How Big Was Japantown?

How Big Was Japantown? (HM2MI7)

Buy flags at!

N 47° 35.999', W 122° 19.883'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
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, 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.
HM NumberHM2MI7
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 550260 N 5272058
Decimal Degrees47.59998333, -122.33138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 35.999', W 122° 19.883'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 35' 59.94" N, 122° 19' 52.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , ,
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What country is the marker located in?
  2. Is this marker part of a series?
  3. What historical period does the marker represent?
  4. What historical place does the marker represent?
  5. What type of marker is it?
  6. What class is the marker?
  7. What style is the marker?
  8. Does the marker have a number?
  9. What year was the marker erected?
  10. This marker needs at least one picture.
  11. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  12. Is the marker in the median?