Calendar of Events — August 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Shibori Class with Shibori Girl
This half day workshop will introduce you to three basic traditional shibori techniques-makiage (stitched and bound), itajime (fold and clamp), and arashi (pole wrapped) shibori on silk. Traditional and contemporary samples from my collection will be on hand for observation as well as many favorite books on the subject from my library.
Using a non-toxic cold water dye for silk that needs no chemicals or heat to set the dye, we will concentrate on applying these techniques in inventive ways that will inspire you to further study of this creative form of surface design. All these techniques can be applied to fabrics other than silk (cotton, linen, etc.) in addition to dyes of all kinds. Discharge work will be discussed but not attempted due to the limitations of the workspace.
This class is for beginners and beyond, the inventive nature of shibori allowing for practitioners of all levels to learn, create, and be inspired.
This is a hands on class- please wear studio attire.
Materials student should bring to class include: small scissors, seam ripper, thimble (if desired), and a notebook for jotting down any information you deem important. Minimal handouts will be provided.
$35 members; $40 non-members, an additional $25 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class, admission is included. RSVP early, 25 students max.
For more information about Shibori Girl or to see some of her work, go to www.shiborigirlstudios.com.
16 Years Later: The Heart Mountain Barracks
The project, organized by Museum staff member Nancy Araki and former Heart Mountain inmate Bacon Sakatani, included dozens of former inmates and interested parties who traveled over 1,000 miles or more to take part in the dismantling. To recall the historic events, the program will include the screening of the award winning documentary, “Legacy of the Barracks”, produced by Mark Mohr for KABC-TV Channel 7 in 1994.
Also on hand will be other key participants, including Ron Mukai, whose father Tomo lived in the barracks fragment still on display at the Museum; Sakatani; Araki; contractor David Honda; author Sharon Yamato, who, along with her cousins, took part in the dismantling, and then wrote a book on her experiences, Moving Walls: Preserving the Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps; and, preservation architect Jim McElwain, who oversaw the logistics of the dismantling and the reassembly in Los Angeles.
Following the program, a reception will be held adjacent to the Heart Mountain barracks in the National Museum’s Pavilion.
[Purchase a copy of Moving Walls: Preserving the Barracks of America's Concentration Camps at the Museum Store Online]
Six Taste's Little Tokyo Food Tour
Six Taste's food tours are more than just walking and eating. They hope to provide you with an entertaining, educational, and exciting experience. You'll learn about Japanese culture, the history of Little Tokyo, the art and science of tasting, and have great conversations over great food.
The "Gastronaut Tour" includes a balance of history, culture, and delicious food. You'll stop at some of the most fascinating historical locations in Little Tokyo, meet owners of some of the longest running stores in Little Tokyo, try amazing food at seven different locations, and learn about Japanese culture and culinary customs. This tour is perfect for tourists or LA natives that have never ventured into Little Tokyo before.
$50 members; $55non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes recommended. Weather permitting.
For more information about Six Taste, go to www.sixtaste.com.
Annual Nisei Week Festival
Summer Festival on the Courtyard! Happy Birthday JANM!
Crafts for the entire family:
Fun Activities, Performances, and Readings:
11:00 - 1:00: Caricature Artist
12:00 - 2:00: Face Painting
12:00 - 2:00: “Big Red” Balloon Man
12:00 - 5:00: Peekaboo Photo Booth
1:00 - 3:00: Airbrush Tattoos
1:00 - 5:00: Kidding Around the Kitchen Birthday Cake Fun!
2:00 - 3:00: Book Reading & Signing: Jive Bomber: A Sentimental Journey by Bruce Kaji
2:00 - 4:00: Brush Art
2:00 - 4:00: Fantastic Fig the Magician
3:00 - 5:00: Hair Wraps
3:00 - 5:00: Wax Hands
3:00 - 5:00: Comedy Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman
2010 TARGET FAMILY FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE
October 9 – Just For Kicks!
