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Japanese American Museum of San Jose

April 2015
In This Issue
Book Club: Bend With the Wind
Presentation: Traditions in Japanese Architecture
New Exhibit: Shining Wind -- Forty Years of English Haiku
Perspectives on Camp
Unique Panel: Lost Battallion - a Rescuer, a Rescuee and a Writer
Kodomo no Hi
Vintage Sale
Help Wanted
Calendar of Events
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Meet the Author:  Naomi Shibata
   
Bend with the Wind -- The Life, Family, and Writings of Grace Eto Shibata 

    

Saturday, April 4, 2015
1:00 p.m.  

  

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

 

Author Naomi Shibata, daughter of Grace Eto Shibata, will discuss her book, Bend with the Wind -- The Life, Family, and Writings of Grace Eto Shibata. This book is the story of one family's belief in the American dream. As seen through the eyes of the youngest of eight children, the account spans 100 years of Grace's family history, beginning with her parents' immigration to the California's Central Coast in the early twentieth century.

 

Naomi Shibata (right) with mother, Grace Eto Shibata (left) 
The story follows a generation of pioneers whose resilience and determination built strong families and strong communities. Shibata shares the values that bound Grace's tightly-knit family and supported Grace throughout her life, a life shaped by WWII, an arranged marriage, a family business, motherhood, activist, author, and seventy-four-year-old college graduate.  

 


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

No RSVP required.

 
Partnerships
  
Traditions in Japanese Architecture 

  

Saturday, April 4, 2015
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  

  

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

 

On Saturday, April 4, Karl Bareis of Santa Cruz Timberframes will speak on traditional Japanese building and architectural spaces. His talk will feature a PowerPoint presentation of his personal photography taken in Japan in the 1970s.

   

After completing a traditional carpenter's apprenticeship in Japan, Bareis returned in 1980 and built two structures. First he designed and built the tea rooms in the Lower House of Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. Then in 1994 he built the Daishu-in West Rinzai Zen Temple in Humboldt County (northern California). 

 
Nanzen-ji Temple 

Before the lecture, at 4:30 p.m., there will be a talk, as well as a tour, on the history and rebuilding of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Bareis' presentation will run from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. 

 

The presentation is a fundraising event for the Japanese Cultural Fair in Santa Cruz, California, now in its twenty-ninth year. This year's fair will be held on Saturday, June 6, at Mission Plaza Park.

 

 
Seating is limited. Suggested Donation: $10 (general; seniors & students, $8). Proceeds will go to the Japanese Cultural Fair of Santa Cruz. Seating is limited.

Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot. 

 
New Exhibit
 
Shining Wind:  Forty Years of English Haiku
April 3 - 19, 2015

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

 

 

Shining Wind is a lively look at the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, whose mission is to teach English speakers a traditional Japanese poetry form: haiku. A 1975 Japantown startup by the husband and wife team, Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi, has blossomed into a vigorous society centered in San Jose, but with outreach to other states, as well as Canada, Australia, and Japan. Today members celebrate a long list of accomplishments, including a bimonthly newsletter, an annual members' anthology, a regional saijiki (dictionary of season words or kigo used by haiku poets), an annual haiku contest, and an annual haiku retreat. At the 2012 retreat, the society hosted the great physicist and haiku poet, Dr. Akita Arima, from Tokyo.

  

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society members attend an international kukai in Matsuyama, Japan

In each season throughout the year the society gathers to write/exchange haiku:

  • May:  A teahouse reading in San Jose's Japanese Friendship Garden
  • July:  Tanabata, a festival held on the seventh day of the seventh month
  • Fall:  A moon-viewing party 
  • December:  a winter holiday party

 

Come enjoy the merger of graceful tradition with modern Silicon Valley life as evidenced in the historical photos, artifacts, memorabilia, and haiku on display. Find out more at www.youngleaves.org.

 

A private reception with haiku reading for our new exhibit, Shining Wind: Forty Years of English Haiku, will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj). Come early when the museum opens at 12 to visit its many other wonderful exhibits. By invitation. For information, contact Patricia Machmiller at (408) 373-5024.

