Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

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 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, August 7, 2010
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, August 7, 2010
1:00 PM—4:00 PM

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

Saturday, August 7, 2010
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

16 Years Later: The Heart Mountain Barracks

events/barracks100.jpg In 1994, the Japanese American National Museum staff and volunteers organized a project to travel to Heart Mountain, Wyoming to take apart and bring back to Los Angeles two fragments of original barracks buildings built by the U.S. government to house Japanese Americans unfairly imprisoned during World War II. The project was part of the National Museum’s landmark exhibition, America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese American Experience, and the display of the Heart Mountain barracks building became the symbol of the unconstitutional mass incarceration of over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry.

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]

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Sunday, August 8, 2010
10:00 AM—12:30 PM

Six Taste's Little Tokyo Food Tour

events/sixtaste100___.jpg Little Tokyo is home to several restaurants, bakeries, and other historical eating establishments. Its 100-plus years of history provide some fascinating stories. Six Taste's Little Tokyo Tour will take you throughout Little Tokyo, from Fugetsu-Do, a confectionary shop and the oldest building in Little Tokyo to Chado Tea Room, where you'll get to taste some authentic Japanese tea, to several other restaurants and other eateries.

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

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Annual Nisei Week Festival

The 70th Nisei Week Japanese Festival, including Grand Parade, Street Fair and Street Ondo in Little Tokyo. For more information, please call 213.687.7193 or visit
Saturday, August 14, 2010
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Summer Festival on the Courtyard! Happy Birthday JANM!

events/new_frog_lying_down_100.jpg Celebrate summer and the National Museum’s 25th birthday with a day of fun activities, crafts and workshops for the entire family.

Crafts for the entire family:
  • Help the Museum celebrate its 25th anniversary and a bright sunny future by making a sun print

  • Celebrate in style by making a fantastically fun party time hat

  • Design a unique birthday card to send to someone on their special day

  • 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

    October 9 – Just For Kicks!

    November 13 – Fall Into Fall

    December 11 – Fold, Crease, and Crinkle
    Saturday, August 14, 2010
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Book Reading & Signing: Jive Bomber: A Sentimental Journey by Bruce T. Kaji with Sharon Yamato

    events/Kaji100.jpg Please join us for a wonderful book reading and signing of 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

    Sunday, August 15, 2010
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    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.

    Thursday, August 19, 2010
    7:00 PM—8:00 PM

    Special Book Event: The Flowers of Edo

    events/FlowersEdoJacket100.jpg In a page-turning novel set during World War II, Japanese-American Lt. Ken Kobayashi must straddle a delicate line between duty to country and honor to his family as he is assigned by General Douglas MacArthur to infiltrate the Imperial Japanese Army in the lead-up to the American invasion of the Japanese archipelago.

    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

    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    Exhibition Closing

    Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing From the Plantations of Hawai'I closes.

    Saturday, August 28, 2010
    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.

    $9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Saturday, August 28, 2010
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Book Reading: World War II Alien Internment by John Christgau

    events/Enemies100.jpg WORLD WAR II ALIEN INTERNMENT BY JOHN CHRISTGAU They were called aliens and enemies. But the World War II internees John Christgau writes about were in fact ordinary people victimized by the politics of a global war. The Alien Enemy Control Program in America was born with the United States’s declaration of war on Japan, Germany, and Italy and lasted until 1948. In all, 31,275 “enemy aliens” were imprisoned in camps like the one described in this book—Fort Lincoln, just south of Bismarck, North Dakota.

    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.

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010
    6:00 PM—8:00 PM

    PechaKucha Nite -- Innovative Nikkei Projects

    events/aira100.jpg Learn from young Nikkei who are working to engage younger people in their communities through culture and activism.

    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

    Check back for more details!



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