UPCOMING EVENTS

Kannon Bosatsu Opening Ceremony

December 20, 2018 – 9 am

The Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

Our Friends at the Japanese Friendship Garden invite you to the opening ceremony of their new outdoor exhibit featuring a new wet stream, an array of florae, and the largest and oldest bronze bosatsu in the nation! Originally built in 1735 AD by Takumi Obata, this bosatsu has a rich history that they are excited to share with you.

For more details: http://www.niwa.org/kannon


CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

JAHSSD Exhibition at San Diego History Center
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.