Jimi Yamaichi

October 27, 1922May 12, 2018

Jimi Yamaichi, father of four, grandfather of four passed peacefully on May 12. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 4:00 PM at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex. Jimi was a casual man who always enjoyed wearing a hat, so on this day he requested everyone attending to dress casual and wear their favorite hat.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Steve Yamaguma

June 30, 2018

I had the honor and privilege of working with Jimi many times over the years, but one of the most memorable was when we were both working with the Yamate family on their wine business. We worked together to build their trade show booth and we traveled with them to work the shows in Tokyo and Nagoya at the FoodEx International Food Show. I've learned a lot from Jimi over the years, from working with him on the Japanese Tea Garden Tori Gate project, to the Japanese American Museum San Jose projects. He was not only a perfectionist, craftsman and visionary leader but also humbled and compassionate. He will truly be missed.

Yuki Nishinaka

June 29, 2018

I just learned of Jimi's passing on June 28, 2018. I am deeply saddened, and offer my condolences to his family.

Jimi was a friend and mentor. He gave to my exhibition and answered every question I asked. I could always count on him for his support. I will remember him.

henry nakata jr

June 11, 2018

With the amazing turn out for Jimi Yamaichi’s Celebration of Life today, the family asks how did he touch so may peoples lives. In the 1980’s he asked me to build shoji screens for his project Nijo Castle Restaurant in Fremont. This was to be the largest Japanese restaurant in northern California which he was the general contractor. On site we are looking at a huge industrial size building with only rows of steel poles supporting the roof. We both knew human interpretation of blueprints and measurements varies so much I was sweating bullets, not Jimi. He asks if I knew what story sticks are, and I say no. He pulls 2 scraps of wood out of a pile and cuts them the same size. Jimi gives me one and says you build the shoji this big and I will build the wall opening the size of the stick he keeps. Old school but it takes the human error out of it, so wise not only in building but human nature. Jimi would stop by my shop over the years, beginning with a question for his attention to detail in all the senses. He asked where to find period correct 48star flags for the 442 Congressional Gold Medal stands he was making. Many times Jimi would leave before I could answer, he was a Master and already knew what he was looking for. Thank you Jimi, your spirit remains in our memories and all the works you put your hands on.

Will Kaku

June 2, 2018

The day after I heard that Jimi Yamaichi passed away, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt a deep sorrow and emptiness. I viewed Jimi as a great mentor, a role model, an inspiration, and a friend.

Although I did not sign up to be a docent at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) on that day, I felt that it would be better for me if I came into the Museum that afternoon. I had hoped to find solace with others who knew Jimi, but I also desperately wanted to remain connected with Jimi’s presence. Jimi put his entire heart and soul into the Museum and I can still feel his boundless energy, optimism, dreams, and passion in that space.

Because of space limitations, the rest of this memory of Jimi, with photos of Jimi, are on the JAMsj blog:

Susan Hayase

May 15, 2018

To Eiko and the entire Yamaichi family, we are so sorry to hear that Jimi has passed away. We think of him with love, respect, affection, and gratitude, and we send our sincere condolences to you.
Your friends, Susan and Tom