Japantown events

San Jose JACL Manzanar Pilgrimage

April 26-28, 2019

This is a rare chance to experience the Japanese American World War II incarceration at Manzanar National Historic Park, the most well-preserved of the 10 major concentration camps. This will be a 3-day journey beginning on Friday morning, April 26, 2019 until the evening of Sunday April 28th.

Alternative Facts: Lies of Executive Order 9066

April 27, 2019

The San Jose premier of an award winning documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Beerwalk - Japantown 2019

May 4, 2019 - 2p,-5pm

Back by popular demand - The Star Wars Themed Edition of the Beerwalk is coming to Japantown!

JAMsj Vintage Items and Book Sale

May 5, 2019 - 9:30am-3pm

JAMsj annual vintage sale has always been a great place to find gently used traditional Japanese ceramics, tea sets, art, vases, kimonos, dolls, and those unique items you cannot find anywhere else while supporting the Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Kodomo No Hi - Children's Day

May 5, 2019 - 11am-3pm

Children’s Day is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. At JAMsj we celebrate with a Boy’s Day Doll Display and Crafts for the children. Please come join us for lots of smiles and laughs for the kids. Free with admission to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

Nikkei Matsuri Festival

May 5, 2019 - 9:30am-4pm

Join us for the 41st Annual Nikkei Matsuri (Japanese American Festival). Embrace the local community’s love and appreciation for Japanese-American food, art, & culture.

Yu-Ai Kai Fun Run

May 5, 2019 - 9am-11am

This is a fun run and walk for family and friends of all ages. The approximate distance is a little over a 5k (3 mile) distance, with cutoffs at approximately 1 and 2 miles for those who do not want to run/walk the entire distance.

Norman Mineta & His Legacy: An American Story

May 20, 2019 - 9pm PBS

Norman Mineta has deep roots in San Jose's Japantown - where he was born and raised, and launched his political career. NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY: AN AMERICAN STORY, is a documentary portrait of the American statesman and trailblazer, and premieres on Monday, May 20, 2019, on PBS. Check your local listings.

San Jose Obon Festival

July 13-14, 2019

Japantown celebrates the San Jose Obon festival, a time when generations of families and friends come together and enjoy a rich cultural experience.