Author Archives: JAMsj

About JAMsj

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose's (JAMsj)mission is to collect, preserve, and share Japanese American art, history, and culture with an emphasis on the Greater Bay Area.

Remembering Jimi Yamaichi

Remembering Jimi Yamaichi By Will Kaku The day after I heard that Jimi Yamaichi passed away, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt a deep sorrow and emptiness. I viewed Jimi as a great mentor, a role … Continue reading

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The Power of Words: Internment Camp or Concentration Camp?

By Will Kaku “They were concentration camps. They called it relocation, but they put them in concentration camps, and I was against it.“ — President Harry S. Truman, in an interview with Merle Miller, 1961 “Crowded into cars like cattle, these … Continue reading

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Return to Heart Mountain

By Will Kaku The Heart Mountain concentration camp has always represented a critical turning point for my father’s family. As I had written in previous articles and speeches (links to some of these are below), Heart Mountain was the place … Continue reading

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36th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance: Memories of Leaving San Jose

“He put his head against my father’s shoulder and cried. He said, ‘Mr. Yamaichi, my boss told me that they were going to put all of you into camps.’” By Will Kaku The 36th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance … Continue reading

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The Importance of Japanese American Traditions

By  Susan Nakamura One of the goals of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) is to preserve the unique history of our ancestors for future generations and to share their accomplishments and hardships with others. Japanese Americans can … Continue reading

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35th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance: Stories from the Past, Lessons for Today.

The 2015 San Jose Day of Remembrance that will take place on February 15, 2015, commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, which occurred on February 19, 1942. This executive order led to the incarceration of more than 100,000 Japanese … Continue reading

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A New World: The Story of Japanese Migration

By Pam Yoshida, co-owner of Nikkei Traditions An on-line order from Japan to Nikkei Traditions (NT) several years ago caught my attention. The customer, Shigeru Kojima, was the curator and researcher of the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum (JOMM) of Yokohama, … Continue reading

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