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535 North Fifth Street
San Jose, California 95112
Phone (408) 294-3138
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JAMsj's 25th Anniversary Gala

December 1, 2012

Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown Hotel
282 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95113, USA

Come join us in celebrating JAMsj's 25th anniversary!

5:00 p.m. Wine Tasting and No-Host Bar
6:00 p.m. Dinner and Program, featuring San Jose Taiko
Guest Speaker: G. W. Kimura, Ph.D., President/CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Master of Ceremonies: Mike Inouye, NBC Bay Area

The price for the 25th Anniversary Gala is $100.

Please contact the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 or send an email to to register to help us celebrate this important event.

Parking vouchers: The hotel normally charges a minimum of $10 for parking. At the registration desk, non-overnight guests may purchase a $10 parking voucher for the evening.Parking is also available at nearby parking lots.

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From JAMsj's inception to today, the passionate, all-volunteer organization has always been dedicated to presenting educational and entertaining programs to the community.

Established in November of 1987, JAMsj grew out of a 1984-1986 research project on Japanese American farmers in Santa Clara Valley. The farming project collected family histories, historical photographs, private memoirs, and other unpublished documents. This project led to the creation of a curriculum package on Japanese American history and to the development of the award-winning book, Japanese Legacy: Farming and Community Life in California's Santa Clara Valley, co-authored by Dr. Timothy J. Lukes and Dr. Gary Y. Okihiro. Dr. Okihiro, along with Ken Iwagaki, the late Eiichi Sakauye, and current JAMsj curator, Jimi Yamaichi, formed the core group of visionaries who understood the importance of presenting the research, oral histories, and artifacts to the general public.

In 1987, JAMsj opened its first location in an upstairs room of the historic Issei Memorial Building, formerly the Kuwabara Hospital. In 1999, thanks to a generous donation by Eiichi Sakauye, JAMsj later moved to its present location, the former residence of Dr. Tokio Ishikawa, a prominent Japantown physician.

In the fall of 2006, the museum underwent an ambitious remodeling and expansion project. In October of 2010, the museum reopened after the completion of this project and now incorporates more exhibit space for JAMsj's extensive artifact collection and provides a venue for community programs

JAMsj has become one of the major pillars of San Jose Japantown. With your help, we will continue working together to enrich those living in our diverse community and to preserve the many stories for future generations.

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