san jose japantown bookSAN FRANCISCO — The March 27 of KQED Radio’s morning talk show “Forum” focused on San Jose Japantown, one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

In its early days, the community served as a refuge for Japanese immigrants. Now, in its 125th year, the streets are filled with everything from tofu shops to artsy boutiques to low-riders.

Host Rachael Myrow talked to Japantown residents to look back on the neighborhood’s history and find out how it is evolving.

The guests were:

  • April Gee, artist and owner of Petite Galleria, an art boutique in Japantown San Jose
  • Curt Fukuda, co-author of “San Jose Japantown: A Journey”
  • Rep. Mike Honda, representing California’s 15th Congressional District and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • PJ Hirabayashi, co-founder San Jose Taiko
  • Ralph Pearce, co-author of “San Jose Japantown: A Journey”

To listen to the show online, click here.

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