The San José, California Japantown

1890s – The San José Japantown Was Formed By Japanese Immigrants

The Dobashi family pictured in front of the family grocery store, which opened in San José’s “Japantown” in 1912. Three generations of the Dobashi family operated the grocery outlet, until the onset of large corporate grocery chain stores forced the Dobashis to close in 2006.

In the 1890s, hundreds of Japanese immigrated to San José, California. Japantown, called Nihonmachi in Japanese, was formed soon after the influx of Japanese immigrants in the city.

Currently, the San José Japantown consists of a century old Buddhist Church, the Japanese American Musuem that was established in 1987, and other historic buildings.