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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Second Buddhist Church

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 25, 2013
1. The Second Buddhist Church Marker
Inscription. The second Buddhist church building was situated where the Annex is now located. This building was established in 1908 as the “Independent Buddhist Church” when Reverend Hone Takahashi and certain church members seceded from the original Hongwanji church on Sixth Street. In 1917, they were reunited to form the Buddhist Church of San Jose. The second church building was used for the new combined church.

In the 1930s, a gym was added next to the second church building. The present Buddhist temple, the Hondo, was constructed in 1937, and the second church building was then used for meetings, for classrooms, and for a Japanese language school.

During World War II, church facilities were closed upon the evacuation of all Japanese-Americans. After the War ended, with the help of many groups and individuals the second church building and gym were opened as a hostel for returnees in April 1945.

In the hostel, the returnees were faced with cramped quarters. Often, only blanket curtains separated families. During these trying times, the hostel provided a support system by which the people were able to receive assistance. Returnees helped each other find new homes and new jobs in order to rebuild their lives which were so tragically disrupted. During this time, 1,400 people were served. Although original provisions
The Second Buddhist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 11, 2013
2. The Second Buddhist Church Marker
ended, the hostel was continued by the church until 1955.

After many years of service, the second church building and gym were torn down in order to make way for the present Annex which was dedicated in 1958.

*some oral histories differ on the first location of the original church.
 
Location. 37° 20.982′ N, 121° 53.677′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on North 5th Street just north of Jackson Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 640 North 5th Street, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin (within shouting distance of this marker); Taihei Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. Peckham (within shouting distance of this marker); Ken Ying Low (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nihonmachi (about 300 feet away); Kawakami Building (about 300 feet away); Old Japantown Garage (about 300 feet away); Dobashi Market (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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