A Neighborhood Lost: Sacramento’s Japantown

A Neighborhood Lost: Sacramento’s Japantown

A Neighborhood Lost: Sacramento’s Japantown is a 10-minute-long film that was selected as one of the finalists by Access Sacramento for their A Place Called Sacramento 2016 Film Festival. The documentary tells the history of Sacramento’s former Japantown from its beginnings as a stopping point for local Japanese workers wishing to buy goods and services that catered to their needs to the forced relocation of its residents and the destruction of the neighborhood under the policy of Redevelopment in the late 1950s. Sacramento’s Japantown was home to thousands of Japanese immigrants and hundreds of businesses making it one of the largest Japantowns in the state. The growth of Sacramento’s Japantown was a clear indication of the success that many Japanese experienced and through their efforts contributed to the growth of Sacramento.