Invitation (event is open to the public)
Please join us in celebrating the public unveiling of the 3-Japantown landmark and witnessing progress toward the completion of the Ikoi No Ba projects by joining us on Saturday, October 22 at 2:00p.m. at the Issei Memorial Building (IMB) in San Jose Japantown. The IMB is located near the intersection of Fifth and Jackson Streets. For more information regarding the ceremony, please contact Kenzo Kimura at 408-476-2166.
Description and Background Information
Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) began in 1999 when then
State Assemblymember Mike Honda
sponsored AB 1914 and AB
1915 to provide competitive grants for public educational activities. This
was followed in 2001
by Senator John Vasconcellos
and signed by then Governor Gray Davis as a pilot project for
the preservation of historic ethnic neighborhoods and districts.
community representatives from
three remaining Japantowns in Los Angeles, San Francisco
Representatives of the three Japantowns met to create a definition that
could be used for cultural preservation at
the state level and to identify needs and projects for
cultural preservation and related capital improvement projects. On
Saturday, October 22,
there will be an
Another project researched by
the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose (JCCsj)
Although the Landmark and Ikoi no Ba projects were developed separately,
they will be
in front of the IMB
so that the
The Ikoi No Ba space will be fashioned
using a simple bench design
The location of the San Jose Japantown Landmark on private property is unique among the three Japantowns. The San Jose Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (SJ JACL) will accept ownership and long-term maintenance of both the Landmark and Ikoi no Ba on behalf of the Japantown community, as it has with the IMB.
For more information regarding the ceremony, please contact Kenzo Kimura at 408-476-2166.