Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Japanese American Museum of San Jose The mission of JAMsj is to collect, preserve and share Japanese American history, culture and art with a focus on the Greater Bay Area.
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The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War II and the challenges they faced, while adapting and contributing to West Coast communities. JAMsj provides a historical forum that stimulates present day discussions on civil liberties, race relations, discrimination, and American identity.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
01/01/2020

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Here are some of the items that you might find at this year's JAMsj Winter Boutique on Nov 9th at the SJ Buddhist Church...
11/07/2019

Here are some of the items that you might find at this year's JAMsj Winter Boutique on Nov 9th at the SJ Buddhist Church gym. Early entry for JAMsj Members at 9am. General Public from 10am to 3pm. FREE Admission. Hope to see you there!

Here are some of the items that you might find at this year's JAMsj Winter Boutique on Nov 9th at the SJ Buddhist Church gym. Early entry for JAMsj Members at 9am. General Public from 10am to 3pm. FREE Admission. Hope to see you there!

The Go For Broke Spirit
10/16/2019
The Go For Broke Spirit

The Go For Broke Spirit

Did you pre-order my second volume of The Go For Broke Spirit on Kickstarter earlier this year AND coming to my Artist Talk and opening reception at Japanese American Museum of San Jose this Saturday ? Good news ! We have a preliminary shipment of books arrive early and you can pick up your copy this Saturday !

We are expecting the main shipment of books to arrive in November and we'll be sending books out next month.

See y'all this Saturday!
https://www.jamsj.org/upcoming-events/2019/10/19/shane-sato-photo-exhibit-opening-amp-talk-story

Chika Mori - EQ1 Real Estate
10/16/2019

Chika Mori - EQ1 Real Estate

Had an opportunity to visit Japanese American Museum in Japantown, San Jose today. Was very touched by all sorts of donations and collections from family histories, historical photographs, private memoirs, and many more about Japanese American history. Did you know that the Japanese first came to San Jose in 1890s?
I only took pictures of outside of the building. Please visit and see them with your own eyes!
They are open Thurs to Sunday from 1pm-4pm. Also, check out on upcoming events!

https://www.jamsj.org/

This annual fundraiser for the museum features lots of great vendors! Stay tuned as we feature the vendors in upcoming p...
10/10/2019

This annual fundraiser for the museum features lots of great vendors! Stay tuned as we feature the vendors in upcoming posts.

09/25/2019
Asian American Women Artists Association

Asian American Women Artists Association

Our last #Agrarianaa exhibition is coming to a close this Sunday afternoon at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. We're sad to see it go, but bring seeds, seedlings, cuttings, and even full grown plants for our Agrarianaa @JAMsj Plant Swap + Closing Reception. Hope to seed you there! 🌱

*Event is free with paid admission to the museum. Light refreshments will be provided.

Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area
09/19/2019

Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area

Please meet our new participant- Asian American Women Artist Association(AAWAA)! Asian American Women Artists Association

Their mission is to advance the visibility and recognition of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, public programs and an informative website, AAWAA is an accessible resource and portal for educators academics, researchers, arts and social justice communities and the general public.

During Asia Week SFBA 2019, AAWAA and Japanese American Museum of San Jose will co host: Agrarianaa @ Japanese American Museum of San Jose. This multidisciplinary art exhibition Agrarianaa featuring 9 local and national artists inspired by the rich history of Japanese American agricultural crafts, legacies and present-day community placemaking. Do not miss the chance to see this great exhibition!

https://aawaa.net/programs/exhibitions/agrarianaa/agrarianaa-jamsj/

DREAM BLOSSOMS:60 YEARS OF ZENICHIRO UCHIDA AND THE REFUGEE IMMIGRANTS“Dream Blossoms” is a powerful documentary of Zeni...
09/08/2019

DREAM BLOSSOMS:
60 YEARS OF ZENICHIRO UCHIDA AND THE REFUGEE IMMIGRANTS

“Dream Blossoms” is a powerful documentary of Zenichiro Uchida, a man who helped immigrate over 300 Japanese to California and started flower businesses in Salinas in the 1960's where in the 1980's there were over 60 growers in the Salinas area.

Join us to celebrate the life of Zenichiro Uchida and his message “Angels of Peace”. Film Producer and Zenichiro’s son Ted Uchida will give a talk about his father and the making of the film.

