Listen to Japan

Obon is the best time to check out San Jose's rising Japantown

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Japanese American Museum of San Jose. WHAT: Learn about the history of Bay Area Japanese Americans, including their internment during World War II. Replicas of barracks and guard towers help visitors reflect on this passage in our history. WHEN: Tue-Sun (also open Sat during Obon festival). HOW MUCH: Free. WHERE: 535 N. Fifth St.; 408/294-3138.


Restaurant Yasu. WHAT: Chef Brett Yasukawa's masterpieces include grilled tri-tip with vegetables and daikon relish. WHEN: Dinner Mon-Sat. HOW MUCH: $$. WHERE: 211 E. Jackson St.; 408/291-0684.


San Jose Obon Festival. WHAT: Feel the rhythm of San Jose Taiko and traditional Japanese music at this annual event hosted by the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. Kids dressed in happi coats and kimonos are irresistible, as is the smell of chicken teriyaki on the grill. WHEN: Jul 9-10. HOW MUCH: Free. WHERE: Along Fifth St. in front of the temple; 408/293-9292.

INFO: The heart of San Jose's Japantown is Fifth and Jackson Streets. or 408/298-4303


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