Congratulations to Jimi Yamaichi, whose  lifelong work to preserve Japanese American history was recognized by the Government of Japan in the 2011 Conferment of Decoration.  Jimi received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, for his work in Santa Clara County.

Established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan, the Order  is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in social/occupational welfare or preservation of the environment

Details of Jimi’s accomplishments can be found here.

As a long-time carpenter and builder, Jimi Yamaichi collaborated with Jim Takasugi, architect, in realizing the following projects:

  • YuAi Kai Senior Center, San Jose, California
  • Okayama – San Jose Sister City Friendship Gate at Kelly Park, San Jose, California
  • Restaurant Nijo Castle, Newark, California
  • San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin,  Administration Wing, San Jose, California