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Calendar of Events — July 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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: Extreme Unrated Edition

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Directed by Danny Leiner, this raunchy 2004 comedy follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian American medical school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn).

Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an uneventful Friday night trying to satisfy an oddly intense urge for White Castle hamburgers. But finding a White Castle proves a difficult task, and the two friends wind up on an epic road trip.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Exhibition Opening: Sugar/Islands

Opening day for the new exhibition Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i—The Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara.

Saturday, July 11, 2015
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Okinawan Traditions

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FREE ALL DAY

In conjunction with the opening of Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i, join us for a day of performances, crafts, and activities celebrating Okinawan culture.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Okinawan Shiisaa: Resembling a cross between a dog and a lion, the shiisaa is a mythical beast believed to have the power to ward off evil. Statues of shiisaa are often seen in front of buildings, typically in pairs. Make your own shiisaa at our craft station!

  • Okinawan Lei Making: Originally created for use in a traditional dance, the Okinawan nuchibana lei has come to symbolize many things, including love, purity, hope, and remembrance. What will your nuchibana lei symbolize?

  • Okinawan Pastries: Sample saataa andaagii—delicious deep-fried pastries, while supplies last.

  • Souvenir Photo Booth: Show off the crafts you made, or just show your JANM pride, and take home a souvenir photo of you and your family, courtesy of Nerdbot.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a paper kariyushi shirt, the Okinawan version of a Hawaiian aloha shirt.

  • Okinawan Gifts Raffle: Stop by our survey table to claim a small prize and enter a raffle to win special gifts from Okinawa. Sponsored by the Okinawa Association of America, Inc.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m.: Learn to draw a pair of shiisaa in our drawing workshop.

    1 p.m.: Listen to live sanshin-minyo (traditional folk songs accompanied by Okinawan banjo) performed by Yuna and Tida.

    1:15 p.m.: Enjoy traditional Okinawan dances performed by Tamagusukuryu Kansen-Kai, Yonamine Keiko Ryubu Dojo.

    1:30 p.m.: Take in a stimulating concert by Aloha Time Machine, featuring reggae- and blues-influenced ukulele player Jason Arimoto and Afro-Cuban percussionist Brad Ranola.

    2 p.m.: Join us for a panel discussion and reception on the occasion of the opening of our new exhibition, Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i. Curator Krystal Hauseur, PhD, and artists Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara will talk about the ideas, histories, and inspirations behind their exhibition.

    3 p.m.: Enjoy an authentic Okinawan taiko performance by the Los Angeles branch of Ryukukoku Matsuri Daiko, founded in Okinawa in 1982.

    3:30 p.m.: Close out the day with some bluegrass-inspired pop by Okinawan musician Banjo Ai.

    3:50 p.m.: Winners of the Okinawan Gifts Raffle will be announced!

     

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Sugar/Islands Panel Discussion and Reception

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    Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i—The Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara curator Krystal Hauseur, PhD, and artists Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara discuss the ideas, histories, and inspirations behind their exhibition. Light reception to follow.

    This program is free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged using the link below.

    Sunday, July 12, 2015
    9:30 AM—11:00 AM

    Before They Were Heroes Upper Level Members Reception

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    JANM members at the Director’s Circle, President’s Circle, and Chairman’s Circle levels are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and be the first to preview the new exhibition, Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images. This is the first exhibition organized as part of Sharing Our Stories, JANM’s new series of historical shows drawn from its extensive collection.

    Look for your invitation in the mail. Please RSVP by July 7.

    Reception Sponsors: Japanese American National Museum Volunteer Photographer Team: Stephen Fujimoto, Russell Kitagawa, Richard Murakami, Gary Ono, and Richard Watanabe

    Sunday, July 12, 2015
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Before They Were Heroes Members Only Preview

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    All JANM members are invited to preview the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images—the first exhibition organized as part of Sharing Our Stories, JANM’s new series of historical shows drawn from its extensive collection—before it opens to the public on Tuesday, July 14.

