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Calendar of Events — February 2011

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, February 5, 2011
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Introduction to Soba Making with Sonoko Sakai

events/sobasabaki100.jpg Make your own soba entirely by hand, using fresh, stone-milled artisanal soba flour from Japan and authentic soba tools. The soba will be served in the classic way: cold with fresh soy-based dipping sauce, toppings, and spices.

Wear closed-toes shoes with soft soles. Bring an apron and a tupperware to take home your soba. $75 members; $85 non-members. Includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 12 participants max. Please note: Prepayment required.

For more information about Sonoko Sakai and her other workshops, visit

Saturday, February 5, 2011
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_1.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, February 5, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Valor With Honor by Burt Takeuchi

events/442nd_Italy__POWs_jpeg_ValorwHonor100.jpg Valor with Honor is an independent documentary film based on over 35 interviews of Japanese American veterans who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

This small segregated unit of 3500 men is the most decorated American unit for its size and length of service. By the end of WW2, the 442nd would be awarded with seven Presidential Unit Citations, 21 Medals of Honor (upgraded from DSC), over 500 Silver Stars, and over 9000 Purple Hearts. The 85 minute feature film tells the harrowing stories of 442nd's battles in Italy, the Lost Battalion Rescue in France, the assault up Mount Folgorito, and witness to the holocaust at Dachau, Germany at the close of WW2. The film concludes with the vets bittersweet return home to America. The entire film is woven through stories told by the veterans themselves.

There will be a Q&A after the screening with the filmmaker.

Sunday, February 6, 2011
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Hibakusha: Voices for Humanity

events/Hiroshima100.jpg Come watch a special screening of Hibakusha: Our Life to Live, a film about the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by David Rothauser. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion and a light reception.

Presented in partnership with artist Sandy Bleifer’s Hiroshima/Nagasaski Memorial Project at the USC IGM Art Gallery through February. For more information about the exhibition, visit the gallery website.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
9:00 AM—12:00 PM

The Freedom Rides 50th Anniversary National Youth Summit and Town Halls

events/freedom-rides_burning_bus100.jpg Birmingham, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C. JANM will be one of five sites across the nation hosting the National Youth Summit on the Freedom Rides at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. On-site seating has reached capacity but everybody may register to view the program on-line. Presented by the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations and American Experience/WGBH.

Click here to reserve your virtual seat.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Candy Land

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Celebrate food and all things candy at JANM! Fun treats for the entire family!

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

  • Embellish and fill a box with your own candy-inspired decorations

  • Make a wearable treat by constructing a candy lei to give to someone special!

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to fold an origami candy dish!

    11 AM: Doors open

    12:00 PM: International candy buffet by Sweetlips Design (while supplies last, for children only)

    12:30 PM:– 30-minute tour of our Historic Building, the former home of the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (15 max)

    1 – 4 PM: Take a photo and put on a chocolate lollipop! (while supplies last, for children only)

    1 - 4 PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen will celebrate Valentines Day with a fancy fresh fruit kebab with a strawberry rose on top

    2 PM: Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop mochi* demonstration and tasting.

    4 PM: Doors close

    *Mochi is a Japanese confection, found usually in the shape of a small, round rice cake which can be eaten with various condiments.

    Sweetlips Design
    Sweetlips Design is the chocolate-dipped and candy-coated lovechild of April Castelo-Canlas' formal education in fine art and design, her background in retail visual merchandising, and a career in fashion licensing-- All sprinkled generously with her natural knack for event planning and keen eye for detail.

    Fueled by a fiercely creative imagination and driven by intuitive artistic and technical skills, April creates a multitude of memorable, one-of-a-kind event experiences as individual and unique as each of her clients. No two projects are ever exactly the same.

    Always experimenting with new ideas, she cites "love, art, childhood memories, nature, family and friends" as her main sources of inspiration.

    April lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé Nickolaus. She enjoys painting, sports, cooking, hiking, and of course, entertaining for family and friends.

    For more information on Sweetlips Design, visit: /

    Kidding Around The Kitchen
    Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson to the classroom in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring cooking and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats and other ingredients that they may never have previously see in their raw form. The classes reinforce math, science, reading and vocabulary all within a one hour lesson. Measuring cups and spoons help with fractions. Multiplication and division are used when recipes are reduced or increased. Solids become liquids, bread rises, pancakes expand, and science is suddenly edible. Pronouncing ingredient names and reading recipes help to enlarge vocabulary. Studying food labels promotes an awareness of natural and "not so natural" ingredients used in everyday items.

    At KATK we recognize that children often drive the eating habits of paring a meal, their choices instinctively move to more natural and less processed ingredients. At home, armed with a cookbook from each session, the kids ask to recreate what they’ve learned in class, (often using the same ingredients that only days before were “yuck!”).

    For more information on Kidding around the kitchen, visit:

    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.

    Demonstration/Tasting times are: 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

    For more information on Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop, visit:

    March 12: Construction Zone

    May 14 Wild Things

    June 11: Take It to the Street

    July 09: Once Upon A Time

    October 08: Up in the Air

    November 12: Planet Power

    December 10: That’s a Wrap

    March 26: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: Spring Rolls into JANM!

    May 28: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: WOK and ROLL Family Cooking Adventure

    Saturday, February 19, 2011
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Community Day of Remembrance

    events/2011-DOR-Flyer-100px.jpg Pay-What-You-Can Day!

    The Day of Remembrance is held each year around February 19th to commemorate the day that Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt which resulted in the incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

    This year's theme, "September 11: Ten Years After” was selected because of growing anti-Muslim sentiments and attacks on mosques across the country. The DOR committee affirms the importance for Japanese Americans to support the Muslim American community. Former Congressman and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta will address why Japanese Americans have a special responsibility to speak out against civil rights violations and the importance of reaffirming our support for the Muslim American community. In order to understand what the Muslim American community is experiencing, Imam Hamza Perez (New Muslim Cool) will talk about the difficulties he faced setting up his mosque in Pittsburgh. In an effort to prevent further hate crimes and violence, DOR will inspire community members to reflect and take action for community solidarity.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___2.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, February 26, 2011
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Hinamatsuri Cards

    events/crafts-workshops-icon-purple-green-70px__1.jpg Make hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) greeting card for your friends and family. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies.

    RSVP is required. Maximum 12 people.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Mendez Vs. Westminster: For All the Children by Sandra Robbie

    events/Mendez100.jpg Seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, Mendez vs. Westminster began the unraveling of school segregation in the U.S. Among many surprises, two key persons played important roles in both cases: NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, who later argued and won Brown v. Board of Education; and then-Governor Earl Warren who signed the World War II internment order that sent 120,000 Japanese Americans to U.S. concentration camps. A few years later, Warren desegregated California schools as result of Mendez v. Westminster. In 1954, Supreme Court Justice Warren ended segregation across the U.S. with the unanimous Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.

    Find out how one Japanese American family played a pivotal role in this historic case in this enlightening documentary. There will be a Q&A after the screening with the filmmaker.



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