Japantown is a historic residential, commercial, and cultural district of San Jose, California. It is a center for San Jose's Japanese American and Chinese American communities and it is one of the only three Japantowns that exists in the United States. Initially, the residents of this neighborhood were mostly men, attracted by farming labor jobs. However, that started to change in the early 20th century when more women began to arrive and therefore, families began. Local business started to appear.
Japantown has become an authentic ethnic neighborhood with many traditional Japanese restaurants, Mexican, Hawaiian and Korean ones that constantly attract locals and tourists. Shuei-Do Manju Shop is a must because it offers Asian goods for everyone. This neighborhood is home to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, the Wesley United Methodist Church, and San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, as well as many of the local community organizations that include Japantown's largest cultural festivals.
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Major festivals in this neighborhood are Obon (every July), Nikkei Matsuri (every spring) and Aki Matsuri (every fall) and a newer festival, The Spirit of Japantown Festival. In addition to this, there are events that are open to the public at Art Object Gallery and various street venues, including a year-round Certified Farmers Market where you will find a variety of fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. It is run by the Japantown Business Association and it opens every Sunday from 8:30 am to12:00 pm. Don't miss the opportunity to explore all the events and have a great time with family and friends.
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