Japanese American National Museum


The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is honored to be selected as one of the 20 Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts and cultural organizations designated as “America’s Cultural Treasures,” and to be the recipient of a $5.5 million grant over four years, thanks to the vision and generosity of the Ford Foundation along with other leading foundations and major donors who have pledged to donate more than $80 million to this initiative.



JANM is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. In addition, all on-site public programs, group visits, and rentals are cancelled until further notice. Virtual Visits are available for grades 1-12, college, and adult groups. Click here for more information regarding JANM’s response to COVID-19. Updated 12/3/20

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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In the second part of this series, we will explore with JANM Curator, Emily Anderson, Ph.D, how Japanese American cultural holiday traditions, such as mochitsuki, or mochi making, have adapted over time. Get a glimpse of what items from our collection reflect these stories. We will also hear firsthand from several generations of Japanese American home cooks about their own family holiday recipes. Finally, audiences will learn how to cook the traditional first meal of the year, ozoni, with cookbook author and designer, Azusa Oda, in an easy cooking demo and tutorial.

Through the stories of past and present neighborhood residents, Crossroads: Boyle Heights (2002) explores how the experiences and memories of many generations of Angelenos intersect in this powerful place.

A neighborhood is made up of people and places. It is defined through the experiences of those who consider it home. And it holds their hopes for the future and their memories of the past. The neighborhood of Boyle Heights is located just east of downtown between the Los Angeles River and the city boundary. It has been home to people who have come to Los Angeles from different cities, states, and countries and who brought with them their diverse beliefs, traditions and languages.

Crossroads: Boyle Heights (2002) was produced in conjunction with the Boyle Heights: The Power of Place exhibition. On December 18, the exhibition/documentary producers and curators Sojin Kim and Claudia Sobral; along with Chicano Artivista Quetzal Flores; musician, writer, and producer Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara; and JANM VP of Exhibitions and Art Director Clement Hanami reflected on the project in a retrospective Q&A.

JANM visited the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, now known as the Japanese American Museum of Oregon on November 1–4, 2018, to present the Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection pop-up display. Here we met Naotaka “John“ Hashizume who identified his father's name plate that was made in Heart Mountain, WY during World War II and was one of many objects that were part of the Eaton collection.

On December 3, 1999, Ruth Sumiko Hayakawa Kacho shared her life story with JANM’s oral history program. Speaking about her father’s departure from Japan to the United States, her education in Japan, and her work with Radio Tokyo during World War II, Ruth touches on themes of Japanese immigration and identity through recounting her family’s unique experiences.

Discover Nikkei compiled photos to share its global Nikkei community’s New Year traditions. Click on the icon to check out all of the photos and stories shared.

New Year’s in camp during World War II brought a time for celebration and a dark reminder of how the inmate’s lives were uprooted. Learn how they found alternate ways to bring New Year’s traditions to camp.

The second episode of Nima Voices featured Erik Matsunaga with guest host, award-winning author Naomi Hirahara. Erik talked about his family, projects to map historic Japanese American neighborhoods in Chicago, his @windycitynikkei Instagram account, and his other articles on Discover Nikkei.

Traditionally at New Year’s, stores in Japan clean their inventory of slightly imperfect merchandise and otherwise intact items missing packaging or with dented boxes in fukubukuro, or lucky grab bags. To continue this tradition and start the year off with lighter spirits and a glimmer of hope, we are launching our first ever FukubOXuro!

Very limited quantities remain!

JANM Members get 10% off!

Create a permanent physical memorial to family members, friends, or colleagues at an historically-significant site. One of the most meaningful ways to support the Japanese American National Museum is introduced in this video by JANM Membership and Individual Giving Manager Alyctra Matsushita and Senior Philanthropy Officer John Esaki. Limited space remains to inscribe the names of individuals, families, or honorees in selected public areas of JANM for gifts of $5,000 and above.

JANM is proud to support Stand For The Arts and Be an Arts Hero who have joined forces to rally a coalition of arts organizations, venues and individuals across the country to make a bold call to Congress: Do not leave 4.5% of the nation’s GDP out of a relief package or future budgets. Recognize the cultural AND economic value of the arts, and commit to investing in its workers. This campaign, led by the partnership between Stand for the Arts and Be an Arts Hero, is a call to action to demand immediate relief from Congress for the arts and culture sector.

JANM continues to partner with Made By Us to bring history to younger generations in innovative and meaningful ways, so they have more fuel to power the future.

Made up of hundreds of history and civics organizations coming together to build something bigger and to use history to power the future Made By Us and JANM aims to inspire, inform, and empower change makers to shape the next 250 years of our country.

JANM is currently in the planning stages for an exhibition, curated by Oliver S. Wang, a pop culture expert and professor at CSULB, that will examine and highlight Nikkei car culture.

We’re looking for people to share their home photos and especially home movies involving people’s relationship to their cars for loan to JANM or a potential donation to the permanent collection. These can be about people driving, cruising, and racing cars or even just family photos/movies shot in front of cars or taken during road trips. We would especially like to find images and movies from the 1930s through 1980s.

Please contact Kristen Hayashi, Director of Collections Management and Access, at or 213.830.5712.


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Check out past issues of our JANM From Home emails.

   • 1/7/2112/3/2011/2/2010/5/20

   • 8/31/208/17/208/3/207/20/20

   • 7/6/206/22/206/8/205/25/20

   • 5/12/204/28/20



Thursday, January 28
Join award winning author Naomi Hirahara and Little Tokyo community leader Bill Watanabe for an interactive story writing workshop! Participants will learn tips and get advice for writing short stories that they can submit to the eighth annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest.

Tuesday, February 2
Japanese corporations and Japanese American communities have a long and complex history that weaves together stories of immigration, industrial expansion, and the building of neighborhoods, businesses, and banks. With a focus on Los Angeles, this two part program brings together speakers that represent a broad spectrum of Japanese corporations in the U.S. and Japanese American communities to discuss the past, present, and future relationships of these two groups. This first part will focus on the history of Japanese corporations in the U.S. and their relationships to the Japanese American community leading to the present day.

Saturday, February 6
The Global Nikkei Research Project examines how young adult Nikkei around the world feel about and express their Japanese heritage. The project's lead researchers Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks and Dr. Lindsey Sasaki Kogasaka, will share an overview of the final report findings and what it means for the future of the global Nikkei community. Participants will then have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions around the question: “What does it mean to be Nikkei in 2021?”

Friday, February 12
This second part will highlight how both Japanese corporations and Japanese American communities can continue to cultivate these relationships to move towards a stronger and vibrant future for all. Featuring speakers Paul Yonamine, Tracey Doi, Yuichi Mitsumori and moderated by Yuko Kaifu.

If you missed our week of virtual, kid-friendly activities to celebrate the New Year, you can still watch the videos online and download the interactive, offline festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Ox with JANM.

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