The Satake family purchased 36 acres of farmland in Mountain View Dec. 2, 1941. When Pearl Harbor was attacked five days later, their family business took a detour.
With forced internment for Americans of Japanese ancestry approaching, the Satakes secured a permit to voluntarily relocate inland to Nevada and then Utah – ending up in a town near Topaz, a camp where their Japanese friends and neighbors from the Bay Area were interned. James Satake, then a senior at Palo Alto High School, ultimately enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in Germany and returned to Mountain View with his family years later. His parents, Shinajiro and Shimano Satake, started a farm that over the years transformed into the long-running Satake Nursery on Marilyn Drive.