Japanese American Museum of San Jose
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|JAMsj Grand Opening|
San Jose Japantown's
Grand Opening Ceremony: 1:00 pm
The day has finally arrived. At 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 16th, we will unveil San Jose Japantown's newest attraction. The grand opening ceremony will feature entertainment by the internationally known San Jose Taiko, a birthday celebration for 88 years-young, JAMsj curator, Jimi Yamaichi, and a "ribbon cutting" ceremony that will surprise you.
Open House: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
To show our appreciation to the community, we are offering free admission days during the grand opening weekend. Because we anticipate large crowds on October 16, please register for a time slot by calling the JAMsj office (408) 294-3138 or by registering online. You do not have to register if you only plan on attending the opening ceremony.
|Watercolor Demonstration and Camp Days Exhibition|
Camp Days Special Exhibition Presentation
October 17, 2010
|Carrying Our Folding Stools.|
"All this -- the anguish, the struggles, the found happiness, and most of all, her hauntingly girlish wonder at life behind barbed wire, are movingly depicted in her paintings. 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, actor and community activist
At 1:00 pm, Sunday, October 17, artist Chiz Judy Sugita de Queiroz will discuss her inspiration and offer her insight on JAMsj's first traveling exhibit, "Camp Days." At 2:30 pm, Chiz will provide a hands-on watercolor demonstration for people who want to learn about her special technique.
Originally, the demonstration was only open to students. We are now opening up the demonstration to all ages. Space is limited for the watercolor demonstration, so please preregister by calling the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138
. You do not have to register for the 1:00 pm presentation, but space may be limited.
1:00 pm: "CAMP DAYS: 1942-1945" Exhibit Presentation
2:30 pm: Watercolor Hands-On Demonstration
for more information.
|JAMsj Docent Training|
JAMsj Docent Training
October 19, 20106:00 pm - 9:00 pmJapanese American Museum of San Jose535 N. Fifth StreetSan Jose, CA 95112
|Rohwer WRA camp in Arkansas. |
"The Rohwer internment camp had a climate that was very different from many of the other camps in that the camp was constructed in a wooded swampland. Former internees remembered the fierce heat and humidity, the sudden rains, and the ubiquitous mosquitoes and chiggers."
The new Japanese American Museum of San Jose will feature displays of the 10 WRA internment camps and the Crystal City Department of Justice camp.
New and experienced docents are invited to attend a workshop to develop and/or polish their skills on Tuesday, October 19, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the all-new JAMsj facility.
You do not need previous experience to be a JAMsj docent and the time commitment can be as little as several hours per month. As a trainee, you will be gradually brought along by our experienced docents and professional educators. As a JAMsj docent, you will learn many life-long communication skills and you will have the opportunity to form many new friendships.
Please contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or to register for the workshop.
| Jimi Yamaichi and the Japanese American Experience|
At the JAMsj grand opening event, there will be an 88th birthday celebration for JAMsj curator, Jimi Yamaichi. The following article is a story about his life, written by one of JAMsj's newest volunteers, Janet Grant.
Jimi Yamaichi and the Japanese American Experience
By Janet Grant
|JAMsj curator Jimi Yamaichi oversees the implementation of his vision for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose..|
I didn't know what to expect when meeting Jimi Yamaichi for the first time. This man I had heard so much about is a legend in the Japanese American community. First of all, his biography is quite impressive. He was in the construction business for more than 60 years, as the owner of a construction company and cabinet shop.
Prior to his retirement eight years ago, Jimi was general manager of many domestic and overseas construction projects for multinational corporations. He has also been a founder or board member of most of the major organizations within San Jose Japantown, including the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj).
What I found in meeting Jimi was a vigorous and vital elder whose colorful and varied life seemed to mirror the Japanese American experience in California. From his journey beginning on farms in San Jose to the tragedy of the WWII internment camps and ultimately to the grand opening of the new Japanese American Museum of San Jose, Jimi epitomizes the hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance of the Nisei generation.
|In his 88th year, most volunteers cannot keep up with Jimi's high energy level and his fast-paced construction schedule for the new Japanese American Museum of San Jose..|
We met on the eve of his "beiju," the special and culturally significant 88th birthday. Jimi, who is the co-founder, curator, historian, and construction manager of the JAMsj, told me the highlights of his story.
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| JAMsj Winter Boutique |
2010 JAMsj Winter Boutique
Saturday, November 13, 2010
9 am - 10 am JAMsj Members
10 am - 4 pm General Public
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street,
San Jose, CA 95112
The 2010 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.
|JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club|
Summer of the Big Bachi
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Summer of the Big Bachi
December 3, 2010 1:00 pm Japanese American Museum of San Jose 535 N. Fifth Street San Jose, CA 95112
Note: The Book Club now meets at the new JAMsj facility.
"An original and exciting mystery...[A] poignant story of loyalty and betrayal."
Naomi Hirahara's websiteA spellbinding mystery played out from war-torn Japan to the rich tidewaters of L.A.'s multicultural landscape, this stunning debut novel weaves a powerful tale of family, loyalty, and the price of both survival and forgiveness.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 email@example.com
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.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)535 N. Fifth StreetSan Jose, CA 95112Tel: (408) 294-3138Email: firstname.lastname@example.org