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The Kitaji Bibles


The Gilroy Museum, 195 Fifth Street, is hosting a special viewing of the Kitaji Bibles.

These are incredible translations of the bible into Japanese, colorfully illustrated by Captain Kitaji of the Salvation Army in the 1920s through 50s.  He was the caretaker of Gilroy Hot Springs.  Scholars have compared these volumes to the calligraphy of the medieval monks.  The two volume set is being donated to the “Japanese and Japanese American Diaspora Project” at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, but are making a special appearance in Gilroy first. They are said to be “the most significant artifact associated with Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs” because of the near 30 years Captain Kitaji lived there while working on the Bibles.

Earlier Event: October 7
Walking Tour - William Weeks Buildings
Later Event: November 4
Walking Tour - Old St. Mary Cemetery