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
The JAMsj Store offers an extensive collection of books, DVDs and CDs for children and adults, plus many other interesting items to extend and enhance the visitor's experience. You will also find unique hand-crafted jewelry, greeting cards, and many other creations made by volunteers, local artists, and craftspeople.
Admission is waived for those who simply wish to browse the store. We heartily welcome all walk-ins: Irasshaimase!
Issei: The First Generation
Recently, JAMsj presented the film, Issei: The First Generation. This film is now available on DVD. Individuals can purchase the film at https://www.createspace.com/390128. Institutions can purchase the film from the Center for Asian America Media at www.caamedia.org. For more information, contact WASHIZU Films at firstname.lastname@example.org.