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.

07/21/2020

Before the Japanese. Before the Filipinos. Before any other Asian community in San Jose, there were the Chinese. Did you know that five Chinatowns existed in San Jose? And did you know that the fifth Chinatown, Heinlenville, provided the nurturing environment that gave birth to San Jose Japantown?
Join us in an ongoing series to discover the historic and cultural treasures of the San Jose Japantown community through the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown Augmented Reality Art Project

Mark your calendar for Episode 2 of Hidden Histories!Saturday, July 25, 2020 @ 1-2PM PDT
07/03/2020

Mark your calendar for Episode 2 of Hidden Histories!

Saturday, July 25, 2020 @ 1-2PM PDT

The second episode of the “Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown” series will explore the little known history of Japnt...
06/30/2020

The second episode of the “Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown” series will explore the little known history of Japntown’s Chinese American roots. Please come join us on July 25th!

06/06/2020
Discovering the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown

Join us to discover the historic and cultural treasures of the San Jose Japantown community.

In this first episode, you'll find out, "What is the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown" project and how will it extend the exhibition space outside the walls of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose?"

06/06/2020

Event will start in 30 minutes, look forward to seeing you then!

06/05/2020

Join us to discover the historic and cultural treasures of the San Jose Japantown community.

In this first episode, you'll find out, "What is the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown" project and how will it extend the exhibition space outside the walls of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose?"

This Saturday (June 6, 2020) at 1pm, JAMsj will host Episode 1 of the series "Discovering the Hidden Histories of San Jo...
06/03/2020

This Saturday (June 6, 2020) at 1pm, JAMsj will host Episode 1 of the series "Discovering the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown" via a livestream on the JAMsj page.

To watch the stream, please "like" and bookmark the page to watch the stream: https://www.facebook.com/JAMsjOfficial

If you have old family documents written in Japanese and would like help with translating them, please contact Kay Ueda ...
05/20/2020

If you have old family documents written in Japanese and would like help with translating them, please contact Kay Ueda from the Stanford University Hoover Institution. Please see the attached flyer for her contact information.⁣




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Congratulations, Tom!
05/18/2020
Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown

Congratulations, Tom!

Congratulations to Hidden Histories Co-Director Tom Izu, who was selected as an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honoree by Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). This video clip shows Tom being interviewed about his background and current projects by NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa.

TAKARAMONO VINTAGE AUCTION CLOSES TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM!!  Are you ready to make your final bids?  Bid to Win!! Remember, e...
05/17/2020

TAKARAMONO VINTAGE AUCTION CLOSES TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM!! Are you ready to make your final bids?
Bid to Win!! Remember, each bid allows us to tell our stories. Each bid helps us support our community. We canʻt do this without you. ** Happy Bidding! ** We wish you luck and we’ll see you online tonight!! https://takaramono2020.ggo.bid

Only THREE DAYS LEFT to bid and WE’VE ADDED SOME NEW ITEMS!  Visit us at the TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction website to see t...
05/15/2020

Only THREE DAYS LEFT to bid and WE’VE ADDED SOME NEW ITEMS! Visit us at the TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction website to see the array of JAPANESE LACQUERWARE and HANDMADE ORIGAMI GREETING CARD sets we’ve added. All DONATIONS and BIDS help JAMsj continue preserving the Japanese American history and culture for future generations. BID and BID TO WIN TODAY! Your support is truly needed at this time. We’ll be adding even more items soon, so be sure to visit us often! See you online! https://takaramono2020.ggo.bid

The vintage auction fundraiser is live and in full swing!  You can check it out and place your bid by going to this webs...
05/12/2020

The vintage auction fundraiser is live and in full swing! You can check it out and place your bid by going to this website⁣ :


https://takaramono2020.ggo.bid⁣




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Only FIVE DAYS LEFT to bid and WE’VE ADDED SOME NEW ITEMS!  If you haven’t joined in the FUN, we hope that the 30+ items...
05/12/2020

Only FIVE DAYS LEFT to bid and WE’VE ADDED SOME NEW ITEMS! If you haven’t joined in the FUN, we hope that the 30+ items of KIMONO, YUKATA, AND OBI may entice you! All DONATIONS and BIDS help JAMsj continue preserving the Japanese American history and culture for future generations. BID and BID TO WIN TODAY! Your support is truly needed at this time. We’ll be adding even more items soon, so be sure to visit us often! See you online! https://takaramono2020.ggo.bid

