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Kawafuku Cafe 1920-1942

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Re: Kawafuku Cafe 1920-1942

Posted: 28 Mar 2007 11:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kato
Dear Becky:

I am finishing a big article about sushi for VANITY FAIR magazine, and I should very much like to include your grandparents Takichi and Hana Kato in the story.

Can you please tell me where in Japan they were from?

Do you also know for sure when the opened the cafe?

I have an advertisement for Kawafuku Cafe that dates to July 30, 1932. It was then located at 201 East First Street. I also know that, after the war, it was run by Nakajima Tokijiro, and that by 1950 it was serving sashimi. It also moved at some point to South Los Angeles Street, where the New Otani Hotel came to be. A reference to "a dinner last night at the Japanese Cafe," in the Los Angeles TIMES of August 24, 1929, was likely to Kawafuku.

I have been working on this story, both here and in Japan, for a long time, and now I must finish it by the weekend. I really appreciate whatever information you can give me, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks and all best wishes,

Nick Tosches
Contributing Editor
New York, NY
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
BeckyKato 22 Apr 2004 4:43AM GMT 
nihonjoe1 7 Jul 2004 6:22PM GMT 
Laura Murphy 11 Apr 2005 9:54PM GMT 
freddie holland 26 Apr 2005 8:18PM GMT 
Becky 28 Apr 2005 9:13PM GMT 
NT023 28 Mar 2007 5:28PM GMT 
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