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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
October 2012
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25th Anniversary Gala
JAMsj Writers' Forum
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Cynthia Sasaki Designs
Green Tea Fantasy, glass leaves earring by Cynthia Sasaki Designs.
Read an interview with the boutique artisan, Cynthia Sasaki.



Emi Fukushima, Washi paper fan brooch with gold cord
Washi Paper Fan Brooch
by Creations by Emi
JAMsj volunteers
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JAMsj Winter Boutique

JAMsj Winter Boutique 

JAMsj 2012 Winter Boutique  

November 10, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m: members only
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m: general public 


San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin  
640 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 

The Perfect Blend of Culture and Creativity 

More than 33 artists and vendors will be on hand to sell a variety of arts and crafts and Japanese-style gifts, including clothing, accessories, hand-crafted jewelry, washi crafts, stationery, and many more specialty items. New vendors participating in this year's boutique include Fat Rabbit Farm (Jason Ponggasam), Harvest Land (Nao Matsuzawa) and Juri's Jewelry (Ken and Juri Kameda), the latter also on sale at the museum store.
Be sure to purchase a ticket for the donation drawing and sign up for items in the annual silent auction.       
JAMSj Museum Card

JAMsj's very own volunteer-created, unique, hand-made greeting cards will also be available for purchase.

In addition, there will be a delicious assortment of Japanese treats at the JAMsj refreshment center and special book signings by Oliver Chin, Felicia Hoshino, and Jack Matsuoka.

For more information about the 2012 Winter Boutique, visit the boutique website, contact the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138, or email us at winter_boutique@jamsj.org



JAMsj 25th Anniversary Gala

25th Anniversary Celebration of the
Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Honoring the JAMsj Legacy and Community Centenarians

December 1, 2012

282 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95113

Come join us in celebrating JAMsj's 25th anniversary!


  • 5:00 p.m. Wine Tasting and No-Host Bar
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner and Program, featuring San Jose Taiko
  • Guest Speaker: G. W. Kimura, Ph.D., President/CEO, Japanese American National Museum
  • Master of Ceremonies: Mike Inouye, NBC Bay Area  

From JAMsj's inception to today, the passionate, all-volunteer organization has always been dedicated to presenting educational and entertaining programs to the community.


Established in November of 1987, JAMsj grew out of a 1984-1986 research project on Japanese American farmers in Santa Clara Valley. The farming project collected family histories, historical photographs, private memoirs, and other unpublished documents. This project led to the creation of a curriculum package on Japanese American history and to the development of the award-winning book, Japanese Legacy: Farming and Community Life in California's Santa Clara Valley,  co-authored by Dr. Timothy J. Lukes and Dr. Gary Y. Okihiro.  Dr. Okihiro, along with Ken Iwagaki, the late Eiichi Sakauye, and current JAMsj curator, Jimi Yamaichi, formed the core group of visionaries who understood the importance of presenting the research, oral histories, and artifacts to the general public. 


Issei Memorial Building
Civil Liberties Monument in front of the Issei Memorial Building. Photo courtesy of Will Kaku.

In 1987, JAMsj opened its first location in an upstairs room of the historic Issei Memorial Building, formerly the Kuwabara Hospital. In 1999, thanks to a generous donation by Eiichi Sakauye, JAMsj later moved to its present location, the former residence of Dr. Tokio Ishikawa, a prominent Japantown physician.

In the fall of 2006, the museum underwent an ambitious remodeling and expansion project. In October of 2010, the museum reopened after the completion of this project and now incorporates more exhibit space for JAMsj's extensive artifact collection and provides a venue for community programs

Photo by Andy Frazer
Photos courtesy of Andy Frazer


JAMsj has become one of the major pillars of San Jose Japantown. With your help, we will continue working together to enrich those living in our diverse community and to preserve the many stories for future generations. 



The price for the 25th Anniversary Gala is $100. Please contact the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 or send an email to events@jamsj.org to register to help us celebrate this important event. 

JAMsj Writers' Forum

Writing image  JAMsj Writers' Forum
October 28, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

Do you have a talent for writing? Do you have ideas for articles that you would like to see?

JAMsj is looking for writers for our quarterly JAMsj Newsletter, online blog, and E-News. We are also accepting ideas for new articles to be featured in our publications. If you are interested in hearing more, please join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, October 28 at JAMsj.  You can send email to PublicPrograms@jamsj.org to RSVP or to request additional information.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, please visit our volunteer page.


JAMsj Book Club

Note: The December 1 book club meeting has been moved to January 5.

Richard Aoki
Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life
By Diane Fujino

January 5, 2013
1:00 p.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112


An iconic figure of the Asian American movement, Richard Aoki (1938-2009) was also, as the most prominent non-Black member of the Black Panther Party, a key architect of Afro-Asian solidarity in the 1960s and '70s. His life story exposes the personal side of political activism as it illuminates the history of ethnic nationalism and radical internationalism in America.


A reflection of this interconnection, Samurai among Panthers weaves together two narratives: Aoki's dramatic first-person chronicle and an interpretive history by a leading scholar of the Asian American movement, Diane C. Fujino. Aoki's candid account of himself takes us from his early years in Japanese American internment camps to his political education on the streets of Oakland, to his emergence in the Black Panther Party. As his story unfolds, we see how his parents' separation inside the camps and his father's illegal activities shaped the development of Aoki's politics. Fujino situates his life within the context of twentieth-century history-World War II, the Cold War, and the protests of the 1960s. She demonstrates how activism is both an accidental and an intentional endeavor and how a militant activist practice can also promote participatory democracy and social service.


The result of these parallel voices and analysis in Samurai among Panthers is a complex-and sometimes contradictory-portrait of a singularly extraordinary activist and an expansion and deepening of our understanding of the history he lived.


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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