Opening reception for “Mingei from the Internment Camps”

JAHSSD Gallery at the San Diego History Center

Presented in cooperation with the Mingei International Museum, this Exhibition explores the creativity and beauty of everyday objects created by people of Japanese ancestry while they were incarcerated in American internment camps during World War II.

The exhibition will include unique handcrafted items from the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego’s collection, and loans from community members. Many items, some being displayed for the first time, were made by San Diegans living at the Poston, Arizona relocation facility. Light refreshments will be served. This exhibition will be open through mid-September 2016. Admission to the JAHSSD Gallery is free to JAHSSD members.  For more information please contact JAHSSD 

This is an article from the SAN DIEGO VETERANS MUSEUM IN BALBOA PARK’s April 2016 newsletter, featuring JAHSSD intern Meghan Kanegaye. Meghan researched her topic at and used artifacts from the JAHSSD Archive as part of her internship.



Meghan Kanegaye, a student at Francis Parker School, developed this exhibit and collected the artifacts to tell the story of Bert M. Tanaka, a Japanese American, who graduated from San Diego High School, returned to Hawaii in June 1941 and enlisted in the US Army. Bert was a member of the famous all Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and received a battlefield promotion from Sergeant to 2LT and was awarded the Silver Star. Learn about Bert’s story at our museum and see the Congressional Gold Medal presented to the surviving members from that unit. The photo shows Meghan in front of her exhibit. We encourage you to visit one of our frequent community partners, the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego.

Community Events

Paperworks, a exchange show with the Vansanku-no-sato Center in Osaka
Sophie’s Kensington Gallery location 4186 Adams Avenue (619-654-3679)

Features artists of the Vansanku-no-sato Center and the artists of Sophie’s Gallery. Three of the instructors from the center will be here from August 3-9 and the show will run from August 6-30 with a reception on Saturday, August 6 from 5-8pm. Sophie’s Kensington Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12noon-5pm

For more info please download the flyer

Constructs: The Art of Saori Weaving
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

Features hand woven clothing, wall hangings and banners artists with developmental disabilities made on a Japanese Saori loom. The show is August 13-October 27 with a reception on Thursday August 25 from 4:30-6:30pm.

For more info please download the flyer

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P.O. Box, 22349 San Diego CA 92192-2349
Telephone Number: (619) 338-8181
Email Address: jahssd@sbcglobal.net

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