The story of the Hunt Hotel's role in the resettling of the Japanese community in Seattle
In the wake of World War II, from 1945 to 1959, the Japanese Language School buildings served as temporary housing for Japanese and Japanese Americans returning from incarceration camps. Local leader and community figurehead Genji Mihara established and managed the facility, calling it the “Hunt Hotel” as most residents were returning from the Minidoka Incarceration Camp in Hunt, Idaho.
Within the walls of the historic buildings at 1414 S. Weller Street, over thirty families began to rebuild their lives in the wake of WWII. Children were raised, loved ones were lost, and little by little the rooms were vacated giving way to community organizations, classrooms, and storage. The Unsettled ~ Resettled: Seattle's Hunt Hotel story seeks to shed light on the experiences of Seattle Japanese and Japanese Americans during resettlement and raise awareness of the long-lasting consequences of Executive Order 9066, one of the most unjust and unconstitutional acts of government in American history.
Exhibition catalog now available!
Visit the Exhibition
The "Unsettled ~ Resettled: Seattle's Hunt Hotel" exhibit, generously funded by a National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant, opened to the public in February 2016. The exhibit is viewable at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center in Seattle, and will have a traveling component available for offsite installations.
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
1414 S. Weller Street
Seattle, WA 98144
[map & directions]
Open to the public Monday – Friday
10 am – 5 pm
Admission is free
University of Washington, East Asia Library
322 Gowen Hall Seattle, WA 98195
November 2nd, 2016 - January 7th, 2017
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle Unit
319 Second Avenue S Seattle, Washington 98104
March – May 2017 (Dates TBD)
Past Traveling Exhibit Locations
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Ave. Portland, OR 97209
July 10, 2016 – September 25, 2016