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.

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.

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 Or...
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

Asian American Women Artists Association
03/08/2019

Asian American Women Artists Association

2 DAYS until #Agrarianaa opens at Japanese American Museum of San Jose, THIS SATURDAY AT 12PM! Come by and see work by artist, Reiko Fujii.

Reiko Fujii was born in Riverside, CA and was raised in Los Angeles. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received an MFA degree from John F. Kennedy University in 2004. She also earned a K-8 Elementary School Teaching Credential and a BA in Psychology, both from University of California, Berkeley.

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

#SanJose #JapantownSJ #JapaneseAmerican #agriculture #farming #BayAreaArt

Asian American Women Artists Association
03/06/2019

Asian American Women Artists Association

#Agrarianaa is opening THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 12PM at Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Come by and meet artists! Today’s featured artist is Tina Kashiwagi:

Tina is a Japanese & Vietnamese American interdisciplinary artist residing in Oakland, California. Her work aims to reflect on past histories in order to uncover the future. Kashiwagi received her BFA in Art Education at San Francisco State University in 2016. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

RSVP on our event page!
Agrarianaa at JAMsj Opening Reception

#SanJose #JapantownSJ #JapaneseAmerican #VietnameseAmerican #Oakland #agriculture #food #ikebana #farming #BayAreaArt

Asian American Women Artists Association
03/06/2019

Asian American Women Artists Association

THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 12PM, #Agrarianaa opens at Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Come by and see work by artist, Shari Arai DeBoer.

Shari is a third generation Japanese American raised in the East Bay where her family had a nursery business. After working as an architect, Shari shifted her focus to art, pursing the notion that as we navigate our everyday lives, there is an abundance of wonder within waiting to be discovered.

RSVP on our event page!
Agrarianaa at JAMsj Opening Reception

#SanJose #JapantownSJ #JapaneseAmerican #EastBay #agriculture #farming #architect #BayAreaArt

Asian American Women Artists Association
03/05/2019

Asian American Women Artists Association

4 DAYS until #Agrarianaa opens at Japanese American Museum of San Jose, THIS SATURDAY AT 12PM! Come by and say hi to the artists and learn about their work! Meet Sita Bhaumik.

Sita is an artist and educator based in Oakland, California. Her community-centered projects use craft, photography, and food to tell the stories migration and displacement. She is also a co-founder of the People's Kitchen Collective.

Find more info and RSVP on our event page:
Agrarianaa at JAMsj Opening Reception

#Agrarianaa #SanJose #JapantownSJ #Craft #Photography #Oakland #agriculture #food #farming #BayAreaArt #PKC

TaikoCat: Art by Yurika Chiba
03/03/2019

TaikoCat: Art by Yurika Chiba

Thank you @AAWAA_sf. ❤️

Repost @aawaa_sf
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Meet the artists of #Agrarianaa opening March 9, 12-3pm at @jamsjofficial. First up is @yurikacat!Yurika Chiba is originally from Toronto, Canada. She lives and works at San Jose Japantown now. Yurika is deeply involved in both art and music exploring tactile and rhythmic aesthetics. She is inspired especially by paper, colour and word shapes. She also has a degree in psychology with a particular interest in using art/music for healing and special needs.
#Agrarianaa is an exhibition inspired by the rich history of Asian American agricultural activities, related crafts present-day community farming and how it relates to cultural legacies, contemporary cultural knowledge, art practice, and community placemaking.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story” will have its national PBS broadcast on Monda...
03/01/2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story” will have its national PBS broadcast on Monday, May 20 at 9pm. Check your local listings. JAMsj is proud to be a Legacy Partner of @MinetaLegacyProject. #MinetaLegacy #AmericanHistory

Hinamatsuri "Girls Day" displays all weekend and Kid's Crafts on Sunday at JAMsj.
03/01/2019

Hinamatsuri "Girls Day" displays all weekend and Kid's Crafts on Sunday at JAMsj.

Jtown Art Walk
02/20/2019

Jtown Art Walk

Day of Remembrance so special with this beautiful project. Really grateful for the hands and creativity of Japantown Business Association community.

Repost @corinnetakara・・・
Japanese American Relocation tag activity & installation at Betsuin Church in #japantownsj tonight for Day of Remembrance program. It was such an honor to be a part of the evening and to connect with old friends and to meet new ones. Japanese American Museum of San Jose San Jose Taiko Japantown Business Association @jtownartwalk Knight Foundation #neveragainisnow #executiveorder9066 #japaneseinternment

Mike Inouye
02/20/2019

Mike Inouye

Look at this vintage postcard from #HeartMountain, Wyoming.

These rows of barracks, behind the barbed wire, are where both sides of my family were sent to spend much of WWII. Members include both of my parents who were not even a year old when the were were declared "enemy aliens". Along with a new one room home, the families were also given new family names like No. 32009 and No. 32356.

All of this was largely made possible by #ExecutiveOrder9066, signed into effect on this very day back in 1942.

Today, I am grateful for the lessons we have learned from the mistakes that were made in the issuing of EO9066 and the subsequent "forced evacuations".

I am grateful for the sacrifice of the generations who lived through those times, so I can enjoy my place in society today.

I am grateful you cared enough to read this whole post, and will remember and remind.

#DayOfRemembrance

#NeverAgainIsNow

Can’t wait to see your art piece TaikoCat!
02/13/2019

Can’t wait to see your art piece TaikoCat!

Preview of an art piece for JAMsj. Honored to exhibit with AAWAA called Agrariana opening next month.
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#aawaa #asianamericanwomenartistsassociation #jamsj #sanjose #agrariana #strawberry #washipaper #penandink #colourpencils #eijanaika

Thank you David Louie for mentioning Japanese American Museum of San Jose during today’s newscast. The story was about...
02/01/2019

Thank you David Louie for mentioning Japanese American Museum of San Jose during today’s newscast. The story was about the new development going up at 6th and Jackson Street. Today was the Ground Breaking Ceremony.