The Vintage Auction is NOW OPEN!  Join us online for 10 DAYS of FUN supporting JAMsj programs and operations!  Every pie...
05/08/2020

The Vintage Auction is NOW OPEN! Join us online for 10 DAYS of FUN supporting JAMsj programs and operations! Every piece tells a story of preservation, beauty and gratitude. We’re so excited to see you online! We have more to add over the next few days, so BE SURE TO REGISTER to get updates! CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!
https://takaramono2020.ggo.bid

ARE YOU READY?  BIDDING BEGINS TOMORROW AT 10:00 AM!!PREVIEW AND REGISTER NOW!  https://bit.ly/35i97U9
05/08/2020

ARE YOU READY? BIDDING BEGINS TOMORROW AT 10:00 AM!!
PREVIEW AND REGISTER NOW! https://bit.ly/35i97U9

05/07/2020
NHK Ceramic Treasures - Arita-yaki

TAKARAMONO: A VINTAGE AUCTION FUNDRAISER
OPENS TOMORROW, Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00 am
Click Here to Register! https://bit.ly/35i97U9

The First Porcelain produced in Japan, ARITA-YAKI has been a pioneer in ceramics culture for 405 years. A departure from earthenware ceramics, the purity of the white clay made ARITA-YAKI porcelain a treasured art form traded and commissioned along with cherished spices, and other valuables, on the ocean trade routes of Europe and Asia. ARITA-YAKI has been depicting the everyday beauty of Kyushu for over 15 generations.

TAKARAMONO HAS A RARE FULL 78 PIECE SET available! BID AND BID TO WIN!! 100% of proceeds help support JAMsj programs and operations.

For a deeper appreciation of ARITA-YAKI, and why you might want to own this amazing dinner-ware collection, here is a wonderful video about the history, the place and the art form of ARITA-YAKI.

NHK, the national Japanese TV organization, has broadcasted an unvaluable series on some of the major ceramics techniques of Japan. As these videos seem diff...

#GivingTuesdayNow is a worldwide global day of giving and unity, created as an emergency response to the unprecedented n...
05/05/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a worldwide global day of giving and unity, created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need created by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

JAMsj needs your support more than ever! JAMsj is continuously thinking how to re-engage our many volunteers, senior and youth activity gatherings, public educational and recreational programs, school visits, and arts and cultural exhibitions. We can’t wait for our doors to open again.

Until then, we ask if you could donate or support, whatever your reach may be. Our Vintage Online Auction begins this Friday. On the auction website, we’ve offered many ways to engage our community! Click to Donate and register today! https://bit.ly/35i97U9

Enjoy the beautiful warm weather with a walk around San Jose Japantown and stop by the @jamsjofficial parking lot to see...
05/04/2020

Enjoy the beautiful warm weather with a walk around San Jose Japantown and stop by the @jamsjofficial parking lot to see the newly completed chalk art drawing by JAMsj volunteer, Momo Cha @oolongxcha! ⁣


⁣Thank you, Momo, for the wonderful art work! ⁣




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How to Participate:⁣⁣⁣⁣CLICK HERE (https://bit.ly/35i97U9) to Register Today⁣⁣⁣⁣Watch our page and emails for f...
05/03/2020

How to Participate:⁣


⁣CLICK HERE (https://bit.ly/35i97U9) to Register Today⁣


⁣Watch our page and emails for featured items and updates⁣


⁣Share our FB page and ask friends and family to register to support a great cause⁣


⁣Shop and Start Bidding on May 8th⁣
⁣Bid High. 100% of All Proceeds Support JAMsj Programs⁣
⁣Win!⁣


⁣May 6, 2020 - TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction Preview Opens Online⁣


⁣May 8, 2020 @ 10:00AM PDT - AUCTION BIDDING OPENS⁣


⁣MAY 9 - 17, 2020 - BIDDING MAGIC HAPPENS⁣


⁣MAY 17, 2020 @ 8:00PM PDT - AUCTION BIDDING CLOSES⁣


⁣MAY 18, 2020 - WINNERS NOTIFIED

Street artist Momo Cha is drawing at the JAMsj parking lot today. Also a JAMsj volunteer, Momo wanted to create somethin...
05/02/2020