 
National Poetry Month

Perspectives on Camp

Sunday, April 12, 2015
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) will celebrate National Poetry Month in April with a special poetry reading illuminating the incarceration experience of Japanese Americans during World War II. Featured poets include:

  • MITSUYE YAMADA -- Host, Nisei poet, author of Camp Notes
  • NELLIE WONG -- Friend of War Relocation Authority (WRA) incarceree, author of Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park and Stolen Moments
  • MARIKO NAGAI -- Novelist, author of Dust of Eden
  • BRIAN KOMEI DEMPSTER -- Son of WRA incarceree, author of Topaz
  • BRYNN SAITO -- Granddaughter of WRA incarcerees, author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure

   

            Mitsuye Yamada                Nellie Wong                         Mariko Nagai                 Brian Komei Dempster          Brynn Saito      

 

The program will close with an open mic session; members of the audience will be invited to read their own poetry.

 

  

Cost: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).
Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.

 

Unique Panel
Bruyres, France In 1944 (left) and present day (right).
Lost Battalion:  a Rescuer, a Rescuee, and a Writer

Sunday, April 18, 2015
1:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

 

The Nisei 442nd Regiment's infamous "Battle of the Lost Battalion," which took place in October 1944, was its bloodiest encounter of WWII. After four days and nights of continuous combat, the Nisei finally reached some 200 American soldiers who had been surrounded by the enemy. But the 442nd paid a bloody price. At the end of the battle, one 200-man company had only eight men able to fight, while another had but fourteen. The battle superbly illustrates lessons in military strategy and the singular human will to survive.

 

At the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), most of our exposure to the story of the Lost Battalion has centered on the Nisei soldiers' sacrifices, but on April 18, writer and photographer Tom Graves will bring to JAMsj the rare opportunity to hear three different perspectives about the battle from the rescuers, the rescued, and even the enemy.

 

Local veterans Al Tortolano, one of the few remaining survivors of the Lost Battalion, and Lawson Sakai, one of the Nisei rescuers, will describe their own experiences. They will be joined by expert Franz Steidl, author of Lost Battalions, who interviewed both American and German veterans of the battle. Graves, will moderate the distinguished panel.

 

  

Cost: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).
Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.

 

Kids Cultural Event

Kodomo no Hi


Sunday, April 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

 

Brightly dyed carp streamers will soon be fluttering above houses in Japan and many Japanese American homes during the celebration of Kodomo No Hi, otherwise known as Children's Day. In keeping with this tradition, koi streamers will be hung along Fifth Street, leading you to JAMsj during the Nikkei Matsuri Festival. Kodomo No Hi is a nationally observed holiday in Japan, traditionally celebrated on May 5.

  
JAMsj will be celebrating Kodomo No Hi with various craft-making workshops. Children can learn how to make kabuto (samurai helmets), koinobori (carp streamers), and other crafts at this popular event.

 

 

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

Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to for more information. 

   

Nikkei Matsuri Event
Sake bottles, kimono and soroban (Japanese abacus).  Photo courtesy of Eva Yamamoto.

Vintage Sale


Sunday, April 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

The third annual Vintage Sale will held on Sunday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the Nikkei Matsuri Festival. The sale will be held in the agricultural exhibit area of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj).

 

This unique sale features gently-used items of Japanese or Asian influence. On sale last year were books from the museum library, obis, kimonos, fabric, dishes, dolls, swords, paintings, and hangings. The samurai swords were the most sought-after items. We expect similar items this year. So come one, come all, to check out the goods!

 

You can help us raise money for the museum by either:
  • Donating -- Donations of lightly-used items with a Japanese influence will be accepted from April 2 through April 23, Thursday through Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Did you know that donations are tax-deductible? We will give you a tax-deductible donation form for your items.
  • Buying -- Come to the sale and buy whatever strikes your fancy, either for yourself or for a thoughtful gift.

So in either case you can help yourself as well as support the museum.

  

 

If you wish for more information, please email eva@jamjs.org or call (408) 294-3138. 

   

Help Wanted

Calendar of Events


April 4, 2015:            Meet the Author:  Naomi Shibata
April 4, 2015:            Traditions in Japanese Architecture
April 3 - 19, 2015:     Shining Wind:  40 Years of English Haiku
April 12, 2015:          Poetry Event
April 18, 2015:          Lost Battalion:  a Rescuer, a Rescuee and a Writer
April 26, 2015:          Kodomo no Hi 
August 8, 2015:        California Legacy Voice Network Teacher Workshop

For more information about our public programs, please contact PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call (408) 294-3138.

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