535 North Fifth Street
San Jose, California 95112
Phone (408) 294-3138
FAX (408) 294-1657
The mission of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) is to collect, preserve and share Japanese American art, history and culture with an emphasis on the greater Bay Area.
Established in November of 1987, JAMsj grew out of a 1984-86 research project on Japanese American farmers in the Santa Clara Valley. The farming project collected family histories, historical photographs, private memoirs and other unpublished documents and led to the development of a curriculum package on Japanese American history, which was adopted for use by the San Jose Unified and Eastside Union High School Districts. JAMsj's workshop on developing family histories provided documentary materials and photos included in the award-winning book Japanese Legacy: Farming and Community Life in California's Santa Clara Valley (1985) co-authored by Timothy J. Lukes, Ph.D. and Gary Y. Okihiro, Ph.D.
The museum started in an upstairs room of the historic Issei Memorial Building, formerly the Kuwabara Hospital. In 2002, the name changed from Japanese American Resource Center/Museum (JARC/M) to Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) to better reflect the museum's archival focus. JAMsj now occupies the former residence of Tokio Ishikawa, M.D. two doors south on North Fifth Street.
In October, 2010, the museum reopened after an ambitious remodeling and expansion project. The museum now occupies over 6400 square feet and allows JAMsj to display many more exhibit artifacts from its extensive collection and to present educational programs to the public.
- Aggie Idemoto, Ed. D., President
- Joseph Yasutake, Ph.D., Vice President
- Warren Hayashi, Facilities & Grounds Director
- Byron Ishiwata, CPA, Finance Director
- Barbara K. Uchiyama, Secretary
- Steve Fugita, Ph.D., Museum Scholar
Board of Directors
- Paul DeWitt
- Amy Halcrow
- Barbara Kawamoto
- Roy Matsuzaki
- Kristin Okimoto
- Joyce Yuri Oyama
- Michael Sera
- Eva Yamamoto
- Bob McKibbin
- Jerry Hiura, D.D.S.
- Hon. Mike Honda, U.S. Representative
- Tom Izu
- Karen Matsuoka, DPhil
- Rev. Gerald Sakamoto
- Carolyn Sakauye, M.D.
-Rev. Keith Inouye