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Japanese American Museum of San Jose, with lunch in Japantown

Exhibit Grand Opening
Common Ground: Chinatown and Japantown

at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Lunch to follow at Tsugaru Japanese Restaurant, 224 Jackson Street, SJ

On September 22, guest curators Connie Young Yu and Leslie Masunaga will unveil a special exhibit, "Common Ground: Chinatown and Japantown, San Jose," at JAMsj that focuses on the story of Heinlenville, San Jose's last Chinatown. Yu is the author of Chinatown, San Jose, USA, now in its fourth edition. The new JAMsj exhibit will focus on the personal story behind Heinlenville's residents and chronicle that community's relationship to and influence on current-day Japantown.

The exhibit will feature artifacts from a 2008 Sonoma State University archaeological excavation of the Heinlenville site. Included in the collection are personal mementos of the guest curators, including a check made out by Masunaga's grandfather to the Tuck Wo store, and objects from Yu's family. There will also be a video associated with the exhibit that incorporates photos and interviews.

More information about the exhibit and the museum can be found here:

Just the Facts, M'am:

-$3.00 Meetup Fee, due by 9/15/12
-Admission (at the door): Adults $5; Seniors 65+ and Students w/ID $3; Under 12 Free

10:00 AM: Meet at the museum
Noon: Lunch at the restaurant, one block away (an easy walk)

How to get there/Parking:
VTA light rail (Japantown/Ayer station) and from VTA Bus Lines 61 or 62
There is limited parking at the museum, and metered and non-metered parking throughout San Jose’s Japantown. Less than 2 blocks away (6th & Jackson) is a city parking lot with a daily flat rate (I think it's $3).

I’d like to limit the group to 10 members to have a manageable social hour at the restaurant after the art event. You must commit to the whole schedule of art event and social gathering because that is the mission of this meetup. Don't RSVP if you don't plan to participate in all the functions.

If you get on a waiting list just be patient because there's always a few RSVP dropouts when nearing the take-off date.

The sign-up sequence is:
RSVP, pay $3 meetup fee, and then later confirm. About 7 days before meetup I will request confirmation and contact info (name you prefer, full legal name and cell#). if I don't get it in 3 days you will lose your spot to those waiting. The purpose of the meetup fee is to fund the meetup cost and also discourage flaking (you have a small investment in keeping your agreement). There might be last second changes hence the contact info. In a final memo I'll send you my cell#.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The Exhibit and talk was great. Unfortunately missed the lunch due to crossed signals.

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks- it is NOT necessary (nor desired) to reply "NO" to this event, unless you have previously RSVPd "YES" and your plans have changed. If you cannot attend, but would like to make comments, you may do so in this section of the event page. Thanks!

    August 24, 2012

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