San Jose Japantown, A Journey.
San Jose Japantown, A Journey by Curt Fukuda and Ralph M. Pearce. The fine quality printing is by Star Print Brokers.
San Jose Japantown is a lovely coffee table book and historical record
It has a cloth cover with foil stamping and a dust jacket. The printed endpapers contain a map. Take a look back at the earliest days of the Japantown of San Jose. From the book’s dust jacket:
Today, San Jose Japantown is one of only three surviving Japantowns in the United States. Whether historical, cultural, or otherwise, we should always remember the past. All of us, regardless of what we do, have gotten to where we are with the encouragement and support of others. To me, Japantown from those prewar and post-war days was the training ground for many of us. It gave us a chance to “do our thing,” to be able to flourish in those early days of an isolated community.
But from that isolated community, we have grown many businesses and many individuals to be able to contribute to the greater community. So whether it is Jerry Hiura or Mike Honda, or any number of people in our community, their roots really originated in Japantown. And so I think Japantown is symbolic as a “home base” that allows people to feel good about themselves. And with the new merchants coming into Japantown, I think that this story will be replayed time and time again.
Hon. Norman Y. Mineta
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
The Native Son of San Jose [Norman Mineta], born and raised in Japantown, brought a lot of attention, affection, and fame to Nihonmachi herself. It’s a place that’s worthwhile preserving. We got our first judges from the area, our first attorneys, first midwife’s home, first doctor’s office; and it all existed because this country was not ready for us and didn’t accept us at first. So we became self-reliant and then we became part of the greater community.
Congressman Mike Honda
Buy the book at the museum.