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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
November 2012
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JAMsj Winter Boutique
25th Anniversary Gala
Origami Gift Wrapping Class
JAMsj Book Club
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earthly delight Sasaki
Earthly Delight, natural stone necklace by Cynthia Sasaki Designs. Read an interview with boutique artist, Cynthia Sasaki



shadowbox Fukushima
Shadowbox Pendant, by Creations by Emi. Read an interview with boutique artist, Emi Fukushima. 

Greg Kimura
Dr. G.W. Kimura, president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, will deliver the keynote address at the JAMsj 25th Anniversary Gala.

Photo: San Jose Taiko
Internationally acclaimed San Jose Taiko will perform at the JAMsj 25th Anniversary Gala.

JAMsj volunteers
Consider becoming a JAMsj volunteer by checking out our volunteer opportunities.

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, and stationery.
JAMsj's very own volunteer-created, unique, hand-made greeting cards will also be available for purchase.  Be sure to purchase a ticket for the donation drawing and sign up for items in the annual silent auction. 

In addition, there will be a delicious assortment of Japanese treats at the JAMsj refreshment center.  Don't miss the special book signings by guest authors and illustrators: 

Oliver Chin, founder of Immedium, a San Francisco publisher of dynamic children's picture books and titles on contemporary Asian America. Chin is also the author of the popular annual series The Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, which includes The Year of the Dragon (2012) and Year of the Snake (2013).  He will be signing his books at the boutique from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Felicia Hoshino,
author and illustrator of children's books such Felicia Hoshinoas Sora and the Cloud and the award-winning A Place Where Sunflowers Grow. Hoshino, a native of San Francisco, has prize-winning illustrations appearing in children's magazines such as Cricket, Spider and LadybugShe will be signing her books at the boutique from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Jack Matsuoka,
a local cartoonist and
Jack Matsuoka
Photo courtesy of
author of Poston: Camp II, Block 211 and Sensei.  His cartoons capture the memories of
growing up in a WW II incarceration camp in Poston, Arizona.

Matsuoka's artwork is featured on San Jose Japantown banners; in calendars; and in many other publications including, Nikkei West. In addition to
his book signing, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Matsuoka will be sketching portraits of visitors at the boutique. 

To read more about these authors and to find out about participating artisans, visit the JAMsj 2012 Winter Boutique website.  For more information,  contact the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138, or email us at winter_boutique@jamsj.org



JAMsj 25th Anniversary Gala

JAMsj 25th Anniversary Gala

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

December 1, 2012

282 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95113

To celebrate JAMsj's 25th anniversary, we welcome the community to "Come JAMsj with Us"  on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown hotel.


There's something in store for everyone:   
  • Keynote by Dr. G.W. Kimura, President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum
  • Special Jack Matsuoka Signature wine tasting
  • Performance by the internationally recognized San Jose Taiko  
  • Live auction for unique items, including a Hawaiian vacation time-share and a sushi-making party
  • Donation drawing - 1st place prize: $500.00. Other prizes: cash and donated items.  
  • Special recognition of centenarians of Japantown and JAMsj visionaries who led the way  
  • Slide show detailing the JAMsj legacy
Emcee Mike Inouye of NBC Bay Area will keep the party moving throughout the evening. His humorous style, emanating from his first career as a stand-up comedian, is sure to add to the entertainment.  



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. 





Don't miss out! Register by the November 21, 2012, deadline. The price for the 25th Anniversary Gala is $100. Parking vouchers can be purchased for $10 for the Hyatt parking lot for non-overnight guests. Please contact the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 or send email to events@jamsj.org to register.



Origami Gift Wrapping Class
Vicky Mihara-Avery

Origami Gift Wrapping Class

with Vicky Mihara-Avery


November 25, 2012 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 




Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 



"In Japan, there is a spiritual and cultural aspect to wrapping gifts and objects. The concept of wrapping is more than to protect or decorate, it is also a reflection of the traditional Japanese sense of beauty."  

- Vicky Mihara-Avery


We are excited to offer a special origami gift wrapping class, featuring award winning origami  instructor and specialist in Japanese paper crafts, Vicky Mihara-Avery. Just in time for the holidays, this class covers quick and easy Japanese-inspired gift wrapping techniques through step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on practice.

  • Use layers of coordinating papers for simple, elegant gift wrapping.
  • Tie mizuhiki paper cords to give your gift that unique Japanese touch.
  • Use furoshiki for inspired methods to wrap gifts, including unusually shaped objects.

This program will also include a trunk show featuring products from Vicky's company, Mountain Valley Paper Company, including gift wrap sets and her DVD, The Japanese Art of Gift Wrapping.  


Martha Stewart and Vicky Mihara-Avery
Martha Stewart and Vicky Mihara-Avery

 Vicky Mihara Avery is the third-generation in her family to promote and share the experience of Japanese paper crafts. Vicky recently made guest appearances on the Martha Stewart Show, the Carol Duvall Show, and Good Morning America. She has also been an invited lecturer and instructor at museums, festivals and origami conferences around the country.


The cost of the origami gift wrapping class  is $10 for members and $15 for non-members (includes admission to the museum). There is an additional $3 materials fee that will be collected at the beginning of class. Members who are also active volunteers at the museum will receive an additional $5 discount. 


The class is limited to 20 students. Please contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org  or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot.

JAMsj Book Club

Note: The December 1 JAMsj 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 JAMsj 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. 


Calendar of Events

November 10, 2012: JAMsj Winter Boutique
November 18, 2012: Moving Days: Civil Liberties and the Japanese American Experience
November 21, 2012: Deadline to register for the JAMsj 25th Anniversary Gala
November 25, 2012: Origami Gift Wrapping with Vicky Mihara-Avery
December 1, 2012: JAMsj 25th Anniversary Gala
January 5, 2013: JAMsj Book Club
January 30, 2013: Fred Korematsu Day

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535 N. Fifth Street
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