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The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is honored to be selected as one of the 20 Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts and cultural organizations designated as “America’s Cultural Treasures,” and to be the recipient of a $5.5 million grant over four years, thanks to the vision and generosity of the Ford Foundation along with other leading foundations and major donors who have pledged to donate more than $80 million to this initiative.



JANM is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. In addition, all on-site public programs and rentals are cancelled until further notice. Virtual Visits are available for grades 1-12, college, and adult groups. On-site school visits will resume in January 2021. Click here for more information regarding JANM’s response to COVID-19. Updated 10/5/20

While our doors remain temporarily shuttered we will bring you virtual programming that will continue to inspire, educate, and help you stay connected. We are sharing content every day across JANM’s social media platforms. Join us to be inspired, educated, and engaged! JANM From Home is about content and connection.

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JANM is honored to be selected as one of the 20 Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts and cultural organizations designated as “America’s Cultural Treasures,” and to be the recipient of a $5.5 million grant over four years, thanks to the vision and generosity of the Ford Foundation along with other leading foundations and major donors who have pledged to donate more than $80 million to this initiative.

JANM’s Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection pop-up display traveled to the 2019 Jerome/Rowher Pilgrimage in Little Rock, Arkansas to engage Pilgrimage attendees. Organized by the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages, the event took place from April 11-14. Sharon Ideta Fukushima recognized her father, Takashi Ideta, in one of the photographs in the collection where he is standing by a nameplate at the Jerome concentration camp. She and her family came to see the display, bringing the original nameplate, and shared what this family connection means to them.

JANM Collections Associate Shawn Iwaoka provides a look at the art and artifacts of Issei photographer J.T. Sata. Donated to JANM’s permanent collection in 2005, Sata’s Modernist photography can be explored through an exclusive look at his professional archives.

JANM was honored to have the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California as the first site to host the Contested Histories pop-up display on June 23–24, 2018.

On September 18, 2020, Mitsuko Brooks and Reiko Fujii were invited for a virtual artist talk to share about their creative practices, and their roles as artists during political unrest. The two artists connected over using art as a means of emotional, mental, and spiritual processing, and a tool for confronting trauma. Brooks and Fujii first met through the Asian American Women’s Artists Association, and more recently have been keeping correspondence through mail art. Mail art as a medium becomes a timestamp document of their internal landscapes, reflecting the social and political issues of our time.

Title IX passed in 1972 and gave women equal opportunity in education and sports in most colleges and universities. There have been numerous articles recently written about the successes of women athletes because of Title IX. However, nothing has been noted about the fight for this civil and gender rights.

One woman who fought doggedly and passionately advocating women’s issues in Congress, including gender rights, was Patsy Takemoto Mink (1927-2002). She garnered critical support for the passage of Title IX when at the time there were only eight women who were members of Congress. She felt a special burden to bear to speak for all women because they didn’t have people who could express their concerns for them adequately.

Mink was a trailblazer—the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress, and the first Asian American to run for President in the 1972 election.

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FEATURED: George Takei Campaign Poster mug

In the summer of 1973, four years after the Star Trek TV series ended, activists encouraged George Takei to run for the Los Angeles City Council seat vacated by Tom Bradley, who had just been elected the first African American mayor of Los Angeles. His name recognition, coupled with his interest in political issues and experience as an active volunteer in other campaigns, prepared Takei for a hard-fought battle on a platform of affordable housing, public transportation, and public safety. It was an extremely close race that Takei ultimately lost, coming in second to David Cunningham. If elected, Takei would have been the first Asian American to serve on the LA City Council; as it was, that landmark would not come for another 12 years.

The campaign poster on this 11 oz. mug is part of JANM’s permanent collection, gifted by George Takei. The slogan on the other side of the mug is a contemporary addition.

JANM Members get 10% off!

We’ve partnered with The 2020 Project on a mission to register 100,000 Asian American and Pacific Islanders to vote. We are doing this by raising awareness, providing education, and giving a space for civic engagement on the local, regional, and national scale. Voter participation for Asian Americans is especially low for age range 18-34. The 2020 Project hopes to close that gap and have more representation reflected in policy change and implementation!