Street artist Momo Cha is drawing at the JAMsj parking lot today. Also a JAMsj volunteer, Momo wanted to create something special for the Japantown community during these difficult times. @oolongxcha

Weʻre so excited for you to join us online for our first ever TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction. This amazing collection of vin...
04/27/2020

Weʻre so excited for you to join us online for our first ever TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction. This amazing collection of vintage treasures have sparked laughter and awe within our auction team as we uncovered the history, origins and uses for these beautiful items that bring us so much joy. Youʻll find antiques, kimono attire, framed prints, books and media, and some specialty and rare items that JAMsj is known for. We hope you find some curiosity, laughter and memories in these items as we did. More information to come very soon. In the meantime, save the date and be ready to bid next Friday, May 8th! We canʻt wait to see you online!

Dear Friends, as our Japantown community quietly awaits reconnection, we reflect on the importance of gathering and pres...
04/24/2020

Dear Friends, as our Japantown community quietly awaits reconnection, we reflect on the importance of gathering and preserving the beauty and stories of our Japanese American history. On May 8th, 2020, JAMsj will be holding Takaramono, our first ever online Vintage Auction as a way to reconnect with our community, and ask, if you are able, to support the museum in a big way. Each of these auction items carries a story of our past and reminds us of the strength of those who came before us. Your support of this fundraiser will help us weather this storm and stay in touch until we are able to see each other again. Save the date! More information to come soon. You can also visit our website for updates www.jamsj.org. We hope you all are safe and healthy, and we truly look forward to seeing you online in just two weeks!!

04/18/2020
Don’t forget to join us today starting at 1:00PM PDT for our first ever FB Live event!  We will be presenting the Manabu...
04/18/2020

Don’t forget to join us today starting at 1:00PM PDT for our first ever FB Live event! We will be presenting the Manabu Project: Preserving the Lessons from our Japanese American Elders with Diana Tsuchida of @tessakuproject .

Join JAMsj this Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 1:00-2:30PM PDT for our first ever FB Live event being hosted on our FB pa...
04/13/2020

Join JAMsj this Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 1:00-2:30PM PDT for our first ever FB Live event being hosted on our FB page!

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, JAMsj will now be hosting a livestream of Manabu Project: Preserving the Lessons Fr...
04/08/2020

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, JAMsj will now be hosting a livestream of Manabu Project: Preserving the Lessons From Our Japanese American Elders, available to watch on the JAMsj page. This virtual public program is a celebration of the culmination of JAMsj's year-long work on the Manabu Oral History Project, made possible with funds from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. Over the past year and a half, JAMsj has been able to transcribe over 20 previously recorded interviews and conduct a dozen new oral histories at the museum. Each oral history covers the interviewee's recollections of their family's WWII experience, and their unique ties to the Bay Area. ⁣

This livestream will be hosted on the JAMsj page and will walk viewers through the newly created oral history page. Manabu project manager and Tessaku creator, Diana Tsuchida, will lead viewers through project highlights, video clips and findings from these oral histories, followed by a brief Q&A and discussion with grant participant, Richard Yamashiro, who was in Manzanar. Please “like” and bookmark the page to watch the stream: https://www.facebook.com/JAMsjOfficial⁣

Viewers are encouraged to participate with questions for the JAMsj team and Richard at any point. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this unprecedented moment - the health of our elders and community is our number one priority! ⁣

How to Watch and Participate:Visit https://www.facebook.com/JAMsjOfficial/ at 1:00PM PDT on April 18th, 2020 to watch the livestream. Please be sure to “Like” the page to get any alerts!

Timeline Photos
04/03/2020

Timeline Photos

03/20/2020
Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown

New video from Hidden Histories!

Could you read backwards Chinese? Mrs. Takaichi had to read backwards characters as she painstakingly set each piece of type to print Chinese lottery tickets. The late Dr. Tokio Ishikawa remembers 248 East Jackson Street (currently Banana Crepe) in the 1920s, when it was the location of the Peter M. Takaichi Printing Company and the Ishikawa Dry Goods Store. The building is probably the location of one of the earliest Japanese-operated businesses on Jackson Street, Hokubei & Company, which opened in 1906.

