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The Little Tokyo/ Arts District Metro Gold Line Station is closed due to Metro construction. Bus shuttles are available during the closure. There will also be a full weekend closure of streets at 1st/Alameda from Friday, February 5 at 9 p.m. through Monday, February 8 at 4 a.m. Click icon for details.

Saturday, February 13
Celebrate the joy of music with us, as we present a variety of musical performances and music-themed crafts and activities for the whole family.

Saturday, February 20
Sample Asian sweets such as dango (rice dumplings), mochi ice cream, imagawayaki (filled pastry), and yokan (chilled jelly dessert) while exploring the public art of Little Tokyo.

Saturday, February 20
Commemorating the 74th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, this year’s event will focus on Islamophobia and how the Japanese American community can help to counteract it.

Saturday, February 27
All members are invited to a special preview of the museum’s two new exhibitions before they open to the public on February 28. Program will include remarks by Making Waves curator Dennis Reed, followed by a book signing and a light dessert reception. RSVP by February 19.

Saturday, March 19
Honoring Ken Burns (Founders’ Award) and Karen L. Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura (Legacy Award). The 2016 Gala Dinner will focus on the museum’s significant collection of moving images and how these compelling first-person resources have helped portray the Japanese American story as an integral part of the broader American narrative.

In celebration of Discover Nikkei’s 10th anniversary, a new question is being posted each month to encourage its international community to share and connect about themselves and their communities. Read responses from Nikkei and others around the world and share your own comments!

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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

Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940 is an in-depth examination of the contributions of Japanese Americans to photography, particularly modernist art photography, much of which was lost as a result of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The exhibition presents 103 surviving works from that period.

Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank examines the forced incarceration of citizens of Japanese descent who were living in the western coastal regions. Adams’s photographs were taken at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, while Frank’s images capture the movement of Japanese Canadians through British Columbia’s bureaucratic systems.

The first large-scale Hello Kitty retrospective in the United States is currently on display at the EMP Museum in Seattle, WA.

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