Jenny Nakao Hones

Jenny Nakao Hones is a sansei Japanese American, born in Honolulu and raised in Tokyo, Japan.  Three Frogs Design is her interior design and feng shui consultation business serving the Greater Seattle area. Jenny shares her passion for Asian culture on her blog http://AsianLifestyleDesign.com/.

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel, a Nisei Story - Part 3

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Running the apartment house on 6th and Colombia whilst attending Broadway HS was busy work for the young Takashi but because his parent’s limited English, he had to assist them with the business. Upon graduating high school, he decided to attend the University of Washington to study accounting. Only a handful of his friends went to college for due to the depression there was no work. Furthermore, many who did go to college were met with discrimination. It was common knowledge that the Japanese engineering students at UW who went on a field trip to Boeing ...

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel, a Nisei Story - Part 2

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Sanjiro and Toyo Hori had four children: Toyome born in 1916, Takashi (1918), Fukashi (1921) and Aiko (1926). Although, they lived in America, Takashi, as the first born son in a Japanese family, was responsible to carry on the family business.

The meshiya that Sanjiro bought was located in a typical old shop house in Japantown with the business in the front and living quarters in the back. In this particular shop house, the upper floors were rooming houses or what they called hotels. Their meshiya, named Iroha, was on the main road of Japantown and the ...

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel, a Nisei Story - Part 1

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a historical fiction novel about a little love story between a Chinese boy and Japanese girl during the 1940’s Japanese internment of WWII based in Seattle, Washington. As you can imagine, it’s a popular choice for book clubs where I live because you can actually visit the places mentioned in the book, especially the Panama Hotel on 605½ Main Street, Seattle, WA. Yes, it really has a ½ in the address! Today, the Panama Hotel is a Bed and Breakfast, has a lovely tea house and has become a ...

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