SAN DIEGO — “Handcrafted Journeys: Japanese American Woodworkers in San Diego,” featuring collections from the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, will be on view from May 3 to July 28 at the Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Rd. East in Balboa Park.

The exhibition chronicles the evolution of Japanese American woodworking from the functional objects made in the pre-World War II era, through their refinement during the internment camp experience, to post-war artistic woodworks that reflect the aesthetically motivated use of traditional skills. It pays homage to San Diego’s Japanese American woodworkers and the stories they left behind through their craft.

Pieces from local collections including handmade tools made by the woodworkers to create the objects included in the exhibition, which are functional, artistic, or sometimes a bit of both.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is once again collaborating with the JAHSSD (, which recognizes the contributions Japanese Americans have made to the San Diego region by preserving and making available artifacts, photographs, and other information chronicling their history and experiences.

An opening reception for members of JFG and JAHSSD will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments and cash bar will be provided. Members may bring up to two guests and must RSVP for their guests. RSVP here. Capacity is limited; reservation deadline is April 30.

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