Japantown Community Congress of San Jose
(organization website link)

The City Corporation Yard Reuse Project
The City of San Jose through the San Jose Redevelopment Agency will be selling the property but it is currently on hold and the site of the 6th Street parking lot (open to the public - 8am-11:59pm M-Saturday - $2 all day, Sundays FREE)

& the Japantown Certified Farmers Market-Sunday mornings year round (except Christmas and New Years weeks) 50 weeks of the year from 8:30am-Noon with the exception of festival days - till 1pm.
(The Japantown Certified Farmers Market is run by the Japantown Business Association and although under the same CDFA Certified rules, is independent of all and any other farmers markets.)

  Fifth & Jackson Landmark project
(see illustration below)

Contact: Kathy at sanjosejtown@sbcglobal.net

or kathy@japantownsanjose.org


Dedication! - yes that's what it took but take a look at the first of the Ikoi no Ba and the 3-Japantown monument in front of the Issei Memorial Building 535 N. 5th Street.

The community was pleased to welcome guests including:
Mayor of the City of San Jose Ron Gonzales, Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez and family, Councilmembers Linda LeZotte and husband, Nancy Pyle, Chuck Reed, Forest Williams and wife Dorothy, SCC Supervisor Pete McHugh and Congressman Mike Honda, Project Manager Kip Harkness (SJRA) and Eva Klinger (SJRA-JCCsj liaison).
(photo of artist Lou Quintance and Japantown artist Ken Matsumoto putting the 3-Japantown sculpture in place)

  • .What are Ikoi no Ba? click here to find out
    Update: Five themes for the five sites on Fifth Street have been determined after many conversations, committee meetings and discussion. They are: Heritage, Community, Commerce, History and Culture. Design themes revolve around natural elements; rock, wood and plant. Special design elements are projected for each separate site. Tiles for one, photo lithograph for another, artifact from Japantown's agricultural past for another and others to be decided.

  • What is the Fifth & Jackson Landmark? click here to find out
    Update: CMG architects presented a great overview of the last half year of community  meetings at the last Town Hall, Feb 5h, 2005.
    Click here for some architect's drawings of the proposed landmark
    Click here for the Concept Statement (why it is what it is)
    Call 408 298-4303 for more information.

    Architectural firm, CMG was hired after two days of interviews with 4 out of the 11 applicants, reviewed by the Landmark Committee. Chris Guillard, principal of CMG will be working with the committee and RDA. Keep checking this website for more information and updates.

  • Cultural Preservation? click here to find out
    A final report has been created which includes individual reports from all three Japantowns. This report will be shared with each of the Japantown City partners and will be presented to the California State Librarian's office.  It will then be distributed to all the California State legislators.

  • Historic District Survey
    (click above to find out more!)
    The Japantown Historic Context and Reconnaissance Level Survey was completed in September 2004 and formally accepted by the Historic Landmarks Commission in November 2004 and the San Jose City Council in January 2005. The report was conducted by historic resource consultants Carey & Co. Inc. under the direction of the San Jose Planning Department and a survey committee composed of members of the Japantown Community Congress, Japantown Business Association, Historic Landmarks Commission, and the San Jose Redevelopment Agency. Funding for the project came from a federal grant, local grant and city funding.

  • Historic District Survey Phase II completed. (Nov 1, 2006 presented to the San Jose City Historic Landmark Commission).

    See Japantown News for more information



Japantown Community Congress of San Jose (JCCsj)


JCCsj is the recognized community organization in partnership with the City of San Jose for work on SB307 and Prop 40 capital improvement projects which are the 'Ikoi no Ba' the Fifth and Jackson Landmark and the Historical Markers.

The Japantown Community Congress of San Jose
(JCCsj) is a 501(c)3 public benefit charitable institution
formed from the guidelines and requirements of SB307, California State Legislation for the pilot project of historical and cultural preservation of the last three remaining Japantowns in the United States. The JCCsj board is comprised of organizations and individuals with interest and concern for the historic and cultural preservation of Japantown and the development of the Japantown district, venues, businesses and residences. Members of the JCCsj also represent San Jose Japantown in the Preservation committee of the California Japanese American Leadership Council.

The JCCsj meets every 4th Tuesday night of the month.

Executive Board meets every 2nd Wednesday.

Current concerns of the JCCsj and subcommittees are:
Directional Signs and Landmarks, rest spaces, - allocation funds from Prop 40, Historic District Survey (grant monies from the Planning Department of the City of San Jose in collaboration with Courtney Damkroger, City of San Jose Historic Preservation Officer), RFP 5th & Jackson Landmark.

The JCCsj is happy to be partnering with the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose by City Council of San Jose Resolution passed October 14th, 2003 Our RDA point person is Ms. Eva Klinger.
Kip Harkness remains project leader for the Corporation Yard project.

Many thanks go to Laura Lam, Julie Amato and Ric Soto-Lopez and everyone who have helped get to this point!
For info email:
or call JBA office

SB307 draft report-San Jose portion