Friends of Mukai, a non-profit that has overseen the restoration of Mukai Farm & Garden, seeks to compile a directory of descendants of Vashon Island Japanese settlers and their families as part of its ongoing effort to document and honor their history. Only about 30% of Vashon’s once thriving Japanese American community returned to the island after WWII ended. Mukai seeks contact information to facilitate a connection between Vashon’s Japanese American diaspora and their family stories. Mukai will not share this information with other organizations.
Prior to the war, more than 30 farms on Vashon were operated by Japanese American families. Japanese Americans played a significant and visible role in Vashon’s economic, social, and cultural life. Mukai Farm & Garden on Vashon Island is one of just a few intact Japanese American farmsteads left in America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has become a beloved community gathering and learning place that celebrates the Japanese American experience.
If you have family roots on Vashon, or know someone who does, please contact Joe Okimoto at OKIMOTO.JT@GMAIL.COM.