Date:
Saturday September 21st
1pm to 3pm

Free With Admission to the Museum
JAMsj members: Free
Adults: $8
Seniors 65+: $5
Students: $5
Children under 5: Free

An RSVP is highly encouraged

Please RSVP to:
[email protected]
or call (408) 294-3138

Mikami Vineyards
08/23/2019
Mikami Vineyards

Mikami Vineyards

This Saturday, in partnership with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and San Jose JACL, we will be leading a special evening of wine tasting and a discussion about our history of farming in Lodi! Please see below for more details (and a picture of my grandfather farming in Lodi in 1951)

https://sanjosejacl.org/mikami!

Please be sure to RSVP for this event, coming up soon!
08/01/2019

Please be sure to RSVP for this event, coming up soon!

In recognition of the tragic Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945 and their effect on the survivors and future generations of Japanese and Japanese Americans, JAMsj will host a showing of the animated documentary/drama Hibakusha on August 10th, 2019 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

Join Directors Steve Nguyen and Choz Belen as they discuss the making of their animated documentary/drama .

Free with admission to the museum
Adults: $8
Seniors 65+: $5
Students: $5
JAMsj members: Free
Children under 5: Free

RSVP
Email: [email protected]
Call: (408)294-3138

JAMsj and SJ JACL welcome back Mikami Winery for another "Talk Story" event on August 24th. Jason Mikami will be talking...
07/21/2019

JAMsj and SJ JACL welcome back Mikami Winery for another "Talk Story" event on August 24th. Jason Mikami will be talking about the Japanese Farms in the Lodi area, while we taste some of their fine wines. This is a popular event with limited seating, so please rsvp early! Please go to www.sanjosejacl/mikami to order tickets.

In recognition of the tragic Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945 and their effect on the survivors and future genera...
07/21/2019

In recognition of the tragic Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945 and their effect on the survivors and future generations of Japanese and Japanese Americans, JAMsj will host a showing of the animated documentary/drama Hibakusha on August 10th, 2019 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

Join Directors Steve Nguyen and Choz Belen as they discuss the making of their animated documentary/drama .

Free with admission to the museum
Adults: $8
Seniors 65+: $5
Students: $5
JAMsj members: Free
Children under 5: Free

RSVP
Email: [email protected]
Call: (408)294-3138

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest
06/25/2019

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

This is your opportunity to meet nationally renown filmmakers who are bringing important stories about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the mainstream audiences: Dianne Fukami (Mineta Legacy Project), Matthew Abaya (Vampariah), Jon Osaki (Alternative Facts), and Rick Quan (Mayor Ed Lee). This exciting event is in partnership with Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest, National Association of Asian American Professionals NAAAP San Jose, Kollaboration SF Bay Area and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and will be held at the museum on Wednesday evening, June 26. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Please register here as seating is limited.

https://sanjose.naaap.org/events/alt-careers-independent-film-maker
#svapfilmfest
svapfilmfest.org

06/20/2019

Dear Friends:

With the museum's ever expanding role in the community and it's current rate of growth, we will need to hire more staff to handle the day-to-day operations. Currently, we're looking for a part-time Office Manager to work a few hours per week, building up to a half-time position by the end of the year. The ideal candidate will have a very flexible schedule, where some weekends may be necessary and this position could lead to full-time hours and possible advancement within JAMsj. If you’re interested, please send us your resume: [email protected].

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest
06/19/2019

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

Get to know our film panelists! Next is Dianne Fukami! Fukami has produced, directed, and written more than a half- dozen documentaries on the Asian-American experience (mostly on Japanese-American history) which were broadcast on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Separate Lives, Broken Dreams, about the Chinese Exclusion Act, was nominated for a
national Emmy Award; Starting Over: Japanese Americans After the War has received scholarly citations for its first-person anecdotes. Her most recent documentary, Stories From
Tohoku, was showcased at CAAMFest in 2014 (formerly the San
Francisco Asian International Film Festival) and screened at film
festivals in New York and Los Angeles.
http://minetalegacyproject.com

Our event is June 26th from 7pm-9pm at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose @jamsjofficial! Link to register in our bio!

This event is in partnership with @catsasiantheater @kollabsf and the National Association of Asian American Professionals!
@ Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest
06/17/2019

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

Our film panel “Telling Our Stories Through Independent Film” is being held here at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose @jamsjofficial!

