JAMsj E-News
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
October 2008 - Vol 3, Issue 1
In This Issue
JAMsj Winter Boutique
Spirit of Japantown
JAMsj Educator Workshop
JAMsj Visionaries Gala
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Calendar
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Photo: Jams in Bloom
Boutique Artisan: Jams In Bloom. Black Washi with Waves -  2 bamboo sticks tied with yellow twine on an ivory card.
Artisan Website
JAMsj Winter Boutique 2008
Photo: Washi Paper by Yamaguma
Artwork by featured artisan, Michele Yamaguma

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

Boutique Artist/Vendor List:  Event Website

Photo: Classic HorseJust 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, Japanese folk dolls, oil paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, toys, and many more unique items!

This classic horse figurine, donated from the Kimoto Estate, as well as other Silent Auction items can be seen on the Winter Boutique 2008 website. Photos of sample products from more than 40 boutique vendors can also be viewed on that website.

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

Winners need not be present at the time of the drawing.

JAMsj members have the added benefit of entering the Winter Boutique an hour earlier than the general public.  If you sign up to be a member at the event, you, too, can gain early entrance privileges.
Spirit of Japantown Festival
Photo: Spirit of JapantownSpirit of Japantown
 Saturday, October 4th, 2008
10 am - 6 pm
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 activities, entertainment, and exhibitions that will be featured at the festival.

Event volunteers are requested for this event. You can sign up as a volunteer on the day of the event at the Spirit of Japantown Volunteer Booth located at the corner of Jackson and 5th Streets.
Stand-Up For Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story Educator Workshop
Photo: Ralph Lazo in camp
Stand-Up For Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story
Educator Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 2008
Registration/refreshments: 8:30 am  
Workshop: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
National Hispanic University, Sobrato Bldg.
14271 Story Road, San Jose

Photo: Ralph Lazo in Manzanar

Attention, educators! The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), in collaboration with Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), proudly presents a teacher workshop, Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story.

Participants will learn content and instructional strategies to teach the story of Ralph Lazo, a Mexican American teenager who left his own family in Los Angeles to enter an American concentration camp with his Japanese American classmates during WWII. A panel of former incarcerees will share their personal stories. Facilitators Rita Duarte Herrera, Aggie Idemoto, and Eric Wong promise a motivating, interactive session.   

The workshop will target 8th & 11th grade history teachers, GATE, ELD specialists, instructional coaches, interested teachers and administrators. Watch for registration information from the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The $10 registration fee will be returned upon arrival at the workshop. All participants will receive a teaching kit (DVD, curriculum guide, teaching posters). Give-aways also include a gift for the first 30 registrants, as well as door prizes.   Questions?  Contact Aggie Idemoto (408.268-4440 or aidemoto@comcast.net).
Save the Date: Gala to honor JAMsj visionaries

JAMsj Visionaries Gala
Saturday, February 7, 2009
6:00 pm
San Jose Holiday Inn

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose proudly announces a gala dinner to honor its visionaries on February 7, 2009.

Photo: Japanese Legacy BookIt was the year 1985 when Dr. Gary Okihiro, then a professor at Santa Clara University, completed a research project and co-published a book, Japanese Legacy: Farming and Community Life in California's Santa Clara Valley
In 1987, Ken Iwagaki, Jimi Yamaichi, and the late Eiichi Sakauye helped establish the Japanese American Resource Center (JARC) to serve as a depository for the many photos and articles collected by Okihiro for his project. Over time, the facility changed its name to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), which continues to grow and flourish, thanks to these forward-thinking individuals. In true visionary style, they thought ahead and out-of-the-box. They took risks, asked the critical questions, and gave generously of their time and funds to realize their hopes and dreams.
Join JAMsj in its salute to visionaries. You will be dazzled by emcees Mike Inouye and Jan Yanehiro.  Enjoy musical entertainment and a silent auction. The event will culminate in a multimedia presentation paying tribute to those who vowed it could be done. 

More information about this event will be published in future editions of the JAMsj E-News.

Photo: Jimi YamaichiPhoto: Ken IwagakiPhoto: Gary OkihiroPhoto: Eiichi Sakauye
Pictured above: Jimi Yamaichi, Ken Iwagaki, Gary Okihiro, and Eiichi Sakauye, showing his crop of pears in 1945 in San Jose (photographer: Hikaru Iwasaki).
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, and 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