Sacramento's Japantown businesses rooted in traditionLoading
  • Customers line up to purchase shaved ice at Osaka-Ya on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. On the weekends the two remaining Japanese stores are busy with customers. Linda Nakatani a sansei, third generation Japanese -American, is owner of Osaka-Ya bakery in the remaining Japanese-America business area of Sacramneto. She took over the business started by her parents fifty years ago in Sacramento.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Customers look at the pastries in the display case filled with Japanese manju and mochi at Osaka-Ya on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Mochi, a Japanese sweet treat made of pounded rice shell filled with a smooth paste of lima beans, cools in trays after steamed at Osaka-Ya on Tuesday September 10, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Mochi is gluten-free.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Kiku mochi, a Japanese sweet treat made of pounded rice shell filled with a smooth paste of lima beans, is made daily at Osaka-Ya on Tuesday September 10, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Mochi is gluten-free. Linda Nakatani, a sansei - third generation Japanese -American, is owner of Osaka-Ya bakery and one of the remaining Japanese-American owned business in the Sacramento's Japantown celebrating their 50th anniversary this year..
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Etsuko Dote rings up a sale of an assortment of manju and mochi purchased by Alan Nakagawa, second from left, and his parents Mary and Fred, at Osaka-Ya Tuesday September 10, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Alan drives an hour from Yuba City to Sacramento to help his parents buy Japanese food at Osaka-Ya and Oto's Marketplace once a month.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Linda Nakatani and her nephew Scott Nakatani, 21, make eight-to-ten thousand pieces of manju and mochi at Osaka-Ya on Tuesday September 10, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Linda Nakatani a sansei, third generation Japanese-American, is owner of Osaka-Ya bakery in the remaining Japanese-America business area of Sacramento. She took over the business started by her parents fifty years ago in Sacramento.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Etsuko Dote, who started working for Linda Nakatani's parents 34 years ago at Osaka-Ya, uses an abacus to add up a bill on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Lisa Taira carries an orchid to a work table where she creates Asian-inspired floral arrangements at Kiyo's Florist Thursday September 12, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Lisa Taira, a sansei, third generation Japanese -American, recently moved the location to 2030 16th Street and it is one of the remaining Japanese-America businesses in the near Sacramento's Japantown. Her mother, Mutsuko Tokunaga, bought the business in 1976 from the original owner Grace Morimoto, who started at 1101 T street in 1968. She creates Asian-inspired designs based on the Japanese art of Ikebana.
  • Lisa Taira creates an Asian-inspired floral arrangement at Kiyo's Florist on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Lisa Taira blends orchids into an Asian-inspired floral arrangement at Kiyo's Florist Thursday September 12, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Lisa Taira creates an Asian-inspired floral arrangement at Kiyo's Florist on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Nobuko Saiki Pang selects a Japanese Samurai doll for a customer at Sakura gifts from Japan on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The store has been in business for over 30 years in Sacramento. Nobuko has worked at the store since 1984 and bought the business in 2002 from the former owner. The business was originally called Lion Variety and was on 5th Street before relocating to its current location.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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