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November 2010
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2010 JAMsj Winter Boutique
Winter Boutique Book Signing
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
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2010 JAMsj Winter Boutique
 
Image: Washi Art by Michelle Yamaguma
2010 JAMsj Winter Boutique

Saturday, November 13, 2010

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. JAMsj Members
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. General Public
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

 
JAMsj Winter Boutique

What is there to do at the annual JAMsj Winter Boutique?
  • Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and enjoy the many unique crafts from our boutique artisans.
  • Have a chance to win $1,000.
  • Bid on fabulous silent auction items.
  • Meet an award winning author.
  • Enjoy special cuisine like bento, spam musubi, pork buns and other tasty treats. 
  • Meet up with old and new  friends.
You can do all these things and more at the JAMsj Annual Winter Boutique on Saturday, November 13th at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin gymnasium, located at  640 N. Fifth St., San Jose, CA.


Avoid the shopping rush by becoming a JAMsj member. A JAMsj membership gives you early entrance privileges. Come early and renew your museum membership and you can enter the boutique at 9:00 a.m.  Hours for the general public will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   This is your chance to shop, socialize, have fun, and help  support the new museum. 


Winter Boutique Book Signing
 

Books by Kathryn Otoshi

 
Kathryn Otoshi Book Signing
11 a.m to 1 p.m.
JAMsj Winter Boutique
Saturday, November 13, 2010
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112





The 2010 JAMsj Winter Boutique features a book signing by award-winning author, Kathryn Otoshi.

Her latest book, One, winner of 10 awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book and the 2010 Teacher's Choice Award, introduces colors, numbers, and counting, while playing on larger themes of  anti-bullying, tolerance, acceptance, and the power of one voice. She is currently working with Facing History and Ourselves, to reach out to schools and the community to encourage character building assets in our youth.


JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Summer of the Big Bachi

  
 
Image: Summer of the Big BachiJAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

Summer of the Big Bachi
Naomi Hirahara

December 3, 2010
1:00 pm
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

"An original and exciting mystery...[A] poignant story of loyalty and betrayal."
-- Chicago Tribune


Naomi Hirahara's website

"Bachi" is the avenging spirit of retribution: "what goes around comes around." Naomi Hirahara's first novel, Summer of the Big Bachi will be discussed at the JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club session on December 3rd. We willl meet at the newly re-opened JAMsj facility,  located at 535 North Fifth Street, in San Jose's Japantown.

 

This mystery novel is a departure from the usual nonfiction titles selected by the book club and will stay with you for weeks after finishing the book. The Japanese American community of Altadena in Southern California is brought completely to life, with the most ordinary, unheroic people showing the depths of themselves. Protagonist Mas Arai is just another Japanese American gardener -- his lawn mower blade clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned -- but his own life has gone to seed.

 

While Mas was building a life on the edges of the American dream, he was also keeping his powerful secrets about three friends from long ago, how two lives entwined, and about what really happened when the bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945.

 

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 Volunteers
Our volunteers were the behind-the-scenes heroes of the grand opening event. Photo by Andy Frazer.
Photo: JAMsj volunteers
  Meet new friends as a JAMsj volunteer. Photo by Andy Frazer.














Our October grand opening event was a smashing success, thanks to the many dedicated JAMsj volunteers.  With a larger facility and many more visitors, we will need many more volunteers to help with various activities. Help is desired in many exciting areas.
We have immediate openings, as follows:
  • Museum store staff
  • Docents
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Event coordinators and assistants
  • Online communication developers
Many other positions 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

November 13, 2010: JAMsj Winter Boutique
December 3, 2010: JAMsj/Yu Ai-Kai Book Club

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