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Calendar of Events — March 2015

All programs are free for Museum members and free with general admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs (RSVPs not needed for Family Festivals). Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by emailing rsvp@janm.org or calling 213.625.0414. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or purchase tickets online using the links below. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

JANM Members Invited to Descanso Gardens' Camellia and Tea Festival

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JANM MEMBERS: FREE ADMISSION TO DESCANSO GARDENS ALL DAY!

Descanso Gardens invites JANM members to enjoy its award-winning camellia collection, recognized as the largest in North America. Partly built with plants supplied by F.M. Uyematsu of Star Nursery and F.W. Yoshimura of Mission Nursery as incarceration loomed in 1942, the collection is uniquely tied to local Japanese American history.

Show your current JANM membership card for free admission all day. Tea service and guided walks are available; visit descansogardens.org for more information.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
11:00 AM

Hello Kitty Hinamatsuri Tea at Chado Tea Room

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This program is sold out.

Celebrate Hinamatsuri at this special Hello Kitty-themed tea service at Chado Tea Room. Also known as Doll’s Festival or Girl’s Day, this special day in Japan celebrates the health and happiness of young daughters. Hina dolls will be on display, weather permitting.

$32 members, $40 non-members. Limited to 40 participants. Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community and Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty included.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, March 7, 2015
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 general admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, March 7, 2015
2:00 PM

Reiko's Hina Dolls

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This fictional film is based on the true story of a Canadian woman who managed to keep a collection of traditional Japanese dolls safe with her throughout the WWII incarceration process.

Free with museum admission.

Purchase the DVD at the JANM Store.

Learn more about the film in this interview with the filmmaker on Discover Nikkei.

Sunday, March 8, 2015
1:00 PM—7:30 PM

Love to Nippon 2015

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JANM is pleased to host the 2015 edition of Love to Nippon, an annual conference commemorating the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Northern Japan. The daylong program will include a memorial program, an interfaith service, a screening of the documentary film Live Your Dreams: the Taylor Anderson Story, and a panel discussion on the state of Tohoku today.

Visit lovetonippon.com for details.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: March into Spring

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FREE* ALL DAY!

Spring is here! Welcome the new season by recycling old things into new ones.

*Admission to all activities and to Common Ground: The Heart of Community is FREE ALL DAY. Admission to the special exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, requires a separate purchase. All Hello! Admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Create your own biodegradable planter, and then plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Special Hello Kitty seed labels will be provided to remind you what you planted.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Inspired by Sanrio’s “small gift, big smile” philosophy, JANM volunteer Ruthie Kitagawa will teach you how to make a small gift box out of recycled gift wrap.

  • Design and make your own eco-friendly fashion and accessories using recycled materials. At 3:30 p.m., you’ll have a chance to show off your creations at JANM’s own red carpet runway fashion show!

  • Macaroni Kids Downtown LA will have a bracelet- and necklace-making table where guests can create macaroni-based accessories to go with their other eco-friendly fashions.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m. • 12:30 p.m.: Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization reDiscover Center will lead a workshop about the environmental dangers of plastic waste and the importance of recycling plastic wherever possible. There will also be a craft activity to create a fish art piece from a used CD.

    12 p.m. • 2 p.m.: Join in on a rockin’ drum circle with Drumtime! All instruments provided, along with brief drumming lessons. Fun for ages 1 to 101!

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Versatile magician Johnny Wu uses everyday objects to perform innovative and interactive magic tricks. Watch his act and prepare to be surprised and delighted.

    3:30 p.m.: Check out the eco-friendly fashions that Target Free Family Saturday attendees have created at our own red carpet fashion show.

     

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Thursday, March 19, 2015
    7:30 PM

    East West Players: A Writers’ Gallery Reading of Iyakan Blues (The Criers)

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    FREE

    JANM is pleased to host the East West Players’ reading of Iyakan Blues (The Criers), written by Giovanni Ortega and directed by Tim Dang.

    Aurora, Remedios, and Eugenia are three of the most sought-after professional criers (individuals paid to cry at funerals) in Monterey Park. They are eager to welcome Aurora’s 14-year-old daughter Ligaya (nicknamed Gaya) from the Philippines into their world and teach her their somber trade. However, they soon realize that Gaya has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead of cry. What ensues is a hilarious and heartwarming story of cultural identity, generational conflict, and finding home in a new country.

    Saturday, March 21, 2015
    11:00 AM—12:30 PM

    Members Only Family History Workshop

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    JANM members and their children or grandchildren are invited to uncover their family’s immigration and camp records and more in this special, customized workshop. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to discover their unique history together.

    Space is limited to 5 families. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

    Saturday, March 21, 2015
    12:00 PM—1:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Cupcake Decorating

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    This program is sold out.

    Make Hello Kitty cupcakes with Michele Chen Chock, author of The Hello Kitty Baking Book. Book signing to follow.

    Bring your own apron; other supplies are included. $28 members, $35 non-members. Limited to 25 participants.

