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Remembering Jimi Yamaichi

Will Kaku

The day after I heard that Jimi Yamaichi passed away, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt a deep sorrow and emptiness. I viewed Jimi as a great mentor, a role model, an inspiration, and a friend.

35th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance: Stories from the Past, Lessons for Today

Will Kaku

The 2015 San Jose Day of Remembrance that will take place on February 15, 2015, commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, which occurred on February 19, 1942. This executive order led to the incarceration of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

34th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance: Joe Yasutake

Will Kaku

The 2014 San Jose Day of Remembrance will be held on February 16, 2014. This year’s event features speakers: Dale Minami, the lead attorney on the legal team that overturned the conviction against Fred Korematsu, who defied the World War II Japanese American mass incarceration order which led to the …

Lost Words

Will Kaku

It has been said by many that writing letters is a lost art form. People under the age of 35 or so may have never experienced the sentimental emotions of discovering that dusty old shoebox full of beautifully crafted letters that convey love, joy, sorrow, and introspection. The grief-stricken letter …

Echoes of Executive Order 9066

Will Kaku

On February 19, 2012, members of the San Jose community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 at the 32nd Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event. The executive order eventually led to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The San …

The Emotional Journey into Camp Days

Will Kaku

The following article was written by Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) docent, Will Kaku. He reflects on the Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz’ Camp Days 1942-1945 exhibit. The exhibit closed on December 30, 2011.When the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) reopened in October 2010, I used …

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