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.
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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.

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Congratulations to all of the Honorees and especially Rich Saito for all you do for the community and Japantown!
06/05/2021

Congratulations to all of the Honorees and especially Rich Saito for all you do for the community and Japantown!

This Saturday May 29, JAMsj and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program will host a panel discussi...
05/27/2021

This Saturday May 29, JAMsj and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program will host a panel discussion on “What it means to be Asian American” featuring current and past members of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Court.

The panelists include current court members Queen Kelly Noelani Eshima, First Princess Akiko Jacqueline Bates, Princess Ashlyn Sumiko Hom and past court members Kelli Sum and Nicole Harada. Adena Ishii from JAMsj will moderate.

When: Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

RSVP/Registration: https://bit.ly/3aWxevB

Admission: Free, but we welcome donations to help support JAMsj and programs like this

Join us on Saturday, May 29 for a Zoom webinar panel discussion on “What it Means to be Asian American” featuring curren...
05/23/2021

Join us on Saturday, May 29 for a Zoom webinar panel discussion on “What it Means to be Asian American” featuring current and past members of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Court.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Court has volunteered at the JAMsj Undokai (formally known as Health Sports and Culture Day) children's event.

When: Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

RSVP/Registration: https://bit.ly/3aWxevB

Admission: Free, but we welcome donations to help support JAMsj and programs like this

For more info, please email: [email protected]

Join us on Saturday, May 29 for a Zoom webinar panel discussion on “What it Means to be Asian American” featuring current and past members of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Court.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Court has volunteered at the JAMsj Undokai (formally known as Health Sports and Culture Day) children's event.

When: Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

RSVP/Registration: https://bit.ly/3aWxevB

Admission: Free, but we welcome donations to help support JAMsj and programs like this

For more info, please email: [email protected]

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 21, 2021 from 5:00-6:00PM for Charitable Giving from A to Z, a complimentary, informationa...
05/20/2021

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 21, 2021 from 5:00-6:00PM for Charitable Giving from A to Z, a complimentary, informational workshop, designed specifically to address the benefits of charitable giving. Mark Yamamoto from New York Life Insurance Company and a registered representative will discuss the following topics:
-The benefits to you and the charity of making charitable gifts
-How income tax deductions may reduce the cost of giving
-How life insurance can be a powerful charitable planning tool
-How to create and maximize a lifetime income stream with gifts to charity

Cost: Free

Zoom Webinar Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G9H5mfkNRSuSpzpJqZ-pWw

Do you miss cooking with friends, eating Japanese food, or trying your hand at a new Japanese dish?A member and coach fo...
05/19/2021

Do you miss cooking with friends, eating Japanese food, or trying your hand at a new Japanese dish?

A member and coach for the JAMsj YPN (Young Professional Network), who lived in Japan for 4 years, is going to teach you how to make the easiest Tamagoyaki (rolled Japanese egg) with just 3 simple ingredients - a recipe taught by one of her closest friends from the countryside in Japan!

Date/Time:
Sunday May 30, 2021
6:00PM PDT (start time + cooking demo)
6:30PM PDT (social event)

Cost:
FREE

Registration Link:
https://forms.gle/49CHxV6QmyH5Lu679

Do you miss cooking with friends, eating Japanese food, or trying your hand at a new Japanese dish?

A member and coach for the JAMsj YPN (Young Professional Network), who lived in Japan for 4 years, is going to teach you how to make the easiest Tamagoyaki (rolled Japanese egg) with just 3 simple ingredients - a recipe taught by one of her closest friends from the countryside in Japan!

Date/Time:
Sunday May 30, 2021
6:00PM PDT (start time + cooking demo)
6:30PM PDT (social event)

Cost:
FREE

Registration Link:
https://forms.gle/49CHxV6QmyH5Lu679

JAMsj and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program are excited to announce a panel discussion with ...
05/18/2021

JAMsj and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program are excited to announce a panel discussion with current and past members of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Court on “What it Means to be Asian American”. The event will be held via a Zoom Webinar.

