Heartbeat of San Jose Japantown

San Jose Taiko Group Inc.

Funding Received: 2017
San Jose, CA
Funding Period: 2 years and 6 months

San Jose Japantown in California is one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States. San Jose Taiko, long-recognized as the heartbeat of this community, is building a Creative Center as a physical and cultural anchor within this revitalized neighborhood. Through the presentation of contemporary Japanese/Japanese-American and other cross-cultural art events this project will foster economic vitality and street activity in hopes of mitigating disruption to local businesses during the construction period. Longer term, the Center, its tenants, and visitors will become an integrated part of the Japantown fabric contributing to the vibrancy of this community.

This project is possible through San Jose Taiko’s partnerships with Silicon Valley Creates, the Japantown community, the City of San Jose, and a private developer building market rate housing adjacent to the future cultural center.


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