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We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. Happy Independence Day holiday! We’ll resume regular hours on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 8
Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) go on a quest for White Castle burgers; hilarity ensues.

Saturday, July 11
FREE!
Curator Krystal Hauseur, PhD, and artists Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara discuss the ideas, histories, and inspirations behind the exhibition. Light reception to follow.

Saturday, July 11
FREE
Join us for a day of musical performances, activities, and crafts celebrating Okinawan culture in conjunction with the opening of the Sugar Islands exhibition.

Sunday, July 12
All JANM members are invited to preview the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images before it opens to the public on Tuesday, July 14.

Members will also have an opportunity to attend a Members Only Conversation with Sus Ito moderated by Don Nose, President of Go For Broke National Education Center.

Saturday, July 18
Join this cultural and culinary walking tour of Little Tokyo and learn about (and sample) various noodle delights, including ramen, udon, and soba.

Saturday, July 25
Curator Lily Tamai, PhD, will discuss historical background, preservation issues, and the selection process that went into organizing the Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images exhibition.

Share your favorite Nikkei family stories on JANM’s Discover Nikkei site—legends and contemporary tales, ways in which your family has influenced who you are, and stories that allow us to understand your perspectives on what family is…and can be. Submission deadline: September 30.



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Exhibitions


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

Paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara explore the artists’ mixed-heritage roots in Okinawa and Hawai‘i, employing unique strategies that blend fiction and reality to question the stability of memory and identity.

Susumu “Sus” Ito’s WWII photographs were taken while on a tour of duty through Europe as a member of the 442nd RCT. While Ito participated in such dramatic events as the rescue of the Lost Battalion, these rare and breathtaking images capture in humble detail the daily lives of a group of young Japanese American soldiers.

This groundbreaking photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura, exploring the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos, travels to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA.

 
Remembrance Project - Share your story on the Museum's online initiative about the Japanese American World War II experience.
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