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Lake City renames 28th Avenue NE to Hayashi Avenue

October 2020, Volume 70, Issue 9

A ceremony was held in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle on Friday, October 9, to rename one block or 28th Avenue NE to Hayashi Avenue in honor of Shizuo and Yaeko Hayashi, hosted by Seattle City Council member Debora Juarez. The only surviving daughter of Shizuo and Yaeko, Taeko Takasugi, attended the event.  

The Hayashi family had a farm where the grew Easter Lilies and vegetables until they were forced from their land and incarcerated at Minidoka, ID, during WW II. They never returned after the war, The Hayashi family did a lot to help the local community and are featured in the book, The Green Lake Japanese American Community, 1900-1942.

In July, the Lake City Blog included information about the family: https://enjoylakecity.org/hayashi-family-in-lake-city

“For those who have a copy of Imogene Inglet’s book “Lil’ Ol’ Lake City” you can open to page 39 and find a little blurb about the Hayashi Family (misspelled in the book) that extends a bit onto the following page. In short order you will learn that the Hayashi’s owned “Lake City Farms” that sold produce and farmed the land that is now the site of Bank of America. Shizuo and Yaeko Hayashi were involved in community and donated trees to the first public lands in the neighborhood.”

Their farm is also listed in the Densho archive: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-139-1/