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Mishima's, Gardena, CA (restaurant)
Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-06-04 10:17 am   Permalink

Name:Mishima's
Type:restaurant
Street:18515 S. Western Avenue
City:Gardena
State:CA
Zip:90248
country:USA
Phone:329-6488
Status:defunct

Description:
Mishima's in Gardena offered \"Exotic drinks and exquisite cuisine from the fabulous islands of the Pacific.\"



 
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Tiki-Kate
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-06-04 10:18 am   Permalink

I've never been able to learn much about Mishima's, but it's been near and dear to me because this menu was one of my very first tiki collectibles. I know that their logo has been discussed in the Shield Sign thread, but it would be fabulous to find out something about the restaurant itself.

It's seen better days, but I'm still awfully fond of it.


I've also got a couple of matchbooks.


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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-06-04 10:23 am   Permalink

I seem to remember a conversation many many years ago with the elders at Oceanic Arts where it was mentioned that this was another of Helen Yue's businesses...but I might be off.

 
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Jason Wickedly
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From: LBCTIKI
Posted: 2009-06-05 4:04 pm   Permalink

Link to 18515 S Western Avenue, Gardena CA

According to Google Maps, that location is now the home of Mom's Donuts. (How appropriate, being that today is National Donut Day!) I would take a screenshot, but the fascist regime that is our IT department doesn't allow the tools to do so. From what I can tell on Google Street View though, it's believable that it was once a Polynesian themed place, although a little small.
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2568
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2009-06-07 1:16 pm   Permalink

I checked the address using historicaerials.com and it looks like Mishima’s was a free standing restaurant at least until 1980, the next aerial shot they have is from 2003 and it’s gone by then.

1972


2003


I went to Mom’s Donuts this morning and Mishima's former address is now a Japanese style strip mall, I bought a donut and it was good.




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MishimasLover
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Joined: Nov 16, 2009
Posts: 3
Posted: 2009-11-19 7:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-05 16:04, Jason Wickedly wrote:
Link to 18515 S Western Avenue, Gardena CA

According to Google Maps, that location is now the home of Mom's Donuts. (How appropriate, being that today is National Donut Day!) I would take a screenshot, but the fascist regime that is our IT department doesn't allow the tools to do so. From what I can tell on Google Street View though, it's believable that it was once a Polynesian themed place, although a little small.





Did Helen Yue own Mishimas? That was my all-time favorite restaurants, that and Helen Yue's on Rosecrans in Gardena as a child/teen.

Whatever became of Helen Yue? Does anyone know?


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-11-20 07:34 am   Permalink

Bob and Leroy at Oceanic Arts would know.

Here are a few interesting facts about the famed Japanese author Mishima:

>>Mishima wrote 40 novels, 18 plays, 20 books of short stories, and at least 20 books of essays, one libretto, as well as one film. A large portion of this oeuvre comprises books written quickly for profit, but even if these are disregarded, a substantial body of work remains....

.... After briefly considering a marital alliance with Michiko Shōda—she later became the wife of Emperor Akihito—he married Yoko Sugiyama on June 11, 1958. The couple had two children....

....Although he visited gay bars in Japan, Mishima's sexual orientation remains a matter of debate, though his widow wanted that part of his life downplayed after his death.[7] However, several people have claimed to have had homosexual relationships with Mishima, including writer Jiro Fukushima who, in his book, published a revealing correspondence between himself and the famed novelist....

....With a prepared manifesto and banner listing their demands, Mishima stepped onto the balcony to address the soldiers gathered below. His speech was intended to inspire a coup d'etat restoring the powers of the emperor. He succeeded only in irritating them, however, and was mocked and jeered. He finished his planned speech after a few minutes, returned to the commandant's office and committed seppuku.<<


 
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MishimasLover
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Posted: 2009-11-20 10:24 am   Permalink

How do I contact Bob and Leroy?



Quote:

On 2009-11-20 07:34, bigbrotiki wrote:
Bob and Leroy at Oceanic Arts would know.

Here are a few interesting facts about the famed Japanese author Mishima:

>>Mishima wrote 40 novels, 18 plays, 20 books of short stories, and at least 20 books of essays, one libretto, as well as one film. A large portion of this oeuvre comprises books written quickly for profit, but even if these are disregarded, a substantial body of work remains....

.... After briefly considering a marital alliance with Michiko Shôda—she later became the wife of Emperor Akihito—he married Yoko Sugiyama on June 11, 1958. The couple had two children....

....Although he visited gay bars in Japan, Mishima's sexual orientation remains a matter of debate, though his widow wanted that part of his life downplayed after his death.[7] However, several people have claimed to have had homosexual relationships with Mishima, including writer Jiro Fukushima who, in his book, published a revealing correspondence between himself and the famed novelist....

....With a prepared manifesto and banner listing their demands, Mishima stepped onto the balcony to address the soldiers gathered below. His speech was intended to inspire a coup d'etat restoring the powers of the emperor. He succeeded only in irritating them, however, and was mocked and jeered. He finished his planned speech after a few minutes, returned to the commandant's office and committed seppuku.<<




 
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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2009-11-20 10:33 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-11-20 10:24, MishimasLover wrote:
How do I contact Bob and Leroy?




http://www.oceanicarts.net/


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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-11-20 3:26 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-11-20 07:34, bigbrotiki wrote:
Bob and Leroy at Oceanic Arts would know.



They really would. I was just talking to Bob, and he mentioned some of the decor that they used at Yue's.

Oceanic Arts (562)698-6960


 
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tigertail777
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Joined: Nov 25, 2004
Posts: 665
From: Oregon
Posted: 2012-02-22 04:44 am   Permalink

Here is a different Mishimas matchbook cover I found in my collection:



 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2568
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2012-07-08 3:11 pm   Permalink

From the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) Facebook page.








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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4241
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-08 3:15 pm   Permalink

Holly neon sign!! That is absolutely awesome, nice find Boris!

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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2012-07-08 3:19 pm   Permalink

I like the sign Tiki more than the logo Tiki.

 
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2012-07-08 4:39 pm   Permalink

What a fabulous sign Boris, awesome find.

 
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