Japantown San Jose (between Jackson and Empire streets and from First Street to Eighth) is one of the last three remaining historical Japantowns in the United States. It has been the object of redevelopment and revitalization plans since 1987.
Some pieces of this overall plan have been accomplished, and shine today in the heart of this unique business district.
Many of these anticipated improvements have been taking time to come to fruition. When they do, the preparations go on behind the scenes while citizens wait for solid evidence that anything is happening at all.
Our intent here, is to track some of these developments. While fans of Japantown wait for these plans to bear fruit, we want to share the changes that are in our future.
Keep in mind, much of what you read here is the result of amateur sleuthing and educated guesses. If you have a correction or information to share – by all means, let me know!