The hidden room, beneath the floor. Near the back section of the
counter a section of floor has been replaced with glass, allowing a view into
the basement below. After the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by Imperial
Japan, local residents of Japanese decent hastily stored
belongings there prior to being sent to internment camps. After WWII
some of the items were reclaimed, but many were not and were forgotten about
until the early 90's. Through the window in the floor one can see some
of the personal effects just as they were left in the 1940's...
High ceilings, wooden floors, and brick walls. Historical
photographs on the walls. A very quiet ambience...
The following Sunday afternoon... on the edge of Puget Sound at Sunset Hill
Park, in the Ballard section of Seattle. This park is on a bluff just
north of where the Lake Union / Lake Washington Ship Canal connects with Puget
Sound at Salmon Bay. The snowcapped Olympic Mountains are to the west. A strong, cold wind was blowing off the Sound...