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Friday–Sunday, May 3–5
JANM is excited to be one of the venues for the largest SoCal film festival dedicated to showcasing films by and about Asians and Pacific Islanders from around the world.

Thursday, May 9 • FREE
The work of Japanese American designers Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata permeated postwar culture. Learn about how their WWII incarceration had a powerful effect on their lives and art. Join us for a screening and Q&A of this new documentary.

Saturday, May 11
Author Ren Hanami and illustrator Don Schmidt will be at JANM to read from their book, Ninja Mom and Tengonis in the Tiki. They will also provide a short martial arts demonstration for children in the audience and sign books following the reading.

Saturday–Sunday, May 11–12
Just in time for Mother’s Day—textiles that spark joy! We will be featuring handmade wearable art by Anne McCadden, made from re-purposed indigo art fabrics and a fabulous selection of handwoven and hand-dyed art textiles and scarves from Mimbres Co.

Saturday–Sunday, May 18–19
Make washi beads to create your own long lariat necklace and matching earrings.

Saturday, May 25
Join us on the opening day of At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America for a panel discussion with Visual Communications (VC) co-founders and curators Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, and Eddie Wong with moderator Karen Ishizuka in a panel discussion about the history of VC and the creation of this exhibition.

May 5 is celebrated annually in Japan and by Nikkei around the world as Children’s Day. Find a variety of colorful koinobori windsocks for your boys at the JANM Store! Standard shipping order deadline: 4/25. 10% discount for JANM members!

In the award-winning author’s latest murder mystery serial exclusively on Discover Nikkei, Maki Mitchell is a divorced female sushi chef in the Silicon Valley. A seemingly random encounter with a customer leads her down dark paths involving high-tech hijinks and international espionage. Get caught up on the first seven chapters now!



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Exhibitions


Gambatte! features contemporary photos taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. of Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed and incarcerated during WWII displayed next to images shot 75 years ago by such noted photographers as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others; each pairing features the same individuals or their direct descendants as the subject matter.

Take a journey through the world of Japanese soft vinyl kaiju (monster) and hero toys, courtesy of toy designer Mark Nagata’s unrivaled collection of vintage figurines.

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.

Art and artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection are traveling to sites across the United States.

Upcoming venues: Nihon Matsuri (Salt Lake City, April 27) and Midwest Buddhist Church (Chicago, May 17).

 



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