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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
February 2013
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Ai Love Japan
San Jose Day of Rembrance
What We Did For Fun in the Old Days
JAMsj Volunteer Fair
Hina Matsuri
CyArk
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Snow on Willow: A Nisei Memoir by Jean Oda Moy

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Snow on Willow: A Nisei Memoir
By Jean Oda Moy 

 

March 2, 2013 
1:00 p.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112
Consider becoming a JAMsj volunteer by checking out our volunteer opportunities. Come visit us at the JAMsj Volunteer Fair on February 24, 2013.

Ai Love Japan

 

Photo courtesy of Ai Love Japan  
and Ken Matsui 

Ai Love Japan:  Ongoing Recovery and Relief Efforts in Northeastern Japan

 

February 3, 2013

   1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Japanese American Museum San Jose
Second Floor 

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112  
 

Darrell Miho is a professional photographer and writer from Southern California. Darrell and fellow photographer, Ken Matsui, founded Ai Love Japan, an organization that documents survivor stories and provides direct aid to the people most affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.  He will be at JAMsj on February 3, 2013 and will talk about his organization and the current situation within the disaster zone. In this article, he recounts how he got involved in relief efforts.

 

 By Darrell Miho

   

When the March 11 disasters struck Japan, I was literally on the other side of the world in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I couldn't believe the video footage I was watching on TV. I knew this was bad and my immediate instinct was to go take pictures. Read more ... 

 

For more information about the February 3 event, please visit our website. Seating is limited, so please email PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot today.

 
San Jose Day of Remembrance

 

 

Day of Remembrance Candlelighting Ceremony
The Day of Remembrance candlelight ceremony honors internees, war veterans, and people who were displaced by EO 9066. Photo courtesy of Andy Frazer
33rd Annual 

 San Jose Day of Remembrance

 

The Changing Face of America


February 17, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

 

 

 

Please do not contact the San Jose Buddhist Church for information.  Contact info@sjnoc.org or visit the NOC website.  

      

 

The 2013 San Jose Day of Remembrance commemorates the signing of  Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.  The event will also recognize the 25th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

 

Sikh Coalition For the first time in San Jose Day of Remembrance history, a member of the Sikh community will be a featured speaker. Simran Kaur, Advocacy Manager of the Sikh Coalition will speak about issues that the Sikh community faces in the post 9/11 world. Other featured speakers will be Molly Kitajima
who will speak about her experiences as an incarceree in one of Canada's World War II concentration camps, and Congressman Mike Honda.  

 

The program also includes the traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown and a special performance by San Jose Taiko. JAMsj will also have a special display at the Day of Remembrance event. The event is free and open to the public. 

  

San Jose Day of Remembrance   

 

   

Special Members-Only Event
"What We Did for Fun in the Old Days"

 

Special Members-Only Event
"What We Did for Fun in the Old Days"
    

  

February 24, 2013
1:00-2:30 p.m. 

   Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Second Floor 

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 

 

This event is open to members only. 
However, members are welcome to use their 
   annual guest pass if they would like to bring a friend.
   

Join Jimi Yamaichi and JAMsj friends for a time of sharing fun, childhood memories!   Items not currently on display will be shared exclusively at this special, members-only viewing. In the spirit of the event theme, What Kids Did for Fun, members are encouraged to bring personal stories or childhood memorabilia to share.  Seats are limited. Early RSVP is recommended.

   

For more information, please email PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot today.  

 

JAMsj Volunteer Fair

Docents Kevin Nii and Grace Grace-Sonia Melanio

  JAMsj Volunteer Fair    

 

Sunday, February 24, 2013 
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Second Floor
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112


On Sunday, February 24, 2013, you can join the dedicated volunteers of the Japanese American Museum of  San Jose (JAMsj) from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the volunteer fair.  Volunteers are the heart of the JAMsj, giving countless hours serving as: 

 

  •      ReceptionistsWill Kaku, Roy Matsuzaki
  •      Docents
  •      Library and archival specialists
  •      Store staff
  •      Display construction workers
  •      Arts and craft experts
  •      Special events-- from the Winter Boutique to Hinamatsuri

 

Come to JAMsj on February 24 to learn more about volunteering and meet a dedicated group of individuals who are building a place for future generations of Japanese Americans.

 

Volunteers often start coming to JAMsj to ensure that the bravery shown by Japanese Americans during WW II is not forgotten.  First, these volunteers undergo docent training to learn about the Japanese American experience and have the opportunity to understand how this relates to our world today. Now docents, they can provide a legacy for generations to come and even learn from visitors relating their own experiences. How often do you get to meet a 90-year-old who can tell you about farming in San Jose? Crafters gather on Friday afternoons to make cards to sell in the JAMsj store. Talented IT professionals, archivists, and librarians all volunteer to work together to preserve and share Japanese American art, history, and culture. JAMsj has good karma! Come and join JAMsj as a volunteer and you, too, can have good karma!
 
For more information, please email PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot today.

Hina Matsuri

 

New Kimekomi Set. Photo courtesy of May Matsuzaki.
Hina Matsuri
(Japanese Doll Festival / Girls' Day)

 

March 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Second Floor
535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA  95112  

 

 

The Japanese Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri), or Girls' Day, is a festival celebrated by families who have girls, wishing their daughters good health and growth. Traditionally, beautiful dolls representing the emperor, empress, attendants, and musicians were handcrafted especially for the occasion. The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period, when people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits.

 

 

Photos courtesy of May Matsuzaki; left - 1938 Hinamatsuri set, center - volunteers at Kids Crafts, right - donated JAMsj set

 

Come bring your children to this special Girl's Day celebration at JAMsj. There will be traditional Hina Matsuri dolls, as well as more unique doll exhibits, and wonderful craft projects for both boys and girls.


Hina Matsuri dolls will be on display on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Cost: Entry is free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). An additional materials fee may apply.

 

CyArk

 

 

CyArk
Digital Reconstruction of Manzanar, Topaz and Tule Lake

March 16, 2013
1:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Second Floor
535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA  95112  


Imagine visiting one of the World War II American concentration camps and actually being able to see what it looked like when Japanese Americans were incarcerated there. Modern technology and the hard work of various organizations will soon make this possible. A good example of the former is CyArk, a non-profit organization dedicated to the digital preservation of cultural heritage sites. CyArk's work in digitally reconstructing the Manzanar, Topaz, and Tule Lake Wartime Relocation Authority (WRA) camps, together with the development of a "demonstration block" at Manzanar, will allow visitors to be part of both virtual and physical realities.  

 

 

Although some of this is still a work in progress, the Manzanar National Historic Site is already well worth a visit. In addition to the demonstration block, which today includes a mess hall and two barracks, there is a lot to see: a very impressive interpretive center, rotating exhibits, and quality public programs. In addition, helpful park rangers are on site. The interpretive display inside of the mess hall is already open to the public. In addition, visitors can walk through the barracks to get a feel for things to come. Read more ...

 

For more information about our upcoming March 16 presentation by CyArk, please contact Komo at PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org. A full announcement will appear in next month's edition of the JAMsj E-News.

 

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