Library at this location closed - see UPDATE 2004
San Jose Public Library. Now called Martin Luther King Library. Many times when I was young, I would visit this library for books, research material or to read out of state newspapers. Still a nice to spend quiet moments.
UPDATE - 2004- This building now closed. Library has been relocated further downtown, near San Jose State University.
Japanese Culture in the Middle of San Jose
I first came to Japantown as a young boy when I was studying Japanese martial arts. A bookstore there, Nichi Bei Bussan, had (and still does have) a complete stock of martial arts supplies, Japanese cultural items (like beautiful silk kimonos), and more.
Over the years, I've visited every so often, but now I enjoy the Japanese restaurants, tea shops (genmai cha & hoji cha teas), year-round farmers' market, and of course, the Obon Festival in early July.
San Jose's Japantown is one of only three remaining Japantowns in the United States.
More photos can be found in my Japantown travelogue.
San Jose Municipal Stadium & the San Jose Giants
San Jose Municipal Stadium is the home of the Single-A San Jose Giants baseball team. It was completed in 1942 of reinforced concrete at a cost of just 80,000 dollars. The grass surface is a beautifully maintained Baby Bermuda Grass that is soft as pillows under the feet, while the infield clay in packed hard, creating a beautiful playing surface.
While the stadium has historically seen few changes, in the past few years some significant improvements have occurred. In 1994 the bathrooms and clubhouses were renovated, in 1996 three new rows of box seats were built, in 1997 the dugouts were expanded, in 2005 the video screen was installed, and in 2007 the outfield fences were moved in 10 to 20 feet. If you park around back you might be surprised at how bad of shape the old outfield fence was in... it's full of holes from spikes, and has lots of dents from ball in its aluminum panels--I'm amazed it lasted as long as it did! The stadium has just one set of restrooms, along with a few beer and food stands, including Turkey Mikes BBQ.
The San Jose Giants have called the stadium home since 1988. Since then, about 20 percent of well over 500 of the team's players have played at least once game in th big leagues and at least 12 former SF Giants have played in the World Series. Furthermore numerous MLB Hall of Famers have played here in San Jose including Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Reggie JAckson, Don Drysdale, Kirby Puckett, Joe Morgan, and Don Sutton, as well as future HOFers Ken Griffey Jr, Pedro Martinez, and Mike Piazza.
Parking Meters are everywhere, but if you plan on going downtown, especially in the evening, there are some free parking garages.
Some of the free garages are on (with nearest cross streets):
3rd Street & San Carlos
3rd Street & San Fernando
San Pedro Square & Santa Clara Ave.
2nd Street & San Fernando (in the Pavilion)
Free parking is valid M-F after 6 PM, Sat & Sun all day. This is a great bargain when you consider that other major cities charge no matter what!
West Coast Mexican Food in San Jose
During one of my recent trips to Santa Clara, I enjoyed a meal at Mexicali Restaurant. It is a very nice dining location in the middle of a very nice shopping area. It is in close proximity to the movie theatre, so enjoy a full date of dinner and a movie!
I enjoyed the fajitas, but would also recommend anything on the menu!