown
Although known as Chinatown, the area was originally settled by Chinese, Germans, Italians, Japanese, Armenians and others. After World War II, many Japanese returning from internment camps opened businesses in historic Chinatown. This map shows many of the Japanese businesses that once thrived around Kogetsu-Do in the late 1940's.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2017, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 10, 2017, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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