Interview with Jasmine Rast, proprietor of Roy’s Station Coffee and Tea, a commercial cafe that serves as an artistic and social hub for San José’s Japantown. Jasmine identifies as Japanese American and Swiss. Topics discussed include food art, murals, mentoring artists working in the cafe as baristas, the cultures of Japantown, the Obon Festival associated with the Betsuin Buddhist Temple, gentrification, and the multicultural nature of the community. As part of the Mosaic Atlas project, SJSU students and faculty from the Anthropology and Geography Departments interviewed people who support and produce art throughout the Bay Area.
Jasmine Rast. "Mosaic Atlas: Interview with Jasmine Rast" Mosaic Atlas Interviews (2021).
197 Jackson Street, San José, CA. 95112
Japantown, San José