June 26th 7-9pm it’s a FREE event partnered with @kollabsf @catsasiantheater and the National Association of Asian American Professionals!

#svapff #siliconvalley #asianamerican #asianamericanheritagemonth #pacificislander #film #digital #media #filmfestival #filmfest #representation #representationmatters #connectingcommunities #connecting #art #california #bayarea #sanjose #sanfrancisco #paloalto #santaclara #tech @ Japanese American Museum of San Jose

There's an upcoming special Japantown Neighborhood Night with the SJ Earthquakes on July 6th at 7:15pm. If you order tic...
06/13/2019

There's an upcoming special Japantown Neighborhood Night with the SJ Earthquakes on July 6th at 7:15pm. If you order tickets online at tinyurl.com/JapantownQuakes and choose "JAMsj," a part of your ticket price will benefit JAMsj!

Invite your friends and have a FUN night at the game! Go Quakes!

Can we dare say that we’re the “Friendliest Museum” in one of the “Friendliest Neighborhoods” in the nation?
06/07/2019
The 28 friendliest neighborhoods in U.S. cities

Can we dare say that we’re the “Friendliest Museum” in one of the “Friendliest Neighborhoods” in the nation?

Where are the most welcoming urban enclaves? Read on.

We have some unique camp artifacts and related stories happening at the museum this weekend. Please be sure to RSVP to p...
06/06/2019

We have some unique camp artifacts and related stories happening at the museum this weekend. Please be sure to RSVP to [email protected] if you’d like to attend. Seating is very limited for this event.

Join us on June 8th , 2019 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm as JAMsj hosts a special Sharing Memories Through Camp Artifacts event! Individuals will present their own artifacts from a WWII Japanese American internment camp and share the artifact’s history and significance. Whether it’s a handmade heirloom passed down to future generations, or an object that represents the struggle a family went through during internment, each camp artifact holds a deeply personal meaning. Prepare to hear special stories and engaging conversations about these unique artifacts!

RSVP recommended
Email: [email protected]
Call: (408)294-3138

Check out this article in the current issue of the Metro newspaper. It talks about the current exhibit at JAMsj.
06/06/2019
'Agrarianaa' Highlights Asian-American Women | Metroactive

Check out this article in the current issue of the Metro newspaper. It talks about the current exhibit at JAMsj.

Inside the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), an eight-foot wooden wall hangs on display. The only remaining piece of an egg house from artist Reiko Fujii's family farm in Riverside, the wall features decades-old handwriting from Fujii's grandmother. The farm was part of her family for al...

05/17/2019
Mineta Legacy Project

Watch the trailer for "Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story" that will be on PBS this Monday, May 20 at 9/8pm CT!

JAMsj is proud to be a Legacy Partner of Mineta Legacy Project and can't wait to watch it! For more updates, like @MinetaLegacyProject. #NormanMinetaPBS #MinetaLegacy

Watch the trailer for "Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story" and share with friends.

An American story about injustice, redemption, and a burning desire for all people to be treated equally. Watch PBS Broadcast + Facebook Live for "Norman Mineta and His Legacy" on May 20th at 9/8pm CT. Check your local listings. #NormanMinetaPBS #MinetaLegacy

Join us on June 8th , 2019 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm as JAMsj hosts a special Sharing Memories Through Camp Artifacts event! ...
05/11/2019

Join us on June 8th , 2019 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm as JAMsj hosts a special Sharing Memories Through Camp Artifacts event! Individuals will present their own artifacts from a WWII Japanese American internment camp and share the artifact’s history and significance. Whether it’s a handmade heirloom passed down to future generations, or an object that represents the struggle a family went through during internment, each camp artifact holds a deeply personal meaning. Prepare to hear special stories and engaging conversations about these unique artifacts!

RSVP recommended
Email: [email protected]
Call: (408)294-3138

Friday is the last day to buy your advance tickets to Jon Osaki’s film “Alternative Facts - The Lies Of Executive Order ...
04/25/2019

Friday is the last day to buy your advance tickets to Jon Osaki’s film “Alternative Facts - The Lies Of Executive Order 9066.” The film will be shown at Wesley Church on Saturday at 1pm, with a brief panel discussion following. Tickets will be available at the door.

