JAMsj E-News
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
July  2009 - Vol 2, Issue 3
In This Issue
JAMsj Curator's Japantown Tour
Volunteer Appreciation Day
JAMsj Book Club
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Calendar
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Read about progress on the new JAMsj building and make comments on our blog

Photo: Dobashi market
Mr. Kawakami and his son in front of Dobashi Market

Come learn more about Old Japantown by signing up for the JAMsj Curator's Tour.
JAMsj Curator's Japantown Walking Tour
"Old Japantown"

"Old Japantown"
Curator's Japantown Walking Tour

10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 22, 2009

Yu-Ai Kai Building
588 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Nihonmachi Market

Monterey Fish Market (Shiramoto Sakanaya) on Sixth Street in San Jose Nihonmachi

In this special JAMsj Curator's Tour, you will learn about life in San Jose's
Nihonmachi (Japantown) and in the surrounding Japanese farming clusters. 
This entertaining and educational overview will explore the region's transition from a "bachelor society," when boarding houses, pool halls and bathhouses catered to the predominantly male migrant farm workers,  to the formation of permanent and vibrant communities.

The JAMsj Curator's Tour includes a special presentation by JAMsj Curator Jimi Yamaichi, lunch and a tour through San Jose's historic Japantown. The price of the JAMsj Curator's Tour is $50.

Attendance is limited, and registration is required. To register, please contact Mimi Suga at mimisuga@gmail.com or at 408-265-8693.
JAMsj Volunteer Appreciation Garden Party

JAMsj Volunteer Appreciation Garden Party

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Saturday, August 8, 2009
Issei Memorial Building

(in the back garden area)
535 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

JAMsj will host a "Hawaiian-themed" party for all volunteers who have worked with us over the past year.  We would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for their continued support of JAMsj-sponsored events.

If you have volunteered for JAMsj and have not yet received your invitation, please contact June Honma at june@jamsj.org or contact the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138

JAMsj Volunteers

Thank you to our wonderful JAMsj volunteers

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club: Color of the Sea
"Color of the Sea" cover

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

1:00 pm, Friday, September 4, 2009
Yu-Ai Kai Building
588 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

  Click here to go to John Hanamura's website.

"Color of the Sea takes the reader back to a painful moment in history when Japanese Americans were caught between two identities and the future of a nation hung in the balance.  Through beautifully written prose, artful imagery and achingly real characters, John Hamamura sweeps his reader away to a time in history that shook the world and a love story that will resonate long after the final page."
-- Asian American Press

The book club meets the first Friday of every other month and is always open to new members. Selections are chosen collaboratively at the end of each meeting and align with the JAMsj mission -- the celebration of Japanese American art, history, and culture. Books are readily available at San Jose public libraries. If you have questions, please contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or aggie@jamsj.org.
Volunteer Opportunities

Photo: JAMsj volunteersAs we get ready for our grand opening, 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, website and E-News implementation, IT services, grant writing, exhibit and event preparation, videography and facility maintenance. Click here for more information about our exciting opportunities.

Museum Exhibit Design

JAMsj is currently is seeking volunteers interested in contributing to the planning of themed exhibits for the new museum.  This is a fantastic opportunity to personally contribute to the content of JAMsj's future exhibits! 

Museum Interior Display Construction

Are you handy with tools? We are currently looking for skilled volunteers who can help us build displays and exhibits for the new JAMsj.

Become a part of the JAMsj family as we enter this exciting period! Contact June Honma at june@jamsj.org or the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138.

Community Calendar
August 1, 2009: NOC "Day of Remembrance" Appreciation Picnic
August 8, 2009: JAMsj Volunteer Appreciation Day
August 22, 2009: JAMsj Curator's Tour
September 4, 2009: JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club: "Color of the Sea"
September 11, 2009: San Jose Taiko Rhythm Spirit Concerts
September 12, 2009: Midori Kai Boutique

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