Hidden Histories of SJ Japantown Opening Celebration

Starts: June 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Ends: June 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Location:  Art Object Gallery, 592 North Fifth St., San Jose
Admission:  Free

Join Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown for an opening and unveiling of Augmented Reality (AR) art pieces in Japantown on Saturday, June 19th, 4:00 p.m.  The event will begin at the Art Object Gallery with an exhibit about the project and a brief, informal introduction. Then everyone will be encouraged to go out into the neighborhood for a live experience with the AR art pieces on their mobile devices.

Augmented Reality (AR) is a mobile app technology that overlays computer-generated information (sounds, images, text) on the camera view of the real world around you. Using the ARpoise app (developed by Tamiko Thiel and Peter Graf), your smartphone is transformed into an “ARt- scope” that reveals hidden geolocative (place-based) AR artworks placed at various locations around Japantown.


  • Admission to the Art Object Gallery will be limited in accordance with Santa Clara County COVID-19 capacity restrictions.
  • It is highly recommended to have your mobile devices fully charged in order to see and interact with all the art.