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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
May 2013
In This Issue
Meet the Author: Naomi Hirahara
Exhibit Grand Opening: Jack's Show
Defining JA
Fashionable Folds
Book Club - Issei Women: Echoes from Another Frontier
Calendar of Events
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Jimi Yamaichi and his work in preserving and restoring the Tule Lake jail was featured in Klamath Falls' Herald and News article.
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Meet the Author
Strawberry Yellow
Photo courtesy of Prospect Park Books.

 

Naomi Hirahara
Author of  
Strawberry Yellow   


Saturday, May 4, 2013 

1:00 p.m.

 

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA  95112   


 

Author Naomi Hirahara will discuss the fifth book in her Edgar Award-winning detective series. This series features a curmudgeonly, Japanese American gardener and unwitting detective, Mas Arai. He is a protagonist unlike any other: a Hiroshima survivor, gardener, widower, gambler, grandfather, and solver of crimes. In Strawberry Yellow, he returns to the California San Jose and Watsonville strawberry farms of his youth and encounters not only family intrigue but also danger and eventually murder.

 

All five Hirahara books will be available for purchase at the JAMsj museum store, where Hirahara will be available to sign your copies.

 

For detals about Hirahara and her books, visit http://www.naomihirahara.com/.   You can also read more about Naomi Hirahara on Discover Nikkei.

Naomi Hirahara
Author Naomi Hirahara.
Photo Courtesy of Prospect Park Books 

 

Cost: Event is free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).       

 

To RSVP, contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org, or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138.

Exhibit Grand Opening
   Jack Matsuoka
 
GRAND OPENING & ARTIST RECEPTION  
Saturday, May 11, 2013

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

Seats are limited.  RSVP required. 
 
Email PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 
to reserve your spot today.

Cost: Event is free with admission to the museum
(non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3;
JAMsj members and children under 12, free)
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Please join us at the grand opening of "Jack's Show: His Life and Sketches" on May 11, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj).  Jack Matsuoka is a member of the prestigious National Cartoonist Association and a well-known figure in the San Jose Japantown community. His special exhibit features artwork spanning his impressive 70-year career.

 

More than 60 pieces of art from Matsuoka's personal collection will be on display, along with other artifacts from his life.     

 

At this show, visitors will get a glimpse of history through Matsuoka's portraits of people at work and play.  His pen-and-ink illustrations reflect his passion for athletes and sports such as San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. Also in the collection are depictions of U.S. foreign relations with China and Japan, which come alive through Matsuoka's caricatures of political leaders.   

Jack Matsuoka
Jack Matsuoka 

 

This unique exhibit celebrates Matsuoka's joy of

illustration and his deep appreciation of his friends, fans, and community.

   

Personal History and Accolades    

  •  Born in Watsonville, California, in 1925, Matsuoka's talent and interest in drawin­­g were  evident from an early age.   
  • Incarcerated at Poston Internment Camp, where as a teen, his visual storytelling blossomed while documenting life as an evacuee. 
  • Served in the MIS during WWII. 
  • Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. 
  • Inducted in the National Cartoonist Association. 

Works Published in the Following:   

  • Poston Camp II, Block 211 - Matsuoka's acclaimed depiction of the Japanese American incarceration experience  
  • Hokubei Mainichi 
  • San Francisco Examiner 
  • San Mateo Times 
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Japan Times 
  • Yomiuri
  • Various Sports magazines in Japan
  • Pacifica Tributne, editorial artist
  • Berkeley Gazette 
Special Group Discussion

Defining JA:
Beyond Issei/Nisei/Sansei
 
Saturday, May 25, 2013 
1:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum San Jose  

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

What does it mean to be Japanese American today? Much of our community's history has been defined in relationship to the historical experience of the Issei, Nisei, and Sansei generations with the World War II internment camps acting as a primary reference point. But does this focus on the three generations still serve as an accurate way to understand our community's identity?

 

Does such a narrative hinder our ability to appreciate new, emerging identities? How do multi-racial Japanese Americans fit into this story? What about the "shin-Nisei," the offspring of Japanese immigrants who came after the war--how do they fit into the narrative? Do we need new terminology to capture the richness of our community's experience?