This film will be shown next week. Save some money if you buy your tickets at the JAMsj Museum Store before the 27th. If...
04/19/2019

This film will be shown next week. Save some money if you buy your tickets at the JAMsj Museum Store before the 27th. If you can’t stop by the store during open hours Th-Sun, 12-4pm, please give us a call (408) 294-3138.

Amazed and humbled to find out that ALTERNATIVE FACTS won the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival Audience Choice Award for Feature Films. With so many fantastic films screened during the festival this selection by the attendees is stunning! Grateful to everyone who came out and special thanks once again to the stellar DisOrient team. #disorient, #speechless, #alternativefacts, #factsmatter

04/12/2019
Satellite Films
04/09/2019
Satellite Films

Satellite Films

Satellite Films first official original content production Japantown: A Walk Through Memory, premieres at the 2019 The Newport Beach Film Festival! Director Kuang Leeis a NBFF alumni, and this collaboration with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose is “the story of San Jose’s historic Japantown, one of three remaining in the US, exploring its modern-day incarnation, and its WW2 Japanese internment history." The film plays Sunday April 28th, at 12:30pm at the Triangle Square Cinemas, with the “Made in California Block”. Come support independent film!

https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/japantown-a-walk-through-memory/?program=33656

This event is happening tomorrow! Please rsvp to publicprograms@jamsj.org to reserve a seat.
04/05/2019

This event is happening tomorrow! Please rsvp to [email protected] to reserve a seat.

Satellite Films
03/25/2019

Satellite Films

Satellite Films' first foray into original content, Japantown: A Walk Through Memory, just got accepted into its first film festival. Director Kuang Lee's collaboration with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose has been accepted into the 2019 The Newport Beach Film Festival. We will premiere this April and May!

#storytelling
#filmfestival
#jamsj
#documentary
#newportbeachfilmfestival
#film
#satellitefilmandvideo

This film will be coming to San Jose on April 27th at 1pm at Wesley Methodist Church. Buy your tickets from the JAMsj Mu...
03/19/2019

This film will be coming to San Jose on April 27th at 1pm at Wesley Methodist Church. Buy your tickets from the JAMsj Museum Store or call 408-294-3139.

Amazed and humbled to find out that ALTERNATIVE FACTS won the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival Audience Choice Award for Feature Films. With so many fantastic films screened during the festival this selection by the attendees is stunning! Grateful to everyone who came out and special thanks once again to the stellar DisOrient team. #disorient, #speechless, #alternativefacts, #factsmatter

03/09/2019

Dear JAMsj Supporters,

Recently the company that hosts our email service was hacked. Please do not respond to any emails from “[email protected]” because this is NOT our email address. We believe that we’ve stopped these emails and we will look into further security measures.

Thank you for your understanding!

JAMsj Staff

Asian American Women Artists Association
03/08/2019

Asian American Women Artists Association

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMXN'S DAY! Celebrate by going to the opening for #Agrarianaa at Japanese American Museum of San Jose TOMORROW at 12PM! Come by and see the sculptures of Lucien Kubo.

Lucien is a third generation Japanese American. She is inspired by life experiences, community and social issues. Her work celebrates her Japanese cultural heritage and community. Rice is a main staple to the Japanese diet, and mochi is essential in our New Years celebration.

#SanJose #JapantownSJ #JapaneseAmerican #community #rice #mochi #mythology #ceramic #agriculture #farming #BayAreaArt

Asian American Women Artists Association
03/08/2019

Asian American Women Artists Association

THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 12PM, #Agrarianaa opens at Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Celebrate it with artist, Judy Shintani.

Judy received a BS from San Jose State and her MA from JFKU. She has shown internationally at University of Pittsburgh, Springfield College, MA, Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, Santa Fe Art Institute, Station Museum in Houston, Presidio Trust, SF, Euphrat Museum of Art in Cupertino, and in Santiago, Cuba.

Visit our event page to view more info and to RSVP!
Agrarianaa at JAMsj Opening Reception

#SanJose #JapantownSJ #JapaneseAmerican #textile #agriculture #farming #oyster #BayAreaArt

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535 N 5th St
San Jose, CA
95112

VTA light rail (Japantown/Ayer station) and from VTA Bus Lines 61 or 62 There is limited parking at the museum, and metered and non-metered parking throughout SJ Japantown.

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(408) 294-3138

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