UWAJIMAYA CO. Importers, - Exporters, - Manufactures. International Trade Fair.; September 6 through September 14, 1952. Trade Card.

UWAJIMAYA CO. Importers, - Exporters, - Manufactures. International Trade Fair.; September 6 through September 14, 1952.

Seattle: 1952. Single card, printed in red & black on green stock. Horizontal orientation: 3-1/8" x 5-7/8". Now housed in an archival stiff mylar sleeve. General wear & age-toning. Very Good. Item #47707

"In 1928, Fujimatsu Moriguchi, a native of Japan began business in Tacoma, Washington. Moriguchi sold homemade fishcakes and other Japanese staples from the back of his truck to Japanese laborers working in the area. Moriguchi named his business Uwajima-ya, after the town of Uwajima where he learned his trade (”ya” means “store” in Japanese). His wife, Sadako, operated the small Uwajimaya store near downtown Tacoma.

Moriguchi continued to operate in Tacoma until the outbreak of World War II, when he and his young family were sent to the Tule Lake Internment Camp in California. After the war, the Moriguchi family relocated to Seattle and re-opened Uwajimaya as a retail store and fish cake manufacturing company on South Main Street [this card notes the address as 422 Main Street].  Uwajimaya thus resumed its business in the Nikkei (Japanese American) community by providing Japanese food items while starting the import of food and gift items from Japan." [Uwajimaya website].

1952 the inaugural year of this International Trade Fair, organized by a group of businessmen and civic leaders, and would continue at least through 1960.

Here, Uwagimaya Co. advertises "Oriental Art Good, Curios and Toys, Japanese Fancy Chinaware, Rice Candy, Japanese Fancy Canned Good and Groceries."

A rare survivor from 65+ years ago.

Price: $75.00

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