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Uwajimaya (#26)

Also known as: Waji’s

Japanese immigrant Fujimatsu Moriguchi started Uwajimaya as a small Tacoma fish market in 1928. He named the store after his place of birth. Today, Uwajimaya has become the largest Asian grocery and gift store in the Pacific Northwest. The store also houses the Kinokuniya bookstore, the largest Japanese bookstore in the region.

Head back to the Nagomi Tea House (waypoint #24) to see Uwajimaya’s previous location.

Images

The iconic blue tiles were an architectural feature carried over from Uwajimaya’s previous site.

Alabastro Photography. Courtesy of Wing Luke Museum.

A dragon cut from steel wraps around the spiral stairway that leads to underground parking at the site.

Alabastro Photography. Courtesy of Wing Luke Museum.

View of the “Old Uwajimaya,” just one block north. Uwajimaya made its home there from 1970 to 2000.

Wing Luke Museum Collection.