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Saturday, February 29
Navy pilot Nobuo Fujita launched a seaplane off a submarine and hit the woods outside of Brookings, OR, although no one was hurt. 20 years later, the town invited him back. Author Marc Nobleman will discuss this true story of reconciliation after war.

Saturday, March 7 • FREE ALL DAY
A free one-day event exploring the visible and invisible borders in our world through music, dance, art, speakers, and interactive activities.

Saturday, Saturday, March 7 • FREE
Join Caldecott Medalist Allen Say as he discusses the making of his new children’s book. Through beautiful artwork and a powerful story, Almond explores the story of Almond Biggs as she discovers what it means to have her own unique gifts and talents. Book signing to follow.

Thursday, March 12 • FREE
Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere to share tea and conversation and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama. In conjunction with Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, participants will be encouraged to reflect on who their own “heroes” might be and explore what messages they might want to share with them.

Saturday, March 14
Join us for a screening of two documentaries produced by NHK World-Japan that focus on the little-known stories of goodwill in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, followed by a Q&A session with NHK directors. The program is presented in conjunction with Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb.

Enter the 2020 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor North America. The drawing will be held at JANM’s 2020 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 18, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Save the date!

Hinamatsuri is celebrated annually on March 3. Find fun Girl’s Day gifts to commemorate the day with your special girls! Rush shipping order deadline: noon on Friday, February 28. 10% discount for JANM members!

View clips from a 2019 interview with Howard Kakita, a Japanese American who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on JANM’s Discover Nikkei website.


A contemporary art exhibition by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders honors individuals who advocate and fight for those who face discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders both real and imagined. Through video projections on mist, photographic weavings, and audience participation, visitors to this multimedia exhibition are invited to learn about, reflect on, and celebrate heroes in Los Angeles, across the nation, and within their own lives.

A uranium bomb devastated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a plutonium bomb exploded over Nagasaki on August 9. Beyond the many dead, the survivors have endured physical and spiritual pain to this day. Japanese Americans then living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki who survived are a part of this vital story.

To commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombings, this special exhibition presents photographs, explanatory texts, artifacts, and contemporary art that shed light on this painful history and provides a safe space for discussion with the hope that such events never happen again.

Special display of artifacts from atomic bomb victims on view through March 1, 2020.

An overview of Japanese American history from early immigration to the present day. Incorporates artifacts, artwork, and media—including rare home movies and a section of the barracks from the Heart Mountain concentration camp.


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