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.

Come to the museum this weekend to see Shane Sato’s “The Go For Broke Spirit” before the exhibit leaves! Last day to vie...
02/22/2020

Come to the museum this weekend to see Shane Sato’s “The Go For Broke Spirit” before the exhibit leaves! Last day to view this exhibit is Sunday, February 23, 2020. https://ift.tt/2PeAK9I

Come to the museum this weekend to see Shane Sato’s “The Go For Broke Spirit” before the exhibit leaves!  Last day to vi...
02/22/2020

Come to the museum this weekend to see Shane Sato’s “The Go For Broke Spirit” before the exhibit leaves! Last day to view this exhibit is Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of “Valor with Honor” on February 15, 2020. We had another great turn o...
02/20/2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of “Valor with Honor” on February 15, 2020. We had another great turn out with over 50 attendees for this screening. Thank you to Burt Takeuchi for coming to the screening and doing a Q&A after the film. Pic: film director, Burt Takeuchi. 📷 credit: Ruby Saito. https://ift.tt/37Gt9at

Come to the museum on February 15, 2020 from 1-3PM to see the documentary “Valor with Honor”. https://ift.tt/38rcmcy
02/13/2020

Come to the museum on February 15, 2020 from 1-3PM to see the documentary “Valor with Honor”. https://ift.tt/38rcmcy

Come to the museum on February 15, 2020 from 1-3PM to see the documentary “Valor with Honor”.
02/13/2020

Come to the museum on February 15, 2020 from 1-3PM to see the documentary “Valor with Honor”.

Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper is holding their "Best of Silicon Valley 2020". You can help support JAMsj by voting for ...
02/01/2020

Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper is holding their "Best of Silicon Valley 2020". You can help support JAMsj by voting for us on Question 49 - Best Small/Quirky Museum. . https://ift.tt/36Muzj9 . You can vote once — it asks you for name, city, and email address for the integrity of the ballot process. https://ift.tt/3b1cHEE

Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper is holding their "Best of Silicon Valley 2020".  You can help support JAMsj by voting for...
02/01/2020

Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper is holding their "Best of Silicon Valley 2020". You can help support JAMsj by voting for us on Question 49 - Best Small/Quirky Museum.
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https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPLWZV3
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You can vote once — it asks you for name, city, and email address for the integrity of the ballot process.

Join us this weekend as we remember, honor and celebrate Fred Korematsu! On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Santa Clara Un...
01/24/2020

Join us this weekend as we remember, honor and celebrate Fred Korematsu! On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Santa Clara University watch “Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” and then stay for “Mock Trial of Korematsu v. United States”. On Sunday, January 26, 2020 there will be showings of the full version of “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” at JAMsj. https://ift.tt/36lv5Vc

Join us this weekend as we remember, honor and celebrate Fred Korematsu!  On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Santa Clara U...
01/24/2020

Join us this weekend as we remember, honor and celebrate Fred Korematsu! On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Santa Clara University watch “Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” and then stay for “Mock Trial of Korematsu v. United States”. On Sunday, January 26, 2020 there will be showings of the full version of “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” at JAMsj.

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”.  We had 61 attendees ...
01/16/2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”. We had 61 attendees for this film which is a great way to start 2020! Nisei veterans Lawson Sakai and Sam Sakamoto both attended the event, along with tour leader Brian Yamamoto and film producer Mike Izumi.
Pic #1: (CW) Mike Izumi, Sam Sakamoto, Lawson Sakai, Brian Yamamoto. Pic #2: (L to R) Sam Sakamoto, Lawson Sakai. Pic #3: (L to R) Lawson Sakai, Brian Yamamoto. 📷 credit : Mark J Yamamoto @ Japanese American Museum of San Jose

This Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1-3PM come and watch “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”.  One of the man...
01/08/2020

This Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1-3PM come and watch “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”. One of the many tour sites seen during the trip was the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial. Pictured are one of the bas-relief panels on the memorial, military color guard, and military color guard with Nisei 442nd RCT veteran, Lawson Sakai. @ Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Join JAMsj on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1-3PM to view “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”. This video jo...
01/05/2020

Join JAMsj on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1-3PM to view “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”. This video journey, by Mike Izumi, follows the historical tour, led by Brian Yamamoto, as they view many of the sites throughout France where the 100th and 442nd fought during WWII. https://ift.tt/37E9w2S

Join JAMsj on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1-3PM to view “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”.  This video j...
01/05/2020

Join JAMsj on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1-3PM to view “100th/442nd 75th Anniversary Tour of France”. This video journey, by Mike Izumi, follows the historical tour, led by Brian Yamamoto, as they view many of the sites throughout France where the 100th and 442nd fought during WWII.

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

Agent Chika
10/16/2019

Agent Chika

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!

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

Address

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

Telephone

(408) 294-3138

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With appreciation that so many community members and friends came together to share good wishes and energies for the successful development of the Corp Yard/Japantown Square site (formerly Heinleinville, Chinatown).
This is a Sanborn Map dated 1891, which shows Heinlenville-Chinatown on the block between N. 6th and N. 7th, Taylor and Jackson Streets. With new construction of the block to begin tomorrow (Monday, February 18), a Blessing Ceremony is going to be held at 11am to recognize the site's history, and to bring good luck and safety for the project, to those working on it, and all who will occupy it. All are welcome.
To celebrate "Small Business Saturday" tomorrow, November 25th, many of Japantown's businesses and mom'n'pop retailers have "bought" parking meters near our businesses for the day. This will allow folks to park for free at identified parking meters - and enjoy our historic neighborhood's unique shops, restaurants, and museum at their leisure. Eat, shop, and explore Japantown - all without the worry or hassle of parking meters or parking tickets!