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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
August 2014
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Japantown Book Preorder
Book Club: Quiet Heroes
CAAMfest San Jose
Grandparents Day
Volunteers Wanted
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Free Entry to JAMsj for Military Personnel


The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), along with museums throughout the country, is participating in the Blue Star Museum program, offering military personnel and their families complimentary admission to the museum


Active-duty military personnel and their families are encouraged to visit JAMsj free of charge year round. The museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. 

New Book Pre-order Extension, and More Pages!

*** Pre-order extended 2 weeks due to popular demand *** 
*** Book expanded from 300 to over 400 pages *** 

San Jose Japantown:  A Journey

by Curt Fukuda and Ralph M. Pearce
A beautiful hardbound book includes more than 400 pages, documenting over 100 years of San Jose Japantown's rich history. This treasure is the culmination of fifteen years of research, more than 100 interviews and over 500 collected images.
Pre-order your copy through August 15, 2014.  Same presale price of $40 -- savings of 33% over srp of $60. 

This book is published by JAMsj and is scheduled to be delivered November 2014.

Order forms can be downloaded and printed here.  For black and white order form click here


Book Club
Quiet Heroes -- A Century of
American Quakers' Love and
Help for the Japanese and Japanese Americans
by Tsukasa Sugimura 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 
1:00 p.m.

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


The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) Book Club will meet Saturday, August 2, at 1:00 p.m. to discuss Quiet Heroes--A Century of American Quakers' Love and Help for the Japanese and Japanese Americans by Tsukasa Sugimura. Reading this book reveals life's values and gives pause to reflect upon one's own life. The Friends work quietly but have done much to support Japanese and Japanese Americans.


Books may be purchased at the Museum Store.  Hours of operation are Thursday to Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact JAMsj at (408) 294-3138 or Aggie Idemoto, Book Club facilitator, at aggie@jamsj.org.

The Book Club is open to all and meets the first Saturday of every other month.
CAAMfest San Jose

Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice

Thursday, September 4, 2014
(Time will be announced on our website)

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

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) is pleased to announce that we will once again be a host venue for the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMfest San Jose showcase. Celebrating its twelfth year in San Jose, CAAMFest San Jose presents films and events reflecting the impact and influence of Asian Americans in Silicon Valley and their continuous innovation in technology, arts and culture, media, and community.


JAMsj will be screening Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice, a documentary chronicling the history of this remarkable woman, whose political activism touched thousands of lives across many diverse communities.
Cost: Free.

Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot
Kids Cultural Event
Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, JAMsj and Lotus Preschool are teaming up to bring you a fun-filled day of cultural activities for kids and their grandparents, including:

  • Kamishibai (story-telling) 
  • Photo Shoot
  • Jan-Ken-Po Tournament
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Coloring Fun 
  • Traditional Japanese Toys and Children's Games
    ...and more! 
Please come and enjoy this special event with your grandkids!

For more information, contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org

Volunteers Wanted
Public Programs
Day of Event Set-up/Clean-up

Do you enjoy coming to our public programs? Want to help out? We are looking for additional volunteers to join our day-of-event set-up/clean-up crew for public programs as well as audio/visual technical assistance.

  • Volunteer as often or as little as you want; sign-up is on a program-by-program basis.  Pick the ones you are interested in and/or answer the call for help when we are short on volunteers -- your choice.
  • Most programs are on the weekend and tend to start at 1pm; the set-up/clean-up crew usually works from 11:00/11:30 a.m. to 3:00/3:30 p.m.
  • Take a break while the program is in session, or stay and enjoy it as part of the audience.
  • Get an official JAMsj volunteer polo shirt!
  • Make new friends and expand your knowledge of Japanese American history, culture, and art.
  • Want to do more? Other types of volunteer opportunities are also available.
Support our museum by volunteering your time. Our public programs help to expand our reach and share the Japanese American experience with a wider audience.

For more information, please contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org

Calendar of Events

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

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Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: (408) 294-3138
Email: mail@jamsj.org