MLTNews: Digging into the past - Edmonds College faculty led archaeology excavation of historic Japanese community site in North Seattle

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Edmonds College associate faculty member
Dr. Alicia Valentino led an archeological
excavation of the land in July 2022.
Photo courtesy has a story about an archaeological dig next to North Seattle Community College at Northgate.

This natural greenbelt was the location of the Green Lake Gardens Company, run by the Kumasaka family, who also lived at the site from 1919 until 1968.

In the corner of the property, there once sat a community center that served as a safe haven for the Japanese community of North Seattle. Shoji Kumasaka, the family patriarch, had donated the building to the Green Lake Japanese Association, known as the Nihojinkai. 

The community center was a sanctuary for the local Japanese community to study arts, theater and judo and served as a meeting place. 

It remained central to the community until President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing Japanese Americans from the West Coast into incarceration camps.


Anonymous,  October 12, 2022 at 7:03 AM  

Check out RCW 1.16.090. It is as relevant today as it was when encoded into the RCW's. It's concluding statement is on par with the the US constitution, "...regardless of the provocation, individual rights and freedoms must never be denied."

Anonymous,  October 13, 2022 at 8:57 AM  

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