People can now take an AR tour of San Jose’s Japantown
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People can now take an AR tour of San Jose’s Japantown

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AR is offering an artistic way for people to explore the history of the 130-year-old Japantown district in San Jose. “Hidden Histories,” project started by Tom Izu and Susan Hayase, permits people to use their smartphones to view and interact with augmented reality art overlaid on present-day Japantown.

“We came up with Hidden Histories because it was very apparent that most people don’t know the history of San Jose Japantown. And that the community wasn’t just about Japanese American history, but it involved the Chinese Americans and Filipino Americans as well. We’re using art as a way to connect with people at a deeper, emotional level.” – Tom Izu.

The AR tour showcases the artwork of nine artists exploring the diverse cultures and communities lived in Japantown.

The project will begin on June 19, 2021, with a free event at the Art Object Gallery. The event will showcase an orientation to AR-vos, a mobile app developed by Peter Graf and Tamiko Thiel. It will follow a self-guided tour through Japantown.

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