    Admission to Common Ground and Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty are included.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, March 21, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Shadows for Peace, For the Sake of the Children (Kodomo no Tame Ni): The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Experience

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    FREE

    The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing approximately 120,000 men, women, and children instantly. Thousands more died from injuries and radiation in the following days and years.

    This forum, proudly presented by JANM and the Orange Coast Optimist Club, will address the devastating and ongoing effects of atomic weapons on the people of Japan and the world. A range of internationally recognized speakers will discuss the legacy of the nuclear age and present video interviews with hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors). Doug Erber, President of the Japan America Society of Southern California, will serve as emcee.

    To RSVP for this event, contact richard@shadowsforpeace.com or call 714.998.8790 (leave message). For more information, check the Shadows for Peace Facebook page.

    Read about artist Richard Yutaka Fukuhara, whose artwork will be on display at this event.

    Sunday, March 22, 2015
    11:30 AM—4:30 PM

    Hello Kitty Shibori Workshop

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    This program is sold out.

    After a brief talk on the connection between Sanrio and Japan’s silk industry, Shibori Girl (Glennis Dolce) will lead participants in designing and dyeing a stitched shibori piece on vintage silk kimono lining fabric in this one-day workshop. Please bring rubber gloves, sewing pins, and scissors.

    $36 members, $45 non-members, plus $20 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants.

    Includes admission to Common Ground and Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Sunday, March 22, 2015
    1:30 PM

    Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi

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    Japanese cuisine is familiar to diners all over the world today. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is the story of the men who dedicated their lives to spreading wa-shoku (Japan’s traditional foods) throughout the world. Featuring Noritoshi Kanai, Chairman of Mutual Trading Co., Inc.; Nobu Matsuhisa, chef/owner of Nobu restaurants; Katsuya Uechi, chef/owner of Katsu-ya group; Yoshihiro Murata, chef/owner of Kyoto Kikunoi; Shige Nakamura, a ramen master; and many more. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is produced by United Television Broadcasting Systems/Film Voice and directed by Junichi Suzuki.

    $8 JANM members, $10 general.

    On arrival, please check in with the front desk staff at the main entrance to pick-up your ticket or to purchase tickets (upon availability). Ticket does not include admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community or Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

    For more information, please check the Wa-Shoku website.

    Sunday, March 22, 2015
    3:45 PM

    Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi

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    Japanese cuisine is familiar to diners all over the world today. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is the story of the men who dedicated their lives to spreading wa-shoku (Japan’s traditional foods) throughout the world. Featuring Noritoshi Kanai, Chairman of Mutual Trading Co., Inc.; Nobu Matsuhisa, chef/owner of Nobu restaurants; Katsuya Uechi, chef/owner of Katsu-ya group; Yoshihiro Murata, chef/owner of Kyoto Kikunoi; Shige Nakamura, a ramen master; and many more. Wa-Shoku: Beyond Sushi is produced by United Television Broadcasting Systems/Film Voice and directed by Junichi Suzuki.

    $8 JANM members, $10 general.

    On arrival, please check in with the front desk staff at the main entrance to pick-up your ticket or to purchase tickets (upon availability). Ticket does not include admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community or Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

    For more information, please check the Wa-Shoku website.

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Asians on Film Festival

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    Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29

    The Asians on Film Festival grew out of the website asiansonfilm.com, dedicated to promoting under-recognized Asians and Asian Americans working in the film industry.

    JANM is proud to host this annual festival, which showcases nearly one hundred of the best short films submitted to asiansonfilm.com over the past year.

    Visit asiansonfilm.com for more information and to buy tickets.

    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    9:30 AM—12:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Girl Scout Program

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    This program is sold out.

    In this special program just for current, active Girl Scouts, start your visit to Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty before museum hours and then create your own Hello Kitty–inspired artwork.

    $10 per person for scouts or accompanying troop leaders, parents/guardians who are current JANM members; $20 per person for current, active Girl Scouts who are non-JANM members; $30 per person for accompanying troop leaders, parents/guardians who are non-JANM members

    Special Hello Kitty JANM patches will be provided to all current and active participating Girl Scouts. Space is limited.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: Public Art and the Sweets of Little Tokyo

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    On this walking tour, participants will see and learn about the many works of public art in Little Tokyo, from commemorative statues to spray-painted wall murals. Asian sweets—such as imagawayaki (red bean cake), dango (sweet dumplings), and mochi ice cream—will be sampled at stores along the way.

    $40 members, $50 non-members. Sweets and admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included; lunch stop is extra. Limited to 18 participants.

    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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    Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    7:30 PM

    Fresh Off The Boat: “Blind Spot”

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    FREE

    This Tuesday’s episode of the hit Asian American TV series, “Fresh Off the Boat,” will have an LGBTQ theme. JANM is pleased to host a special community viewing of the episode in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. A panel discussion will follow featuring writer and showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, episode guest actor Rex Lee, author/comedian D'Lo, and artist/organizer Erin O'Brien. The panel will be moderated by filmmaker Curtis Chin. 

    For more details and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

     

     

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