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March 2012
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Citizen Tanouye
A Sense of Place: Sharing your Camp Experience Through Imagery
Children's Day
Nothing Left In My Hands
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San Jose Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
Click on the above photo to see images of the San Jose Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony held on February 23, 2012. Photo by Andy Frazer.

Marty Cheek at the 2006 Tule Lake Pilgrimage
Local journalist and writer Marty Cheek and Jemma Jio at the 2006 Tule Lake Pilgrimage.  Photo by Gary Jio.

Read about Marty's personal revelations on the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 on the JAMsj blog.

The 2012 Tule Lake Pilgrimage will take place on June 30 to July 3. This is your opportunity to take a tour of the Tule Lake camp from JAMsj curator and Tule Lake internee, Jimi Yamaichi.
At the first Gathering of Friends event in 2005, a Holocaust survivor showed a sign to a former Japanese American internee and said, "This is my name in Japanese." Her new-found friend held up a sign that the survivor had made, and proudly proclaimed, "This is my name in Yiddish."

 JAMsj friend and Gathering of Friends organizer, Harvey Gotliffe, describes several Yiddish expressions that you can try at the next Gathering of Friends event.
Read about his book...

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Citizen Tanouye Film Screening


Citizen Tanouye film  


Citizen Tanouye  Film Screening 


March 25, 2012
1:00 p.m.  
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112


On March 25, 2012, the JAMsj Youth group is proud to present a screening of Citizen Tanouye, an award winning documentary about a diverse group of Torrance, California high school students who embark on a journey to uncover the story of Ted Tanouye. Tanouye posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the United States military's highest decoration for bravery, while serving in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The students discover the impact the war had on their city and the civil rights abuses in America during the WWII era. Citizen Tanouye features two former Northern California veterans, Kyoshi Yoshii of Hayward and Rudy Tokiwa of Sunnyvale.   


Keynote speaker Kats Hikido, a veteran of the 442nd,  will share his experiences of serving in Southern France and Italy, where he was wounded in action by a landmine blast that killed two of his fellow soldiers. Kats Hikido is among the recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, which was awarded to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion, and Military Intelligence Service at an award ceremony in Washington D.C. in November of 2011. 


Robert Horsting, the Producer and Co-Director of Citizen Tanouye will share his insights into the making of the documentary.


At the event, the JAMsj Youth group will present the details the first ever JAMsj Youth Poetry Scholarship.  


Please RSVP for this event, as space is limited. For reservations, email jeff@jamsj.org or call (510) 673-6984.


For more information on Citizen Tanouye,  visit www.citizentanouye.com/



A Sense of Place: Sharing Your Camp Experience Through Imagery


My Dog Teny by Felicia Hoshino
From the award-winning book, My Dog Teny, written by Yoshito Wayne Osaki and illustrated by Felicia Hoshino


A Sense of Place: Sharing Your Camp Experience Through Imagery


An intergenerational art collage workshop facilitated by Felicia Hoshino


April 1, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112


Through drawing and collage, workshop participants will be guided in creating imagery reflecting a sense of place or a specific memory surrounding their camp experience. Participants are welcome to bring personal snapshots and keepsakes from the past to be used for inspiration. We invite participants to come on their own or to bring a son, daughter, grandchild, or friend to share in the process.


This is a free workshop, although it is limited to 12 individuals or intergenerational pairings. The workshop is part of the "Collecting Nisei Stories Project," which provides a vehicle to encourage the sharing of Nisei stories through writing and art. 


The workshop will be facilitated by award-winning illustrator, Felicia Hoshino. Felicia's prize-winning illustrations have been featured in children's magazines Cricket, Spider and Ladybug, and in children's books such as Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin My Dog Teny Sora and the Cloud, and the Jane Addams Peace Award winner, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow.


This workshop offers art as a medium to explore memory and family stories, and complements the Nisei writing workshops led by Brian Komei Dempster.


To reserve a space, contact Jill Shiraki at (510) 734-0875 or  jshiraki@sbcglobal.net.



Kodomo No Hi


Kodomo No Hi:
Follow the Koi to JAMsj

Children's Day

April 29, 2012
10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street,
San Jose, CA 95112

Brightly dyed carp streamers will soon be fluttering above houses in Japan and many Japanese American homes during the celebration of Kodomo No Hi. In keeping with this tradition, koi streamers will be hung along 5th Street, leading you to JAMsj during the Nikkei Matsuri Festival.  


Kodomo No Hi, otherwise known as Children's Day, is a nationally observed holiday in Japan, traditionally celebrated on May 5.

Hello Kitty at JAMsj
Hello Kitty will make an appearance on Children's Day 



JAMsj will be celebrating Kodomo No Hi with various craft-making workshops. Children can learn how to make kabuto (samurai helmets), koinobori (carp streamers), and other crafts.


Hello Kitty will also be making a special appearance at the museum and at JAMsj's festival  booth.  For a small fee, we'll give you a special Hello Kitty crown or fan and take a special photo of yourself with Hello Kitty.


We'll also raffle off a special JAMsj gift basket. 



JAMsj Book Club

Nothing Left In My Hands:
The Issei of a Rural Calfornia Town 
By Kazuko Nakane  

June 2, 2012
1:00 p.m. 
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112



Note: There is no book club meeting in May. The book club now meets the first Saturday of every other month starting with the June event. 


Nakane's detailed research and firsthand interviews with those living in the Pajaro Valley in the early 1980s piece together a portrait of early Japanese American experiences. This portrait covers the lives of buranketto men (bachelors who traveled from job to job with little more than a blanket around their shoulders), the arrival of picture brides from Japan, and the discrimination that the Japanese immigrants faced. Without Nakane's prescient efforts to preserve these stories, much understanding of early immigrant experience in this country would have been lost. Now, with its republication, Nothing Left in My Hands is again available to those interested in the history of California's immigrants and their contributions to American culture.


The book club 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 may be purchased at the JAMsj museum store. If you have questions, please contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or aggie@jamsj.org.  


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