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Japanese American Museum of San Jose

September 2015
In This Issue
JAMsj Open House
125th Anniversary Concerts
Lucky Chow
Book Club: Being Japanese American
California Legacy Voice Network - JAMsj Workshop
Health, Sports and Culture Day
Help Identify Heart Mountain Photos
Calendar of Events
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Artwork by                                       
Japanese Business Association                      
and Tamiko Rast.                                 
 
JAMsj Open House & Living "Historic Legends" 

Saturday, September 12, 2015
12 Noon -- 4 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 
 
Join us at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of San Jose's Japantown with a special open house celebration, as follows:
 
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Guest Docents 
  • Living History Exhibit Docents--hear first-hand accounts of Japantown and Japanese American history, including stories about the WWII incarceration and the fight for redress, the experience of Japanese American veterans, farm life in Santa Clara Valley, and stories about old Japantown
  • Informally talk with people such as:
    • Kats Hikido, 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran
    • Art Shibayama, former Peruvian internee at Crystal City Justice Department camp
    • Jimi Yamaichi, farming expert and Tule Lake resister
    • Susan Hayase, redress activist and vice chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund
    • Tom Graves, author of Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea
1:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers
  • Curt Fukuda, co-author of San Jose Japantown: A Journey, showcasing 125 years of Japantown history
  • Connie Young Yu, author of Chinatown San Jose, USA, highlighting Heinlenville Chinatown before Japantown (1887 to 1930s)
  • Robert Ragsac, local Filipino American community historian for the Filipino American community (1920 to 1940s in Japantown)
  • Duane Kubo, award-winning film maker and retired dean at De Anza College, presentation on J-Town Community TV and resources on Japantown history
Come visit us, tour our exhibits, hear stories about Japantown, enjoy some light refreshments and then go out to dinner in Japantown before attending the 125th anniversary concert at Wesley United Methodist Church, across the street from JAMsj at 7pm!



Cost: In honor of the 125th anniversary, there is no cost for this event.
RSVP: No RSVP required.
For more information about our open house, contact publicprograms@jamsj.org .

 Japantown San Jose Celebrates 125 Years
 
 CAAMFest San Jose

   
Lucky Chow
  
Sunday, September 20, 2015

11:30 a.m.

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. 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 screen a selection of episodes from Lucky Chow, a six-part PBS series, which follows LuckyRice founder Danielle Chang as she travels across America, exploring the Asian food landscape. Episodes include "Ramen Mania," featuring the ramen craze that has swept the country, and "Bay Area's Pacific Rim Cuisine," highlighting local culinary purveyors.
 
We are looking forward to having Donald Young, producer of Lucky Chow, in attendance. In addition, the Kushi Yaki Kuishinbo food truck, local purveyor of typical Japanese street food, will be present after the show to offer its food items for sale.
 
 
Cost: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). 
RSVP: Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org, or call (408) 294-3138, to reserve a spot.     
  
 Book Club
  
Being Japanese American
 
Saturday, October 3, 2015
 
1:00 p.m.

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

The next meeting of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose's (JAMsj) book club will be to discuss Gil Asakawa's book, Being Japanese American. Being Japanese American is a fun and entertaining sourcebook, as well as a celebration of Japanese American culture, history, and heritage. While detailing favorite foods, customs, words, games and holidays, it explores the painful history of immigration and WWII internment, together with suggestions for connecting to your Japanese American community and passing on traditions across generations and into intermarried families.
 
The book club meets at 1:00 p.m. the first Saturday of every other month at JAMsj. Meetings are open to the general public, and books are available for purchase at the museum store. Questions? Contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 294-3138 or aggie@jamsj.org.


Cost: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). 
RSVP: No RSVP required.      
  
 Partnerships
  
California Legacy Voice Network:
2015 JAMsj Workshops 
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

9:00 a.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112  
    
The California Legacy Voice Network has scheduled a professional development workshop for teachers and administrators in Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties) at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) in San Jose's Japantown. The workshop will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, followed by lunch and a museum tour. JAMsj is one of eight regions in California collaborating to promote awareness of the WWII incarceration.
 
Guest speakers Karen Korematsu and others will address four critical areas:
  • California's assembly centers
  • The Japanese American incarceration
  • Fred Korematsu's story
  • The family stories of local Legacy Voices
Participants will receive materials to share with students and colleagues at their schools and school districts, thus preparing them to become Legacy Voices. This Japanese American Confinement Sites grant is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, and JAMsj.
 
