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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Kristen Hayashi, PhD, the Director of Collections Management and Access and a curator at JANM, delves into how collections staff handles and stores three-dimensional artifacts within the museum’s permanent collection. Proper object handling and storage are the first steps to ensuring long term preservation of artifacts. As keeper of your family treasures, you can incorporate these basic best practices into care for your own artifact collection.

Catch up with Emily Anderson, curator at JANM, as she shares a variety of recipes from the Topaz concentration camp newspaper. Emily also attempts to make a chocolate pudding pie following food columnist Evelyn Teiko Kirimura’s recipe step by step. From the graham cracker crust to the faux whipped cream topping, you’ll learn how camp inmates used ingenuity and perseverance to bring some normalcy to their lives.

In this program at the Japanese American National Museum on June 29, 2019, JANM’s Kristen Hayashi and Densho Content Director Brian Niiya discussed the post-camp experience. They answered questions from the audience following their presentations.

Maria Kwong, JANM’s Director of Retail Enterprises, and Chado Tea Room’s Tek Mehreteab presented a livestream program on July 19, 2020, about Japanese American tea culture, how the concept of the JANM Generations Teas came about, and how Maria collaborated with Tek and the tea specialists at Chado to create this unique collection of tea blends that represent each generation—from the early Issei immigrants to the fifth generation Gosei.

Julio Mizzumi Guerrero Kojima and Belen Torres Morales are descendants of immigrants who left Japan to work in the sugar plantations in Veracruz, Mexico, in the early 1900s. They are musicians with expertise in the Fandango, a tradition specific to Veracruz that is rooted in community convening and participation. On September 29, 2018, they performed with musician César Castro and spoke about their family's history, their expertise in Fandango, and their environmental project.

Masters of Modern Design is just one of many projects by the Watase Media Arts Center at JANM, which has been producing community-based media about the Japanese American community for almost 30 years. Learn more about this award winning center, its current staff, and their work on the recent LA Emmy Award-winning film.

The Museum’s online store is still open for your shopping needs. Visit the award-winning JANM Store for that unique gift.

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JANM is proud to be a part of this collaborative undertaking between the National Park Service and the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP), involving representatives from many different contingents of the Nikkei community, as well as scholars, artists, and educators committed to actively memorializing the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Tadaima! means “I’m home!” in Japanese—it is our way of acknowledging that we are all home and the important reasons for why that is, while also celebrating the history, diversity, strength, and vibrancy of the Nikkei community.

This pilgrimage will run continuously for nine weeks, with new content provided daily. The pilgrimage is free and open to the public.


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Check out past issues of our JANM From Home emails.

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Wednesday, August 12
The film 9066 to 9/11 traces the history of discrimination against people of Asian background in the U.S. from the WWII incarceration to the rise in Islamaphobia after 9/11. Join the film’s producers and members of Penn’s Program in Asian American Studies for a discussion on the past, present, and future of anti-Asian bias in America and how we can stand together for racial justice and equality for all.

Saturday, August 15
Two award-winning Japanese American authors, Kathleen Burkinshaw and Naomi Hirahara, discuss why they felt compelled to tell the stories of their Hiroshima hibakusha parents through novels.

Burkinshaw’s The Last Cherry Blossom, has become a resource for teachers and students under the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Hirahara’s Mas Arai mysteries span seven books, ending with the Edgar Award-nominated Hiroshima Boy. These authors will also share the back story of their novels, the problems of white-washing the atomic-bombing, and their quest for peace.

Saturday, August 15
All members are invited to meet authors Naomi Hirahara and Kathleen Burkinshaw for a virtual Members Only Meet-and-Greet before our authors talk. Join them for an exclusive conversation on how their family histories impact their writing and their work as both novelists and advocates.

Wednesday, August 19
For many currently incarcerated individuals, letters are one of the only means of communication with loved ones or supporters. These letters become messages of solidarity, hope, and future liberation. In this session, we will be working with Asian Prisoner Support Committee to write to those incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison and reflecting on what freedom for all truly means in this time.

Watch the 15th anniversary celebration discussion of the film, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States, with featured performers Kenny Endo, Kay Fukumoto (Maui Taiko), Teddy Yoshikami (Soh Daiko), and PJ Hirabayashi (Artistic Director Emeritus, San Jose Taiko), and curator Sojin Kim and filmmaker Akira Boch.

Featuring America’s pioneering taiko figures, this film documents the development of American taiko and includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.

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Watch past public programs you may have missed on JANM’s YouTube channel.



Explore items from JANM’s permanent collection online.

Find educational resources online and to download that teach about the Japanese American experience.

A global community sharing stories and the experiences of Nikkei around the world. Read new stories added daily, Monday–Saturday; watch life history video interviews; and more.

Watch films produced by JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center, plus videos from past public programs and exhibitions.

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