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Calendar of Events — May 2016

All programs are free for JANM members and free 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 rsvp@janm.org 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. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). 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.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Member Appreciation Days

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Friday–Sunday, May 6–8, 2016

JANM members always enjoy a 10% store discount and free admission to JANM. On this special weekend, take advantage of a 20% discount at the JANM Store and janmstore.com, plus free admission and a 20% store discount at 20 other participating Southern California institutions.

Participants this season include FIDM Museum and Galleries, Heritage Square Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, and many more.

Visit janmstore.com/membershopping for details, restrictions, and a complete list of participants.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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May 7, 14, and 21

Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste. Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class.

Series price: $20 members, $25 non-members. Per session: $8/$10. Museum admission included. Please note that series tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable after the first class of the session. All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refunds will be issued.

3-session (May 7, 14, and 21):

Single session (May 7 only):

Saturday, May 7, 2016
11:00 AM

Decoden Sunglasses Workshop

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Treat your summer sunglasses to some bling! In this workshop, each participant will customize one pair of sunglasses in decoden style. We will have sunglasses on hand to give out, but please feel free to bring your own pair.

Led by YouTube personality and entertainment host Chrissa Sparkles with designer and host Jon Brence (KawaiiGuy).

$28 members, $35 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.

Free with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, May 7, 2016
2:00 PM

Dramatic Reading—Moss on the Mirror by Warren Sata

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Moss on the Mirror is a fictional story inspired by the life and work of renowned photographer Toyo Miyatake. Taking place in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district in the late 1920s and early 1930s, where Miyatake’s practice flourished before World War II, the play examines the creativity, hope, and optimism, as well as the struggles and challenges, of the Japanese immigrant photographers community. Although not a literal retelling of actual events, the piece seeks to transport audiences to the feelings and circumstances of those times.

Moss on the Mirror was written by Warren Sata, a relative of J.T. Sata, who is a featured photographer in the exhibition Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Photo: Toyo Miyatake, Charles Teske, 1927. The Toyo Miyatake Collection.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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May 7, 14, and 21

Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste. Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class.

Series price: $20 members, $25 non-members. Per session: $8/$10. Museum admission included. Please note that series tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable after the first class of the session. All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refunds will be issued.

3-session (May 7, 14, and 21):

Single session (May 14 only):

Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Fantastic Photography

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FREE ALL DAY

Strike a pose, take a selfie, or snap a shot! This day is all about photography.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • In a special activity inspired by the photographers of Making Waves, make a photogram using light-sensitive paper.

  • Visit Nerdbot’s retro photo booth and pose for a short series of impromptu shots with your family and friends.

  • Complete your collection of travel photography by snapping your selfies at our stations designed to represent locales around the world.

  • Get a novelty balloon that’s shaped like a camera! One per child, while supplies last. Line ends at 3:30 p.m. or when supplies run out.

  • Fold your own origami camera at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Decorate a picture frame and take it home to hold a favorite photo.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Making Waves Photo Contest
    With the images in Making Waves as inspiration, create your own abstract photos using materials that we will have available at the end of the exhibition. Visit our printing station to take home a copy of your best composition and enter it in our contest to win a special prize at the end of the day. Prize courtesy of Bandai.

    12 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Photography 101
    Bring your favorite picture-taking device (camera, phone, tablet) and learn the basics of photo composition from JANM’s knowledgeable volunteer photographers. Children only, maximum 10 kids per session, must be accompanied by an adult.

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    NOTE: In addition to street closures in the area, there is a large event in Little Tokyo on the evening of May 14 which may impact parking availability throughout the day. We encourage visitors to the JANM Free Family Day to consider public transportation and/or allow additional time to locate parking.

     

    Saturday, May 14, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Film Screening—Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray

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    FREE

    A screening of the award-winning film by JANM’s own Watase Media Arts Center about renowned photographer Toyo Miyatake. Miyatake’s thriving practice as a Little Tokyo–based portrait and art photographer was put on pause when he was incarcerated during World War II. However, smuggling a lens and film holder into camp, Miyatake made history by becoming one of the first to photograph the Japanese American concentration camp experience from the inside. Introduced by Making Waves curator Dennis Reed.

    This film is available at the JANM Store.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    7:00 PM

    APIA Heritage Month Program—Asian American Child Actors Panel Discussion

    FREE

    In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, join us for a special panel discussion with the Asian American child stars of today. Moderated by writer Jeff Yang, the panel will feature Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen of Fresh Off the Boat and Ashley Liao of the Netflix original series Fuller House. The actors will talk about their lives, their work, and what it’s like to be famous at such a young age.

    This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Please note that the date for this program has changed.

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    May 7, 14, and 21

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste. Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class.

    Series price: $20 members, $25 non-members. Per session: $8/$10. Museum admission included. Please note that series tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable after the first class of the session. All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refunds will be issued.

    3-session (May 7, 14, and 21):

    Single session (May 21 only):

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting

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    FREE

    The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

    To RSVP or for more information, email info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/nikkeigen.

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    1:00 PM

    Members Only Meet and Greet with Naomi Hirahara

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    Members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with Naomi Hirahara prior to the public discussion about her book, Sayonara Slam.

    Space is limited. RSVP by May 16 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Author Discussion—Sayonara Slam by Naomi Hirahara

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    Sayonara Slam is the highly anticipated sixth book in the award-winning Mas Arai mystery series. Set at Dodger Stadium during the Japan vs. Korea World Baseball Classic, the novel challenges its stoic protagonist—an aging, widowed Japanese American gardener from Altadena—with yet another multi-layered whodunit.

    Who is that strange woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? What was in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter’s computer, and did they hold secrets that led to his death? The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerous and even threatens the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves.

    Join author and social historian Naomi Hirahara for a discussion of the backstory behind Sayonara Slam, which includes a little-known Japanese-style garden at Dodger Stadium, as well her journey to bring Japanese American stories to a mainstream audience. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo, Hirahara has published a number of nonfiction books on the Japanese American experience in addition to her mystery novels and books for younger readers.

    Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Available at the JANM Store.

    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    Pay What You Wish

    JANM admission is “pay what you wish” this day in celebration of Go For Broke National Education Center’s homecoming celebration.

    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Members Only Preview Day: Above the Fold

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    All JANM members are invited to preview the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami before it opens to the public on Sunday, May 29.

    Photo: Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine, Destructors III, 2013. Photo courtesy of the artists.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Go For Broke National Education Center Homecoming Celebration and Debut of the Defining Courage Exhibition

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    Join us for an all-day homecoming celebration at Go For Broke’s new headquarters in JANM’s Historic Building, located across the plaza from the Pavilion. Featured will be the debut of their groundbreaking new interactive exhibition, The Defining Courage Experience, which uses the experiences of Japanese American soldiers of World War II as a catalyst to discuss contemporary issues affecting Americans today. The exhibition addresses issues of citizenship, courage, tolerance, and empathy using participatory and hands-on exhibits.

    The festivities will begin with a tribute at the historic Go For Broke Monument and a ribbon cutting at the new facilities. The celebration will continue in the center and on the plaza with family-friendly activities, food, music, and programs, including several short films that tell the veterans’ amazing story.

    Event is free and open to the public. Visit goforbroke.org for details.

    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Exhibition Opening: Above the Fold

    Public opening of the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami.

    Sunday, May 29, 2016
    6:00 PM—9:00 PM

    Upper Level Members' Reception: Above the Fold

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    Members at the Director’s Circle, President’s Circle, Chairman’s Circle, and Sustaining levels are invited to join us at an exclusive reception to celebrate the opening of Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami.

    Invitations are being mailed in April. RSVP by May 23.

    Photo: Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine, Kentucky Series: Together, 2012. Photo courtesy of the artists.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

     

     

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