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!

Viewing the exhibit

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.

Exhibit Location:

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

Traveling Exhibition:

University of Washington, East Asia Library
322 Gowen Hall Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4490
November 2nd, 2016 - January 7th, 2017

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle Unit
319 Second Avenue S Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 220-4243
March – May 2017 (Dates TBD)

Past Traveling Exhibit Locations

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Ave. Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-1458
July 10, 2016 – September 25, 2016


The Book

Accompanying the exhibit is a 96-page full color book that includes the full content of the exhibition, plus extra text and images that could not be included. To order a copy, a copy please click the PayPal link below. Suggested donation price $25.

Hunt Hotel book order