The evolving face of San Jose and the South Bay

Last year, the University of Maryland and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) published a report that looks at the education, employment and cultural makeup of Japanese American populations throughout the United States. The paper found that the greater San Jose, Calif. area contained the fifth largest concentration of Japanese Americans in the country, following […]

AN OUTDOOR URBAN GALLERY: The San Jose Japantown mural

SAN JOSE — Described as an “urban gallery,” the artistry, color, and vision of designer/artist Tamiko Rast and a number of local artists shines through the 60 uniquely crafted panels reflecting images of San Jose’s Japantown, both past and present. After two years, the mural project, which is fixed to the city’s Corporation Yard fence […]

A ‘LABOR OF LOVE’: Farming exhibit in San Jose honors Issei legacy

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) introduced its new agricultural exhibit, “Yesterday’s Farmer: Planting an American Dream,” on Dec. 10. With a focus on the Japanese immigrants who settled in Santa Clara Valley in the early part of the 20th century, the permanent exhibit features more than 100 types of […]

Ceremony to honor medal recipients Feb. 2012 in San Jose

SAN JOSE — Community leaders and Congressional leaders are organizing an event to honor veterans, their family members, as well as the widows, who unable to attend the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony that was held in Washington, D.C. The event is being scheduled to take place in San Jose’s Japantown in February of 2012. The […]

Festival promotes San Jose Japantown’s culture and businesses

SAN JOSE — The pounding beats of San Jose Taiko drums ushered in the Spirit of Japantown Festival in the ethnic enclave on Oct. 1. Thousands converged to partake in food, live entertainment, the Kids Activity Zone and arts and crafts, among other highlights. Robert Handa, a KTVU reporter and master of ceremonies, said that […]

Lotus Preschool in San Jose’s Japantown turns 25, celebrates the love

SAN JOSE — Kids anxiously waited outside the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to catch a peek of their favorite teacher, “Miss Lynne,” and to celebrate Lotus Preschool’s 25th anniversary. “I don’t think she knew it would be this big or last this long,” George Yamaichi, Lynne Santo Yamaichi’s husband, said of the last […]

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