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.
Host Rachael Myrow talked to Japantown residents to look back on the neighborhood’s history and find out how it is evolving.
The guests were:
- 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”
- Rep. Mike Honda, representing California’s 15th Congressional District and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- PJ Hirabayashi, co-founder San Jose Taiko
- Ralph Pearce, co-author of “San Jose Japantown: A Journey”
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For more information on San Jose Japantown, visit http://www.japantownsanjose.org/.