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September 2011
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99 Years of Love
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Midori Kai Boutique
Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese Book Talk
Spirit of Japantown
Community Recognition Dinner
Aki Matsuri
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442 Gold medal ceremony
President Obama signed the bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 100th, 442nd and MIS military units on  October 5, 2010.
Later this year, there will be a local event to honor the members of the 100th, 442nd and the MIS. We are seeking veterans of these units, or their widows or family members, who are unable to attend the  ceremony in Washington D.C. If you are interested in attending the local event, please contact the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138 or email us at joe@jamsj.org. Click here for more information.

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  Sunday Serials: 99 Years of Love  


99 Years of Love 

99 Years of Love  

"Sunday Serials" Film Series  


 Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112



The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) and Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) will present  screenings of the highly acclaimed Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) film series, "99 Years of Love."  The extremely popular series is composed of five segments that will be shown at JAMsj on consecutive Sundays as part of the Sunday Serials program.      


Program Schedule


September 11, 2011: The Issei

September 18, 2011: Issei and Nisei

September 25, 2011: Concentration Camps

October 2, 2011: The Japanese American Regiment

October 9, 2011: Reunited


The epic tale spans a period of 99 years and chronicles the journey of one family, beginning with the immigration of the Issei father to America through his Nisei son joining the 442nd Infantry Regiment during World War II.  


The film showings will start on September 11 and will conclude on October 9. Each film presentation will start at 1:00 p.m.     


Admission is free but reservations are required as space is limited.  To reserve a space, email  info@jamsj.org  or  catstheater@gmail.com, or call (408) 294-3138 or (408) 867-4525.


The series was obtained through the cooperation of the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco.  

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club 

George Aratani


An American Son: The Story of George Aratani 

Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood


By Naomi Hirahara


November 4,  2011

1:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112  



Decades before trade moved between the United States and Japan at its present pace, there was a Japanese immigrant's son with an American dream. Born to a farming tycoon in California, George Aratani was forced to leave the family business behind when incarcerated with more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. After the war, he traveled to Japan with little idea of what he would import from the war-devastated archipelago. What followed was the development of two powerful businesses:  Mikasa and Kenwood. The story of founding these companies not only reflects the economic rebuilding of Japan, but also the struggle of Japanese Americans to make significant contributions to American history.   


An American Son: The Story of George Aratani is a natural follow-up to an earlier book club selection, Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese. The first book featured Setsuo (George's father), a successful farmer in the Santa Maria and Guadalupe areas. George learned business practices from his father and eventually became a powerful entrepreneur. George is also a friend and a strong supporter of JAMsj.  Please note that this new book can be purchased in the JAMsj musem store but is not available from the San Jose Public Library.    


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. If you have questions, please contact Aggie Idemoto at  aggie@jamsj.org or (408) 268-4440.  




Naomi Hirahara's website 


Midori Kai Boutique

Midori Kai Boutique

Annual Midori Kai Arts & Crafts Boutique


September 10, 2011 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

Mountain View Buddhist Temple

575 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Mountain View, CA





The annual Midori Kai Arts & Crafts Boutique benefits several nonprofit organizations including JAMsj. This popular event features Asian American art, crafts, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, pottery, delicious food, and entertainment. For more information, contact Phyllis Osaki at (925) 596-1770 or Marsha Baird at (510) 579-1518, or visit www.midorikai.com. 



Book Talk 

Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese


Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese

Book Talk Given by Author 

John V. McReynolds



October 15, 2011

1:00 p.m. 

 Japanese American Museum of San Jose

 535 N. Fifth Street  

San Jose, CA 95112







"I have just been told that there are threats about burning my house if I have any more Japanese in my home... I led many of these Japanese in the Scouts, taught many of them the value of Christian life of love and forgiveness. Can I so forget?"

- George Kimbel, May 14, 1945


Come hear author John V. McReynolds explain what happened to Lompoc's prewar Nikkei community. Only 2 out of 100 families returned. This is the story of tiny  Lompoc, California, where a vibrant and varied Nikkei community, whose members had been living there for 40 years, was dispossessed and denied return. Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese is based on interviews with more than 80 survivors, uncommonly candid  reports by a War Relocation Authority (WRA) agent on the scene, and local newspaper accounts.  The book is illustrated with 40 pages of photographs that have never before been published.   


Admission to this event is free for JAMsj members and $5 for nonmembers. Because of limited space, reservations are required. To make a reservation, please email Eva@jamsj.org 

or call the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138 with your name and number of people in your party.



Spirit of Japantown Festival 

Spirit of Japantown Festival 

Spirit of Japantown Festival

October 1, 2011

San Jose Japantown


San Jose Japantown is one of the last three major Japantowns remaining in the United States. Come visit the JAMsj booth at this unique festival celebrating the colorful and diverse character of San Jose Japantown. Click here for more information on the Spirit of Japantown Festival.  


Community Recognition Dinner 

JACL Recognition Dinner

Current JAMsj board members Warren Hayashi and Jimi Yamaichi, and special JAMsj friend, Eiko Yamaichi, were honored with other prominent community leaders at the 7th Annual JACL Community Recognition Dinner



JACL Community Recognition Dinner

October 15, 2011

5:00 p.m

San Jose Airport Garden Hotel

1740 N 1st Street, San Jose, US, 95112





On October 15, 2011, the San Jose JACL will recognize the following deserving community honorees at the 9th Annual Community Recognition Dinner:  Roy and P.J. Hirabayashi, founders of San Jose Taiko; Jim McClure, San Jose Obon Chairperson for the past 12 years; Wes Mukoyama, former Executive Director of Yu-Ai Kai; the San Jose Zebras, one of the longest-lived and pioneering organizations in Nikkei basketball; and the Wesley Jazz Ensemble.


Aki Matsuri 

Aki Matusuri

Wesley United Methodist Church will hold its annual Aki Matsuri (fall festival) on Saturday, Sept 17  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  People can enjoy food, fun, and festive activities and eating traditional Japanese American foods. Click here for event information. 


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