Restaurant is traditional Japanese cuisine located
in the International District in Seattle, Washington. Established in
1904, the first sushi bar, tatami rooms (private matted rooms) and
karaoke bar were created. The original Maneki was built on the hill
on 6th Ave. S and Main St in the heart of Nihonmachi or Japantown.
The white building was 3 stories and looked just like a Japanese
castle. On weekends it served 500 plus customers in the gtatami
roomsh or private matted rooms. It served the Japanese community
with its many theatrical plays, weddings and funerals. When World
War II broke out everyone that was Japanese were interned in camps.
The beautiful castle was ransacked and became a ruin. A space in the
NP Hotel was used for storage for all the internees that were forced
into camps. It was after the war in 1946 and when the internees
returned and claimed their belongings that the space became
available. The present Maneki has been operating and serving loyal regulars for over one hundred years. We invite you to experience a little bit of Japan in a casual at home atmosphere.
IRRASHAI MASE! (WELCOME!)