Japanese American Museum of San Jose
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|JAMsj Grand Opening|
JAMsj Grand Opening Events
October 16-17, 2010
The new Japanese American Museum of San Jose will open
with two special events on October 16th and 17th.
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) will celebrate the reopening of its all-new building on the weekend of October 16 and 17. "We are excited about this long-awaited 'rebirth' " exclaimed JAMsj president Aggie Idemoto.
Saturday, October 16, the grand opening ceremony will start at 1:00 pm and will feature entertainment by San Jose Taiko and a ceremonial blessing. In addition, the ceremony will coincide with the 88th birthday celebration of JAMsj co-founder, curator, historian, and construction manager, Jimi Yamaichi. Click here for more information on the grand opening event.
Sunday, October 17, will feature a presentation and demonstration by "Camp Days" exhibit artist, Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz, See the following article for more details on the exhibition and special presentation.
Camp Days: 1942-1945 Exhibition|
Camp Days: 1942-1945
Childhood Memories of Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz
Exhibition runs from October 16 to April 30
"This collection of paintings by the gifted artist, Chizuko Sugita de Queiroz, is her memoir in art of her girlhood years imprisoned in a camp called Poston in the desolation of a desert in Arizona..Chizuko's art is a powerful narrative of a shameful event in our history. It is also an evocative personal chronicle of the survival of a loving and resilient family."
-- George Takei
The Camp Days exhibition will be accompanied by two special events on
Sunday, October 17:
Slide Show Presentation: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Watercolor Demonstration: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
There is no charge for either event. The watercolor demonstration is for students in Grades 3-12.
Since space is limited for the watercolor demonstration, registration is required for that event.
Call 408-294-3138 to register.
Click here for more information on the Camp Days exhibition and special events.
Angel Island Immigration Station Excursion|
Angel Island Immigration Station ExcursionSaturday, September 18, 2010
Most of the 60,000 Japanese on Angel Island
were "picture brides."
JAMsj and the San Jose Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) are co-hosting a bus tour to historic Angel Island, "The Ellis Island of the West," on Saturday, September 18, 2010. We will be visiting the newly restored 100-year old immigration station on a docent-led tour.
Angel Island is one of the most beautiful state parks in Northern California, yet it also holds a shadowy past for hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans. Although the Angel Island Immigration Station was a major port of entry for Asian immigrants, the experience of Chinese and Japanese immigrants was quite different at the station. While both Chinese and Japanese immigrants faced strong anti-Asian sentiments and exclusionary laws, Chinese immigrants often faced longer detentions and harsher treatment than their Japanese counterparts at the Angel Island Immigration Station. Come to this event and find out why.
This will be an all-day event and it will be an excellent educational experience for all. Seating for this trip will be limited, so please plan to purchase your tickets early. Tickets will be available through Nikkei Traditions and will cost $70 for members of JAMsj and/or the San Jose Chapter of the JACL. The cost will be $85 for non-members.
Contact Carrie Kimura (JACL) at email@example.com or June Honma (JAMsj) at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional event information. Alternatively, you may call the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138.
|JAMsj Docent Training|
JAMsj Docent Training
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.
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.
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.
The Barracks Room: An American Time Capsule|
An American Time Capsule
By Will Kaku
I am not a religious person, and I do
not believe in fate, but I have a very hard time providing logical
explanations for some mysterious coincidences in life. I encountered one
such strange coincidence recently when I attended this year's
Tule Lake Pilgrimage.
My father, Shogo Kaku, at Heart MountainI have written several times about my
relationship with my father and his difficult experience at the
Tule Lake Segregation Center. I have told the story about the
painful secret that he held for more than 65 years ("The
Secret of Tule Lake"). And I have also reflected on the
fact that with his rapidly deteriorating mental and physical
History"), many of his stories and secrets will be gone
With thoughts about my father's tragic Tule Lake
experience and his failing health on my mind, I was taken aback when I
received my apartment room key upon arrival at the Tule Lake Pilgrimage.
I stared at my assigned room number. It was "1302C" -- the same block
(13), barrack (2) and room (C) assigned to my father when he was
incarcerated at Tule Lake.
The chances for this coincidence are perhaps not
astronomical, but it is hard to believe that it did happen considering
that there were more than 18,000 people incarcerated at Tule Lake at its
peak. Read rest of article...
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club|
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book ClubOctober 1, 20101:00 pmYu-Ai
Kai Community Senior Services Center588 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
The Letters of Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi, July - December 1967
Translated by Tei Matsushita Scott and Patricia J. Machmiller
Awarded "Best Memoir of 2010" by Hardscratch Press
I did not know the Tokutomis were such significant
people in the world of haiku, I still found the story of
their love, their hardships, their separation, and their
challenges to be presented in a way that enchanted,
captivated, and fascinated me. The book is nearly
impossible to put down." -Hardscratch Press judge
This book is not available in local libraries. Copies can be purchased through the JAMsj store. Send email to email@example.com or call 408-294-3138.
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
American art, history, and culture. If you have questions, please contact Aggie
Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Museum store staff
- 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|
September 11, 2010: Midori Kai Boutique
September 18, 2010 : Aki Matusuri
September 18, 2010: Angel Island Immigration Station Tour
September 25, 2010: JAMsj Docent Training
September 26, 2010: Valor With Honor Film Screening
September 30, 2010: JAMsj Docent Training
October 1, 2010: JAMsj Book Club
October 2, 2010: Spirit of Japantown Festival
October 16, 2010: JAMsj Grand Opening Ceremony
October 17, 2010: JAMsj Camp Days Presentation and Demonstration
October 23, 2010: Issei Memorial Building Centennial Celebration
November 13, 2010: JAMsj Winter Boutique
Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)535 N. Fifth StreetSan Jose, CA 95112Tel: (408) 294-3138Email: email@example.com