Thank you Robert Handa for doing an awesome job MC’ing our event! (Photo left to right) Hon. Roberta Hayashi, Karen Ko...
01/27/2019

Thank you Robert Handa for doing an awesome job MC’ing our event! (Photo left to right) Hon. Roberta Hayashi, Karen Korematsu, Robert Handa, Zahra Billoo, Teresa Castellanos, Susan Hayase and Richard Konda.

Proud to be in events celebrating 100th birthday of civil rights pioneer Fred Korematsu, who successfully fought internment of Japanese Americans during WWll. Ruled unconstitutional. Calif celebrates Fred Korematsu Day Jan 30.

01/17/2019
Paradigm Communications Group / Alaska Airlines and Horizon Edition Magazines

Thank you Alaska Airline for mentioning Japanese American Museum of San Jose in your January 2019 in flight edition of “Alaska Beyond” page 79.

Alaska Airlines Magazine and Horizon Edition Magazine are published monthly by Paradigm Communications Group, a custom-publishing company founded in 1987 and dedicated to producing magazines of the highest quality. Paradigm Communications Group is based in Seattle, Washington. According to publisher...

01/04/2019
Japantown: A Walk Through Memory

Japantown: A Walk Through Memory

Michael Sera from Japanese American Museum of San Jose describes an important part of Asian American history, with the assistance of some animation.

A huge thank you to our card making team! They've been working hard on holiday cards, come stop by the JAMsj store to pu...
12/17/2018

A huge thank you to our card making team! They've been working hard on holiday cards, come stop by the JAMsj store to purchase one of their creations. Happy Holidays!

Here's a diary entry a 2nd grader wrote about his experience visiting the museum, thanks for sharing with us!"Today, I w...
12/14/2018

Here's a diary entry a 2nd grader wrote about his experience visiting the museum, thanks for sharing with us!

"Today, I went to the Japanese-American museum. Before WWII, Japanese-Americans worked really hard and made their farm bigger and bigger. However, after the WWII had begun, the US government made them relocate to the Camp. There were still a few American people who were kind to Japanese-Americans. For example, one American family managed their neighbor Japanese-Americans’ farm while they were at the camp. And they returned the farm to their neighbor when they returned home from the camp. I learned a lot from Japanese-American museum and enjoyed it."

JAMsj is family-friendly, come stop by and learn more from one of our knowledgeable tour guides!

The Japanese National Honor's Society presents the Haiku Holiday Film Faire! Come check out the holiday craft booths and...
12/04/2018

The Japanese National Honor's Society presents the Haiku Holiday Film Faire! Come check out the holiday craft booths and join us for more fun!

Our biggest fundraiser for the year is the Winter Boutique and it's tomorrow! Don't miss out on some great items! Nov. 1...
11/10/2018

Our biggest fundraiser for the year is the Winter Boutique and it's tomorrow! Don't miss out on some great items!

Nov. 10, 2018
9am-10am: Early Admission for JAMsj members
10am-3pm: General Admission

The holidays are approaching! AmazonSmile donates to JAMsj when you do your holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0229249
11/08/2018

The holidays are approaching! AmazonSmile donates to JAMsj when you do your holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0229249

Japanese American Museum of San Jose's cover photo
11/08/2018

Japanese American Museum of San Jose's cover photo

Poston Preservation
11/06/2018

Poston Preservation

Thank you all for attending our San Jose screening of "For the Sake of the Children"

Special thanks go to Joyce Iwasaki, Phyllis Osaki & Pam Yoshida and many others from Buddhist Church San Jose Betsuin, Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Midori Kai, Inc for organizing and making our event so successful with 350 people attending.

I also appreciate our moderator, Robert Handa, & panelists: Zahra Billoo, Patty Tsubokawa Reeves, Stephanie Gilman and Amy Tsubokawa

The Go For Broke Spirit
11/06/2018

The Go For Broke Spirit

Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak about "The Go For Broke Spirit" at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. I want to thank executive director James Nagareda for allowing me to do a presentation here on very short notice. I just meet him a few weeks ago on my Hawaii trip. Mahalo James !

Find copies of my book "The Go For Broke Spirit" at their gift shop. Stop by !

Want to learn more about the fight for Japanese American reparations and redress? Come celebrate the publication of The ...
10/25/2018

Want to learn more about the fight for Japanese American reparations and redress? Come celebrate the publication of The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations.

Meet the editors of the book, join us for a panel discussion, spoken word poetry, and refreshments.

Join JAMsj as we celebrate Health, Sports & Culture Day! There will be a variety of cultural performances from young loc...
10/10/2018

Join JAMsj as we celebrate Health, Sports & Culture Day! There will be a variety of cultural performances from young local talent including San Jose Taiko and many others. We'll also be hosting relay races for kids, so come join us for this day packed with fun!

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
09/20/2018

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

On September 19, Consul General Uyama and Parliamentary Vice Minister Mitsunari Okamoto visited the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Parliamentary Vice Minister Okamoto and Consul General Uyama enjoyed a briefing on the history of Japanese Americans in San Jose by Mr. Michael Sera, President of the Board of Directors of the museum.

Mark your calendars! On September 29, JAMsj is hosting a talk on the abalone divers and fisherman who came to the Monter...
08/15/2018

Mark your calendars! On September 29, JAMsj is hosting a talk on the abalone divers and fisherman who came to the Monterey Bay.

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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

Telephone

(408) 294-3138

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