TOWN HALL Where: Northside Community Center
7pm, November 30th, 2006 Thursday at Sixth and Empire Streets (Sixth St. entrance)





JANUARY 24, 2004





The landmark will frame associations between the past, the present and the future.


In respecting and caring for the values of our ancestors:

the landmark will help us remember the labors and struggles of Issei farmers;

the landmark will recall for us the internment of Japanese American families;

the landmark will honor the loyalty of Japanese American veterans of the Second World War.


In speaking of our place in the present:

the landmark will emphasize our Japanese-American identity;

the landmark will express the simplicity, strength and beauty of our culture;

the landmark will celebrate our vitality and energy.


In representing our aspirations for the future:

the landmark will educate and inspire our youth;

the landmark will change with seasons and festivals;

the landmark will grow organically as a tree grows, accumulating rings of experience.







The landmark will establish connections between commercial enterprise, civic responsibility and domestic values


In looking east and west to commerce on Jackson Street:

the landmark will announce the enterprise of local businesses;

the landmark will be a destination, linking the four corners of the intersection;

the landmark will enliven restaurants and stores in Japantown.


In making connections to the south, to Civic Plaza on Fifth Street:

the landmark will be a strong, statement, visible from City Hall;

the landmark will be a mark of pride, a clear voice heard by the citizens of San Jose;

the landmark  will be a focus, a center of gravity in San Jose.


In reaching to the north to the residential communities:

the landmark will pay respect to the true legacy of Japantown, its families;

the landmark will commemorate the hard work and struggles of Japanese Americans;

the landmark will celebrate the virtues, optimism and triumphs of ordinary people.








The landmark will forge links between ourselves, our community and the world.


In expressing our personal values:

the landmark will honor our dignity and our compassion for others;

the landmark will be a good place for friends to gather and share;

the landmark will be about our hard work and our working together.


In reflecting the spirit of our community:

the landmark will be a key, an invitation to visit other parts of Japantown;

the landmark will celebrate our traditional use of natural materials;

the landmark will be a special place, a different place, in our Japantown.


In addressing the world:

The landmark will be a conversation with our neighbors;

the landmark will express pride in the United States that is our home;

the landmark will be an invitation and a welcome to everyone.







February 19, 2004