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Jim visit the

Nisei Oriental Gift Shop

in

15112 S Western Ave, Gardena, California 90249

Jim Davis and Tad Uyemura

 

Twilight of the Nisei : Retailing: The closing of Tad and Marie Uyemura's store is seen by some to

typify the waning cultural influence of second-generation Japanese.

February 04, 1993|RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD | TIMES STAFF WRITER

 

It is twilight for the Nisei Oriental Gift Shop, where 40 years ago a young couple named Tad and Marie Uyemura

plunked down their savings and claimed their piece of the American dream.

In a few weeks the Uyemuras will close the door. The ornamental chimes clanging and dangling from the ceiling

will rest silent. The shelves that once held rows of hand-painted dolls--some dressed in flowery, regal robes for the girls, others adorned with helmets and swords for the boys--will go bare.

 

Then the shop, the oldest and one of only a few left in the area specializing in traditional and authentic Japanese wares,

will be no more.

 

Gardena will lose a landmark.

 

The Uyemuras understand this, but 40 years is enough for them. It is time to retire.

 

"You can't live forever," said Tad Uyemura, 67."You have got to be able to enjoy your life."

 

From their perch behind the counter of the modest gift shop, the Uyemuras have watched Gardena's strawberry patches give way to mini-malls and office buildings. They have also watched as other Japanese shops closed over the years, leaving just the Uyemuras' and a smaller one in Torrance.

 


Marie Meriko Uyemura
June 17, 1926 - March 8, 2011

 

Tad Uyemura born 1925 seems to be alive


"Smokey"- Jock Ewings Horse

Season 2, Episode 4 "Bypass" 1978

 

Smokey today

 

Tonja told us about Smokey:

Smokey was actually given to us about ten years ago by the parents of one of my sister-in-laws. They owned a ranch in Royse City, Texas and were selling the ranch and all the livestock because they were retiring and no longer able to maintain it. They gave us 3 of their horses, Smokey, a really old pony named Peanut, and a huge Missouri Fox Trotter named Candy. We were also told that Candy was used as Bobby Ewing's horse on the show. Unfortunately, she had a stroke and died about a year after we got her. Smokey is still alive and kicking all these years later, although her health has begun to fail in recent months. Now that I know that picture is from 1978, that would make her at least 38. Here's a couple of pictures of her. One is from me riding her last fall.


Wolf Dog 1958 Movie Fansite

"To Document WOLF DOG for Future Generations"

 

 

 

 

 

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DALLAS

Scrapbooks/Sammelalben

 

Valer from Bavaria, Germany collecting since over 30 years Dallas articles, pictures and more.

 

Some of the newspaper articles you will find here

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