san jose japantown bookSan Jose’s Japantown is one of only three Japantowns remaining in the United States. Begun as an outgrowth of the city’s last Chinatown, Japantown San Jose has a 125-year history that spans two world wars, the Great Depression, Japanese American incarceration and resettlement, and the present day.

Authors Curt Fukuda and Ralph Pearce will present a program on the creation of their book, “San Jose Japantown: A Journey,” on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo. Incorporating over 100 interviews and 500 photographs, the book is the culmination of 15 years of research, photo-gathering, and writing. A book signing will follow the presentation.

“San Jose Japantown: A Journey” is published by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose ( and was written with the support of project members June Hayashi, Jim Nagareda, and Janice Oda.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended. The book is available for sale at the JANM Store. For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit

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