Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Calendar of Events — October 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, October 1, 2011
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_9.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with experienced docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, October 1, 2011
7:00 PM—10:00 PM


events/Amy100.jpg Saturday: 7 PM
Sunday: 2 PM & 7 PM

Amy Hill explores how her life has evolved since her daughter became a part of her family. She talks about adoption, single motherhood, multiracial/transracial identity mash-ups and her continuing struggles to figure it all out in a humorous and honest way. Far from her days of flying solo, she has moved into a not so solo world: her daughter may or may not make an appearance. Directed by Anne Etue.

Want to see a teaser of the show? Click here.

$15 Members/Students/Seniors; $20 non-members, includes admission.

Buy tickets here.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

Kokoro Craft Affair

events/kokoro_craft_logo100__1.jpg Sponsored by Friends of the Museum
10 am to 4 pm

Free admission to museum exhibitions with craft show purchase.
(Oct. 2, 2011 only)

Showcase and sale of unique, discriminating, high quality, handcrafted, artist designed merchandise. Craft items for sale include: Origami Art, Unique Jewelry, Kimono Fabric Clothing, Handbags, Silk/Yarn Scarves, Ceramic and Miniature Bronze Sculptures, Cultural T-shirts, Stationery, Glass Art, and much more! Shoppers can take the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo Arts District~1st & Alameda. (Cash or Checks please)

For more information, email:

Sunday, October 2, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM


events/Amy100_1.jpg Sunday: 2 PM & 7 PM

Amy Hill explores how her life has evolved since her daughter became a part of her family. She talks about adoption, single motherhood, multiracial/transracial identity mash-ups and her continuing struggles to figure it all out in a humorous and honest way. Far from her days of flying solo, she has moved into a not so solo world: her daughter may or may not make an appearance. Directed by Anne Etue.

Want to see a teaser of the show? Click here
$15 Members/Students/Seniors; $20 non-members, includes admission.

Buy tickets here.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
4:30 PM—7:00 PM

Fighting for Democracy Pre-visit Workshop

Sign-up for a FREE Pre-Visit Workshop

Thursday, October 6, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Dinner provided)

For hundreds of years people have sought a home and future in the United States of America. They came, and still come, in pursuit of freedom and democracy. Yet, the dream of democracy is not without its struggle. Against the backdrop of World War II, a segregated America, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, ordinary people—through the decisions they made and actions they took—extended democracy’s reach for all.

FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY is an experiential exhibition based on the lives, actions, and decisions of a diverse group of individuals who sought equal rights for their families and communities during World War II.

Aimed at middle and high school students, FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY offers hands-on experience in exploring about how women and minorities have expanded the meaning of "we" in "we, the people."

When visiting FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY, teachers, and group leaders facilitate their students' experience in the exhibition space, allowing educators to custom-tailor an educational focus to meet their curricular goals and to deepen their students' understanding of democracy.

Before bringing student groups to FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY, educators are strongly encouraged to sign up for a free professional development workshop. These workshops will provide an orientation to the exhibition, preparation on facilitating an interactive experience, and introduction to activity ideas from the FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY Educator's Resource Guide that can be done before, during and after a visit to the exhibition.

Transportation and free admission is provided for educators who attend the pre-visit workshop on a first-come, first-serve basis. To RSVP for the workshop and book a visit, contact Lynn Yamasaki at or call 213.830.5660.

Visits to FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY are reserved for school and youth groups, by appointment only, Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Appointments must be made at least 3 weeks in advance by using our online reservation form or by calling 213.830.5660.

Saturday, October 8, 2011
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Up in the Air

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Enjoy a day of family fun with kites. Keep checking back for more information!

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


  • Color your own kite to send up, up, and away!

  • Create a dancing creature using a balloon and other fun materials.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Flutter over to Ruthie’s table to learn how to make an origami butterfly.


    Please Note: All workshops will be first come, first serve. Please sign up at the membership table when you arrive.

    11AM – Doors open

    12:30PM – Join kite designer Greg Kono for a very fun and educational cultural kite-making workshop! (7 years or older, limit 25 students)

    1 – 4PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make a “do it yourself” delicious fruit salad with a creamy, light as clouds yogurt topping

    1 – 4PM – Come get your very own balloon animal made by a professional balloon artist! (first come, first serve)

    2PM – Greg Kono cultural kite-making workshop (7 years or older, limit 25 students)

    4PM – Doors close

    Kono Design
    Specializing in art kites, kite making workshops, exhibit design, and related subjects. For more information about Kono Design, visit:

    Kidding Around The Kitchen
    Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson 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 seen in their raw form.