The panelists include current court members Queen Kelly Noelani Eshima, First Princess Akiko Jacqueline Bates, Princess Ashlyn Sumiko Hom and past court members Kelli Sum and Nicole Harada. Adena Ishii from JAMsj will moderate.

Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

RSVP/Registration: https://bit.ly/3aWxevB

Admission: Free, but we welcome donations to help support JAMsj and programs like this

For more info, please email: [email protected]

JAMsj and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program are excited to announce a panel discussion with current and past members of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Court on “What it Means to be Asian American”. The event will be held via a Zoom Webinar.

The panelists include current court members Queen Kelly Noelani Eshima, First Princess Akiko Jacqueline Bates, Princess Ashlyn Sumiko Hom and past court members Kelli Sum and Nicole Harada. Adena Ishii from JAMsj will moderate.

Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

RSVP/Registration: https://bit.ly/3aWxevB

Admission: Free, but we welcome donations to help support JAMsj and programs like this

For more info, please email: [email protected]

You are invited to attend Charitable Giving from A to Z, a complimentary, informational workshop, designed specifically ...
05/15/2021

You are invited to attend Charitable Giving from A to Z, a complimentary, informational workshop, designed specifically to address the benefits of charitable giving. Mark Yamamoto from New York Life Insurance Company and a registered representative will discuss the following topics:
-The benefits to you and the charity of making charitable gifts
-How income tax deductions may reduce the cost of giving
-How life insurance can be a powerful charitable planning tool
-How to create and maximize a lifetime income stream with gifts to charity

Friday, May 21, 2021 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Zoom Webinar Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G9H5mfkNRSuSpzpJqZ-pWw

JUST ANNOUNCED!Do you miss cooking with friends, eating Japanese food, or trying your hand at a new Japanese dish?A memb...
05/14/2021

JUST ANNOUNCED!

Do you miss cooking with friends, eating Japanese food, or trying your hand at a new Japanese dish?

A member and coach for the JAMsj YPN (Young Professional Network), who lived in Japan for 4 years, is going to teach you how to make the easiest Tamagoyaki (rolled Japanese egg) with just 3 simple ingredients - a recipe taught by one of her closest friends from the countryside in Japan!

Date/Time:
Sunday May 30, 2021
6:00PM PDT (start time + cooking demo)
6:30PM PDT (social event)

Cost: FREE

Registration Link:
https://forms.gle/49CHxV6QmyH5Lu679

JUST ANNOUNCED!

Do you miss cooking with friends, eating Japanese food, or trying your hand at a new Japanese dish?

A member and coach for the JAMsj YPN (Young Professional Network), who lived in Japan for 4 years, is going to teach you how to make the easiest Tamagoyaki (rolled Japanese egg) with just 3 simple ingredients - a recipe taught by one of her closest friends from the countryside in Japan!

Date/Time:
Sunday May 30, 2021
6:00PM PDT (start time + cooking demo)
6:30PM PDT (social event)

Cost: FREE

Registration Link:
https://forms.gle/49CHxV6QmyH5Lu679

Check out the new Hidden Histories video about the 1935 baseball game between the San Jose Asahi vs Tokyo Giants!
05/14/2021
San Jose Asahi vs Tokyo Giants

Check out the new Hidden Histories video about the 1935 baseball game between the San Jose Asahi vs Tokyo Giants!

“You know, my grandfather once got a hit off Victor Starffin of the Tokyo Giants,” remarked Jeff Hayamizu to author/historian Ralph M. Pearce. Ralph was surp...

Tomorrow, May 11 at 5:00pm PDT, is Densho's official book launch of "Facing the Mountain", a new book about WWII Japanes...
05/10/2021

Tomorrow, May 11 at 5:00pm PDT, is Densho's official book launch of "Facing the Mountain", a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown, NY Times bestselling author of "The Boys in the Boat".

