Building 640 at the Presidio in San Francisco

Building 640 at the Presidio in San Francisco
Information Source for the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Few Tips to spending wisely in Japantown

Is the economy really getting you down? Shopping in downtown San Francisco might be a great idea. Here at NJAHS, we are offering you some super-saving tips to survive in this economy and spend wisely in Japantown.

First Trick for Japanese Food Lovers: Check out some of the restaurants' happy hours. You may have thought of this on your own, but we thought it was worth mentioning. You should also dining in the afternoon, it's cheaper.

Second Trick for Shoppers: Japan is well-known for their products: cosmetics, stationary, utilities, and food. The best way to find great deals in Japantown is to shop in Ichiban Kan and Daiso. In Daiso, all items are $1.50 and at Ichiban Kan they always offer great deals .Nijiya Markets provides the best Japanese imported food for reasonable price!

Third Trick for Visitors: Japantown includes many hidden histories and significant events . If you are interested in learning about Japantown, feel free to drop by the Peace Gallery in the NJAHS ( National Japanese American History Society). Our office staff members are very helpful and will answer of your questions. You can also check out some upcoming events offered by NJAHS. Many of the events are FREE! Who said there is nothing to do in Japantown?

Fouth Trick for Anyone: If you do not want to spend a single penny, you can always window shop around in Japantown. There are a lot of shops in Japantown, such as Kinokuniya Stationery and Gift, Inc . and Kinokuniya Bookstore.

Hopefully you find there tricks to be helpful.

Besides, NJAHS summer interns have found out how to to do as many things as possible for a total of less than $20 . Below is the video. Enjoy!

$20 a Day in Japantown 2010

$20 a day in Japantown 2000

There are other $20 a day in Japantown videos on our Youtube page. Check it out!

Please feel free to leave comments!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

N'Interns' Digital Story Telling; Breaking Perspectives

NJAHS is proud to introduce its Summer Youth Leadership Interns, nicknamed "N'Interns" and their final works of Digital Story Telling: Breaking Perspectives.
Instructing the N’Interns was Lina Hoshino, independent film producer of Leap of Faith.
The N'Interns had 3 days to edit their scripts and record their voice-overs, in addition to learning how to use photo-shop and video editing software.


1) "Voices Never Raised,” by Tina Chong, a senior at Scripps College in Southern California, is a personal reflection of her grandfather, Hachiro John Togashi’s life and his experiences as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

2) “The Sound of Truth,” by Devin Yoshikawa, graduate of Sacramento State University, interprets the atmosphere of social justice movements in metal music.

3) “The Shin-Nisei Experience,” by Stephen Yoshizawa, a sophomore at UC Berkeley, reflects on his life as a son of first generation Japanese immigrants of the 1980s.


The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), founded in 1980 in San Francisco, is a non-profit membership supported organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of historical information of the Japanese American experience for the diverse broader national community. Originally named Go For Broke, NJAHS changed its name in 1986 to reflect its efforts to share the broader story of this community.

Today, NJAHS is a core organization in SF's Japantown and its programs, which a recent NY Times article identified as a source of Japantown's dynamism, are a model for the preservation and interpretation of a community's history. NJAHS programming includes:

* Exhibitions: Since 1981, NJAHS has produced ground-breaking exhibitions both in its own Peace Gallery as well as in numerous larger venues such as the Oakland Museum of California, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bishop Museum, among others.
* Public Education: NJAHS also presents an annual series of community events in its Gallery and at community venues which integrate public education with other interpretative activities including visual and performing arts.
* Publications: NJAHS publishes the journal Nikkei Heritage as well as special publications including First Class, which tells the story of the first class of the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Building 640 in the Presidio of San Francisco.
* The Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center: This project in collaboration with the National Park Service and The Presidio Trust, which has received $3.58 Million in federal appropriations to date, will rehabilitate for reuse Building 640 in the Presidio of San Francisco as an interpretive center that will advance the legacy of the Japanese Americans of the Military Intelligence Service as well as that of the 442nd/100th Battalion Nisei soldiers in the context of Japanese American history. Building 640 is the site of the first Military Intelligence Service Language School where the MIS soldier linguists began their historic journey in World War II.