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Sunday, January 5 • FREE ALL DAY
Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Rat with fun arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and exciting performances!

mochitsuki performance by Kodama Taiko
• candy sculptures
• face painting
• souvenir photos
• Year of the Rat crafts and activities
• lucky New Year foods
• performance by TAIKOPROJECT

…and so much more!

Saturday, January 18
In conjunction with Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, JANM will screen four world acclaimed films related to the atomic bombs. These films tell the story of people who were under the two mushroom clouds. JANM encourages the public to see the films and share these stories of resilience, love, and hopes for peace.

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
In This Corner of the World
The Face of Jizo
Paper Lanterns

Saturday–Sunday, January 18–19
Explore the endless possibilities of mandalas in this contemporary shibori workshop, in which you’ll use colorful dyes to create eye-catching patterns for pillows, quilts, and other projects.

Saturday, January 25
JANM joins with more than 40 other regional museums in offering free admission on this day.

Find unique and meaningful cultural gifts for everyone on your gift list at the JANM Store! We recommend placing Christmas orders with standard shipping by December 12, especially if outside of California. Current JANM Members receive 10% off!

Give the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year! JANM members receive free admission to the museum, a 10% discount at the JANM Store, access to Members Only events, discounts on workshop and tours, and more.

Read stories about Nikkei heroes—from an Australian Issei to WWII veterans and friends that championed Nikkei during the war and more. Check out the community and editorial committee favorites!

Enter the 2020 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor North America. The drawing will be held at JANM’s 2020 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 18, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Save the date!


A uranium bomb devastated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a plutonium bomb exploded over Nagasaki on August 9. Beyond the many dead, the survivors have endured physical and spiritual pain to this day. Japanese Americans then living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki who survived are a part of this vital story.

To commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombings, this special exhibition presents photographs, explanatory texts, artifacts, and contemporary art that shed light on this painful history and provides a safe space for discussion with the hope that such events never happen again.

Special display of artifacts from atomic bomb victims on view through March 1, 2020.

Fighting for Democracy returns to JANM’s galleries. The experimental exhibition features seven real people and traces their stories throughout the pre-war, World War II, and post-war periods as examples of the millions of Americans whose lives were affected by the war and how each sought equal rights for their families and communities.

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.

This groundbreaking photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura, exploring the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos, is on display at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


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