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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
October 2011
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JAMsj Winter Boutique
99 Years of Love
Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese Book Talk
Stories from Nisei Honorary Degree Recipients
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Congressional Gold Medal
Open Passage Poetry Reading
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Joe Yasutake
JAMsj VP Joe "Life is too short to drink bad wine" Yasutake reviewed the 2008 JAMsj Napa Valley Syrah
"I thoroughly enjoyed the big rich flavors of this wonderful Syrah! My senses were stimulated by the aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry, sweet plum, and even hints of cocoa with anise! Nice firm tannins. Very much a wine that benefited from the long hang time encouraged by the cool, breezy, northern-facing hillsides of the Carneros appellation."  -- Joe Yasutake, JAMsj Vice President.

 JAMsj Winter Boutique  

 

JAMsj Winter Boutique 

JAMsj Winter Boutique

November 12, 2011


9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Early entry for JAMsj members
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. General public
 

 San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

640 N.  5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

 

Please do not contact the Buddhist Church for information about this event. Please contact JAMsj if you have questions.  

 

The boutique will feature annual favorites including Japanese-style collages, clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, Japanese folk dolls, washi crafts, stationery, stoneware pottery, and many more specialty gifts!   

 

For this year's JAMsj Winter Boutique Silent Auction, we will introduce fabulous Napa Valley wines featuring a unique and collectible JAMsj label. This special JAMsj label was designed by local artist and JAMsj friend, Jack Matsuoka.

JAMsj Syrah Wine
2008 JAMsj Napa Valley Syrah

JAMsj members can enter 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.


 
Sunday Serials: 99 Years of Love
99 Years of Love

 

 

99 Years of Love

Final Episode: Reunited 

October 9, 2011

1:00 p.m. 

 

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  the final episode of the highly acclaimed Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) film series, "99 Years of Love."  The final episode, titled "Reunited," will be shown at 1:00 p.m. on October 9, 2011, at JAMsj.  

 

 

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.    

 

 

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. to 4:00 p.m. 

 Japanese American Museum of San Jose

 535 N. Fifth Street  

San Jose, CA 95112

 

 

 


The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) presents a book talk by John McReynolds, author of Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese, on Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. The book covers the experience of Japanese Americans, who lived in Lompoc, California for over 40 years, and were blocked from returning to their homes after their internment. The book exposes rural California's anti-Japanese sentiment and the organized campaign to prevent Japanese Americans from returning to Lompoc.  

 

 

John V. McReynolds 

 

 

Admission to this event is free for JAMsj members, $3 for seniors, 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.

 

 
Stories from Nisei Honorary Degree Recipients
  

The California State University: Sharing and Celebrating Stories from Nisei Honorary Degree Recipients   

 
Yosh Uchida receives his honorary degree
SJSU faculty member Yoshihiro (Yosh) Uchida receives his honorary degree from the university. Photo by Robert Bain

 

Film Screening  

October 27, 2011

4:00 p.m.   

   

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 North Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112
  

 

 

 

The following article was written by Colleen Bentley, the California State University Director of Special Projects.

 

Nearly 70 years after Executive Order 9066 forced 250 California State University (CSU) students to leave their campuses without completing their degrees, several former students' stories will be brought to light on Thursday, October 27, 2011, with the screening of the video "The California State University: Sharing and Celebrating Stories from Nisei Honorary Degree Recipients" at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

 

 

The project is a memorial dedicated to the CSU students who were removed from our campuses in 1941-42 and sent to internment camps, unable to complete their education. The CSU Board of Trustees awarded these students honorary bachelor's degrees in 2010, and the video captures the dignity of the ceremonies as well as the celebration of the families. Read more...

 

 

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 easily between the United States and Japan, 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 mentioned 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.  

 

Links:

 

Naomi Hirahara's website 

 

Congressional Gold Medal
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.

Early next 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 Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on November 2, 2011 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.

 

Open Passage Poetry Reading
Open Passage book cover

Open Passage Poetry Reading

October 15, 2011
10:30 - 11:30 a.m
Cupertino Civic Center Plaza

10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014



Earlier this year, former JAMsj board member, Ann Muto, spoke to JAMsj members about her recent poetry book, Open Passage. Ann will be among the presenters reading their poems at "First Words: Poetry Cupertino," the first public event under the new City of Cupertino Poet Laureate program.  The other poets include Jack Hassling, Karl Kadie, Jennifer Brown and Cupertino's newly appointed Poet Laureate, David Denny.




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