November 13 – Fall Into Fall
December 11 – Fold, Crease, and Crinkle
Book Reading & Signing: Jive Bomber: A Sentimental Journey by Bruce T. Kaji with Sharon Yamato
Whether as a member of the popular Jive Bomber band at Manzanar, a leader in the redevelopment of Little Tokyo, or as the founding president of the Japanese American National Museum, Bruce T. Kaji has stood at the forefront of the LA’s Nikkei community. Jive Bomber: A Sentimental Journey traces his life as a Nisei coming of age during a turbulent time. Filled with stories of struggle and hope, Kaji writes about growing up in Boyle Heights, being incarcerated at Manzanar, joining the Army and later the Military Intelligence Service, and finally returning to Los Angeles to a highly successful career in business as president of Merit Savings & Loan. In his own straightforward way, he writes with an insider’s view of Little Tokyo that spans decades of service to his community.
Please RSVP by August 12, 2010 to Lauren Antoku at (213) 830-5657 or email@example.com.
Good Food, Classic Recipes & the Remarkable Story of Hawai‘i’s Mixed Plate -- Special Book Talk & Signing of Kau Kau: Cuisine and Culture in the Hawaiian Islands
Kau kau: It’s the all-purpose pidgin word for food, probably derived from the Chinese “chow chow.” On Hawai‘i’s sugar and pineapple plantations, kau kau came to encompass the amazing range of foods brought to the Islands by immigrant laborers from East and West: Japanese, Portuguese, Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Koreans and others. On the plantations, lunch break was “kau kau time,” and the kau kau could be anything from adobo to chow fun to tsukemono.
In Kau Kau: Cuisine and Culture in the Hawaiian Islands, author Arnold Hiura—a writer with roots in the plantation culture—explores the rich history and heritage of food in Hawai‘i, with littleknown culinary tidbits, interviews with chefs and farmers, and a treasury of rare photos and illustrations.
Special Book Event: The Flowers of Edo
From the deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown to the halls of the Imperial Ministry of War in Ichigaya in Tokyo, The Flowers of Edo reveals the intricacies of the military machine and the human and cultural price that was paid in the bombings on Japan through a perspective never before seen in fiction.
About the Author:
Michael Dana Kennedy graduated from Harvard University with a dual major in history and political science then attended Tufts University School of Medicine for two years. He founded two companies, both of which he sold. He then turned his attention to his life-long interest in history and began researching and writing The Flowers of Edo.
For more information on the novel and a free preview, visit the publisher’s website at www.vertical-inc.com/books/flowersofedo/index.html.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
$9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.
Book Reading: World War II Alien Internment by John Christgau
In animated and suspenseful prose, Christgau tells the stories of several individuals whose experiences are representative of those at Fort Lincoln. The subjects’ lives before and after capture—presented in five case studies—tell of encroaching bitterness and sorrow. Christgau based his accounts on voluminous and previously untouched National Archives and FBI documents in addition to letters, diaries, and interviews with his subjects.
Christgau’s afterword for this Bison Books edition relates additional stories of World War II alien restriction, detention, and internment that surfaced after this book was originally published, and he draws parallels between the alien internment of World War II and events in this country since September 11, 2001.
John Christgau is the author of numerous books, including Kokomo Joe (Nebraska 2009), The Gambler and the Bug Boy (Nebraska 2007), and The Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketbal l, available in a Bison Books edition.
PechaKucha Nite -- Innovative Nikkei Projects
What is PechaKucha 20x20?
The Japanese word for "chit-chat", PechaKucha is a style of presentation that limits presenters to 20 images, shown for just 20 seconds each. It encourages people to be creative, while providing opportunities to network and present their projects to others.
There will be a panel discussion and Q&A following the presentations.
SPECIAL GUEST: Akira Uchimura, Executive Director of the newly formed Nikkei Youth Network based in Tokyo, Japan will be among the presenters.
The Nikkei Youth Network invites attendees to join them for a reception with cash bar at the Far Bar in Little Tokyo.
Other confirmed presenters: Craig Ishii, JACL-PSW; Nolan Dyo, Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program; Vicky Murakami-Tsuda, Discover Nikkei/Japanese American National Museum; Ryan Suda, Blacklava; Kevin Machino, UCLA Nikkei Student Union. Dana Heatherton, 2009 Nisei Week Queen, will be the moderator.
RSVP recommended to the Museum to 213.625.0414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back for more details!