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In the early 1940s, World War II tensions resulted in the tragic internment of thousands of Japanese Americans in the United States. The majority of the Pike Place Market's farmers were forced from their homes and livelihoods, never to return.

In 1998, local Japense-born artist Aki Sogabe was commissioned by the Japanese American Citizen League Seattle Chapter to create artwork honoring the memory of long-time Japanese American farmers. “Song of the Earth” was created with papercut images transferred onto five porcelain enamel panels, each 3 feet by 5 feet. The project took her one year to complete and has been on display ever since at Pike Place Market's main entrance near the corner of Pike Street and Pike Place.

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Pike Place Market is more than fish, flowers, and produce - it's a thriving community, built by generations of families and businesses who've defined the Market as a cultural and historic icon.

This new monthly series by Seattle Weekly tells stories of the "People of Pike Place Market", from the perspective of those who've played an active role in building this unique community in the heart of Seattle.

Photo by Rosemary Dai Ross/POSTheadshots

The first installment features Joe Desimone (pictured), whose grandfather, Guiseppe Desimone was an original Pike Place Market farmer when the Market opened in 1907. Guiseppe eventually became part-owner of the Market and helped define the Market as a thriving, caring community.

"If my family had not kept the rents low in Pike Place Market, or had not worked with people in difficult times, there possibly would not have been a Market today. I'm very proud of the fact that my grandfather and father took a real chance - and now Seattle has something that is the envy of the world." - Joe Desimone

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Pike Place Market celebrated its 108th birthday yesterday! But did you know the Market was almost demolished in the 1960s? For this month's trivia question, can you figure out why Pike Place Market was nearly torn down?

A. It was severely damaged by the Great Seattle Fire.

B. A tsunami hit Seattle, destroying parts of the Market.

C. Gold was discovered underground, beneath the Market.

D. A proposal was being seriously considered to replace the Market with a
plaza that would include a hotel, an apartment building, four office
buildings, a hockey arena, and a parking garage.

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Happy birthday and 108th anniversary to Pike Place Market! On this day in 1907, Seattle shoppers surrounded the first farmers’ wagons on Pike Place to score fresh produce from the surrounding countryside. Thank you, Seattle, for continuing to support your Market through the years. We couldn’t do it without you, or the 500+ amazing and dedicated farmers, craftspeople, merchants, artists and buskers who make this place real.

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Let’s get your post-holiday brain working with Market Trivia! Do you recognize this scene from Sleepless in Seattle? It lasted less than two minutes but forever made this Pike Place Market restaurant famous. Can you name the spot? Is it:

A. Maximilien Restaurant
B. The Athenian
C. Matt’s in the Market
D. Lowell’s Restaurant and Bar

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