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Calendar of Events — April 2009

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, April 4, 2009

Cherry Blossom Festival Southern CA

events/pcb_logo.png Saturday 4/4/08 – 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday 4/5/08 – 10:30 am- 5:00 pm

*Entrance on 1st Street in front of the Japanese American National Museum & Lot 7.

The Cherry Blossom Festival Southern CA is a free admission event to the public produced by a Volunteer Team and located in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles.

  • Main Stage - Live entertainment of Japanese Dancing, Taiko, Kimono Fashion Show – Authentic Japanese Wedding with Ceremonial Congratulatory Dance by Councilmember Jan Perry [Sat at 3pm], Teachers Making a Difference Awards, Senator Daniel Inouye Leadership Awards, George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award presented to Richard Katsuda [Award ceremonies Sat at 12:30 pm], Cherry Blossom “Best in Festival Most Photogenic Dog Contest” and variety of performances in dance, song and music.

  • Kids Activity – Cultural Crafts and Inflatable Games.

  • Hawaiian Village – Hawaiian stage entertainment and Hawaiian crafters and exhibitors.

  • Cultural Pavillion includes: Photo Document Exhibit of WWII Internment Camps; Kimekomi Dolls

  • Demonstration & Exhibit; GO Board Game, Yamaguchi Kenjinka, Sashiko and Shibori Exhibits to name a few.

  • Martial Arts arena with non-stop performances including Sumo Wrestling.

  • Odori Dancing on 1st Street in front of the Japanese American National Museum on Sat. & Sun. 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Everyone can join in and learn Odori Dancing in the Street!

  • Hand Crafters, Corporate and Commercial Vendors

  • Cherry Blossom Food Court

    For more information, go to
  • Saturday, April 4, 2009
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Exhibition Tour

    events/commonground100_______.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: Heart of a Community with our experienced and knowledgeable docents.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
    Saturday, April 4, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    El Mexico Mas Cercano A Japon

    events/Flier-JANM100.jpg The documentary directed and produced by Shinpei Takeda reveals rather unknown history of a Japanese community in Tijuana that has existed since the 1920s.

    Saturday, April 4, 2009
    7:00 PM

    Electric Cherry Blossom

    events/ad-face-flat100.jpg Japansterdam is proud to present the first annual "Electric Cherry Blossom" Event. It's all happening on Saturday April 4th at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

    This event features up and coming bands such as Anime Expo Idol STEPHANIE YANEZ, San Fransisco's J-pop favorites AKAI SKY, and KAILA YU ('The Fast and the Furious') and NYLON PINK, performing their breakout hit from the 'Gossip Girl' Soundtrack "HELLO DRAMA!"

    Also look out for the fresh video game remixes of PHEONIX DOWN, The Anime Trance Anthems of DJ JINREI, and the eclectic beats of DJ ¡PAZ!

    And for all you Cosplay lovers, we're happy to announce our special host for the evening, LISA from WONDERLAND-ATELIER. Our Cherry Blossom guest of honor this year is her highness QUEEN GINNY, and we'll get a special treat as USA MUSUME performs live on stage!

    All this PLUS Anime, and clothing vendors, the ambiance of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and all the yummy Japanese food and treats just across from the venue! Come join us, and wear your finest cosplay attire for a J-rockin' good time! Cover charge at the door is $20, $15 for students with proper ID, and $10.00 for National Museum members. FREE glow-sticks all night long, so you can dance the night away!

    Sunday, April 5, 2009
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class: Children’s Day and Easter Cards

    Create fun Children’s Day and Easter cards for your friends and family with Ruthie Kitagawa. $8 for National Museum members; $13 for non-members, includes Museum admission and supplies.

    Saturday, April 11, 2009
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturday: What's Cooking?

    events/2007-07-14_TargetLogo________.JPG FREE ALL DAY!

    Celebrate shared traditions and family fun cooking demonstration, activities and workshops within the Asian American community.

    Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

    All day craft activities:
  • Decorate your own apron for when things get messy.

  • Roll a candle that looks like a tasty bite of sushi!

  • Careful when you’re cookin’! Design a fun potholder to get a handle on hot stuff in the kitchen.

  • Test your chopstick chops by trying our chopstick challenge!

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold an origami candy bowl!

  • 11 AM – Doors open.

    12 – 3 PM - Kidding Around the Kitchen: Parents and children’s drop in cooking workshops featuring the famous “rainbow stir fry” dish

    12:30 & 2:30 PM – Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop: Mochi demonstration and tasting

    1 & 3 PM - Sushi Chef Institute: Sushi making demonstration and tasting

    4 PM - Doors close


    Kidding Around The Kitchen
    It is such a common problem in today's world that families rarely get to eat together anymore.

    Kidding around the Kitchen shows that families can make and eat food together without a lot of fuss or a huge time commitment. The family food demo helps families with tips on smarter shopping, fun recipe ideas, advice on how to incorporate healthier choices when possible and advice on how to delegate tasks in an age-appropriate way. This family food demo is a “how to” get everyone involved in the family meal.

    Kidding around the Kitchen is for families that have full plates in life as well as wanting a full plate of food to enjoy together. It's about time well spent. You'll see your kids get a we did it attitude!! This family food demo works on the try it premises all while empowering the kids and family. If we can do it, so can you!!

    Kidding around the Kitchen is an adventure in fun, food and family. We are not only making food, we are making memories.

