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Japanese American Resource Center/Museum

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Address: 535 North Fifth St, San Jose, CA 95112-3233
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The Japanese American Museum of San Jose's (JAMsj)mission is to collect,...

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose's (JAMsj)mission is to collect, preserve, and share Japanese American art, history, and culture with an emphasis on the Greater Bay Area.

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We went through the museum devoted to early Japanese land owners and the war years. Especially the Second World War relation of the Japanese from the Bay Area.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Diane H
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went through the museum devoted to early Japanese land owners and the war years. Especially the Second World War relation of the Japanese from the Bay Area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We learned a lot about the life of the Japanese immigrants/ citizens in the USA during WW2. This is interesting because the volunteers who got it established and filled with display items are still around to tell the stories. It certainly is a testament to choosing to live thru a difficult time and rebound. This adds some new dimensions to... More 

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Fremont, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I was disappointed by the museum. War is terrible for all, but the one sided story forgot so many of the critical facts. First, Japan attacked the United States in Hawaii. People were going about their daily lives when Japanese came out and attacked Pearl Harbor. Secondly, many American families were broken apart in World War II as their dads... More 

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Bakersfield, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

I visited here with my teen daughter. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. For such a small space they cover so much, and though we knew some of the history, we both learned a lot we didn't know. The personal accounts and internment camp replica brought the era to life. The gift shop has a wonderful selection of novels.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a MUST VISIT if you are in San Jose Japan town. This was a truly eye-opening visit for me to learn all the facts, and the backbone of Japan town is like. This is a small place but allow >1 hour to look around all the rooms in this building. Don't miss the replica of internment camp quarter... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Located in San Jose's Japantown, near Downtown, the Japanese American Resource Center highlights the significant contributions of Japanese Americans to our national history. It also documents the treatment of those Americans during WWII and that can be hard to confront, but it is a part of our history we should all know and understand.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

We stopped here with a couple of hours to spend in town. What a little gem this was. So glad I read the reviews and chose to spend our couple of hours here. We had a wonderful docent, Shirley, age 82, who was in the internment camps as a child. She was full of many interesting memories/stories of her years... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Anyone intestested in the internment of the Japanese in America during World War 2 would be interested in seeing this museum. It has lots of information and pictures from that era. Japan Town in San Jose is a hidden treasure with lots of history. As you walk through that part of town take the time to stop and read the... More 

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Denver, co
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

This was an excellent museum made all the better by the knowledgeable docent who toured us around. Needless to say, most of the museum is about the detention/concentration camps in the US, but there were a lot of other displays including farm equipment, medals, soldiers, and about life in the Japanese culture.

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Milledgeville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

We were greeted very warmly as soon as we entered this museum. Kristin took me, my husband and our two young children on a very interesting guided tour of the whole museum. The museum is in a beautiful building, is bright and clean and is very nicely organized. We learned a great deal about the lives of Japanese immigrants in... More 

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