December 6, 2018
- GAMBATTE! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit. Photographs by Paul Kitagaki Jr. November 17, 2018 - April 28, 2019.
Saturday, December 15
Inspired by the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Velina Hasu Houston’s play follows the Mayeda sisters as they move from an incarceration camp to an uncertain, changing future for Asian Americans.
Saturday, December 22
Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents. Upcoming tours: December 29 and January 26
Sunday, January 6
FREE ALL DAY!
Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Boar with fun arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and exciting performances—including a mochitsuki performance by Kodama Taiko, live art performance featuring Japanese calligraphy and taiko, lucky zaru soba noodles, and so much more!
Sunday, January 6 • FREE!
To mark the release of Kaiju vs Heroes artist Mark Nagata’s latest special edition sofubi toy figure—an homage to the character played by Gerald Okamura in the movie Big Trouble in Little China—Nagata will discuss how this project came to fruition. Nagata and Okamura will sign figures and a special print of the header art for the toy following the program. Presented as part of Oshogatsu Family Festival.
Saturday–Sunday, January 19–20
This workshop will focus on indigo and shibori dyeing of recycled fabrics and threads which will then be used to make a replica of a komebukuro, or offering bag.
Saturday, February 2 • FREE
Join us for the Los Angeles launch of the book with editors Frank Abe and Greg Robinson.
Saturday–Sunday, February 9–10
Come explore the new possibilities of Japanese washi paper with two new projects—a washi/commercial beaded necklace and a washi wrapped bracelet.
Take a journey through the world of Japanese soft vinyl kaiju (monster) and hero toys, courtesy of toy designer Mark Nagata’s unrivaled collection of vintage figurines.
Gambatte! features contemporary photos taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. of Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed and incarcerated during WWII displayed next to images shot 75 years ago by such noted photographers as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others; each pairing features the same individuals or their direct descendants as the subject matter.
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.
TRAVELING POP-UP DISPLAY
CONTESTED HISTORIES: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection
Art and artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection are traveling to sites across the United States.
Upcoming venue: Nihon Matsuri (Salt Lake City, April 27).
Japanese American National Museum