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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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!

TAKARAMONO 2021 AUCTIONCLICK HERE and BID TO WIN TODAY!  www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021The indisputable quality o...
04/17/2021

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

The indisputable quality of Nombu Cast Ironware is upheld by the hands of a craftsman called Kamashi. Their spirit and craftsmanship, which blow a breath of life into iron, have been passed down from their predecessors for generations.

Learn more about IWACHU, their 120 year history and how Nombu Cast Ironware has been revered and treasured widely decades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HcWCVO8IH8&t=305s

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

The indisputable quality of Nombu Cast Ironware is upheld by the hands of a craftsman called Kamashi. Their spirit and craftsmanship, which blow a breath of life into iron, have been passed down from their predecessors for generations.

Learn more about IWACHU, their 120 year history and how Nombu Cast Ironware has been revered and treasured widely decades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HcWCVO8IH8&t=305s

This Hikari “Farm To Table” Tour and Culinary Experience is priceless!  Hikari Farms is an organic greenhouse operation ...
04/15/2021

This Hikari “Farm To Table” Tour and Culinary Experience is priceless! Hikari Farms is an organic greenhouse operation in Watsonville, CA, that specializes in Asian greens and Japanese cucumbers. Formerly the Akira Nagamine Nursery, Hikari Farms grew from the life long farming traditions of Japan including some heirloom crops native to 95 year old Akira Nagamine's prefectural roots in Kagoshima, Japan. You and 7 of your friends will enjoy an exclusive tour of the Hikari certified organic farm led by founder and manager, Dr. Janet Nagamine and enjoy a delectable lunch hosted by the family.

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

This Hikari “Farm To Table” Tour and Culinary Experience is priceless! Hikari Farms is an organic greenhouse operation in Watsonville, CA, that specializes in Asian greens and Japanese cucumbers. Formerly the Akira Nagamine Nursery, Hikari Farms grew from the life long farming traditions of Japan including some heirloom crops native to 95 year old Akira Nagamine's prefectural roots in Kagoshima, Japan. You and 7 of your friends will enjoy an exclusive tour of the Hikari certified organic farm led by founder and manager, Dr. Janet Nagamine and enjoy a delectable lunch hosted by the family.

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

"Virtual Tour of Manzanar Historic Site” via Zoom WebinarJCCNC/JBA along with Japanese American Museum of San Jose and t...
04/14/2021

"Virtual Tour of Manzanar Historic Site” via Zoom Webinar
JCCNC/JBA along with Japanese American Museum of San Jose and the Manzanar National Historic Site will present this Webinar.
What kind of life did Japanese Americans have in the Manzanar Incarceration camp with a climate that was harsh and unsuitable for people to live in. The Manzanar National Historic Superintendent along with the Board President of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose will share a presentation about the camp, which housed more than 10,000 people from 1942 to 1945. After the tour we will have Q&A.

Event details: April 16th (Friday) 5:00PM-6:30PM

Registration Link
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ziRHm14WRD-kFyQBog8YQg

"Virtual Tour of Manzanar Historic Site” via Zoom Webinar
JCCNC/JBA along with Japanese American Museum of San Jose and the Manzanar National Historic Site will present this Webinar.
What kind of life did Japanese Americans have in the Manzanar Incarceration camp with a climate that was harsh and unsuitable for people to live in. The Manzanar National Historic Superintendent along with the Board President of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose will share a presentation about the camp, which housed more than 10,000 people from 1942 to 1945. After the tour we will have Q&A.

Event details: April 16th (Friday) 5:00PM-6:30PM

Registration Link
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ziRHm14WRD-kFyQBog8YQg

Good news, the application deadline has been extended to April 25, 2021!  You now have an extra week to apply!Are you a ...
04/12/2021

Good news, the application deadline has been extended to April 25, 2021! You now have an extra week to apply!

Are you a College, University or recent graduate and interested in the San Jose Japantown Community? Would you like to meet community leaders and elected officials? Do you like interacting with other people with similar ambitions? If so, apply for the Nikkei Community Internship for a paid eight week internship program.

For more information and to apply visit the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose Website: https://www.jcc-sj.org/programs

Good news, the application deadline has been extended to April 25, 2021! You now have an extra week to apply!

Are you a College, University or recent graduate and interested in the San Jose Japantown Community? Would you like to meet community leaders and elected officials? Do you like interacting with other people with similar ambitions? If so, apply for the Nikkei Community Internship for a paid eight week internship program.

For more information and to apply visit the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose Website: https://www.jcc-sj.org/programs

Every piece tells a story of preservation, beauty and gratitude.  We’re so excited to see you online!  10 days of auctio...
04/10/2021

Every piece tells a story of preservation, beauty and gratitude. We’re so excited to see you online!
10 days of auction fun begins today! We have more items to add during the week, so BE SURE TO REGISTER to get updates!

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED! www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

Every piece tells a story of preservation, beauty and gratitude. We’re so excited to see you online!
10 days of auction fun begins today! We have more items to add during the week, so BE SURE TO REGISTER to get updates!

