History of Japan Town

In the mid-1880s a wave of immigration came from Japan to Seattle. Japanese came because Chinese were prevented from immigrating due to the Chinese Exclusion Act. A Japantown was developed, and Japanese became involved in the local economy. White businesspersons opposed to Japanese settlement formed the Anti-Japanese League in 1919. After the 1941 attack on…

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A Place For Bentos

Love Bentos? Here’s a little history of the Bento. In Japan, “bento” is written as 弁当. The word originates from the Southern Song slang term 便当 (便當 (pinyin: biàndāng)), meaning “convenient” or “convenience.” When imported to Japan, it was written with the ateji 便道 and 弁道. In Japan, the word “bento” has been used since…

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