The virtual event will feature a conversation between Brown and Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda, who has conducted oral histories with many of the men highlighted in the book. Register today for this free event!
https://densho.org/mountain/

Tomorrow, May 11 at 5:00pm PDT, is Densho's official book launch of "Facing the Mountain", a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown, NY Times bestselling author of "The Boys in the Boat".

The virtual event will feature a conversation between Brown and Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda, who has conducted oral histories with many of the men highlighted in the book. Register today for this free event!
https://densho.org/mountain/

Nikkei Matsuri 2021’s virtual festival ends tomorrow May 9.  The festival's goal is to preserve and promote Japanese Ame...
05/08/2021

Nikkei Matsuri 2021’s virtual festival ends tomorrow May 9.

The festival's goal is to preserve and promote Japanese American culture through programs, education, and outreach. 'Nikkei' means Japanese American, and 'Matsuri' means Festival!

To help support our community and for more information about Nikkei Matsuri 2021, please visit https://nikkeimatsuri.org/

Join Densho on May 11 at 5:00pm PDT for the official launch of "Facing the Mountain", a new book about WWII Japanese Ame...
05/06/2021
Facing the Mountain Virtual Book Launch - Densho: Japanese American Incarceration and Japanese Internment

Join Densho on May 11 at 5:00pm PDT for the official launch of "Facing the Mountain", a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown, NY Times bestselling author of "The Boys in the Boat".

The virtual event will feature a conversation between Brown and Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda, who has conducted oral histories with many of the men highlighted in the book. Register today for this free event!
https://densho.org/mountain/

Join Densho on May 11 for the official book launch of Facing the Mountain, a new book about WWII incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown.

Nikkei Matsuri's 43rd festival has gone virtual for 2021!  The festival runs through May 9th, 2021. The festival's goal ...
05/05/2021

Nikkei Matsuri's 43rd festival has gone virtual for 2021! The festival runs through May 9th, 2021.

The festival's goal is to preserve and promote Japanese American culture through programs, education, and outreach. 'Nikkei' means Japanese American, and 'Matsuri' means Festival!

Explore the exhibits of our cultural contributors, view performances, shop with our artisans, and learn about our community nonprofit organizations through our virtual festival. You can also find out about the many community organizations and activities throughout the Bay Area’s Japanese American community. Please visit https://nikkeimatsuri.org/

Nikkei Matsuri's 43rd festival has gone virtual for 2021! The festival runs through May 9th, 2021.

The festival's goal is to preserve and promote Japanese American culture through programs, education, and outreach. 'Nikkei' means Japanese American, and 'Matsuri' means Festival!

Explore the exhibits of our cultural contributors, view performances, shop with our artisans, and learn about our community nonprofit organizations through our virtual festival. You can also find out about the many community organizations and activities throughout the Bay Area’s Japanese American community. Please visit https://nikkeimatsuri.org/

You are invited to attend Charitable Giving from A to Z, a complimentary, informational workshop, designed specifically ...
05/04/2021

You are invited to attend Charitable Giving from A to Z, a complimentary, informational workshop, designed specifically to address the benefits of charitable giving. Mark Yamamoto from New York Life Insurance Company and a registered representative will discuss the following topics:
-The benefits to you and the charity of making charitable gifts
-How income tax deductions may reduce the cost of giving
-How life insurance can be a powerful charitable planning tool
-How to create and maximize a lifetime income stream with gifts to charity

Friday, May 21, 2021 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Zoom Webinar Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G9H5mfkNRSuSpzpJqZ-pWw

You are invited to attend Charitable Giving from A to Z, a complimentary, informational workshop, designed specifically to address the benefits of charitable giving. Mark Yamamoto from New York Life Insurance Company and a registered representative will discuss the following topics:
-The benefits to you and the charity of making charitable gifts
-How income tax deductions may reduce the cost of giving
-How life insurance can be a powerful charitable planning tool
-How to create and maximize a lifetime income stream with gifts to charity

Friday, May 21, 2021 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Zoom Webinar Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G9H5mfkNRSuSpzpJqZ-pWw

Tomorrow Tuesday, May 4 is the Final Day of Give2YAK, Yu-Ai Kai’s largest annual fundraiser.  Supporting all Yu-Ai Kai p...
05/03/2021

Tomorrow Tuesday, May 4 is the Final Day of Give2YAK, Yu-Ai Kai’s largest annual fundraiser.

