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There are three official Japantowns
in the United States , down from an estimated high of 43
in California alone. California Japantowns
along with Japantown Atlas
aim to preserve the history of California’s Japantowns.San Jose's Japantown began as did many other communities with the need to combine comradeship and resources to survive as immigrants in a new country.
1906: April 18: The Great Earthquake and Fire devastates San Francisco. Japanese enclaves in Chinatown and South of Market are devastated but South Park and Western Addition survives and thrives. The Japanese government contributes $246,000 to the City of San Francisco for earthquake relief, more than all other foreign nations combined.
At its peak, Little Tokyo had approximately 30,000 Japanese Americans living in the area.
Today there are only three Japantowns left in the continental United States—in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose. Now perceived by many Nikkei simply as a source for Japanase food, trinkets, or a dose of nostalgia, Japantowns originally arose out of distinct social, economic and political necessities. What are the conditions which created these Japanese American enclaves, what institutions did they spawn, and what led to their decline?