Japanese American National Museum


A Statement by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

The Japanese American National Museum stands with Black communities across the country and we redouble our commitment to opposing racism, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms. We will continue to find ways to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about race and an ethical reckoning with the disparities in our society.…

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JANM is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. In addition, all on-site public programs and rentals are cancelled until further notice. School Visits will resume in January 2021. Click here for more information regarding JANM’s response to COVID-19. Updated 7/1/20

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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A favorite quarantine activity for many has been taking long walks around our neighborhoods. We get to experience the streets at new times of day and through a new lens. One treasure of the JANM collection is the Sakamoto-Sasano family collection, which contains a hand-drawn map of the Amache concentration camp. Find inspiration in the memories captured in the Sasano map to document your own neighborhood.

Download the Sasano map activity and share your maps on social media using the hashtag #JANMinspired.

The Museum’s online store is still open for your shopping needs. Visit the award-winning JANM Store for that unique gift.

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Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Program Coordinator of Asian Pacific American Studies and Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University, takes us through his own ethnic and multiracial identity journey in this latest article on Discover Nikkei.

JANM is proud to be a part of this collaborative undertaking between the National Park Service and the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP), involving representatives from many different contingents of the Nikkei community, as well as scholars, artists, and educators committed to actively memorializing the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Tadaima! means “I’m home!” in Japanese—it is our way of acknowledging that we are all home and the important reasons for why that is, while also celebrating the history, diversity, strength, and vibrancy of the Nikkei community.

This pilgrimage will run continuously for nine weeks, with new content provided daily. The pilgrimage is free and open to the public.

Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator, Kristen Hayashi, provides an overview of JANM’s permanent collection through a behind-the-scenes look in collections storage. Additionally, she highlights the Kondo Family and the Sakamoto-Sasano Family’s collections, which are just two of many within JANM’s permanent holdings that provide poignant perspectives on the Japanese American World War II experience.

In partnership with Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage

Jamie Henricks, JANM’s archivist, gives a peek into the museum’s archival collections and provides an introduction to caring for papers and paper-based collections at JANM. Look for highlights from multiple collections to follow the journey of a donation from box to shelf.

In partnership with Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage

Madame Kansuma’s daughter, Miyako Tachibana, and long time student, June Aochi-Berk, both featured in the film Madame Fujima Kansuma, joined us in conversation with filmmaker Yuka Murakami around the legacy of kabuki dancer and teacher, Madame Kansuma. The Q&A explored Kansuma’s extensive career—including dancing and teaching during World War II while incarcerated at the Rohwer concentration camp, and the impact of her work today.

In partnership with Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage

June Aochi-Berk, Barbara Keimi, and Masako Iwawaki Koga-Murakami have together logged almost 100 years of volunteer service at the Japanese American National Museum. These volunteers are so dedicated and really keep the Museum running; and yet we don’t always know their entire story. Here we talk with them about their experiences growing up and the impact that America’s concentration camps had on their families.

In partnership with Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage


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• Friday, July 17: Watch the film

• Friday, July 24: Q&A with Kenny Endo, Kay Fukumoto, and Sojin Kim

Tune in for a 15th anniversary celebration of the film, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States, and conversation with curator Sojin Kim and featured performers Kenny Endo and Kay Fukumoto (Maui Taiko), and more!

Friday, July 18
Learn how to cook a basic Japanese menu! In this virtual workshop, cookbook author, food blogger, and designer Azusa Oda will teach you how to cut down food waste and make full use of all the ingredients to make a basic, healthy, and delicious meal.

Thursday, July 23
The Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest heightens awareness of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo by challenging both new and experienced writers to write a story that showcases familiarity with the neighborhood and the people in it.

Though we are not able to gather in Little Tokyo, Imagine Little Tokyo is bringing the awards ceremony online! Actors Tamlyn Tomita, Derek Mio, and Eijiro Ozaki will perform dramatic readings of the winning stories from each category and the winners themselves will have the opportunity to share brief reflections.

The contest is presented by Little Tokyo Historical Society in partnership with JANM’s Discover Nikkei.

On July 10, the co-curators of the 2014 exhibition, Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game—Dodgers’ team historian Mark Langill and Koji Steven Sakai—discussed the impact of Hideo Nomo on Major League Baseball, what it was like for him, and what his success meant in Japan and to Japanese Americans. They also talked about the enduring legacies of the other featured individuals: Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela, Chan Ho Park, and Tommy Lasorda.

Dodgers’ team historian Mark Langill shared stories about the 1956 tour of Japan by the Brooklyn Dodgers which set the stage for many significant moments in baseball history that connected Japan and Los Angeles baseball, including visits by Tokyo Giants players to Dodgers’ Spring Training and additional tours to Japan in the ’60s and ’90s. Hear how dugout seats in the Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo influenced the original dugout seats in Dodger Stadium and about the Japanese lantern at Dodger Stadium. All of these events culminated in the signing of Hideo Nomo.

Author Akemi Johnson discussed and read from her debut book, Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa at JANM on January 25, 2020. Johnson was joined in conversation by historian Lily Welty Tamai, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

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