San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
Erected by City of San Jose. Historic Landmarks Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Churches & Religion.
Location. 37° 21.001′ N, 121° 53.707′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on 5th Street 0.1 miles north of Jackson Street, on the right when traveling north. This marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 648 North 5th Street, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Second Buddhist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Ideal Laundry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yasunaga Produce and Transfer Company (about 300 feet away); Mr. Peckham (about 400 feet away); Taihei Hotel (about 400 feet away); Ken Ying Low (about 400 feet away); Nihonmachi (about 400 feet away); Tom & Mary’s Snack Shop & Dr. Watanabe’s Office (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Regarding San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. "The Nishiura Brothers and their sons were probably the most prevalent builders in Japantown, with modest residences as well as prominent community structures to their names. The Nishiura brothers, Shinzaburo and Gentaro, were originally from the Mie prefecture in Japan. They were carpenters and builders, responsible for such prestigious projects as the Japanese Pavillion at San Francisco’s 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. They built many Buddhist temples in California before World War II, expressing their Buddhist faith through their carpentry skills. The San Jose Buddhist Temple was constructed by the brothers in 1937. They were also known to have carved an elaborate
From "SAN JOSE JAPANTOWN HISTORIC CONTEXT AND RECONNAISSANCE SURVEY"
San Jose, California. October 10, 2006
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