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Saturday, February 22
Nisei attorney Minoru Yasui initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. The film documents his experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the US Supreme Court, as well as his postwar life. Discussion with Director Holly Yasui to follow.

Saturday–Sunday, February 22–23
Learn how to make a unique washi bead necklace and a matching protective purse pouch from instructors Reiko and Midori Nakano.

San Francisco: Saturday, February 22
San Jose: Sunday, February 23

The work of designers Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata permeated postwar culture. Learn about how their WWII incarceration had a powerful effect on their lives and art. Discussion to follow with director Akira Boch and guests.

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.

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!

Our Democracy in Crisis: 1942 and 2020
If you missed the Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, click on the icon to watch the program.

Hinamatsuri is celebrated annually on March 3. Find fun Girl’s Day gifts to commemorate the day with your special girls! Standard shipping order deadline: Monday, February 24. 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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