123KLAN are a French husband and wife graffiti team consisting of Scien and Klor from Montreal, Canada. They create graffiti art, design graphics and branding, and produce clothing such as BANDIT1SM x 123KLAN. Their art style combines graffiti art with large lettering in acid colors and characters in manga style. Like all good artists 123KLAN has a distinctive artistic style that defines themselves. 123KLAN participated in this year’s PWSJ 2018 an international week-long arts and culture festival held in San Jose.
UNITE HERE Local 19 workers energetically continue to strike for the twelfth day at the San Jose Marriott Hotel in downtown San Jose to negotiate a better contract. The workers demand a livable wage, job safety, and job protections as some Marriott Hotel are using robot workers. Many working class workers in Silicon Valley often have to work 2-3 jobs to pay for the high housing costs and other living expenses. Meanwhile the owner of the San Jose Marriott Hotel Carey Watermark 2, a real estate investment trust, are being an irresponsible owner. Fellow Marriott workers are also striking in San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Detroit, and Boston.
The San Jose Bike Clinic repair station at the SoFA hub at Viva CalleSJ 2018
On Sunday September 23rd, 2018 over 100,000 enthusiastic bike riders, skaters, and walkers converged on the streets of San Jose. There were thousands of families, students, friends, the young, the old, stingrays, tandems, fixies, cruisers, unicycles, and recumbent bicycles. Viva Calle is an open street project by the City of San Jose transforming the streets free of automobiles, motorized vehicles, and carbon emissions for one day. The 2018 route started at the SoFA district in downtown San Jose then went southbound on Monterey Road past Santa Clara Co. Fairgrounds and ended at Martial Cottle Park in south San Jose. It was a fun day for all.
Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama is a railway museum that opened in 2012. It is said to be one the largest collection of model trains and collectibles in the world. Nobutaro Hara, the founder of the museum, studied at Tokyo Institute of Technology to study railway technology. At the museum you can observe trains from Japan, United States, and Europe. The museum seeks to recreate real trains by utilizing the same railway technologies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.