JAMsj E-Newsletter
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
August 2008 - Vol 1, Issue 1
In This Issue
The New JAMsj
Why Are We Involved?
Art Object Gallery Exhibition
Midori Kai Boutique
Spirit of Japantown
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Calendar
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The New Japanese American Museum of San Jose
A New and Exciting San Jose Attraction

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If you drive by our 5th Street location in San Jose's Japantown, you will notice that the new building construction is well under way. We plan to open the doors to the new Museum, which will resemble a rural Japanese farm house, early in 2009.  This new Japantown attraction will feature 6400 square feet of interior space, allowing us to significantly expand our exhibit space and community event areas. Read more...
Why Are We Involved?
photo: Jimi Yamaichi
Become a Part of the New JAMsj

The mission of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) is to preserve and disseminate the culture and history of Japanese Americans. Our Museum presents powerful stories that speak to all of us. These stories are very relevant today as they tell us how an immigrant community struggled to establish a foothold in a new country and withstood internment and the loss of civil liberties.  These issues are directly related to the key question of what it means to be an American.

I am asking you to become a part of our vision in preserving this great American story. Please consider donating to the JAMsj construction efforts and help make our dream a reality.
--- Jimi Yamaichi, JAMsj Director and Museum Curator

"Who will continue to tell the stories of the Japanese American experience?"
-- Bill Hosokawa, famed journalist, author, and civil rights activist

Bill Hosokawa, famed Denver Post editor, author, civil rights activist and recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's 2007 Civil Rights Award, visited JAMsj four years ago. Upon entering the barrack room, he tearfully stated, "This is just like the real thing! How will future generations know of the great struggles of my generation?" Sadly, Mr. Hosokawa passed away recently, not knowing if JAMsj could continue telling the stories of his generation.

We are currently at a critical stage of our capital campaign as we are trying to obtain funding to complete our Museum for an early 2009 grand-opening.  Several of the JAMsj Board Members have such great passion and dedication towards this vision that they have put themselves in personal financial hardship so that our community can benefit from this great educational and cultural institution. Please consider helping us with your time or with your donations to our capital campaign. Donation packets and volunteer information can be obtained by contacting the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138. Donations also accepted online on the JAMsj website: www.jamsj.org.
                                                                                                           --- JAMsj Board
JTown Beat: Honoring the San Jose Fire Department
Photo: Art Object Exhibit
A reception to honor the
San Jose Fire Department

3:00pm-6:00pm, Sunday, Aug 10th
592 North Fifth Street,
San Jose, CA   95112

You are cordially invited to join the ArtObjectGallery and members of the Japantown Community in recognizing the tremendous efforts of the San Jose Fire Department during the tragic fire at 580 North 5th Street on November 28th, 2007. Their response to the fire prevented the loss of a significant portion of the heart of our community.

Please RSVP (ken@artobjectgallery.com, 408-288-9305) by Aug 6th.

For more information about this event and how you can give donations to the San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation, click here.
Midori Kai Boutique
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Midori Kai Boutique
9a.m. - 4p.m.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Mountain View Buddhist Temple
Boutique website

Midori Kai, Inc., a non-profit professional business women's organization, will host their eight annual fundraiser boutique on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 80 vendors, including JAMsj, will showcase unique Asian arts and crafts, jewelry, clothes, pottery, and food items.

San Francisco actor, poet and playwright, Hiroshi Kashiwagi will be signing his books from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  He is the author of Swimming in the American:  A Memoir and Selected Writings and his recently published Shoe Box Plays.  Also, Aloha Nani Hula will be performing from 10:00-10:30am.
Spirit of Japantown Festival
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10 am to 6 pm, Saturday, October 4th, 2008
San Jose Japantown

San Jose Japantown is one of the last three major Japantowns that remain in the United States. JAMsj will again be at this colorful festival that celebrates the diverse character of Japantown. Visit the festival website listed above for more information on all of the exciting activites, entertainment and exhibitions that will be featured at the festival.

JAMsjis proud to sponsor the Arts and Crafts section of the festival. If you are an Arts and Crafts vendor and would like to participate, please contact Eva Yamamoto (evayama@sbcglobal.net) as soon as possible.  If you would like to buy Spirit of Japantown raffle tickets to support this festival, please contact the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138.
Volunteer Opportunities
VolunteersAs we get ready for our grand opening early next year, we will need many more volunteers to help with various activities. Help is desired in many different areas such as docenting, office and gift shop administration, IT, grant writing, exhibit and event preparation, videography, facility maintenance among other duties. Click here for more information on our exciting opportunities.

JAMsj volunteers are requested immediately for all of the events that are listed in this E-Newsletter.

We are also training new docents to assist tour leaders on the popular Japantown Historical Walks. No previous experience is required and we are simply seeking enthusiastic volunteers who want to learn more about the history, culture and traditions of Japantown.

Become a part of the JAMsj family as we enter this exciting period! Contact Barbara Sakakihara at barbsaka@comcast.net or the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138.

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Japanese American Museum in San Jose (JAMsj)
535 North Fifth Street,
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: 408-294-3138
Email: mail@jamsj.org