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Saturday, November 14–Monday, November 30
The 12th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique is going virtual this year! From November 14–30, shoppers can shop online or by phone with many familiar crafters, plus some new ones.

Friday, November 27 - Sunday, November 29
We appreciate the support of JANM members and are thankful for your patronage through this crazy year! To show our gratitude we are offering the usual 20% discount on qualified store purchases from November 27-29. Due to the continuing pandemic restrictions, all sales will take place online only, but we will be offering onsite pick up. You must place your orders November 27-29 in order to qualify for the 20% discount.

Sunday, November 29
Receive a special gift with purchases over $20! To celebrate the season we are offering a mixed set of Allen Say’s Tree of Cranes holiday cards. Enjoy 6 each of his two signature illustrations (a total of 12 cards) from the Caldecott Award-winning artist’s very special holiday book.

Saturday, December 5
Daniel H. Inouye explores the unique stories of a divided community of Japanese New Yorkers before World War II. Through a wealth of primary sources, including oral histories, memoirs, newspapers, government documents, photographs, and more, his award-winning book Distant Islands: The Japanese American Community in New York City, 1876–1930s dives into the often unacknowledged rich history of New York Japanese American Issei and Nisei. Inouye will discuss his book, focusing on a book chapter that examines the experiences of college students.

He will be joined by award-winning journalist Fred Katayama who will add a comparative contemporary dimension to the discussion. Katayama will discuss his experiences as a college student and an early career professional in New York City between the late 1970s and early 1990s. Both speakers will address differences in trans-regional Japanese American experiences and answer audience questions.

Wednesday, December 9
Gather with us in the comfort of your own home to share tea and conversation! As winter settles in, we will be writing letters of compassion and support to those currently incarcerated in Otay Mesa Detention Center in Southern California and spending some time in personal reflection. Prompts will be provided by special guests and traci kato-kiriyama, former Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence at JANM. Make yourself a cup of tea, get comfortable, and join us online for this interactive monthly program! All ages are welcome to participate.

Saturday, December 12
Learn how to do genealogical research, even while physically distanced, with family members of all ages! We'll highlight activities you can do with children - particularly those engaged in distance learning - to help your family stay connected. Find creative ways to share your family stories across generations and how to get started with your genealogical research from home.

Sunday, December 13
In the second part of this series, we will explore how Japanese American cultural holiday traditions, such as mochitsuki, or mochi making, have adapted over time with JANM Curator, Emily Anderson, Ph.D, and get a glimpse of what items from our collection reflect these stories. We will also hear firsthand from several generations of Japanese American home cooks about their own family holiday recipes. Finally, audiences will learn how to cook the traditional first meal of the year, ozoni, with cookbook author and designer, Azusa Oda, in an easy cooking demo and tutorial.

Tuesday, December 15
“Nima Voices” is an interview series where we uplift our Nima through brief, but enlightening, interviews! In this second episode, hear from Discover Nikkei contributor, Erik Matsunaga—a Chicago-born Yonsei descended of Nisei resettlers from California by way of the Gila River War Relocation Center—as he is interviewed by our guest host, award-winning author Naomi Hirahara.

Friday, December 18
“Through the stories of past and present neighborhood residents, Crossroads: Boyle Heights (2002) explores how the experiences and memories of many generations of Angelenos intersect in this powerful place. Watch the film on our YouTube, then join producers and curators Sojin Kim and Claudia Sobral, along with Chicano Artivista Quetzal Flores, musician, writer, and producer Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, and JANM VP of Exhibitions and Art Director Clement Hanami for a retrospective Q&A about the short film and exhibition.

LTHS invites you to experience the rich artistic and musical history of Little Tokyo during the Bronzeville Era in a celebration of live music, Bronzeville scholars, photos, and videos. Performers and speakers included the Ron Kobayashi band and historians Hillary Jenks and Kirk Silsbee, along with brief remarks by Miles Davis’ son, Erin Davis. Watch the live program that took place on Sunday, October 11.

What was it like to be gay and Japanese American decades ago? What is it like now? JANM partnered with Okaeri and Visual Communications on June 18, 2020, to present multi-generational conversations between actor and activist George Takei and USC student Justin Kawaguchi; and June Lagmay, a founder of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays, with Aya Tasaki, a bicultural advocate and organizer.

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