Museum Exhibits

Japanese American Museum of San Jose celebrates grand opening

SAN JOSE — The grand opening ceremony of the newly renovated Japanese American Museum of San Jose at 535 N. Fifth St. on Oct. 16 drew an enthusiastic crowd of 800 people to the cream-colored farmhouse-style building. The ceremony also marked the 88th birthday of Jimi Yamaichi, who is unofficially known as the “Mayor of […]

Japanese screen collection explores five centuries of beauty

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco offers glimpses of the elegant world of Japanese folding screens through an exhibit that opened Oct. 15 called “Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens.” The collection displays traditional Japanese art, starting from the Muromachi period (1392-1573) through the innovative and modern era of the late 20th […]

Artist Takara contributes to SJ museum exhibit

SAN JOSE — Mixed media artist Corinne Okada Takara combines her passion for design, textiles and fabrics to capture life in Silicon Valley in a concrete way. Collaborating with two other artists, Takara developed unique textile designs for the artwear installation “TECHstyle SoftWEAR: Surface and Shape,” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. […]

‘Distillations’ exhibit captures Japanese American identity

“Distillation: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience” opened last week at John F. Kennedy University’s Arts & Consciousness Gallery in Berkeley. It offers a unique portrayal of Japanese American identity through the lens of Sansei, or third-generation Japanese Americans. With more than 70 works of art, the four artists — Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Shizue […]

JANM features Issei clothing from Hawaiian plantations

LOS ANGELES — An exhibit featuring textiles and clothing used by Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i from the late 19th century through the early 20th century, collected and documented by Barbara Kawakami, is on display at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo through Aug. 22. The exhibit, “Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from […]

Exhibit, lecture puts Kanrin Maru into context

With the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese ship to America, many groups are seizing the moment to celebrate the establishment of diplomatic relations that paved the way for today’s strong U.S.-Japan alliance. A recent event and ongoing exhibit at the Japan Information Center delve deeper into the reality of the voyage […]

NJAHS exhibits concentration camp artifacts

The National Japanese American Historical Society’s (NJAHS) exhibit, “Sa sa e: Camp Objects of Memory,” currently on display at the San Francisco Japantown nonprofit’s Peace Gallery, offers a glimpse of what Japanese Americans experienced in American concentration camps during World War II. “Sa sa e” means to sustain or support, explained Rosalyn Tonai, executive director […]

SFMOMA’s First Postwar Japanese Photography Exhibit Charts the Evolution of Japanese Art and Society

A young woman sitting in a garden, her kimono pulled back defiantly to reveal a single naked breast. A stray dog, glaring menacingly, teeth bared. A woman’s head, eyes gaping, jammed beneath the armpit of a muscular man, seemingly detached from her body but very much alive. These are images from postwar Japan as seen […]

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