Japan Town, San Jose
This is a wonderful little museum honoring the heritage of those who are Japanese Amercian (which I'm not, but I found it very interesting). It focuses on the internment of Japanese Americans in WW2, including a room set up like a typical family residence at one of the camps.
There is also a section on Japanese Americans who served in the military during WW2, what Japantown San Jose was like before the war, and they are setting up a nice agriculture display in the back, with some cool old tractors/trucks and other farm implements.
We were led though by a knowledgeable, (not at all "preachy") docent whose own parents had lived in an internement camp in Wyoming.
There is a jar for donations in the museum. Open Tuesday through Friday 11 AM - 3 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 2 PM Admission: FREE
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.
Japan town is a small 3 block strip of shops and restaurants in San Jose found on Jackson Street near 4th. If you like Japanese food it worth the trip as there are plenty of choices. San Jose's Japan town is one of the few remaining Japan Towns left in the US.
While in Japan town make sure to visit Dobashi Market which is found at 240 Jackson Street. This Japanes Market specializes in fresh fish, shellfish, rice, sake, Japanese condiments, fresh vegetables, japanese dry noodles, japanese bento lunches and japanese snacks. I go here to get my Black Black gum. Open for Business: Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone: (408) 295-7794. And they speak fluent Japanese.
The San Jose Buddhist Temple is about a half of a block from Japan Town. If you're in the area for dinner it's a nice walk.