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It was destroyed in what seems like the blink of an eye. Breakwaters were constructed to protect against strong waves.
On the northern side of a large wharf there were canneries, eight in all, each of which had its own pier.
Each cottage is exactly the same size, shape and color as all of the other—the kind of homes which large corporations provide for their employees in wholesale lots.
This close proximity to neighbors, who often shared a large bath, in the Japanese style, meant that the community was intimately involved in their neighbors’ everyday lives.
Since everything was so close, cars were unnecessary.
Sand was everywhere, even in the houses, so shoes were often optional.
One native remembered the Japanese mothers dressing the daughters of the lone Russian family in the community in kimonos for a celebration at the school.
The residents even had their own sort of dialect, a mixture of Japanese and English known as “Terminal Island lingo.” A direct and often rough way of speaking, it arose from the need to get things done quickly while fishing. Although Goodrich had designed the harbor in a way he hoped would take the smell of the canneries to the sea, residents and visitors agreed, Fish Harbor stunk.
During this eating frenzy, the Japanese fishermen used the barbless hooks on the short bamboo poles to catch the tuna.With the Ratovich Company-led redevelopment of Ports O’Call in San Pedro in the Los Angeles Harbor, a new push to make the Port of Los Angeles a livable, viable community has begun. Goodrich, Fish Harbor was built to help separate the shipping and fishing industries in the fast-expanding Los Angeles Harbor.What many don’t know, is that just across the waterway, there was once a livable, viable community on Terminal Island, known as Fish Harbor. Terminal Island native Kanshi Stanley Yamashita says a .5-mile square harbor was built along the ocean on Terminal Island.There was definitely a Japanese encampment at Timm’s Point in San Pedro by 1912.With the creation of Fish Harbor, canneries, particularly Van Camp, recruited and hired hundreds of Japanese workers, many of whom hailed from the seaside state of Wakayama in Japan.