The Founders of Japantown San Jose were single men.
However, later, it was the women who formed sewing classes, a midwifery, the homes that grew to be the essences of the Japantown neighborhood and farming cluster community in Santa Clara Valley.
In the 1920's in San Jose, Japantown was lively with performances at Okida Hall on 6th Street. There were a number of barber shops, restaurants, cafes, a bath house (public ofuro - men separate from women) and dry goods stores selling all manner of American made items and all the fixings needed to make good Asian food.

Asian Exclusion Acts caused by economic and racial prejudice limited first immigrants from building their businesses, owning land and integration into general San Jose Society.
Women arrived as picture brides, often identifying their future spouses by a photo that was sent to Japan from the USA. In the years since, more information has been sought, acquired and documented about how the Japantowns grew.

Among businesses were the Minato Bath-house, grocery stores, a laundry, coffee shops, 'China-meshi', Japanese Fish Market, a department store, a hardware store, barber shops, hair salons, optometrists, dentists, a soda fountain and a hospital. Not all existed at the same time, but familiar names such as Dobashi, Santo, Nishioka, Kogura, Tatsuno, Kawakami