 

These questions, as well as others, will be explored in this special group discussion. After a short presentation on the demographics of Japanese Americans, audience members will be asked to share their own stories, as a way of finding commonalities and differences that characterize Japanese Americans today.

 

This discussion will be facilitated by Dean Adachi, PhD candidate in history at Claremont Graduate University, and Tom Izu, executive director of De Anza College's California History Center.
 
Cost: Event is free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).

Seating is limited. Please email PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot today.  

For more information visit the JAMsj website.

Presentation and Workshop
Linda Tomoko Mihara.
Photo courtesy of Linda Mihara
 
Fashionable Folds
by Linda Mihara
 
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Part I:  Presentation
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Part II:  Workshop
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum San Jose  

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

 

 

Take a look inside the world of acclaimed, origami artist Linda Tomoko Mihara as she presents some of her exciting works in wearable origami fashion.

 

Part I: Presentation

 

Join us as Mihara shares some of her exciting new projects and forges origami-folding frontiers in fashion. Although best known for her three-dimensional
roko-an sculptures (multiple cranes folded from a single sheet of paper), her latest passion is exploring the art of wearable origami fashion. Mihara has worked on several wearable creations, including her "Star Tesselated Dress and Shoes" which was part of last year's popular Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum. This exhibit opens in June at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, California.

   

Tesselated Vest                                      Blue Wave Dress                                Star Tesselated Dress and High Heels                     

Mihara will be bringing several of her art pieces to show at this event, including both award-winning works of art and newer pieces that have never been shown in public before.

 

Open to all ages. Audience members who choose not to participate in the afternoon workshop are welcome to stay and observe (space permitting).

 

Part II: Workshop

 

Interested in exploring this new frontier? Sign up for this hands-on workshop and join Mihara as she demonstrates a wet-fold technique that can be used to give paper a beautiful texture suitable for fashion. Participants will create a swatch that can either be made into a scarf or transformed into a more elaborate wearable creation.

 

Must be 17 or older. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. It is recommended that workshop participants also attend the morning presentation. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and chat with Mihara during the break between the morning and afternoon programs.

 

Mihara has been a guest origami lecturer and teacher at many events, but this is her first time speaking about origami fashion.   Her works are part of several museum collections, including the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California, and Hangar7 in Salzburg, Austria.
A professional origami artist and designer, Linda specializes in origami for TV commercials and international events. Her clients include Mitsubishi Motors, Chanel, Hermes, Visa, the Washington Post, Pixar, and Disney.   She has just completed origami work for a commercial for McDonald's, scheduled to air soon. More information on Mihara , including examples of her work, can be found on her website (origamihara.com).

Cost: Presentation is free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).
Workshop is an additional $15. A small materials fee may also apply.

 

Please email PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot today.

Book Club
  Issei Women:  Echoes from Another Frontier
by Eileen Sunada Sarasohn

 Saturday, July 6, 2013
1:00 p.m.


Japanese American Museum San Jose  

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

Issei Women: Echoes from Another Frontier chronicles the lives of eleven out of some 50,000 women, whose lives were dramatically changed when they immigrated to America from the Meiji era in turn-of-the-century Japan. The book is a narrative of the women's collective lives and how they coped with and overcame the challenges of their new lives in America. These womens' stories express the strength and values they learned in Japan, which are later shared with their children and grandchildren.


Cost: Presentation is free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).

 

Please email PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot today.

Calendar of Events


May 4, 2013:  Meet the Author: Naomi Hirahara, author of Strawberry Yellow
May 11, 2013:  Exhibit Grand Opening Event -  Jack's Show:  His Life and Sketches
May 25, 2013:  Defining JA:  Beyond Issei/Nisei/Sansei
June 1, 2013:  Fashionable Folds by Linda Mihara
June 8, 2013:  Honoring Ourselves Through Our Writing
July 6, 2013:  Issei Women:  Echoes from Another Frontier (Book Club)

For more information about our public programs, please contact PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org

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