Agricultural Exhibit - Yesterday's Farmer: Planting an American Dream
In the early 1900s, Japanese immigrant families utilized specialized farming techniques to produce high yields of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Learn about these techniques by viewing the farming equipment that they employed.
Pioneers of San Jose Japantown
Starting in 1890, Issei (first generation) came to the Santa Clara Valley in search of work. In 1900, Japanese Americans established Japantown, a place for them to meet their social, cultural and economic needs in a society hostile to their presence.
World War II: Assembly Centers and Internment Camps Exhibit
During WWII some 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated. They were placed into temporary "Assembly Centers" then desolate camps in the interior of the United States.
100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT)
This military unit became the most decorated unit in United States military history. The unit was composed of Hawaiian Japanese Americans as well as volunteers and draftees from the internment camps.
World War II: Military Intelligence Service (MIS)
Second generation Japanese American men and women served in the MIS during World War II and used their language skills in the Pacific theater as translators and POW interrogators.
Post World War II: Resettlement
Personal recollections of Japanese Americans returning to the Santa Clara Valley after their release from the camps.
Sports in the Japanese American Community
Sports have always played an integral role in the Japanese American community. Sumo, kendo, judo, Asahi baseball and Zebras basketball were all very popular pre-war sports.
On Common Ground focuses on the story of Heinlenville, San Jose's last Chinatown. The exhibit highlights the personal story behind Heinlenville's residents and chronicles the community's relationship to and influence on current-day Japantown.