George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa:
George Tetsuo Aratani (荒谷 哲夫, 1917-2013) was born in a small farming community outside Gardena. His parents later moved to the San Fernando Valley, and again to Guadalupe, where Aratani attended school while his father established several highly successful farming, manufacturing and international trade companies. In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 2941), and the tide of anti-Japanese sentiment that followed it, Aratani transferred the company's assets from its Issei leaders to its Nisei executives, hoping to avoid losing the business. However, after learning he and his stepmother would be "evacuated" with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, Aratani was forced to leave the Guadalupe Produce Company in the hands of trustees from a separate business. Shortly after arriving in camp, the office of the Superintendent of Banks, which had taken over the frozen assets of Japanese banks operating in the U.S. before the war, began to pursue Aratani in order to collect on a loan issued to his father by Sumitomo Bank. With little access to alternatives from within camp, Aratani and the Guadalupe board sold the company to the trustees, barely covering the taxes due to the government. Aratani's biography, "An American Son: The Story of George Aratani," details the losses his family endured during the 1940s. See "George Aratani". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2014-11-05.He left the internment camp in 1944. Eventually, in 1948, George Aratani established a company called American Commercial Inc. Initially a dinnerware importer, Mikasa grew into a dinnerware wholesaler over the next twenty years supplying dinnerware to Bloomingdales, Macy's, May Department Stores Company and other fine retailers. In 1957, the brand name Mikasa was introduced to the American public. See "About Mikasa". Mikasa. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
|Item Condition||Great condition. Please see pictures.|
|Subject Matter||Floral Patterns|
|Notable Person||George Tetsuo Aratani|
|Measure 1||8.5" (height with lid) x 8.5" (spout-handle) x 5.5"|
|Total Weight||1 lbs 14 oz|