The Japantown Farmer's Market is held every Sunday, rain or shine, 8:00 am - 12 noon
The Japantown Business Association can be reached at (408) 298-4303.
Maneki Neko means 'Beckoning Cat' and is a lucky charm of Japan.
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.
Photos of Japantown Mural Project Dedication by photographer Jessica Shirley-Donnelly, JRSD Photography, and Japantown Mural Project participant: http://photos.metroactive.com/Events/SJObon2012/24195507_HV4s8W#!i=1967888748&k=SFZ8g9d