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 […]

Nichi Bei Bussan: Cultural gems add a Japanese aesthetic to a home

SAN JOSE — From a few small accents to large renovations, and at all price points, there are many ways to incorporate a Japanese aesthetic into your home. The Nichi Bei Weekly caught up with Arlene Damron, who owns Nichi Bei Bussan in San Jose’s Japantown, to get tips and insights on incorporating the Japanese […]

JAMsj 25th anniversary gala focuses on the past, present and future

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) held its 25th anniversary gala Dec. 2 that drew approximately 250 people to the Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown. The evening focused on the museum’s past, present and future. The gala, which featured the theme “Come JAMsj with Us,” included a keynote address by Dr. […]

San Jose arts group honors co-founder

SAN JOSE — Community members, politicians, artists and arts advocates honored Jerry Hiura, a Japantown dentist whose passion for the arts, fine and otherwise, has led him to lead arts commissions and councils, chair arts committees, and help found a nonprofit organization that brings Asian American artists, theater and films to a San Jose audience. […]

Exhibit focuses on Heinlenville, San Jose’s last Chinatown

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose will unveil a new exhibit, “Common Ground: Chinatown and Japantown, San Jose,” on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. The exhibit will center on the history of Heinlenville, which is known as San Jose’s last Chinatown and today’s Japantown. The event will highlight the stories […]

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