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Old 07-09-2009, 01:40 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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VANCOUVER

if it really has to be in the US than cities on the west coast. and most very large cities in the country.
Do you mean Vancouver, Washington? I don't think she's planning on going to Canada, but I'll have to check.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Do you mean Vancouver, Washington? I don't think she's planning on going to Canada, but I'll have to check.
No, I meant Vancouver, BC. I wouldn't rule out Canada but if she really isn't willing to be outside the US then LA, SF, Seattle. Although any big city will have a notable japanese community.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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Hawaii is the most obvious answer, as there is a lot of Japanese-Americans(and Japanese visitors) there. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and San Jose all have signifigant Japanese populations as well. There used to be a lot of thriving Japantown districts on the West Coast, but these went into decline after the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. (Interesingly enough, Portland, Oregon's Chinatown was originally Japantown prior to World War II.) Los Angeles still has it's Little Tokyo district and San Francisco and San Jose have there small Japantowns...However most of the Japanese population in West Coast cities is spread out throughout the surrounding areas..there doesn't seem to be many areas where they're signifantly concentrated in one area. I know Seattle has a good number of Japanese in the area, and the huge Uwajimaya market in the International District.
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:11 AM
 
Location: South Bay, CA
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Hawaii has a lot of people of Japanese ancestry but most are 3rd, 4th or even 5th generation, so they don't speak the language. However, Japanese tourists make up a sizeable percentage of visitors to the islands so a lot of people may know helpful phrases....it is also taught in a lot of Hawaii high schools in addition to the standard Spanish, French, etc...

Torrance, CA has tons of Japanese expats - I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere that it has the largest concentration of actual Japanese nationals in the US. Everytime I'm there I hear and see tons of Japanese that are speaking the language...there are also several Marukai markets and another Japanese-ish market too, looks very similar to the Uwajimaya market in Seattle, and there are lots of good ramen and izakaya type bar places in the older areas of Torrance and neighboring Gardena, CA....hope this helps.

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Old 07-14-2009, 03:09 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Interesting, thanks.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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Actually, wouldn't Portland have their share too? So, maybe Vancouver WA wouldn't be out of the question.

By the way, Brazil actually has the highest Japanese population outside of Japan.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Hawaii is #1 by far (Oahu)...second would be San Francisco and third Los Angeles.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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As there's a thread on Japan-like places in the US. Don't know if much said here will be useful there, but this is one of the earliest threads I remember starting when I posted as Thomas R.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Exeter
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Hawaii, California and Washington (basically, the west coast states) has the largest Japanese population.

New York and New Jersey has a decent Japanese population then followed by Boston.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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My sister is currently in Japan and when she returns to the US she's indicated she might want a place where she can keep up her Japanese. I'm thinking the Los Angeles County area is one such place, but I think is probably warmer than she wants. Anything in the Northern California to Washington area that'd fit?

Note: She's like my favorite sister, but other than our shared love of Science Fiction we're quite different. She's much more liberal than I on social issues and is not conventionally religious. So a place more "liberal" than I'd tolerate might be fine by her.
Forget LA county. I minored in Japanese in college and found it almost useless in LA. It has a high number relatively number for the continental US, but if you really want to know the best place its Honolulu, hands down.
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