    Sunday, July 12, 2015
    11:00 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Sugar/Islands

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    JANM members are invited to join curator Krystal Hauseur, PhD, and artists Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara on this exclusive tour of the exhibition Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i.

    Limited to 25 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Sunday, July 12, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Members Only Conversation with Sus Ito

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    Now 95 years old, Susumu “Sus” Ito, PhD and emeritus professor at Harvard Medical School, was a member of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

    Smuggling a camera with him on his tour of duty, he took the breathtaking photographs on display in Before They Were Heroes, capturing the day-to-day lives of a group of young Japanese American soldiers. Dr. Ito’s war experiences included the rescue of the Lost Battalion and the liberation of a sub-camp of Dachau.

    With moderator Don Nose, President of Go For Broke National Education Center, Ito will discuss his life during this critical period in American history.

    Space is limited. Please RSVP by July 7 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    Exhibition Opening: Before They Were Heroes

    Public opening of the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images.

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    TAIKOPROJECT Summer Intensive

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    Friday–Monday, July 17–20, 2015

    This intensive weekend workshop for advanced taiko players is the first of its kind in Los Angeles. Delving into various techniques, TAIKOPROJECT will inspire participants from all over the world with its unique and innovative approach to the Japanese American art form.

    Topics to be covered include odaiko (big drum), multi-drum set technique, katsugi okedo (sling drum), hip-hop taiko, and Many Sides double-drum playing.

    For ages 14 and up, 2–5 years of taiko experience recommended. Visit taikoproject.com for more details and to register.

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: A Noodling Walk through Little Tokyo

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    Where does ramen come from? What is the difference between udon and ramen? Join this cultural and culinary tour and learn about the various noodle delights available in Little Tokyo.

    $48 members, $60 non-members. Museum admission and three noodle stops included. Limited to 15 participants. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    10:00 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Before They Were Heroes

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    Join Dr. Sus Ito and curator Lily Tamai, PhD, on this exclusive guided tour of the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images.

    Limited to 25 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    4:45 PM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Sugar/Islands

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    Join curator Krystal Hauseur, PhD, for this exclusive gallery tour of the exhibition Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i.

    Limited to 25 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    6:00 PM

    Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi Advance Screening and Panel Discussion

    The Japanese immigrants who worked on Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries sang as they worked, creating a Japanese-American equivalent of “the blues.” Called holehole (Hawaiian for dried cane leaves) bushi (Japanese for melody or tune), the songs are a record of the workers’ joys, sorrows, and challenges, providing a fascinating window onto early plantation life.

    In the 1960s, Honolulu music teacher Harry Urata, whose own experiences in WWII concentration camps taught him the value of preserving immigrant culture, recorded hundreds of these songs, sung by the women who had created them 60 years before. Several years later, documentary producers Chris Conybeare, Franklin Odo, and Joy Chong-Stannard captured the last of the women pioneers on videotape, telling their stories and sharing their songs.

    This material is brought together in the stunning new PBS Hawai‘i documentary video, Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi, narrated by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the producers.

    This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    10:00 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Before They Were Heroes

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    Join JANM Curator of History Lily Anne Yumi Welty Tamai, PhD, for an in-depth tour of the exhibition Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images.

    Limited to 25 participants. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, July 25, 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. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Floral Cards

    Learn to hand-make floral cards for the next birthday or special occasion.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Before They Were Heroes Behind the Scenes Lecture

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    Curator Lily Tamai, PhD, will discuss historical background, preservation issues, and the selection process that went into organizing the Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images exhibition.

    This program is free with admission, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015
    7:00 PM—9:00 PM

    JANM Summer Nights Concert

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    FREE

    JANM presents a new series of summer evening concerts featuring Asian American performers. This evening’s inaugural event will have a hip-hop theme.

    Featured artists include musical collaborators Magnetic North and Taiyo Na, who have achieved enormous popularity in Japan with their politically conscious brand of hip hop, and Irish-Japanese American singer-songwriter Marié Digby, who vaulted to fame after her acoustic cover version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” went viral on YouTube.

    Please check back for updates.

     

     

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