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    • April 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • December 31, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (PST)
    • Hakone Estate and Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070


    Hakone Foundation Opens Exhibit on Japanese American Internment

    Hakone Foundation is proud to present a new exhibition, “Hakone Gardens and Executive Order 9066” at the Cultural Exchange Center. The exhibit features an untold story of Hakone’s long-time gardener, James Sasaki, and his American-born family, imprisoned in Topaz, Utah Internment Camp during WWII.

    The Sasakis’ incarceration was the experience of more than 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, two-thirds of them American-born citizens, held at ten camps in desolate areas of the western United States. Along with the Sasaki family’s story of internment, the exhibit also shares the stories of two of Hakone’s trustees. Reiko Iwanaga tells of her experience as a child interned with her family at Amache, Colorado, and Patti Workman recounts how her mother was incarcerated at Amache and her father at Manzanar, both as teenagers. The exhibit features photographs of the forced evacuation, scenes of life at Amache and Poston, family memorabilia and rare family photos of “camp”.

    This exhibit is produced by Ann Waltonsmith, Hakone Foundation chairperson, and Connie Young Yu, Hakone Foundation trustee and CHCP Advisory Board Member/Historian, who are co-authors of the new book, Hakone Estate and Gardens, Arcadia Publishing Co. Says Ann Waltonsmith, “With the surge in anti-Asian violence and xenophobia in America, we felt now was the time to show a chapter in American history that must never be forgotten or repeated.”

    The book will be available for purchase beginning May 3rd at the Hakone Gift Shop both on site and online (Hakone.com) and also directly through Arcadia Press. Price is $21.99. The book is featured in a 5/11/21 San Jose Mercury News article.

    The exhibit will run to the end of December. Hakone Estate and Gardens, one of the premier sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located at 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA.

    For Admission:  see https://www.hakone.com/visitor-info

    • June 19, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
    • Chinese American Historical Museum, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112

    The Chinese American Historical Museum is open every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month (some holidays excepted) from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

    The museum is housed in the Ng Shing Gung building, which is part of History Park, located in Kelley Park, San Jose.

    Admission: Free

    Parking: Park for free on local streets or use the San Jose city parking lot on Phelan Avenue ($fee).

    Directions: Exit Highway 280 at 10th St., then go south on 10th St., left on Keyes St., right on Senter Rd., left on Phelan Ave. History Park entrance is ahead on left; visitor parking lot ($fee) is straight ahead at end of Phelan Ave.

    Bus: VTA Bus line 73 stops at Senter Rd. and Phelan Ave., half a block from the History Park entrance.


    Visit our Museum page for more information, a slideshow, and to take a virtual tour of the museum.

    • June 19, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • Art Object Gallery, 592 North Fifth St., San Jose
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    Join Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown for an opening and unveiling of Augmented Reality (AR) art pieces in Japantown on Saturday, June 19th, 4:00 p.m.  The free event will begin at the Art Object Gallery with an exhibit about the project and a brief, informal introduction. Then everyone will be encouraged to go out into the neighborhood for a live experience with the AR art pieces on their mobile devices.

    Augmented Reality (AR) is a mobile app technology that overlays computer-generated information (sounds, images, text) on the camera view of the real world around you. Using the ARpoise app (developed by Tamiko Thiel and Peter Graf), your smartphone is transformed into an “ARt- scope” that reveals hidden geolocative (place-based) AR artworks placed at various locations around Japantown.


    • Admission to the Art Object Gallery will be limited in accordance with Santa Clara County COVID-19 capacity restrictions.
    • It is highly recommended to have your mobile devices fully charged in order to see and interact with all the art.

Museum Address:

History Park
635 Phelan Avenue
San Jose, CA 95112

In Ng Shing Gung Building

Mailing Address:

PO Box 5366
San Jose, CA 95150-5366

Email: info@chcp.org

Chinese Historical & Cultural Project

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