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125 Years of History and Culture in San Jose's Japantown

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 (Courtesy Takahiro Kitamura)

San Jose’s Japantown is 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. We talk to Japantown’s residents, look back on the neighborhood’s history and find out how it is evolving.


Mike Honda, U.S. congressman (D) representing California's 15th Congressional District and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

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"

Ralph Pearce, co-author "San Jose Japantown: A Journey"

PJ Hirabayashi, co-founder San Jose Taiko


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