California Japantowns - Exploring the preservation of history, culture, and community...


Located south of Los Angeles, Gardena valley's temperate climate allowed Japanese immigrants engaged in to thrive, particularly as berry growers. A Japantown formed along Western Ave and Gardena Blvd and by 1941, there were 20 nurseries, 9 produce, 4 hauling, 3 fertilizer and 2 seed stores that represented the flourishing businesses. Farming gave way to urban development and many Nikkei found work as gardeners after the war. Although very little is left of the former town, Yamada Company, represents the transition from farming to gardening, as the former fertilizer business shifted to a lawnmower and supplies store.


A.B.C. Nursery

15309 S Broadway, Gardena

A.Y. Market

14229 S Western Ave, Gardena

Clara's Beauy Salon

15467 S Western Ave, Gardena

Dr, K. Tashiro

749 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Dr. N. Kobayashi

16212 Orchard Ave, Gardena

Dr. R. Ka. Ono, Dentist

743 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Franklin Nursery

1625 Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena

Fukuoka Co.

731 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Gardena Nursery

1532 Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena

Gardena Nursery

314 E Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena

Golden Nursery

1908 Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena

Growers Seed Co

719 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Hashimoto Hauling

1212 W 141st St, Gardena

Hirayama Seed Co

P.O. Box 246, Gardena

Hoshikyu Dry Goods Store

15931 Halldale Ave, Gardena

Hosokawa Barber

15463 S Western Ave, Gardena

K. Mochidome Hauling

15469 S Western Ave, Gardena

Kadoguchi, Massage

15934 S Western Ave, Gardena

Kameya Co

816 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Kawakami Fertilizer Co

16426 S Western Ave, Gardena

Kobata Nursery

1433 W 139th St, Gardena

Kobata Nursery

1445 W 139th St, Gardena

Kuida Fertilizer Co

16304 Orchard Ave, Gardena

Kurata Co

922 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Mikasa Importing Co

918 Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Minami Nursery

14101 Budlong, Gardena

Mochizuki Co

916 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Nagata Moyashi Mfg Co

16203 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Nakauchi Co

15471 S Western Ave, Gardena

Nishida Nursery

14406 S Western Ave, Gardena

Normandie Nursery

1160 W 168th St, Gardena

Ogiwara Fertilzer Co

613 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Ohara Fruit Store

Western and Rosecrans Aves, Gardena

Pacific Nursery

Figueroa and Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena

Sakimura Nursery

Rt 2, Box 338, Gardena

Shikada Barber

740 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena