Calendar of Events — October 2020
All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party.
For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
JT Sata: A Japanese Immigrant in Search of Western Art
Suggested donation $10
Kagoshima 9066 Westridge, cowritten by Frank Sata and Naomi Hirahara, traces the life of Sata’s father, J.T. Sata, through his photographs, sketches, paintings and sculptures. A man committed to a life of art—not necessarily as a profession, J.T. emigrated to America from Kagoshima in 1918. In Los Angeles, he was active with the Issei photo community while working odd jobs. During World War II, J.T., his wife, Yoshie, and Frank were incarcerated at Santa Anita Assembly Center and the concentration camps in Jerome, Arkansas, and Gila River, Arizona. Kagoshima 9066 Westridge includes artwork completed in all three detention centers as well as candid snapshots J.T. took after World War II on the campus of Westridge, an exclusive girls’ school in Pasadena, where he worked as a janitor until his retirement.
Frank Sata will discuss the impact of his father’s art and why he felt compelled to publish this book in this moment with Bryan Takeda of the Nikkei Federation. Co-writer Naomi Hirahara will also be presenting selections from the book and discussing the process of creating this visual history. Yvonne Ng, Librarian at the Arcadia Public Library, and Shawn Iwaoka, Collections Assistant at JANM, will highlight the history of the Santa Anita Park racetrack, where Sata was incarcerated, and how the library and museum’s collections preserve that history.
This project was fulfilled with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Grant, a program of the California State Library, and is in partnership with the Arcadia Public Library.
Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10)
A Celebration of Bronzeville’s Finale Club
In March 1946, an important moment in jazz history took place when Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, two all-time jazz greats, performed together at the Finale Club in Bronzeville/Little Tokyo. During World War II, forced removal of Japanese Americans into concentration camps left Little Tokyo largely empty. African Americans coming West for defense jobs moved into Little Tokyo—one of the only neighborhoods without restricting housing covenants. Bronzeville was born.
Dozens of all night “Breakfast Clubs” sprang up in Bronzeville, patronized by jazz musicians and aficionados eager to continue listening to and making music after hours. One of these was the Finale Club which opened in the fall of 1944 at 230 ½ E. First Street, Los Angeles. This year, the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) unveiled the historic LA City plaque for the Finale Club on First Street to memorialize the extraordinary and rare performance of jazz greats Charlie Parker and Miles Davis at the Finale Club and to honor the continued relationship between the Black and Japanese American communities.
LTHS invites you to experience the rich artistic and musical history of Little Tokyo during the Bronzeville Era in a celebration of live music, Bronzeville scholars, photos, and videos. Performers and speakers will include the Ron Kobayashi band and historians Hillary Jenks and Kirk Silsbee, along with brief remarks by Miles Davis’ son, Erin Davis.
This program is presented in partnership with Little Tokyo Historical Society.
This live public program is free and open to all. Go to JANM’s YouTube channel at 2:00 PM (PDT) on October 11th to watch it live:
Image credit: William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
Tea & Letter Writing: Letters of Connection
$10 suggested donation
Gather with us in the comfort of your own home to share tea and conversation! We will be writing letters of solidarity to Little Tokyo seniors or special elders in our lives and spending some time in personal reflection. Prompts will be provided by special guests and traci kato-kiriyama, former Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence at JANM. Make yourself a cup of tea, get comfortable, and join us online for this interactive program! All ages are welcome to participate.
RSVPs are required using the form below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.
Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10).
This program was launched through the +LAB Artist Residency program presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center in partnership with JANM and continues now in partnership with Tuesday Night Project’s TNTalks initiative.
2020 JACSC Education Conference: Connecting, Empowering, & Transforming Our Communities
Please join the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium (JACSC) for the first virtual JACSC education conference.
Founded on the idea that we are stronger together than on our own, JACSC aims to bring together practitioners in preservation, education, and advocacy related to the Japanese American experience. This free opportunity includes educational sessions and inspiring conversations with our national community of thought leaders and experts, empowering attendees to stay connected in these challenging times, transform their fields, and be agents for social change. Join us for one session, or all weekend!
This program is hosted by JANM and brought to you by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium
The Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium (JACSC) is comprised of organizations committed to collectively preserving, protecting, and interpreting the history of the World War II experiences of Japanese Americans and elevating the related social justice lessons that inform current issues today.
Haunted Little Tokyo: Virtual Ghost Tour
Go on a journey through Little Tokyo’s haunted past and present with a special, virtual guided tour of historical buildings, ghostly tales, and paranormal experiences in this over 100-year-old historic and cultural neighborhood. Join Little Tokyo Historical Society ghost reporter, Bill Watanabe, as he walks us through four unique spots with reported paranormal activity in the neighborhood and is joined by eyewitnesses of these eerie events.
This program is presented in partnership with Little Tokyo Historical Society, Little Tokyo Community Council, and Visual Communications, as part of Haunted Little Tokyo 2020.
You will be emailed links and instructions to join the conversation on Zoom Webinar. Contact email@example.com if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.
JANM Members receive a 20% discount off the ticket price. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to access the discount code.
Discover Nikkei’s Nima Voices: Chuck Tasaka
Discover Nikkei is JANM’s international community-based web project sharing stories and the experiences of Nikkei around the world. “Nima” are members of the Discover Nikkei online community. Hailing from all around the world, they each bring unique experiences and perspectives to the site’s rich archive of stories.
We are thrilled to be launching “Nima Voices,” a series where we uplift our Nima through brief, but enlightening, interviews! In this inaugural episode, hear from Discover Nikkei contributor Chuck Tasaka as he is interviewed by our guest host, actor and comedian Kyle Mizono.
Chuck Tasaka is a Japanese Canadian who grew up in Greenwood, British Columbia. Since October 2015, he has shared many vivid stories about his and his family’s experiences, as well as the history of Japanese in Canada before, during, and after World War II. Read Chuck's work here before tuning in for this live interview and Q&A on the Discover Nikkei YouTube channel.
Kyle Mizono is a comedian based in Los Angeles who recently made a Comedy Central digital series called “Girl Kyle.” She’s also been featured on NPR’s This American Life, Viceland, FreeForm, and Adult Swim.
The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”). Join our Nima-kai community and share your stories about the Nikkei experience! Explore more stories at discovernikkei.org.
Click the button below to watch the program live on October 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. (PDT)
We encourage you to subscribe to the Discover Nikkei YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live.