Lodi’s Japantown started on Main Street
Lodi’s Main Street just east of the railroad tracks became Japantown. The historic block is a focus of the statewide Preserving California Japantowns. The Hinode-Miyajima building at 4 N. Main St., shown at right, is being identified with a Lodi Historical Society plaque next Saturday.
- Lodi Historical Society to dedicate plaque at Hinode-Miyajima building
The Lodi Historical Society will dedicate a plaque on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at the Hinode-Miyajima Store & Hotel. The buiding, a focus of the state group Preserving California Japantowns, housed the first business owned by Japanese pioneers in Lodi.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in front of the building at 4 N. Main St. The event will feature several speakers, including Brian Kanegawa, Lodi branch president of the Japanese American Citizen's League, Mayor JoAnne Mounce, Supervisor Ken Vogel and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
Self-guided tours and refreshments will follow the ceremony.
Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012 12:00 am
The first Japanese pioneers in the Lodi area arrived in 1890. Seven men came to work in the sugar beet fields in the Delta region.
In 1890, 21 years after the first Japanese men came to California in 1869, growing numbers of Japanese men were attracted to the Delta region farms where they could find work.
Saturday, August 4, 2012 12:00 am.