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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
October  2009 - Vol 2, Issue 5
In This Issue
JAMsj 2009 Winter Boutique
JACL Recognition Dinner
Japanese American Resettlement Through The Lens
Remembering Chiune Sugihara
JAMsj Book Club
Volunteer Opportunities
JAMsj Community Calendar
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Winter Boutique Silent Auction Item

Photo: 49'ers SuperBowl Football

San Francisco 49ers Autographed Super Bowl XXIX Football

Autographed by many members of the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX against the San Diego Chargers, 49-26, in the highest scoring Super Bowl of all time.  Comes with a letter of authenticity.

See other auction items and donation prizes on the Winter Boutique webpage.
JAMsj 2009 Winter Boutique

Photo: Yume Glass
Featured Boutique Artisan
Yume Glass Art Jewelry
Pate de verre glass koi

2009 JAMsj Winter Boutique

Saturday, November 14, 2009
9 am - 4 pm JAMsj Members
10 am - 4 pm General Public
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street,
San Jose
, CA 95112

Boutique Artist/Vendor List:  Event Webpage

Photo: Color of the Sea book coverSpecial Boutique Event
Meet  John Hamamura
Author of "Color of the Sea"

John Hamamura, author of "Color of the Sea," will be signing copies of his book at the JAMsj Winter Boutique from 11 am-12:30 pm.

The 2009 JAMsj Winter Boutique will feature annual favorites including Japanese-style collages, clothing and accessories made from vintage Japanese kimono, hand-crafted jewelry, Japanese folk dolls, washi crafts, stationery, hand-dyed silk scarves and many more specialty gifts!

Donation Prizes: 1st Prize, $1,000; 2nd Prize,  $500; 3rd Prize, $300.

Many more prizes will be 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.

JACL Community Recognition Dinner

8th Annual San Jose JACL
Community Recognition Dinner

Saturday, October 17, 2009
5:30 No Host Cocktails; 7:00 Dinner
Holiday Inn - Mediterranean Center
1740 N. 1st Street,
San Jose, CA 95112

JAMsj will be honored at the 8th Annual JACL Community Recognition Dinner.  Please join us in celebrating the community contributions of the other honorees: Kenji and Shizu Sakauye, Sumi Tanabe and Dale Yoshihara. For more information, visit the San Jose JACL website.
Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens

Author Book Presentation and Book Signing
Japanese American Resettlement
Through The Lens

Photo: Through the Lens

6:00 pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. LibraryRoom 229/225
150 E. San Fernando Street,
San Josť, CA 95112
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Author and UCLA professor, Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, will be discussing his book, Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens. This book contains a unique collection of photographs by War Relocation Authority photographer Hikaru Iwasaki, the last surviving WRA photographer from that period.

With substantive focus on resettlement--and in particular Iwasaki's photos of Japanese Americans following their release from WRA camps from 1943 to 1945--Hirabayashi explores the WRA's use of photography in its mission not only to encourage "loyal" Japanese Americans to return to society at large as quickly as possible but also to convince Euro-Americans this was safe and advantageous. Hirabayashi also assesses the relative success of the WRA project, as well as the multiple uses of the photographs over time, first by the WRA and then by students, scholars, and community members in the present day.
Remembering Chiune Sugihara
Photo: Sugihara
Celebration Honoring the Memory of Chiune Sugihara

Sunday, October 25, 2009
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Congregation Beth David
19700 Prospect Road,
Saratoga, CA  95070

Contact for more info: 408-257-3333, AbeBromberg@hotmail.com
Congregation Beth David website

Please join us in an event honoring the memory of Chiune Sugihara, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews by helping them escape from the Nazis. Mr. Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat, serving as Vice Consul for the Japanese Empire in Lithuania. Soon after the occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union, he helped several thousand Jews leave the country by issuing transit visas to Jewish refugees so that they could travel to Japan. Most of the Jews who escaped were refugees from Poland or residents of Lithuania. Mr. Sugihara wrote travel visas that facilitated the escape of several thousand Jewish refugees to Japanese territory, risking his career and his family's life. In 1985, Israel honored him as Righteous Among the Nations for his actions.

JAMsj's Joe Yasutake will be one of the speakers for the event.

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Image: Book Cover Hotel

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

1:00 pm, Friday, November 6, 2009
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center
588 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Jamie Ford's Blog

"Mesmerizing and evocative, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a tale of conflicted loyalties and devotion, as well as a vibrant portrait of Seattle's Nihonmachi district in its heyday."

      -- Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

"In his first novel, award-winning short-story writer Ford expertly nails the sweet innocence of first love, the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, the astonishing unknowns between parents and their children, and the sadness and satisfaction at the end of a life well lived.  The result is a vivid picture of a confusing and critical time in American history."

                                                --Library Journal

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable story that teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

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 volunteersPhoto: JAMsj Volunteers

As we get ready for our grand opening, we will need many more volunteers to help with various activities.  Help is desired in many exciting areas:
  • Docents for Museum and Japantown Tours
  • Event Planning
  • Business Operations
    • Office Manager
    • Administrative Assistants
    • Data Processing/Transcribing
    • Library Maintenance
  • Retail Operations
    • Museum Store Manager
    • Online Store Development
  • Finance Department
    • Accounts Payable/Receivable
    • Budgeting/Finance
  • Facility and Grounds Maintenance
    • Construction Support
    • Gardening Maintenance Support
  • Marketing Communications
  •  IT Services
    • Hardware/Software Management
    • Website Maintenance
    • Internet Communications Implementation
  • Fund Development
    • Grant Writers
    • Donor Program Coordinators
    • Corporate and Planned Giving Program Coordinators
    • Membership Coordinators
  • Exhibit Preparation
Click here for more information about our exciting opportunities.

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.

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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