JAHSSD Annual Meeting and Kansha Awards
Saturday, October 13th, 2018

The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego cordially invites you to its Annual Membership Meeting and Kansha Awards on Saturday, October 13th, 2018, at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego Annex Hall, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The 2018 Kansha Awards will be presented to Joe Cross and the late Guy Kiyoi – two humble community volunteers who never sought the limelight or rewards, but whose service to our local Nikkei community has been invaluable.

Attendance at the program is free and open to the public. However, if you would like to enjoy a bento lunch, please complete the order form below and send it in with your payment.

Annual Meeting – Bento Order Form


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.