Learn more about this and other historic gems through Hidden Histories, an exciting Augmented Reality art project in San Jose Japantown. We will be commissioning nine new works of art that will be placed throughout Japantown.

Presented by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose through the auspices of a grant from the Knight Foundation. Project Leads Susan Hayase and @Tom Izu. Video by Curt Fukuda.

03/19/2020
Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown

Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown

Hi everyone! While you're cooped up protecting yourself from COVID-19, the Hidden Histories team will be providing you with treasured stories about San Jose Japantown. We hope this will bring a deeper understanding and appreciation of our beloved neighborhood, which we look forward to enjoying and exploring again when our shelter-in-place orders are lifted!

In this video, Connie Young Yu, writer, historian, and lecturer, talks about the changing Japantown and its roots in Heinlenville, one of the San Jose Chinatowns. Connie is a member of the Advisory Panel for Hidden Histories, an exciting Augmented Reality art project in San Jose Japantown.

Presented by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose through the auspices of a grant from the Knight Foundation. Project directors: Tom Izu and Susan Hayase. Video by Curt Fukuda

In conjunction with the opening of the “New” Shane Sato Photo Exhibit featuring photos from his second book "The Go For ...
03/10/2020

In conjunction with the opening of the “New” Shane Sato Photo Exhibit featuring photos from his second book "The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy Vol 2" in the JAMsj Rotating Exhibit area, JAMsj will show the documentary "Citizen Tanouye". —————————- This documentary follows the three-day journey of eight ethnically diverse students as they search for clues to uncover the lost story of local World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient Technical Sgt. Ted Tanouye of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Writer and Director Robert Horsting will be at the screening to discuss his inspiring film. RSVP: Please RSVP to: [email protected] or call (408) 294-3138 https://ift.tt/2TOA5NK

In conjunction with the opening of the “New” Shane Sato Photo Exhibit featuring photos from his second book "The Go For ...
03/10/2020

In conjunction with the opening of the “New” Shane Sato Photo Exhibit featuring photos from his second book "The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy Vol 2" in the JAMsj Rotating Exhibit area, JAMsj will show the documentary "Citizen Tanouye".
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This documentary follows the three-day journey of eight ethnically diverse students as they search for clues to uncover the lost story of local World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient Technical Sgt. Ted Tanouye of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Writer and Director Robert Horsting will be at the screening to discuss his inspiring film.

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

It is internship application season right now! Check out the JCCsj website and apply to the Nikkei Community Internship ...
03/06/2020

It is internship application season right now! Check out the JCCsj website and apply to the Nikkei Community Internship program. This is an eight week internship geared toward college-aged youth who are interested in learning about and getting more involved in the Japanese American community. . . Application deadline is March 29, 2020. ... You can fill out at application at this website : https://ift.tt/2vCxrmi https://ift.tt/32VI53H

It is internship application season right now!  Check out the JCCsj website and apply to the Nikkei Community Internship...
03/06/2020

It is internship application season right now! Check out the JCCsj website and apply to the Nikkei Community Internship program. This is an eight week internship geared toward college-aged youth who are interested in learning about and getting more involved in the Japanese American community.
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Application deadline is March 29, 2020.
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You can fill out at application at this website : https://forms.gle/n7dC9LnR1WNAvuyE8

Come to JAMsj on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 1-3PM to hear Pam Yoshida speak about the history and traditions of Hinamat...
03/06/2020

Come to JAMsj on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 1-3PM to hear Pam Yoshida speak about the history and traditions of Hinamatsuri Girl's Day Dolls. See the exhibit of beautiful Hinamatsuri dolls on display, too!

RSVP requested for the March 7th, 2020 Hinamatsuri Girl’s Day Dolls Presentation:
[email protected] or call (408) 294-3138 @ Japanese American Museum of San Jose

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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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Just a reminder to check your items when they arrive, if you had the auction items shipped. The lid and cups are in good shape, but I'll have to see about getting the spout reattached, unfortunately. It's still better than the one I made in ceramics class though! That one I can't even pour from because the hole for the spout closed up and I didn't notice it before it got fired😅😅 Whoops!
Help us build a San Jose Budokan by SEIWAKAI KARATE of SILICON VALLEY -
If you are looking for a kids oriented video with Japanese. you might like this
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!