    For more information on Kidding Around the Kitchen go to:

    Kidding Around The Kitchen will also be coming back for two special workshops, to find out more about each workshop and how to sign up for one, go to:

    June 6: Kidding Around in the Kitchen Family Cooking Adventure: Beat the June Gloom

    Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop
    Fugetsu-Do has been a family owned and operated confectionery store in Little Tokyo since 1903. Japanese rice cakes, more commonly known as mochi (rice cake) and manju (sweet bean-filled rice cake), are the staple. The shop, which is currently operated by Brian Kito, is located on East First Street, in the heart of the Historic District of Little Tokyo. Some of the family history was shared with me, and I welcome the opportunity to put down on paper one family's history in the United States.
    For more information on Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop go to:

    Sushi Chef Institute
    Would you like to get the high quality education of Sushi making? Would you like to be a master Japanese cooking? We are sure to meet your expectations. Sushi Chef Institute (SCI) is a Sushi School for anyone who wants to learn Sushi making and Traditional Japanese cooking. The Instructor, Chef Andy Matsuda, is the first person who is authorized to serve as an instructor in California Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Institution. He had appeared on famous magazines, People magazine and New York Foody magazine. And he also had appeared on Fox 11 TV show. Now, he teaches not only regular students, but also instructors of Le Cordon Bleu, French culinary school. We hope we could support your dream and see you soon in our class at SCI.

    For more information on Sushi Chef Institute go to:

    2009 Target Free Family Saturday schedule

    May 9 – Aloha!

    June 13 – Try this on for Size!

    July 11 – Books Galore!

    Other Family Events at the National Museum

    May 2: Southwest Chamber Music: Music Unwrapped Free Family Concerts

    June 6: Kidding Around in the Kitchen Family Cooking Adventure: Beat the June Gloom

    August 15: Summer Festival on the Courtyard

    August 29: Common Ground Tour for Families

    August 29: Taiko for Families

    Thursday, April 16, 2009
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Bringing the Circle Together: Killer's Paradise

    events/100colorturtlesmall_______________.jpg Free Screening of Killer's Paradise

    In this powerful film, the award-winning team of Olenka Frenkiel and Giselle Portenier document the story of the brutal killings of women in Guatemala. Since 1999, more than 2,000 women have been murdered there, with the numbers rising every year. This evening's screening will bring together artists, activists and community organizers who will come together to remember and ensure this act of femicide does not go unheard. A short screening of ‘Soleil’ will presented. Keynote speakers include Ana Castillo. Artists and activists include Sandra Luna, Timoi, Olivia Chumacero, Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team, and Chapinas Unidas.

    Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series

    Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series is a FREE monthly film series located in downtown Los Angeles at the National Center for Preservation of Democracy. The film series was established to provide quality documentaries by and about Indigenous people of the Americas, and bring together a central gathering place where discussion and awareness of issues can be shared with the Native community and its supporters.

    The film series is held at the National Center for Preservation of Democracy located at 111 North Central Avenue, between 1st Street and Central Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles. The NCPD can be reached via train, bus, or parking in the area (pdf for directions). Doors open at 6:30pm.

    The film series is hosted by Lorin Morgan-Richards and Tahesha Knapp-Christensen and is sponsored by the following organizations:

    The Japanese American National Museum
    The National Center for Preservation of Democracy
    Hecho de Mano
    Nahui Ohlin
    InterTribal Entertainment

    For more information about the film series please visit
    or by email at

    Saturday, April 18, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Meet the Writer/Be the Writer Mixer

    events/aapw-logo100.gif PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

    Asian American Poetry Writing Presents an opportunity for writers, aspiring writers, and readers to gather and talk about their favorite books. Visit for special guests.

    Sunday, April 19, 2009
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Unique Flowers: A Workshop with Elizabeth Asawa

    events/100_.jpg Learn how to transform plain plastic 6-pack rings into unique flowers. Limited to 15 participants, ages 12 and up. Advance reservations required. $8 members; $13 non-members, includes Museum admission and supplies.
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Cape Networking Mixer: An Evening with Giant Robot's Eric Nakamura

    CAPE, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, is pleased to announce its 2009 Entertainment Industry and Membership mixer featuring Giant Robot magazine founder and publisher, Eric Nakamura. Open to CAPE members and the general public, the event includes Nakamura and a VIP guest moderator leading a casual discussion about Nakamura’s pioneering career, anticipating and shaping Asian American pop culture. Giant Robot put the spotlight on Asian actors, film directors, cultural icons and artists years before they were in mainstream America's vocabulary. Following the discussion and Q&A, will be a CAPE membership and entertainment industry mixer. Catering is complimentary with cash bar, only $2 per drink. The event is free to CAPE members and $20 for non-members and general public. Seating is limited; please RSVP to to guarantee seating. For more information and event updates, please go to

    CAPE is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing diversity and creating social change by actively developing, promoting and positioning Asian Pacific Americans for key artistic and leadership roles in the entertainment industry and media arts.

    Saturday, April 25, 2009
    7:00 AM—7:00 PM

    Manzanar Pilgrimage

    events/pilgrimage100.jpg Join us for the 40th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, an emotional and cathartic experience remembering the past by honoring the sacrifices of those gone before us and a look toward the future. $20 members; $25 for non-members includes bus transportation. Advance reservations required. Box lunch available upon prior request. To make reservations please call 213.625.0414 at ext.2313.

    For more information about the Pilgrimage, go to

    Saturday, April 25, 2009
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour______________.jpg Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with National Museum docents. $8 Members; $13 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Saturday, April 25, 2009
    5:30 PM—10:00 PM

    The Pavilion: Home, Community, History— Celebrating Ten Years of Building a Legacy

    The Japanese American National Museum announced its 2009 program theme celebrating the opening of its Pavilion with year-long slate of public programs and special events that will review the work by the National Museum in the last decade. The first of these themed-programs is the National Museum’s 2009 Annual Gala Dinner, "The Pavilion: Home, Community, History—Celebrating Ten Years of Building a Legacy", which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday, April 25.

    For more information, please visit



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