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Calendar of Events — September 2016

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Please note that we have new admission prices effective September 1, 2016. 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.

Saturday, September 3, 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, September 10, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Tatau

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Join Tatau exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura for an in-depth gallery tour, followed by a catalog signing.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Image: Tattoo by Steve Looney. Photo by John Agcaoili.

In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
Saturday, September 10, 2016
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Discover Your Japanese American Roots

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Explore your roots in this comprehensive workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume. Identify your ancestral Japanese hometown, uncover the meanings behind family crests and surnames, and learn about conducting research in Japan, and much more.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 16 participants.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
12:30 PM—1:30 PM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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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. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants per class.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
2:00 PM

Tatau Panel Discussion and Catalog Signing

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Artists featured in Tatau: Marks of Polynesia—including Sulu‘ape Steve Looney, Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau, Fred Frost, and Alipate Fetuli—will discuss their work. Moderated by curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura. Catalog signing to follow.

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

Exhibition catalog available at the JANM Store.

Image: Tattoo by Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau. Photo by John Agcaoili.

In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Los Angeles Iced Tea Fesival

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Sample refreshing iced teas and enjoy live entertainment at this unique festival. More than 20 iced teas will be available, along with boba options and tea ice cream. Talks will be offered on various iced tea blends and the art of making the perfect glass of summer iced tea.

$12 general admission; free for children 12 and under. Visit icedteafest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Presented by Chado Tea Room.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

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Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Museum Day Live! event.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
12:30 PM—1:30 PM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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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. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants per class.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
1:00 PM

Members Only Meet and Greet with Five Nisei Speakers

All members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with Takashi Hoshizaki, Toshi Ito, Willie Ito, Sam Mihara, and Shig Yabu prior to their public program.

Space is limited. RSVP by September 19 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
2:00 PM

Memories of Five Nisei

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SOLD OUT

FREE

Five second-generation Japanese Americans will share significant memories of their lives, with a focus on the World War II camp experience. The Nisei speakers, who are all in their 80s and 90s, will also compare their camp experiences with the present-day detention centers in Texas for Central American refugees.

    Lead presenter Sam Mihara is a former executive at Boeing Company and a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of the WWII imprisonment of Japanese Americans. His most recent work is a study of the immigrant detention facilities in Texas.

    Retired biologist Dr. Takashi Hoshizaki resisted the draft while he was in camp, and was subsequently sent to federal prison for three years. After his rights were restored, he joined the military and served in the Korean War to prove his loyalty to the US.

    Toshi Ito is the wife of James Ito, the leader of the agriculture team at Heart Mountain that developed the farms that produced food for all camp residents. Toshi’s father committed suicide as a direct result of racist treatment following WWII.

    Award-winning Disney animation artist Willie Ito is a well-known spokesperson for the Topaz prison camp for Nikkei, where he was incarcerated.

    Shig Yabu is the noted author of Hello Maggie, an illustrated book that tells the story of the magpie bird that he raised as a pet in camp. Yabu is now an executive at Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

For anyone interested in the subject of the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII, this is an event that should not be missed.

This program is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email rsvp@janm.org.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Uprooted Members Preview Day and Reception

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All JANM members are invited to preview the exhibition Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II before it opens to the public on Tuesday, September 27.

Join us at 2 p.m. for a talk with exhibition curator Morgen Young and James Tanaka, a JANM volunteer whose parents worked at the labor camp in Twin Falls, Idaho, when he was a child. Light reception to follow. RSVP for the program by September 21 to specialevents@janm.org or 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

Photo: Laborers in sugar beet fields outside of Shelley, Idaho. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-073809-E.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Exhibition Opening: Uprooted

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7:30 PM

Film Screening and Q&A with Steve Aoki—I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

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FREE

Join us for a special screening of I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, a new documentary on the life of influential DJ, music producer, and record label founder Steve Aoki.

A heart-pumping and at times heartbreaking film, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead was shot over the course of three years, during the making of Aoki’s 2014 Neon Future double album. As it follows Aoki’s journey to play the biggest show of his career, the film tackles his complex yet loving relationship with his father, legendary Benihana restaurant tycoon Rocky Aoki, and his struggle growing up Japanese American in Southern California during the 1980s and ’90s. This bittersweet film reveals how the weight of parental expectations paired with the search for personal identity created one of the most prominent Asian Americans in pop culture today.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead premiered to a sold-out audience at the Tribeca Film Festival this past spring and was released on Netflix on August 19. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Steve Aoki, moderated by musician and producer Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Space is limited; RSVPs are required using the link below.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 6 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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