Calendar of Events — November 2015
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 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. (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.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.
Free with museum admission.
Lecture and Book Signing—San Jose Japantown: A Journey
San Jose’s Japantown is one of only three Japantowns remaining in the United States. Begun as an outgrowth of the city’s last Chinatown, Japantown San Jose has a 125-year history that spans two world wars, the Great Depression, Japanese American incarceration and resettlement, and the present day.
Authors Curt Fukuda and Ralph Pearce will present a program on the creation of their book, San Jose Japantown: A Journey. Incorporating over 100 interviews and 500 photographs, the book is the culmination of 15 years of research, photo-gathering, and writing. A book signing will follow the presentation.
San Jose Japantown: A Journey is published by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and was written with the support of project members June Hayashi, Jim Nagareda, and Janice Oda.
Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below. The book is available for sale at the JANM Store.
Giant Robot Drawing Party
Bring your sketchpad and favorite drawing instruments for a special drawing party with live music by Goh Nakamura.
Giant Robot Biennale 4 curator Eric Nakamura will lead themed drawing exercises with live demonstrations and discussion by GRB4 featured artists Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, and Yoskay Yamamoto, and other Giant Robot artists. Get inspiration from these exercises, or just hang out and work on your own projects in the company of others.
Beer will be available for purchase (cash only). This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Please check back for updates.
JANM Free Family Days: Pop Mania
FREE ALL DAY
Join us for a day of pop culture-themed activities in honor of Giant Robot Biennale 4.
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.: JANM staff will offer a beginner’s drawing workshop in which participants learn how to draw a giant lizard monster attacking a city!
12 p.m.: Live Drawing demonstration inside the galleries by artist Edwin Ushiro.
1 p.m.: Art workshop led by artist Yukinori Dehara. Seating limited. Sign up at the survey table early!
2 p.m.: Paper doll workshop led by artists Kozue and Dan Kitchens (kozyndan). Seating limited. Sign up at the survey table early!
3 p.m.: Art workshop led by artist Yoskay Yamamoto. Seating limited. Sign up at the survey table early!
Check back for updated schedule.
Members Only Learning at Lunch: Holiday Edition
All members are invited to kick off the holidays by learning about how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the American concentration camps and by members of the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
RSVPs recommended to firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.830.5646.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Two-Day Craft Workshop—Indigo and Shibori in the 21st Century
Saturday, November 21–Sunday, November 22
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Enjoy two days of indigo dyeing with a focus on learning how the dye takes to different textiles.
Shibori techniques to be explored include arashi, itajime, and nui, as well as combined and invented techniques. Material kits will include handouts, threads, and many types of vintage kimono silks as well as some cottons, bamboo, hemp, and other natural fibers. Samples, books, and videos will be on hand for inspiration.
$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Fabrics, dyes, use of tools and equipment, and museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.
NUNO Textiles Trunk Show
Saturday, November 21–Sunday, November 22
12 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
“Nuno” is the Japanese word for fabric. Since launching in 1984, NUNO Textiles has worked exclusively with weavers and dyers in Japan, combining old practices with new technologies to create textiles that are original, distinctive, and fresh. Today, NUNO designs are highly acclaimed and reside in the collections of major museums around the world.
Just in time for holiday shopping, NUNO presents a trunk show of their world-renowned scarves, shawls, and accessories—perfect gifts for the special people in your life.
Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Wreaths
Members Only Meet and Greet with Richard Reeves and Jan Jarboe Russell
Members at the Contributing Level and above are invited to an intimate pre-event reception with authors Richard Reeves (Infamy) and Jan Jarboe Russell (The Train to Crystal City) prior to the discussion about their books.
Space is limited. RSVP by November 13 to email@example.com or 213.830.5646.
Author Discussion—Infamy and The Train to Crystal City
Utilizing survivor interviews, private letters and memoirs, and historical archives, Richard Reeves’ Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II is a sweeping narrative of the U.S. government’s forced imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II tells the shocking and never-before-heard story of a secret, FDR-approved World War II prisoner exchange program in which German, Japanese, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children were traded for “more important” American prisoners of war stuck behind enemy lines.
Both authors will discuss their works. Copies of both books will be available for purchase and signing.
Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Member Appreciation Days
Friday, November 27–Sunday, November 29
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 participating Southern California institutions.
New participants this season include the Time Travel Mart, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Atwater Village, alongside returning favorites like The Library Store at the Los Angeles Central Library, the California Science Center, and the San Diego Museum of Art.Visit janmstore.com/membershopping for details, restrictions, and an updated list of participants.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour