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Uwajimaya Wins 2013 Family Business Award

November 21, 2013

Uwajimaya has been a proud Pacific-Northwest family business since day one. When Fujimatsu Moriguchi humbly started the company in Tacoma, WA in 1928 by making and selling Japanese fishcakes from the back of his truck to Japanese laborers in the region's logging, fishing and railroad camps, he couldn't have done it without the help of his wife Sadako.

Later after World Ward II, when Fujimatsu and Sadako relocated to Seattle and opened the first brick-and-mortar Uwajimaya store on S. Main Street (just blocks away from the current Uwajimaya store in Seattle's International District / Chinatown), it was with the help of their seven children that they were able to grow the business.  When Fujimatsu passed away in 1962, he left Uwajimaya to his children who continue to lead it today. 

Over the years, several third-generation family members and spouses have joined Uwajimaya with over 15 family members working at the company today.  Operating as a family business has its unique blessings and challenges but the family wouldn't have it any other way. 

Seattle Business Magazine recently recognized Uwajimaya as the Large Firm (companies with more than 250 employees in Washington) Family Business 2013 Award Winner.  It is a great honor for Uwajimaya and we thank all our employees and customers for making it possible for us to receive this award.

To see the full article and other 2013 Seattle Business Magazine Family Business Award Winners, click here.

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