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Calendar of Events — September 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. (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 5, 2009
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_____________.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: Heart of a Community with experienced docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, September 12, 2009
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Crafty!

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Come to the National Museum for fun crafts for the whole family!

All day craft activities:
  • Be creative while helping us clean out our closet! We'll be bringing out all of our crafty fun for a day full of exciting variety. Join us and be sure to bring your artistically inventive imaginations!

  • Kidding Around the Kitchen will show you how to make a fruit leather pouch filled with home made trail mix. Fun to make and delicious to eat!

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

    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:

    2009 Target Free Family Saturday schedule

    October 10 – Toy Shoppe!

    November 14 – Merry Melodies

    December 12 – Let's Celebrate!

    Other Family Events at the National Museum

    October 10: A Special Reading of Be Water, My Friend by Ken Mochizuki

    October 24: Fall into JANM Comfort Foods Cooking Workshop

    December 5: Winter Family Breakfast Feast Cooking Workshop

    Pair Work: Celebrating Japanese Heritage in Contemporary Music: Sept. 19, 2009- Sept. 19, 2009, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, September 19, 2009
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Pair Work: Celebrating Japanese Heritage in Contemporary Music

    events/Cowal_Boyle100.jpg FREE!

    Antares Boyle and Rory Cowal will present a free public recital of contemporary music by Japanese composers. Selected composers include Joji Yuasa, Toshio Hosokawa, Michio Kitazume, Kazuo Fukushima, and Misato Mochizuki.

    The highlight will be the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work by the composer Ryan Tanaka. The concert will be both a celebration of modern Japanese music and an exploration of cultural fusion. The selected composers were all trained in the Western classical tradition and are internationally active in the contemporary art music scene. Yet each has developed a personal approach to composition that incorporates a distinct concern with the composer’s national and ethnic identity. The myriad ways in which composers address this background in their music creates a program of fascinating diversity while showcasing recurring elements of uniquely Japanese musical aesthetics.

    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    Smithsonian Museum Day

    Smithsonian members enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide.

    Present the Museum Day admission card to receive free general admission at participating Museum Day locations. The admission card is available in the September 2009 issue of Smithsonian magazine or downloadable via this site.

    The following Museum Day restrictions apply: One time use on September 29, 2009 unless otherwise specified. Card must be presented for free general admission. Admission Card will be collected upon entry. General admission only. Does not include entry to special exhibits or IMAX screenings. Admission Card is good for general admission for you plus one guest. One Admission Card per household. Not for use with any other offer. No rain checks. Some participating museums may already have a free admission policy year round and are participating in the "spirit" of the day.

    Museums and cultural venues participate in Museum Day voluntarily. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for individual museum content or participation. Visit for more details.

    Saturday, September 26, 2009
    10:00 AM—4:30 PM

    Discovering Your Japanese American Roots

    Instructor Chester Hashizume leads a comprehensive workshop covering genealogy basics such as getting started, identifying your ancestral Japanese home town, obtaining and utilizing family documents, and determining the meaning behind surnames and family crests--all the tools you need to discover your roots. This intensive session includes a one-hour break. $45 for National Museum members and $55 for non-members, includes materials and Museum admission.

    Saturday, September 26, 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, September 26, 2009
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Fall Holiday Cards

    events/Halloween_Card100.jpg Make fun Halloween and Thanksgiving greeting cards for your friends and family. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies.

    RSVP is required. Maximum 12 people.

    Saturday, September 26, 2009
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Sumo East and West


    SUMO EAST AND WEST is a feature documentary about Westerners in the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. The film traces this cultural upheaval from sumo’s introduction to America by Japanese immigrants in the 19th century, through the success of US-born sumotori such as Akebono and Konishiki, to efforts to establish it as a popular sport in the US today.

    Shot in Japan, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Atlantic City, SUMO EAST AND WEST was directed and photographed by Ferne Pearlstein, winner of the 2004 Sundance Documentary Cinematography Prize for “Imelda.”

    Former professional sumotori who rose through the ranks alongside Akebono and amateur sumo star, Wayne Vierra, to follow in special Q&A. The Sumo East and West DVD is available at the Museum Store.



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