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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
April 2010 - Vol. 3, Issue 2
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JAMsj Fashion Show
Film Screening: Toyo's Camera
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Volunteer Opportunities
JAMsj Community Calendar
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A unique blend of East and West meet when the well-known fashion artist Sachiko brings her creative collections of classic mix-and-match component wear to the JAMsj Fashion Show and Shopping Days at the Museum.

Sachiko Fashions

Sachiko Fashions

Would you be interested in fulfilling our wish list of needed items for the new Museum? If so, check out our Wish List.

JAMsj Benefit Fashion Show and Luncheon

JAMsj Fashion Show and Luncheon
"From Kimono to Contemporary"

Sachiko Fashions
Featuring designs from renowned
fashion designer, Sachiko Tabata

Fashion Show and Luncheon
May 22, 2010
Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Services
588 N. Fourth Street,
San Jose, CA 95112

Shopping Days at the Museum
May 22-24, 2010
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street,
San Jose, CA 95112

"My style is 'less is more', meaning that I combine simple, clean lines with extraordinary fabrics, perhaps adding an appropriate elegant trim, and a finished garment that is quietly beautiful and lasts for many years, never going out of style."
- Eileen Sachiko Tabata

Celebrating her twentieth year in fashion, Eileen "Sachiko" Tabata will introduce her latest designs in a dynamic fashion show, "From Kimono to Contemporary,"  with models from the local community on Saturday, May 22, at the Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Services Center . The fashion show will be followed by a luncheon. The fashion show and luncheon takes place from 11 am to 1 pm.

We will also provide our facilities at the new Museum so that shoppers can try on and purchase items from Sachiko's unique fashion line. Cynthia Sasaki Designs will also be showcasing their jewelry line. Sales will take place on: Saturday, 1 to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; and Monday, 10 am to 3 pm. Sachiko is kindly donating a portion of the gross sales to support JAMsj's campaign to complete building construction.

Pre-registration is required for the fashion show and luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon and fashion show can be purchased through JAMsj by contacting Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or at aggie@jamsj.org, and at Nikkei Traditions (219 Jackson Street, in Japantown).

Tickets for this JAMsj fundraiser fashion show and bento lunch are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors (65 and older). The deadline to purchase tickets is May 17, 2010.

Admission is free for the shopping days at the Museum.

Press release...

Film Screening: Toyo's Camera
Toyo's Camera Film Image

"Toyo's Camera" Film Screening
April 17-18, 2010
Camera 12 Cinemas
201 S. Second Street,
San Jose, CA 95113

Toyo's Camera is a documentary that depicts the life of Toyo Miyatake, a photographer who was sent to Manzanar during World War II.  Toyo captured the life of the Japanese and Japanese Americans incarcerated at this concentration camp through his amazing photography.  Because cameras were not allowed in the camp,  Toyo smuggled in a camera lens and built a camera in camp to capture these incredible images. He went on to become an award-winning photographer, befriending other photography artists such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Read more...
Tickets are $11 (if bought in advance)/ $13 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at:

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center (purchase at the front desk)

588 North Fourth Street, San Jose, CA  Phone: (408) 294-2505

Kinokuniya Book Store   

685 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA  Phone: (408) 252-1300

Classic Rock Jewelry Store        

570 North 6th Street, San Jose, CA   Phone: (408) 298-1415

Dr. Jerrold A. Hiura DDS Office (Japantown Dental Group)

90 E Taylor St, San Jose, CA    Phone: (408) 294-9944  

Show times are as follows:

Saturday April 17, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunday April 18,  1:30pm
Any profits from this event will be donated to CATS, JACL San Jose Chapter, Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Yu-Ai Kai.
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Farming the Home Place

Farming the Home Place BookJAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

Farming the Home Place
Valerie J. Matsumoto

June 4, 2010
1:00 pm
Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Services Center
588 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

About Professor Valerie J. Matsomoto

Farming the Home Place
is the story of the Japanese American agricultural settlement of Cortez, in California's Central Valley. It documents the persistence of distinctly Japanese cultural practices, family and personal values, and social mores as an integral part of the history of "community" in America. Dr. Matsumoto gives us poignant accounts of life and death within the community. Part of what makes the story of Cortez unique is its history, and,  in particular, its specific ethnic character.

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: 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:
  • Administrative services
    • Event planning
    • Fund development
    • Marketing communications
    • Mail distribution coordinator
    • Information technology
    • Facility and grounds maintenance
  • Business services
    • Office manager
    • Administrative assistants
    • Data processing/transcribing
    • Retail
    • Finance
  • Educational services
    • Docents for the Museum and Japantown tours
    • Library maintenance
    • Exhibit preparation
  • Human Resources
    • Volunteer coordinator
    • Board secretary
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.orgor 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
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