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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
September 2008 - Vol 2, Issue 1
In This Issue
Japantown Docent Training
Aki Matsuri 2008
Midori Kai Boutique
Spirit of Japantown
JAMsj Winter Boutique
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Calendar
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Photo: Dobashi market
Mr. Kawakami and son in front of the old Dobashi Market
Docent Training for
Japantown Historic Walks
Photo: Jimi leads a JTown Walk
San Jose Japantown
Historic Walks

Docent Training
Sept. 7th from 1:00 - 4:00

Have you ever driven into Japantown for lunch and wondered how this district maintained its colorful character and traditions? Were you ever curious as to how tofu was made at the San Jose Tofu Company? Did you realize that during World War II, the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin was used to store the belongings of over twenty families who had been interned and that the building suffered damage due to vandalism and arson during that time?

You can learn about San Jose's historic Japantown, one of the three major Japantowns remaining in the United States, and you can then share your knowledge with others by becoming a JAMsj Japantown docent. Aggie Idemoto, JAMsj Education Director, has created a fascinating docent training session that includes a captivating presentation by Museum Curator, Jimi Yamaichi, and as an added bonus, you will also receive Jimi's personal tour of Japantown.

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.
No commitment to volunteer is required at the time of training. Contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or
at aidemoto@comcast.net if you would like to register for this free training session or if you have any questions.
Aki Matsuri 2008
Photo: Wesley Jazz Ensemble
Aki Matsuri
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. 5th St, San Jose, CA

Event Website: www.wesleysj.net/AkiMatsuri.htm

Wesley United Methodist Church will celebrate the 76th anniversary of Aki Matsuri on Saturday, Sept 13.  Enjoy traditional Japanese American foods, games for kids, an outdoor farmer's market, arts and crafts, and other exciting activities. Visitors can enjoy entertainment featuring great local talent such as Wesley's "The 11:30 Band," the Wesley Jazz Ensemble, the Wesley Ukulele Band and San Jose Taiko. See the event website for more information.
Midori Kai Boutique
Image: midori kai postcard
Midori Kai Boutique
9 am - 4 pm
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Mountain View Buddhist Temple
Boutique website

Midori Kai, Inc., a non-profit professional business women's organization, will host their ninth 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 p.m.  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 10:00-10:30 a.m.

JAMsj volunteers are requested for this event.
Spirit of Japantown Festival
Photo: Spirit of JapantownSpirit of Japantown
10 am to 6 pm, Saturday, October 4th, 2008
San Jose Japantown

    Festival website
: www.spiritofjapantownfestival.com

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.

JAMsj is 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.  JAMsj volunteers are also requested for this event.
JAMsj Winter Boutique
Photo: Boutique
JAMsj Winter Boutique
Saturday, November 15, 2008
9 am - 4 pm JAMsj Members
10 am - 4 pm General Public
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street, San Jose
Event Website

Just in time for your holiday shopping! The 2008 JAMsj Winter Boutique will feature annual favorites including ceramic pottery, Japanese style collages, clay jewelry, clothing and accessories, vintage Japanese kimonos, Japanese folk dolls, oil paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, wooden toys, hand silk screens and many more unique items!

Raffle Prizes: 1st Prize: $1,000; 2nd Prize: $500; 3rd Prize: $300.
Plus many more prizes provided by artisans and merchants.

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.

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