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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“Frank was among the first Trustees for JANM before our public opening in 1992 and served as a Governor twice. Frank believed in our mission to preserve and share the Japanese American story with each new generation. Worried that the Japanese American World War II experience would be forgotten, Frank generously donated $1 million to JANM to purchase video equipment and to create an endowed fund that established the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center in 1999.”
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The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) extends its heartfelt congratulations to its Trustee, Chair Emeritus and founding member, George Takei, whose graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy, has been recognized with a 2020 American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation.

They Called Us Enemy is available for purchase through the JANM Store. Go to to see it and other merchandise in its 2020-2021 Store Catalog.

Wakako Yamauchi, Momo Nagano, and Mary Nomura were three teenaged girls—American citizens living in Los Angeles in 1942—when they were sent to concentration camps in remote parts of the country. Behind guard towers and barbed wire their creative spirits remained undaunted—their lives fortified by art, music, and literature. Words, Weavings & Songs (2002) explores Yamauchi, Nagano, and Nomura’s bold lives and artistic legacies. Also available on DVD at the JANM store.

On September 18, Alyctra Matsushita, Hana van der Steur, and Erin Nomura Marquez reflected on their grandmothers, who were featured in the documentary Words, Weavings & Songs. They were joined by Mary Nomura, the Songbird of Manzanar, who shared stories of her life and a song.

For the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jared Namba and Sazzy Gourley directed a short documentary, An American Hibakusha, about Jared’s grandfather Wataru Namba, who is a US-born Japanese American survivor of the atomic bombing.

Released with TIME magazine, this film recounts the day that the bomb was dropped as Jared’s grandfather was going over his daily homework at Hiroshima Engineering Technical Junior College.

Mia Yamamoto is a Japanese American, transgender attorney who has faced adversity throughout her life, but never backed down from it. Her lifelong commitment to equality and civil rights has made her a leader within the field of law and social justice. At a time when there were very few Japanese American lawyers working within the criminal justice system, she stood up for Japanese Americans and all minorities, to bring them together and to amplify their voices within their communities, in their quest for equality in social justice.

Mia Yamamoto will be one of the speakers participating in the Coming Out and Coming Home: Documenting the Voices of Queer Japanese Americans virtual program on Saturday, September 26.

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FEATURED: EO9066 Barbed Wire Cap

Bob Matsumoto, who created the iconic “Remembrance” poster and t-shirt, now adds his mark on a quality baseball cap. He designed this mark as a way of honoring the families who were incarcerated in the ten concentration camps after the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066.

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JANM is proud to partner with Gold House to encourage everyone who has not already done so to complete the 2020 census.

The census not only determines how many representatives each state has in Congress, but also forms the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support resources such as schools, hospitals, and fire departments. Yet, an estimated 40% of households have not yet completed the census, especially those from marginalized communities such as the non-English speaking Asian population. In fact, The New York Times reported that Asian Americans are the least likely to complete the census.

Complete the 2020 census today!


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Saturday, September 26
Hear from four LGBTQ+ Japanese Americans who are forerunners of making Nikkei communities more accepting: Melvin Fujikawa, Gary Hayashi, Bill Tashima, and Mia Yamamoto. They will be in conversation with moderator Aya Tasaki. This virtual discussion will also include Barney Cheng, the award-winning filmmaker who directed Okaeri Voices: An Oral History Project.

Sunday, September 27
Infamous for its eclectic clientele—from Japanese American locals and kids from East L.A. to yakuza and the biggest rock stars of the day—the Atomic Café became an important part of L.A.’s punk rock history. Now, the Atomic Cafe’s life and legacy is highlighted in a new film by Tadashi Nakamura and Akira Boch that explores its many sides—from the 1940s opening to its last days on First Street. Join Nancy Sekizawa aka “Atomic Nancy”, her daughter and artist Zen Sekizawa, Remy De La Peza, and Nakamura and Boch for a conversation in celebration of the Atomic Café.

Saturday, October 10
Kagoshima 9066 Westridge, cowritten by Frank Sata and Naomi Hirahara, traces the life of Sata’s father, J.T. Sata, through his photographs, sketches, paintings and sculptures. Frank Sata will discuss the impact of his father’s art and why he felt compelled to publish this book in this moment with Bryan Takeda of the Nikkei Federation. Co-writer Naomi Hirahara will also be presenting selections from the book and discussing the process of creating this visual history. Yvonne Ng, Librarian at the Arcadia Public Library, and Shawn Iwaoka, Collections Assistant at JANM, will highlight the history of the Santa Anita Park racetrack, where Sata was incarcerated, and how the library and museum’s collections preserve that history.

Sunday, October 11
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 will include the Ron Kobayashi band and historians Hillary Jenks and Kirk Silsbee, along with brief remarks by Miles Davis’ son, Erin Davis.

This discussion with JANM staff and producers and members of the University of Pennsylvania’s program in Asian American Studies on August 12, explored the past, present, and future of anti-Asian bias in America and how we can stand together for racial justice and equality for all.

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. The winners were presented in a virtual celebration, with dramatic readings of the winning stories by actors Derek Mio, Tamlyn Tomita, and Eijiro Ozaki on July 23. Check the video description for links to the stories published on JANM’s Discover Nikkei website.

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