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Calendar of Events — January 2006

All programs are free for JANM members and included 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 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.

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, January 7, 2006
10:00 AM

Okinawan Taiko workshop with Zampa Ufujishi-Daiko

Zampa Ufujishi-Daiko has designed a special workshop for intermediate and advanced drummers. Enhance your own practice by learning rhythms and techniques unique to Okinawa as taught by members of this internationally recognized ensemble.

Workshop fees are $20 National Museum Members, $25 non-members. Space is extremely limited. Advance registration required. For details, please call 213.625.0414.

In conjunction with the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States
Saturday, January 7, 2006
7:30 PM

Zampa Ufujishi-Daiko in Concert

The final weekend of Big Drum: Taiko in the United States features a spirited concert by one of Okinawa's most vibrant taiko ensembles, Zampa Ufujishi-Daiko. Don?t miss this rare opportunity to experience the power and beauty of these gifted young musicians from Japan?s southernmost prefecture.

Tickets $20 National Museum members, $25 non-members. Advance purchase recommended. For tickets and information, please call 213.625.0414.

In conjunction with the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States
Sunday, January 8, 2006

Closing of the exhibition "Big Drum: Taiko in the United States"

Closing of the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States

In conjunction with the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States
Sunday, January 8, 2006
11:00 AM

Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival



Learn about New Year's symbols and traditions and join us for our annual celebration of culture and community.

Arts and crafts for children of all ages - 11:00 AM?4:00 PM

Instrument Making: Make a rain stick or den-den daiko and go home with your very own percussion piece.

Taiko Drum Master: Try your skill at this special taiko electronic game created by PlayStation? 2.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll: Created especially for our very youngest audiences—play with percussion instruments from around the world.

Mochitsuki - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Kagami Kai Taiko travels from San Francisco to present this dynamic performance of traditional rice cake pounding.

Storytelling - 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Actor Rodney Kageyama will enthrall listeners of all ages with The Ten Oni Drummers.

Concert - 3:00 PM
Zampa Ufujishi-Daiko's final Southern California performance is a mini-concert especially for families.

Please check back for updated information regarding the schedule of events.

In conjunction with the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States
Saturday, January 21, 2006
2:00 PM

Communities Transformed: Families from Seattle Share Stories of the Internment


The incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II affected families in ways both unique and similar. For this program, three authors of books exploring the impact of these events on individuals, families, and communities in the Pacific Northwest discuss their work in an insightful panel presentation.

Varied in style, authors Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, David A. Neiwert, and Toshiko Shoji Ito share poignant stories born from the diverse experiences of Japanese American individuals and communities from Seattle during World War II.

Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald is an autobiographical account of Gruenewald and her family's incarceration at Minidoka, Idaho. Gruenewald captures the emotional and psychological essence of what it was like to grow up in the midst of profound dislocation and injustice, and of struggle for survival, growing up in the midst of profound dislocation and injustice.

Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community by David A. Neiwert tells a moving tale of the creation and destruction of Bellevue, Washington, a Japanese immigrant renowned for its strawberry farms. Combining compelling storytelling, interviews, and newly uncovered documents, Neiwert weaves together the community's history and the racist schemes that prevented the immigrants from reclaiming their land after the war.

Endure by Toshiko Shoji Ito is a story of courage and triumph based loosely on Ito's experiences. The novel follows 17-year-old, Tomi, who was forced to leave a carefree life in Seattle for Minidoka. Tomi's indomitable spirit prevails, despite the burden of shame that her family—like so many others—shouldered because of their unjust incarceration.

Book signing to follow. Available at the Museum Store. Order toll free 1.888.769.5559 or at

Saturday, January 28, 2006
1:00 PM

Craft Class with Ryosen Shibata: Sumi-e Scenery


Create simple landscapes in the style of sumi-e. $8 for National Museum members and $15 for non-members, includes supplies and Museum admission.



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