JAMsj E-News
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
July 2010 - Vol. 3, Issue 5
In This Issue
JAMsj Grand Opening
JAMsj Docent Training
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Volunteer Opportunities
Calendar of Events
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
Are you interested in volunteering for the new JAMsj Museum Store? Click here.

JAMsj Fashion Show 
Click here  to see photos from the JAMsj Fashion Show
Find us on facebook

JAMsj Grand Opening


JAMsj Facade
Photo courtesy of Andy Frazer 
JAMsj Grand Opening Postponed to October

The grand opening of the Japanese American Museum (JAMsj), originally announced for August 28, has been rescheduled for October 16, announced Aggie Idemoto, board president.

"Construction delays due to circumstances beyond our control prompted this difficult decision," Ms. Idemoto said.

Mark your calendar for the weekend of October 16 and 17, when a variety of celebrations will take place to commemorate the opening:

Saturday, October 16, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

The much anticipated grand opening ceremony will be paired with a party celebrating JAMsj curator and cofounder Jimi Yamaichi's 88th birthday.
Sunday, October 17, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Join us in a family day celebration. We'll have workshops and entertainment for children and adults, followed by an open house at JAMsj. Details to follow.
Questions? Contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or  aggie@jamsj.org.

JAMsj Docent Training

 JAMsj Docent Training

Note: New date and time for event!

September 25 & 30, 2010
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

JAMsj volunteers have been busy with new and returning exhibits in preparation for our grand opening. More docents and docent training are essential to the success of the expanded collection.
As a JAMsj docent, you will make many new friends
JAMsj Docents

What is a Docent?

Docents are volunteer educators who interpret and communicate our educational message to the public during museum tours. There are no prerequisites to be a JAMsj docent. All we want are dependable and enthusiastic people who are willing to learn.

Why Become a Docent?

In addition to the satisfaction of providing a valuable community service, you will receive continuing education with expert instruction, a broad assortment of instructional materials, access to our research library, and special invitations to docent events.

Introduction for Prospective Docents

Curator Jimi Yamaichi and Education Director Aggie Idemoto will provide docent training for new and experienced docents on Saturday, September 25, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at JAMsj. The session will be repeated on Thursday, September 30, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Pledge of Allegiance, Raphael Weill Elementary School in San Francisco. Dorothea Lange.
Dorothea Lange

The national museum standards for "interpretation" will guide docent development for the sharing of Japanese American art, history, and culture. Because quality exhibits extend beyond photos and captions, docents will learn interactive strategies to enhance  visitor experience.

Interested in becoming a JAMsj docent?  You can submit an online volunteer application form.  For further information or if you would like to register for docent training, contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or send email to VolunteerAdmin@jamsj.org.

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei

Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a SanseiJAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei
David Mura

August 6, 2010

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

About author David Mura

"Turning Japanese reads like a fascinating novel you can't put down . . . The strength and eloquence of Mura's book resides in his ability to capture and speak to the Japanese American experience across generations, and perhaps more importantly, to present the tools and insights for people across cultures and ethnicities to examine, reexamine, and reclaim their sense of history and identity ." -- Asian Week


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

JAMsj Volunteer
JAMsj Volunteers
JAMsj Volunteers

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.
We have immediate openings for:
  • Docents
  • Museum store staff
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Event coordinators and event assistants
  • Online communication developers
There are many other positions that are available. Click here for more information about our exciting opportunities.

Become a part of the JAMsj family by becoming a volunteer! Send email to VolunteerAdmin@jamsj.org, fill out an online volunteer form, or call our office at (408) 294-3138.

Calendar of Events

August 6, 2010: JAMsj Book Club
September 25 & 30, 2010: JAMsj Docent Training
September 11, 2010: Midori Kai Boutique
September 18, 2010 : Aki Matusuri
September 25 & 30, 2010: Docent Training
October 2, 2010: Spirit of Japantown Festival
October 23, 2010: Issei Memorial Building Centennial Celebration
November 13, 2010: JAMsj Winter Boutique

JAMsj Logo

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