San Jose Japantown ‘stand(s)on giants’ shoulders

SAN JOSE JAPANTOWN: A JOURNEY By Curt Fukuda and Ralph M. Pearce (San Jose: Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 2014, 470 pp., $65.25, hardcover) While perusing this beautiful and bountiful 470-page tome affording its lucky readers a temporal, spatial, and sociocultural journey relative to San Jose’s Japantown, I reflected upon my personal journey regarding […]

SAN JOSE’S DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: A new generation of activists

SAN JOSE — The 35th annual Day of Remembrance, held at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Feb. 12 in the city’s Japantown, marked the infamous day in 1942 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the illegal incarceration of some 120,000 Nikkei during World War II, drastically altering the […]

Book sheds light on San Jose Japantown’s rich history and culture

Fifteen years ago, San Jose Japantown community members began working on a project to create a virtual reality tour of the ethnic enclave. Over the years, the lead team members brought in others to support the project, and its scope expanded and evolved accordingly. Fast forward to this fall, with the upcoming release of “San […]

Two commercial buildings damaged in 2-alarm fire

SAN JOSE  — Two commercial buildings were damaged in a two-alarm fire in San Jose the afternoon of Aug. 30, a fire captain said. Crews responded to the fire in the 500 block of North Seventh Street between Jackson and East Empire streets around 3:30 p.m., San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown said. Initial reports […]

SAN JOSE CHIDORI BAND: Playing the classics and dancing for the ancestors

SAN JOSE — In 1953, community leaders in San Jose’s Japantown came together to discuss the ethnic enclave’s needs. During a period when Japanese-language performance arts was scarce, the community realized there was a need for entertainment for its Issei. The San Jose Chidori Band was formed in response and has since performed a mix […]

San Jose Day of Remembrance focuses on civil liberties and war

SAN JOSE — More than 200 people attended the 34th annual “Day of Remembrance” event, presented by the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, Feb. 16 at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. The event, titled “Civil Liberties and War,” commemorated the signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of some […]

San Jose looks to sell land used by theater company, movie theaters, fire station

SAN JOSE (Bay City News Service) — The sites of the San Jose Stage Company, Camera 12 theaters, a landmark former fire station and a complex in Japantown are on a list of 31 properties owned by San Jose that officials have proposed be sold to the highest bidder. The properties recommended for sale are […]

Ed Shikada appointed San Jose city manager

SAN JOSE — Ed Shikada was recently promoted to San Jose city manager. In early November, the San Jose City Council announced the appointment of Shikada, who has served as San Jose assistant city manager since 2010. Shikada is set to assume the city manager position on Dec. 21, taking over for City Manager Debra […]

LETTERS: Kudos for San Jose Japantown issue

To the Editor: I was pleasantly surprised to read the special edition of the Nichi Bei Weekly on San Jose’s Japantown (Sept. 19, 2013), especially the article “Japantown’s Historical Sites,” since my grandfather and his brother were responsible for constructing many of the historical buildings in Japantown. I thought it might be interesting for your […]

Japantown Corporation Yard project moves forward, other projects planned

SAN JOSE — A proposed 600-unit apartment development planned for the city Corporation Yard in San Jose’s Japantown is moving forward. The development is planned for a 5.8-acre property bordered by Sixth and Seventh and Taylor and Jackson streets. Kathy Sakamoto, executive director of the Japantown Business Association, said that developer Williams & Dame recently […]

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