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Japanese American Museum of San Jose

October 2015
In This Issue
Book Club: Being Japanese American
Health, Sports and Culture Day
Help Identify Heart Mountain Photos
Genealogy Workshop
Film: To Be Takei
JACL Community Recognition
Calendar of Events
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 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.      
  
 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.  

  

 Workshop
  
Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and in Japan
with Linda Harms Okazaki  

Saturday, October 24, 2015
 
12:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 
 
Genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki
Learn how to get started researching your family history by taking this workshop at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj). At the end of our session, you will be ready to begin your own research. Topics to be covered include the following:
  • Finding vital records: land, census, and immigration
  • Ordering internment camp records
  • Finding picture-bride case files, alien files, and naturalization records
  • Looking for clues in documents
  • Taking the information you have found to find records in Japan
  • Looking for records only available in Japan, versus looking for records available at the Family History Library in the United States
  • Understanding ohaka (grave site) and kabocho (death registry)
  • Visiting relatives, cemeteries, and temples
 
LINDA HARMS OKAZAKI is a fourth-generation San Franciscan with a background in education. As the current president of the California Genealogical Society, she is passionate about teaching nikkei how to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Linda is a member of several genealogical associations, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the California Genealogical Society, and the Nikkei Genealogical Society. 

Must be 17 or older. Seating is limited.


Cost: $35 class fee plus admission the the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members, free). Active JAMsj volunteers receive a $15 discount. 
Please email  PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 to reserve your spot today. 
  
 Save the Date
  
To Be Takei
Comes to JAMsj


Saturday, November 21, 2015
 
1:00 -- 3:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 
  
Come to the museum to see To Be Takei, a very funny and insightful film about George Takei. Takei is probably most widely known for his role as Sulu in the television series Star Trek. The two main themes of the film revolve around Takei's being a former Tule Lake incarceree and his being gay. JAMsj was a community consultant to this film. The talented producer, Jennifer Kroot, will be available for a Q&A session after the showing. So come join us at the friendliest and most convenient movie house in San Jose to learn more about this engaging and talented actor.

Also, see a short interview "extra" of Jimi Yamaichi in JAMsj's barracks room.


The cost for this fundraiser is $10 with a $5 discount for JAMsj members.
Showtime is 1:00 pm. An RSVP is required. Email PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call 408.294.3138 to reserve a seat. 
  
 JACL Community Recognition
      
   San Jose JACL's 12th Annual Community Recognition Dinner

Saturday, November 7, 2015
 
5:00 p.m.

San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
1740 N 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 
You're invited to San Jose JACL's 12th Annual Community Recognition Dinner - Incarcerees to Educators to Community Contributors, to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel.
 
Tickets are priced individually at $125 ($115 for JACL members) or $1,150 for a table of ten. The celebration begins with no-host cocktails, a silent auction, and a quilt drawing at 5:00 pm, followed by the dinner program at 6:00 pm.
 
For 2015 the San Jose JACL is proud to recognize the following six individuals for their dedication to inspiring students and giving to the community: Dr. Aggie Idemoto, Dr. Mitsu Kumagai, Patricia Nakashima, Judy Niizawa, Dr. Roy Takeuchi, and Itsuo Yokota.
 
In conjunction with the dinner, the event will again include its popular dessert dash. This event is the chapter's major fundraiser to support its programs.
 
 
A reservation form can be found on the San Jose JACL website: www.sanjosejacl.org or requested from the San Jose JACL office: 408-295-1250, and advertisement opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Sharon Uyeda at suyeda9356@aol.com or 408-259-3656.
 
  
Calendar of Events

July 24 -- October 23, 2015:  Help Identify Heart Mountain Photos
October 3, 2015:                 Book Club: Being Japanese American
October 10, 2015:               California Legacy Voice Network Workshop
October 11, 2015:                Health, Sports, and Culture Day
October 24, 2015:               Genealogy Workshop:  Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and Japan
November 7, 2015:              JACL Community Recognition Dinner
November 14, 2015:            Winter Boutique
November 21, 2015:             Film:  To Be Takei

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

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