Himeji Castle

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Himeji Castle is a World Cultural Heritage Site and National Treasure. It is also called the “White Heron Castle” due to it’s white covered walls. The modern form of the castle was constructed in 1609 and has been immaculately maintained for over 400 years. There was recent restoration when the castle was closed from 2009 to 2015. Himeji Castle in located in Himeji City in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.

http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/guide/castle/

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San Jose Obon Festival 2018

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Mother (Virgina Lin) & son (Daniel Shan) from the San Jose Zebra Basketball team skewering beef teriyaki for the San Jose Obon Festival on July 14-15, 2018. The Obon Festival is called Kangi-e, the gathering of joy and it commemorates the dead.

Families Belong Together Rally San Jose 6-30-2018

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Over a thousand people including families, students, community members, local church members, and hundreds of new activists gathered at San Jose City Hall on June 30, 2018 to protest Trump’s policies that separated immigrant children from their families. It was part of the larger nationwide movement of over 700 cities across America to protest Trump’s regressive immigrant policies.

Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy is reminiscence of the internment of Japanese-American during 1942 to 1945. The over 2,000 immigrant children still separated from their parents are housed in a modern day equivalent of concentration camps.

This rally shows that there is a growing movement to protect immigrant families from terror, intimidation, and persecution.

Mexican Soccer Fans Celebrate Win

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Over 3,000 voracious mostly Mexican fans from the San Jose area cheered mightily when Mexico beat Germany 1-0 on Sunday June 17, 2018 during the 2018 World Cup watch party at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. There were 2 big screens courtesy of Avaya Stadium and San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. In addition a full bar, refreshments, and food were available. For the children there was soccer video game playing and face painting of World Cup team flags. Mexican soccer fans celebrated for the entire day.

At the Slough

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Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose

 

The gentle wind

 

The silent waves

 

The morning sun

 

The wildlife refuge

San Jose Japantown Immersive May 12, 2018

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Swing dancers at the Swingposium

The San Jose Japantown Immersive was a inspiring and entertaining community cultural celebration of the local performing artists, artisans, and businesses who live or work in Japan-town held on May 12, 2018. It was also the 45 year anniversary of internationally known San Jose Taiko. The event was also a way for the public to understand the history and culture of Japan-town and it’s people. The highlight of the event was the breathtaking Swingposium with Wesley Jazz Ensemble, Epic Immersive, and San Jose Taiko and the Finale with The Get Down Dance Studio, DJ Cutso, and San Jose Taiko. There were also a public art piece with art studio Arsenal, swing dance lessons, Nichi Bei Busan kimono photo booth, old black and white samurai movies, and LED uchiwa fan making.

http://www.taiko.org/japantownimmersive

Sports Day

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Sports Day in Akashi City Japan on October 9th 2017

Sports Day 体育の日 is a national holiday in October for school children in Japan. The day gives students a chance to learn skills and compete against each other. It is a nice family activity where the entire family can have fun together. There are usually running races, tug-of-war, and ball tossing games involved.

March For Our Lives San Jose 3-24-2018

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Thousands of people marching through the rain lead by hundreds of local high school students demanded the end of shootings of all type and for effective gun control. Most of the local organizers were from Prospect High School in Saratoga (near San Jose). March For Our Lives was organized and led by students across the country to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings sparked by the recent school killings in Florida. The students chanted “Vote Them Out” and blamed the NRA for the gun violence during their march. They demand a comprehensive and effective gun control bill be passed through Congress and they won’t stop until change happens.
http://marchforourlivessj.org

Nostalgia

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Super heroes and monsters playing a video game is the concept of a new mural in San Jose Japan-town. It was created and painted by Francisco Ramirez a local artist from Local Color in downtown San Jose. Included in the mural are characters such as Godzilla, Voltron, Ultraman, King Kong, He-man, and Lion-o (Thundercats) which Francisco grew up with. The mural was painted on the side of Zonkey a toy store located on 161 Jackson Street in San Jose.