Info about real Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I always like to know the background of a book and it didn’t take long to find some interesting facts about the famous Panama Hotel, featured in The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

As Jamie Ford notes in the back of his book, “the Panama Hotel is a very real place. And yes, the belongings of thirty-seven Japanese families do indeed reside there, most of them in the dusty, dimly lit basement.” Check out these pictures and descriptions from the hotel’s website:

This early picture of the hotel was photographed in 1929.  The building still maintains much of the original structure.

Panama Hotel pic

Two Japanese American women storing valuables in the basement of the hotel.  This chest still remains along with many others remains where it was left over 50 years ago.

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This picture from The Seattle Times shows the Panama Hotel’s current owner, Jan Johnson looking at the artifacts in the basement.

Panama Hotel
Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

A July 2015 article in The Seattle Times announced that the hotel has been awarded a $137,000 preservation grant from the National Park Service, deeming the hotel a “National Treasure”. Click here to view the article.

Click here to read my review of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet pic

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