For the Sake of the Children

FREE Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Ultra Star Theater, Hazard Center in Mission Valley, San Diego

Sunday, February 3 at 2pm

Sponsored by JAHSSD, Poston Community Alliance and the Buddhist Temple of San Diego

The film examines the aftereffects of World War II internment not only on those interned but also on subsequent generations. 

A panel discussion moderated by filmmaker Lane Nishikawa will follow the screening. The panel will include executive producer Marlene Shigehara and cast members: Amy Tsubokawa, Patty Tsubokawa Reeves and Diane McCabe.

Admission is FREE but seating is limited.











Opening February 8, 2019
Letters from Santa Anita: A Child’s View of Internment

Clara Breed was a librarian with San Diego Public Library where she became good friends with many of the young Japanese Americans who visited the library. Many of them carried on a regular correspondence with her during their time in internment camps which provides an interesting insight into how these young people viewed their situation. Using the letters written to Clara Breed from her young friends in Santa Anita, this exhibition will reveal their thoughts and opinions on internment in their own words.

Japanese Businesses in Pre-WWII Downtown San Diego

Before WWII, the area around Fifth and Island in downtown San Diego was the center of the Japanese business community. The map featured in this exhibition will show the location of the various businesses and the diversity of services they provided. To accompany the map will be images of the various businesses and their owners and staff.



JAHSSD Gallery at San Diego History Center


NEW! A Window into History: Curiosities from our Collections

Currently on exhibit in our new artifact exhibition space:


Forge and Anvil – used by the Oyama family in Chula Vista.


Let’s Eat! A Taste of History

The Japanese first came to San Diego in the late 19th century. San Diego was not San Francisco or Los Angeles with their larger immigrant populations and there was no real source of Japanese food. It was not really a problem as they had gotten used to eating at least some Chinese food on the ships that had brought them from Japan as well as in the ports of San Francisco and Los Angeles. They had also discovered American food which although it contained much more meat than they were used to in Japan, was invitingly different.

Our story could really end right there, but the Japanese immigrants and their descendants didn’t quite give up on the food of their ancestors. As we will see in our new exhibition, while food is an important part of a person’s cultural identity, immigrants will gradually absorb over time many of the eating habits of their adopted country. The Japanese American community is no exception. However, while they have embraced the vast variety of food available in America, they have also maintained traditions, family recipes and food preferences that reflect their Japanese heritage.  In addition, they have seen Japanese cuisine become a major part of mainstream food culture, something that would have been inconceivable to those first Issei in San Diego.

How did early immigrants make mochi and moreover, what is mochi?  Was sake available during Prohibition? Curious about what food was served in the internment camps? How do you make tofu?

Come and get the answers to these questions as well as see food-related artifacts from throughout our history including souvenirs from early Japanese-owned restaurants and community members’ family recipes.





Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Center Museum!

Exhibitions open from January 12, 2019 – March 10, 2019.

 Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams

An intimate look through the lens of celebrated photographer, Ansel Adams, at daily life in Manzanar, one of ten Japanese-American incarceration camps in the U.S. during World War II. His work in Manzanar is a departure from his signature style of landscape photography, providing a glimpse into the lives of the thousands of Japanese-Americans that were interned during one of the darkest moments in U.S. history.

 Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

 Wendy Maruyama’s work analyzes the internment camps with a contemporary eye. As a Japanese-American artist, she explores family history and identity through her sculptural work. Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets referencing themes from the internment camps. Also featured are sculptures from Maruyama’s The Tag Project, consisting of nearly 120,000 replicas of the paper identification tags that internees were forced to wear.

Featuring artifacts and information from the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego 

Free admission to JAHSSD members with membership card.

More information: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – Museum Exhibitions

Also – be sure not to miss!  

Japanese American Internment: A Local Perspective

Sunday, January 27, 2019,  2PM 

Join local historian, Linda A. Canada, for a lecture about the history of Japanese Americans and their transition from local industry in San Diego to living in internment camps during World War II.

Special price for JAHSSD members.

More information: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – Linda Canada lecture

Cold Soba with Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura Cooking Demonstration

January 20, 2019, 2 – 4 pm at Taiwanese American Community Center

For tickets and information: JACL Cooking Demonstration