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.
535 North Fifth Street
San Jose, California 95112
Phone (408) 294-3138
FAX (408) 294-1657
San Jose Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
The U.S. Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) to the U.S. Army’s 100th
Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and the Military Intelligence Service
(MIS) for their extraordinary accomplishments in World War II.
Japanese American History Archives
JAHA holds books, periodicals, documents, maps, photographs, art and film relating to the Japanese experience in the United States from the mid-1800s, when the first Japanese pioneers set foot on American soil, to the present.
Discover Nikkei is a community website about Nikkei identity, history and experiences. The goal of this project is to provide an inviting space for the community to share, explore, and connect with each other through diverse Nikkei experiences, culture, and history.
The DiscoverNikkei.org site is a cornerstone program of the Nikkei Legacy Project, a project of the Japanese American National Museum, with major funding by The Nippon Foundation.
Japanese American National Museum
The Japanese American National Museum aims to make known the Japanese American experience as an integral part of our nation's heritage in order to improve understanding and appreciation for America's ethnic and cultural diversity.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
National Japanese American Historical Society
The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), founded in 1980 in San Francisco, is a non-profit membership supported organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and dissemination of materials relating to the history and culture of Japanese Americans.
Densho: Japanese American Legacy Project
Densho is a nonprofit organization started in 1986 to collect oral histories from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. This evolved into a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity. Densho uses digital technology to preserve and make widely accessible primary source materials.
Okasan and Me
Okasan and me is a non-profit bilingual Japanese Language and Cultural Program that is offered in Japanese and English to children age 2-16 years old. Classes are held in San Jose, Hawaii and Los Angeles and a CD and class book are available.
Original songs and original arrangements to learn the Japanese alpha, numbers,and simple greetings were created by Thia Konda. Guest artist Herb Ohta Jr . Music composed by VAIHI.
Nihonmachi Outreach Commmittee (NOC)
NOC is the host of the annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event that commemorates Executive Order 9066 which led to the forced incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. NOC strives to bring out issues that are important to the Japanese American community.
J-Town Community TV
J-Town Community TV is a YouTube channel with a focus on "news, views, culture, and history of San Jose's Japantown and beyond" which video records many museum events.