SF JACL Japantown History Mural Proposal
Japantown Journey: The Birth of A Community
The mural will honor and celebrate the 115 years of a community’s survival and resilience.
The San Francisco Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, working with the artistic team of MissionArt415 will create a mural on the high-traffic exterior wall facing Geary Boulevard at the entrance to the Peace Plaza.
The historical mural is funded by three generous Trust Funds: Yo Hironaka, Greg Marutani and Frank Minami, who were members of JACL and integral to the preservation of San Francisco Japantown. It is in their names, that SFJACL launched the this proposal.
The mural will depict the history of SF’s Japantown and artfully create images of persons, places and events that will tell the story of one of the three remaining Japantowns in the U.S. The purpose is to educate and enlighten visitors to the value of diverse communities to our City, and to instill pride and gratitude for the community’s future generations.
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It takes a collective heart to build something great
SF JACL Board of Directors:
Lisa Brewer, CEO MissionArt415, Project Manager
Randolph Bowes, Founder, MissionArt415, Graphic Designer/Engineer
Rigel “Crayone” Juratovac, Master Artist
Wes “Marks” Wong, Artist, Interactive design
Ben Kobashigawa - Professor Emeritis, SF State University - Bio
Darcy E. Nishi - Bio
Kenji Taguma, Nichi Bei Foundation - Bio
Rosalyn Tonai, National Japanese American Historical Society - Bio
Greg Viloria, Monks Media Works
Minutes & Recordings
Upcoming Mural Related Meetings and Events
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Nomination Process for Portraits to be included on Japantown History Mural
The SF JACL established the following criteria for portrait nominees:
1. Established and built San Francisco Japantown and who have made significant contributions
to continue to build and preserve it; or
2. Advanced our diverse stories and history through education, the arts and culture; or
3. Played a leadership role in social justice and civil rights issues
Each criterion should have a significant connection to San Francisco Japantown.
Nominations closed at midnight on December 31, 2022 and the initial list is located below. The initial list contained 73 names, including individuals both living and deceased. In reviewing nominations, the SFJACL board determined that, to be considered further, candidates should only include deceased individuals. Nominations were posted on the website in advance of the January 12 community meeting. At the conclusion of that meeting, 27 semifinalists were announced. The list of finalists will be posted to the SFJACL website and in the Nichi Bei weekly newspaper.
To see the Semifinal list of nominees, please see our post here.
Nominations for the Mural images
The Mural will honor persons who made a lasting difference in the survival and vitality of our community. They are persons whose determination to build Japantown in the face of exclusion and racism helped to preserve our history and culture, and whose activism, trailblazing and vision continue to guide us today.
Helen Cooke Jones
Hikoroku & Suwa Honnami
Archbishop Nitten Ishida
Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima
Major Masasuke Kobayashi
Shizue, Linda, Vicky, Dad Mihara
Nichi Bei Kai
Kathleen "Kay* & Takeo Okamoto
Bobby & Ricky Okamura
Robert & Others Sakai
Tomoye & Henry Takahashi
Taro "Tom" Tsukahara
Peter Kenichi Yamamoto
Lawrence Toshimichi Yamamoto
Hatsuye “Hatsy” and Hisao “Moses” Yasukochi Yasukochi