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Pre-registration for October 10 workshop due September 24, 2015
 
Name:
Address:
E-mail Address:
Phone (home):
Phone (cell):
 
School/Grade Level:
School District:
If retired, district and grade level
 
Send registration information to:
 
e-mail: info@jamsj.org, Attention: Shirley Ota and Judy Tokubo
address: JAMsj at 535 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112 
 
 
Cost: There is no cost for this event. 
RSVP: Contact info@jamsj.org (attention: Shirley Ota and Judy Tokubo), or call (408) 294-3138, to reserve a spot. The deadline to register for this final workshop, October 10, is September 24   
 Cultural Event
    
Health, Sports, and Culture Day

Sunday, October 11, 2015 
11:30 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112  
   
Health and Sports Day, usually held on October 10 in Japan, is the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. With the Summer Olympics coming to Tokyo again in 2020, we thought we would bring this event closer to San Jose's Japantown with our own version of a Health, Sports, and Culture Day at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj).
 
JAMsj will also be open with bilingual (English/Japanese) docents on hand for guided tours. To open this event, there will be an obento lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. If a lunch is desired, it must be preordered. From 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., there will be performances and relay races:
  • Marimo kai koto group performance
  • Fujitsu's Physical Exercise video game demonstration
  • Judo demonstration
  • Kendama playtime
  • Relay races for the children
    • Hula Hoop Challenge
    • Egg on the Spoon
    • Tamaire
    • Mansui Relay Race (small/large cups)
    • Tug of War
    • Pankui/Powder Donuts
    • Balloon Toss
    • Tamaire
Please join us for an afternoon of cultural demonstrations bringing health, sports, and culture together. 
 
 
Cost:
Obento (Lunch and Itoen Ocha) 
Adult Obento: $12
Kids Obento: $8
Admission: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free) 
RSVP: Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org, or call (408) 294-3138, to reserve a spot. Event admission/RSVP and obento lunch can be purchased at JAMsj's online store.
Note:
Must preorder obento lunch by Saturday, October 3, 2015.

 Community Appeal
  
Help Identify Heart Mountain Photos

Friday, July 24, 2015 -- Friday, October 23, 2015 
12 Noon -- 4:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 

 

Patti Hirahara, administrator of the Hirahara family collection, is looking for help in identifying babies, individuals, groups, and family photographs taken by her grandfather, George Hirahara, and father, Frank C. Hirahara, during WWII. These remarkable photographs were taken and processed in the Heart Mountain relocation camp from 1943 to 1945.

 

Tomiko Aoyama of San Francisco, in the hat, poses with friends for a group photo at the Heart Mountain Vocation Station Depot before her departure in 1943. Friends include her brother WRA photographer Bud, sister Miyuki, mother Ito Aoyama, George and Koto Hirahara, Roy Kito of Fugetsu-do Confectionery, and brother Masao Aoyama.
Photo credit: George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections 

 

The Hirahara family collection of more than 2,000 Heart Mountain photos has been donated to Hirahara's father's alma mater, Washington State University. She has left three, 3-ring binders of photos with identification sheets, which represents only a small portion of the collection, here at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) for people to look through. 

 

Class picture of the Heart Mountain High School Eighth Grade -- Four Homeroom taken in 1944. In the first row on the end is Albert Handa, father of NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa. 
Photo credit: George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

 

Hirahara lives in Anaheim, California, and would be happy to talk with any family members about the photos. She can be emailed at hiraharacollect@aol.com for more information. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by to see if you recognize anyone in the photos. Identifying as many faces as possible would deeply personalize the devastating experience that more 120,000 Japanese Americans endured as a result of Executive Order 9066.

 

The photo binders of the yet-to-be-identified Heart Mountain incarcerees will be kept in the JAMsj library. Viewing hours are Thursday - Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m. Viewing is also available by appointment by emailing jamsjlibrary@gmail.com or by calling (408) 294-3138.  

  

Calendar of Events

July 24 -- October 23, 2015:  Help Identify Heart Mountain Photos
September 12, 2015:           JAMsj Open House
September 12, 2015:           125th Anniversary Concerts
September 20, 2015:           Lucky Chow
October 3, 2015:                 Book Club: Being Japanese American
October 10, 2015:               California Legacy Voice Network Workshop
October 11, 2015:                Health, Sports, and Culture Day


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

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