Tane Sato Yoshida, 68, who owned and operated the Ginza shop in Washington, died of a kidney ailment Wednesday at Washington Hospital Center.
She opened the Japanese gift shop at the corner of 20th and K streets NW IN 1955. SHE OPERATED IT FIRST WITH THE HELP OF HER MOTHER, ICHI SATO, AND LATER WITH THAT HER SON, DANIEL, UNTIL RETIRING IN 1976. HE IS CARRYING ON THE FAMILY BUSINESS.
MRS. YOSHIDA WAS A NATIVE OF WASHINGTON AND A GRADUATE OF THE OLD CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.SHE ALSO ATTENDED THE CORCORAN ART SCHOOL.
HER FATHER, HENRY SEIJI SATO, AND HER MOTHER WERE NATIVES OF JAPAN WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. THEY OPERATED A NUMBER OF SHOPS IN WASHINGTON FROM THE 1920S UNTIL MR. SATOS' DEATH IN 1950. MRS. SATO DIED IN 1970 AT THE AGE OF 94.
MRS YOSHIDA HELPED HER PARENTS RUN THEIR SHOPS. AT THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR II, federal agents closed the shop they were operating in Northwest Washington and wanted to intern the family in Baltimore.
The family took the case to court and was allowed to reopen the store after several days.
Mrs. Yoshida is survive by her son.