Uoki Sakai

Uoki Sakai (HM1LV7)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94115 San Francisco County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.14', W 122° 25.775'

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Fish Market · 1906

— San Francisco Japantown History Walk —

Kitaichi Sakai arrived in San Francisco in the 1890s. He worked as a cook and sold fish door-to-door from a horse and buggy. After the 1906 Earthquake he opened a combined grocery, fish market and ship's chandlery on Geary Street. The store's name Uoki comes from uo "fish" and ki "happiness,' one of the kanji in Kitaichi's name.
As Nihonmachi grew, the store moved to Post Street. Sakai's customers relied on him for hard-to-find specialties and staples of the Japanese diet: fifty-pound bags of Japanese rice varieties, daikon (a long white radish), kabocha. (Japanese pumpkin), gobo (burdock root), and impeccably fresh fish - to be served raw as sashimi, simmered in a warming seafood nabe (stew) or grilled as shioyaki or teriyaki.
As Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps in 1942, the Sakai family moved all of their possessions, including their truck, into the store and boarded up the front, hoping for the best. Returning from internment in Topaz, Utah in 1945, they were among the fortunate few whose store and possessions were intact. They quickly reopened, providing Japanese foods rich with memories and tradition as well as new items reflecting change and adaptation resulting from the Japanese-American experience.
HM NumberHM1LV7
Marker Number3
Placed ByJapanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California
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Date Added Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550226 N 4182187
Decimal Degrees37.78566667, -122.42958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.14', W 122° 25.775'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 8.4" N, 122° 25' 46.5" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1698 Post St, San Francisco CA 94115, US
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