The California Flower Market in San Francisco was founded by Japanese immigrant flower growers at the turn of the twentieth century and forms one branch of the iconic San Francisco Flower Mart at 6th and Brannan. It is one of the oldest and most successful Japanese American–owned corporations in the United States.
The story of the California Flower Market spans nearly the entire history of Japanese settlement in California. Since its incorporation in 1912 with fifty-four founding shareholders, it has withstood racial hostility, natural disasters, incarceration, and economic highs and lows while evolving into a bustling wholesale flower market—one of only five existing in the United States today.
In 2019, the records and photographs of the California Flower Market Inc. were donated to the California Historical Society. The archive consists of historical documents as well as hundreds of photographs that document the history of the market and the flower industry more broadly.