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED! www.charityauction.bid/Takaramono2021

The stories of our past challenge us to create a betterfuture.  We must stand together as one community,and let our voi...
04/09/2021

The stories of our past challenge us to create a better
future. We must stand together as one community,
and let our voices be heard. Please join us.
#stopasianhate

JAMsj is excited to bring you our second TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction Fundraiser online April 10-19, 2021! It’s our way of...
04/04/2021

JAMsj is excited to bring you our second TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction Fundraiser online April 10-19, 2021! It’s our way of staying connected, sharing our love of ‘cherished’ items, and raising well needed funds while our museum is closed. We are thankful for your support and hope you’ll join us online to shop, bid and donate!

Proceeds from this auction will help JAMsj with operational costs and virtual programming during this time of Covid-19 shut down. Your participation and generous contributions help the museum to fulfill its mission: To collect, preserve and share Japanese American history, culture and art with a focus on the greater Bay Area.

www.charityauction.bid/takaramono2021

JAMsj is excited to bring you our second TAKARAMONO Vintage Auction Fundraiser online April 10-19, 2021! It’s our way of staying connected, sharing our love of ‘cherished’ items, and raising well needed funds while our museum is closed. We are thankful for your support and hope you’ll join us online to shop, bid and donate!

Proceeds from this auction will help JAMsj with operational costs and virtual programming during this time of Covid-19 shut down. Your participation and generous contributions help the museum to fulfill its mission: To collect, preserve and share Japanese American history, culture and art with a focus on the greater Bay Area.

www.charityauction.bid/takaramono2021

Check out the new Hidden Histories video on YouTube about how to play Hanafuda!
04/03/2021
Hanafuda Workshop

Check out the new Hidden Histories video on YouTube about how to play Hanafuda!

The Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown presents an informal introduction workshop on how to play Hanafuda (Japanese "flower cards"). Hear the history of ...

There is still time to apply!  Are you a College, University or recent graduate and interested in the San Jose Japantown...
03/29/2021

There is still time to apply!

Are you a College, University or recent graduate and interested in the San Jose Japantown Community? Would you like to meet community leaders and elected officials? Do you like interacting with other people with similar ambitions? If so, apply for the Nikkei Community Internship for a paid eight week internship program.

For more information and to apply visit the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose Website: https://www.jcc-sj.org/programs

There is still time to apply!

Are you a College, University or recent graduate and interested in the San Jose Japantown Community? Would you like to meet community leaders and elected officials? Do you like interacting with other people with similar ambitions? If so, apply for the Nikkei Community Internship for a paid eight week internship program.

For more information and to apply visit the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose Website: https://www.jcc-sj.org/programs

Check out the new Hidden Histories YouTube video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WtgG3aBjSMThere was a house on a farm...
03/25/2021
The Infamous "Cabbage Patch"

Check out the new Hidden Histories YouTube video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WtgG3aBjSM

There was a house on a farm where First Street intersected with the Bayshore Highway (101). You could only go there at night and you could only enter if you were Asian and passed the approval of the bouncer. This place was known as the “Cabbage Patch,” where workers could go for gambling and "entertainment."

In this video, Isidoro “Izzy” Arevalo, Leo Escalante Jr., Sally Regala, Ben Villarruz, Helen Ragsac Sanchez, and Albert “Corky” Bueno share memories of the infamous Cabbage Patch.

This is an excerpt from a program on the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown Gambling. The show will stream live at 1pm on Saturday, March 27. Register to view the free event at …

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c-_CGMkrSOmvIpzc6FZveQ

If you miss the live show, it will be recorded and posted on YouTube at a later date.

There was a house on a farm where First Street intersected with the Bayshore Highway (101). You could only go there at night and you could only enter if you ...

Next up we have Benjamin Carmona Milanes! Benjamin is a Software engineer by day and Tech Volunteer by night. He is curr...
03/17/2021

Next up we have Benjamin Carmona Milanes! Benjamin is a Software engineer by day and Tech Volunteer by night. He is currently one of our many devoted JAMsj volunteers!

When asked what building bridges means to him he explained that, "It means connection, connecting people within the community as well as with the stories of the past." He consistently tries to inspire others around him and looks to them for inspiration as well. He is always trying to find a way to innovate in his day-to-day duties while also being inclusive to others from different backgrounds and beliefs.

Thank you so much for all your hard work Benjamin!

The Young Professional’s Network, YPN, associated with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, has collaborated with t...
03/16/2021

The Young Professional’s Network, YPN, associated with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, has collaborated with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC) to organize a panel titled "Young Professional’s Career Day" held via Zoom. The aim of this panel is to expose young professionals to a variety of career opportunities centered around Japanese and Japanese American professionals.

Event: March 20, 2021 at 10-11AM PDT

If you would like to learn more about this event or YPN in general feel free to email us!

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeF-S0INCJZGtLjly61qNpW85gYzCPaXievM0HUvL3kgIY-Fg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: [email protected]

The Young Professional’s Network, YPN, associated with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, has collaborated with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC) to organize a panel titled "Young Professional’s Career Day" held via Zoom. The aim of this panel is to expose young professionals to a variety of career opportunities centered around Japanese and Japanese American professionals.

Event: March 20, 2021 at 10-11AM PDT

If you would like to learn more about this event or YPN in general feel free to email us!

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeF-S0INCJZGtLjly61qNpW85gYzCPaXievM0HUvL3kgIY-Fg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Email: [email protected]

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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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!
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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!