San Jose Japantown

  • Italian Residence

    July 27, 2023 by

    For most of the history of this early 1900s building at 600 North Third St., it served as the residence of an Italian family. Two Nisei attorneys, Wayne Kanemoto and […] READ MORE

  • Wing’s Chinese Restaurant

    July 27, 2023 by

    Wing Chan was a cook at Ken Ying Low restaurant (625 North Sixth St.) in Heinlenville for many years before purchasing this property at 131 Jackson St. for his own […] READ MORE

  • Nichi Bei Bussan

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    In 1902, Shojiro Tatsuno opened the first Nichi Bei Bussan in what is now San Francisco’s Chinatown, carrying American goods that catered to the immigrant Japanese population. In 1948 Tatsuno’s […] READ MORE

  • Yu-Ai-Kai

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    Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service was organized in the early 1970s by Sansei students from San Jose State University who aimed to provide culturally appropriate meals, services and […] READ MORE

  • George’s Service Center

    July 27, 2023 by

    The station was designed by Associated Oil Company and constructed between 1932 and 1938 at its current location. Although it no longer offers gasoline, George’s Service Center has provided auto […] READ MORE

  • Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)

    July 27, 2023 by

    Established in 1987, the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) began as a 1984-86 research project on Japanese American farmers in the Santa Clara Valley, which led to the […] READ MORE

  • Mineta House

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    Built in 1929, this was the childhood home of Norman Mineta, the former San Jose mayor, U.S. congressman, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2001-2006, the longest serving Transportation Secretary […] READ MORE

  • Issei Memorial Building

    July 27, 2023 by

    Built in 1910 as the Kuwabara Hospital, this building was originally named for its first resident physician, Dr. Taisuke Kuwabara. The hospital closed its doors in 1934. Several community members […] READ MORE

  • Wesley United Methodist Church

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    The Wesley United Methodist Church was founded as the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church in 1895 when Japanese immigrants began meeting in the Santa Clara Valley in search of a spiritual […] READ MORE

  • Hori Midwifery

    July 27, 2023 by

    Constructed in 1905 as two portable classrooms from Grant Elementary School. In 1915, a Nihonmachi midwife named Mrs. Hori purchased them and had them moved to her property at 580 […] READ MORE

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