The Project

The Japantown Mural Project is a celebration of the vibrancy of San Jose's historic Japantown neighborhood through artworks by 50 local artists. The environment is a barren, undeveloped plot of land that once served as the City of San Jose's Maintenance Yard. Chain-link fencing is now covered with more than 60 large mesh panels of color. It stretches a quarter of a city block along 6th and Jackson Streets in the heart of Japantown.

The subject matter is highly interpretive, including personal and commissioned works, and encompasses a wide variety of mediums and aesthetics. It also includes references to the site's former life; 100 years ago, it was one of San Jose's very first Chinatown settlements known as 'Heinlenville.' A majority of the artists maintain art studios in Japantown, have displayed their artwork in neighborhood galleries, or consider this wonderful place their home.

The Japantown Mural Project is truly representative of its own unique community and will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.

Hands Clasped

Hands Clasped

by Roan Victor


May - Drown In Details at Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, Ca

September - Certified Participants at Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, Ca
September - Off The Wall at Space Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
July - Lunch with John and Vincent at On The Corner Music Store, Campbell, Ca
July - Beyond Recognition at Space Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
June - solo exhibition - Predators, Pathogens and Parasites at Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Santa Clara, Ca
April - GRSF Tree Show V at Giant Robot San Francisco, Ca
January - Melt Yo Face Off! at Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, Ca

May - Swamp Thang at an alternative space in Alviso, Ca

November - group installation exhibition at Salon Blu Gallery, Santa Clara, Ca
September - group exhibition at Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Santa Clara, Ca

Live painting collaboration at San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Ca
2004-05 Pac Session live painting art show collaborative exhibitions, San Jose, Ca

Open studio at The Red Ink Studios in Santana Row, San Jose, Ca

Sponsored By

Japantown Community Congress of San Jose · Office of the Consulate General of Japan · Wesley United Methodist Church
Jack's Bar & Lounge · Dr. Stephani Nguyen of Japantown Dental · Kay's Shiseido · Dr. Jerrold Hiura & Lucia Cha

Contemporary Asian Theater Scene · Japantown Neighborhood Association · Union Bank of California · Chris & Minako Tsuji

Japanese American Museum of San Jose · Yu Ai Kai Senior Center · Banana Crepe · Halcrow Partners · Pan Pacific Bank · Alex Alsorady & Darcie Kiyan
Sophie Horiuchi Forrester · Helen Hayashi · Roy & PJ Hirabayashi · Aggie Idemoto · Reiko Iwanaga · Jeanne Katsuro · Tamon Norimoto · Kristin Okimoto
Jeffrey Oldham · John Ristow · Rev. Gerald & Kathy Sakamoto · Victoria Taketa · Leah Toeniskoetter · Joe Yasutake

With Thanks

Japantown Community Congress of San Jose · The City of San Jose Arts Commission · Dr. Jerrold Hiura · The Rast Family
Corinne Okada Takara · Ruth Tunstall-Grant · Cherri Lakey · DJ Ashford
Empire Seven Studios · The Arsenal · Sign-a-Rama of Downtown San Jose

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