Japantowns in the U.S. are an endangered species, but San Jose’s is alive and kicking. Just north of downtown, this historic – and still authentic — neighborhood features outstanding Japanese restaurants, Asian performing arts, martial arts schools and places of worship such as the beautiful San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. Here you can still buy homemade tofu and manju (a Japanese pastry) and attend a weekly Farmer’s Market year round. The moving and supremely educational Japanese American Museum features 6,400 square feet of permanent and rotating exhibits and host a variety of community activities. Japanese culture is also celebrated with live events, such as the Obon Festival in mid- July, featuring two days of game booths, food booths, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, and more than 1,000 dancers in full costume each evening, swaying under a canopy of colorful lanterns to live music from the Chidori Band and San Jose Taiko.