San Jose Japantown

Ken Matsumoto

Studio Curator In 1996, a week before his studio space was set for demolition as part of a Redevelopment Agency project, Ken Matsumoto saw…

San Jose Taiko

Roy and PJ Hirabayashi Not many folks can say they have evolved—if not created—a new type of art. But starting in 1973 when Roy…

Explore Japantown

The story of San Jose’s Japantown should be familiar to anyone who knows the history of Silicon Valley. Abundant farm work drew Japanese workers…

Empire Seven Studios

Art gives us the ability to speak freely without worrying if you are going to get in trouble or not. It’s the freedom of…