Supporting all Yu-Ai Kai programs and services, Give2YAK is critical to the foundation of the organization that was started over 47 years ago. Nutrition, physical and mental activities, socialization and essential workshops are just a few examples of the important work done at Yu-Ai Kai.

The distinguishing feature of the Give2YAK fundraiser is the dollar-for-dollar match provided by our Sponsors who have generously promised over $100,000 in matching funds!

Link to donate: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/2021give2yak

Tomorrow Tuesday, May 4 is the Final Day of Give2YAK, Yu-Ai Kai’s largest annual fundraiser.

Supporting all Yu-Ai Kai programs and services, Give2YAK is critical to the foundation of the organization that was started over 47 years ago. Nutrition, physical and mental activities, socialization and essential workshops are just a few examples of the important work done at Yu-Ai Kai.

The distinguishing feature of the Give2YAK fundraiser is the dollar-for-dollar match provided by our Sponsors who have generously promised over $100,000 in matching funds!

Link to donate: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/2021give2yak

Our TAKARAMONO 2021 Auction is now closed. Thank you for all your bids, your donations, and shares to our friends and lo...
04/23/2021

Our TAKARAMONO 2021 Auction is now closed.

Thank you for all your bids, your donations, and shares to our friends and loved ones. You all made this auction a success!

We had over 150 bidders in our online auction community and made over $15,000!!! It’s our community that keeps us strong. We couldn't have done this without you. If you didn’t win, and would still like to support our fundraising efforts, feel free to donate here: www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

Our TAKARAMONO 2021 Auction is now closed.

Thank you for all your bids, your donations, and shares to our friends and loved ones. You all made this auction a success!

We had over 150 bidders in our online auction community and made over $15,000!!! It’s our community that keeps us strong. We couldn't have done this without you. If you didn’t win, and would still like to support our fundraising efforts, feel free to donate here: www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

TAKARAMONO VINTAGE AUCTION CLOSES TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM!!  Are you ready to make your final bids?  Place a PROXY BID and Bi...
04/19/2021

TAKARAMONO VINTAGE AUCTION CLOSES TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM!!

Are you ready to make your final bids? Place a PROXY BID and 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!!!

www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

TAKARAMONO VINTAGE AUCTION CLOSES TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM!!

Are you ready to make your final bids? Place a PROXY BID and 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!!!

www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

TAKARAMONO 2021 AUCTIONCLICK HERE and BID TO WIN TODAY!  www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021 WE’VE ADDED SOME NEW ITEM...
04/17/2021

TAKARAMONO 2021 AUCTION
CLICK HERE and BID TO WIN TODAY! www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

WE’VE ADDED SOME NEW ITEMS! JUST TWO MORE DAYS TO BID! 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. Thanks for your support!

TAKARAMONO 2021 AUCTION
CLICK HERE and BID TO WIN TODAY! www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

WE’VE ADDED SOME NEW ITEMS! JUST TWO MORE DAYS TO BID! 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. Thanks for your support!

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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 12pm - 4pm
Friday 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(408) 294-3138

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Tara Ross posted about the Purple Heart Battalion - the 100th Infantry Battalion. Click on the photo to see the roughly 350 comments on the original post, which has had over 3,000 shares as well as over 5,000 likes, etc. Amazing! https://www.facebook.com/TaraRoss.1787/photos/a.236593749775572/2751496201618635/?type=3&theater
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!