    For more information on Kidding Around the Kitchen,

    November 12: Planet Power

    December 10: That’s a Wrap

    Saturday, October 8, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Community Builders: Japanese American Activism 1960-1980 (Part 1)

    events/Manzanar_shrine100.jpg The first program in a three part series will deal with the origins, the history, and the future of the Manzanar and Tule Lake Pilgrimages from those that were part of it. Panelists will include, Barbara Takei, Warren Furutani, Stan Shikuma, and Bruce Embrey. The UCLA Nikkei Student Union will moderate the discussion.

    This program is generously sponsored by The Aratani CARE grant, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA.

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Racial Representations of Japanese/Asian Americans

    events/ucla-logo100.jpg October 13-14

    Sponsored by Kyoto University and the Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA, this program features papers and a dialogue between Japanese and Japanese American scholars about the dynamics of "race" and "racialization," exploring how history and nation impact popular and scholarly perspectives in both countries.

    Please note: The program will be held on the UCLA campus.
    Saturday, October 15, 2011
    1:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Beginners Ikebana Class

    events/Ikebana100.jpg Fall is a time to bring color into your home. It's time to decorate a nice fall arrangement to give any room in your home the look of the season. Floral desinger, Mikiko Ideno, will hold a workshop using lines and space with seasonal flowers.

    $55 members; $60 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 10 students max.
    Saturday, October 15, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    How Japanese Are Japanese Americans?

    events/Sakamoto100_1.jpg Ever since World War II, Japanese Americans have largely severed their ties with Japan, and have stressed their Americanness. Unlike other immigrant groups, Japanese Americans have often shown little interest in celebrating or participating in their traditional cultural heritage. So how Japanese are Japanese Americans? Professor Arthur Sakamoto from the University of Texas at Austin will explore this question in terms of both the history and sociology of Japanese American communities.

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Exhibition Opens

    Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles opens.

    Saturday, October 22, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Hiroshima Nagasaki Download by Shinpei Takeda

    events/HND100.jpg Two friends visit atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki who now live in the United States. During their trip from Canada to Mexico, they record a piece of modern history crucially important to Japanese collective psyche while exploring their own identities and revealing the reality of psychological scars. There will be a Q&A after the screening with the filmmaker.

    Presented in collaboration with The George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, and the National Museum

    Sunday, October 23, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Screening of Farewell to Manzanar


    In 1976, the TV film “Farewell to Manzanar,” based on the book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, was broadcast on NBC. Rarely seen since, the film will be screened and, for the first time ever, DVD copies will be available through the Museum Store.

    Join Director John Korty for a Q&A following the screening.

    $25 Members; $30 non-members, includes admission and a complimentary copy of the DVD.

    Read about the film on Discover Nikkei >>

    Sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011
    5:30 PM—8:00 PM

    Educator's Open House

    We welcome all educators to drop by and join us for a special evening for educators! View current exhibitions and speak with Museum education staff about how we can be a useful resource to you and your students. Light refreshments will be provided.

    For information or to register, please contact

    For more information about our school visits program, go to:

    Saturday, October 29, 2011
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___10.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, October 29, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Night & the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction, & Film

    events/LA_Noir_100.jpg As part of the citywide event produced by The Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque, the National Museum presents Naomi Hirahara, author of Snakeskin Shamisen and other books featuring gardener and sleuth Masuo Arai, and poet Carol Lem, author of Gathering the Pieces and other collections, whose recent poems investigate family secrets and shady activities.

    Saturday, October 29, 2011
    3:00 PM—5:00 PM

    SPECIAL SCREENING: The Crimson Kimono

    events/Crimson-Kimono100.jpg As part of Night & the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction, & Film, the National Museum is excited to screen the noir classic:The Crimson Kimono.

    Two cops, friends and Korean War veterans, Detective Joe Kojaku (James Shigeta) and Detective Sgt. Charlie Bancroft (Glenn Corbett), who attempt to solve the murder of a local entertainer. A love triangle soon develops between a key witness, Christine Downes (Victoria Shaw), and the two principal leads. (From Wikipedia)

    Alan K. Rode, Noir historian and member of The Film Noir Restoration Foundation, will introduce the film.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Exhibition Closing

    Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo closes.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo
    Sunday, October 30, 2011
    12:00 PM—1:30 PM

    Special Event: Stan Sakai Signing

    Stan Sakai will be here for one last book signing on the last day of his exhibition, Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo!

    Join us on Sunday, October 30, 12:00 – 1:30 PM.

    Due to time constraints, Stan will only be signing books. Only three books per person at a time.

    Avoid the lines and buy your books early!

    (10% discount for National Museum Members!)

    In conjunction with the exhibition Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo
    Sunday, October 30, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Seinan Panel

    events/bc_Seinan100.jpg Come hear how Southwest Los Angeles was a thriving Nisei community that was almost wiped out with the evacuation and events of World War II. Panelists include: Ansho Mas Uchima, Minoru Shinmoto, and Christine Uriu. The moderator will be Ray Uyemura.

    Presented in collaboration with JA Living Legacy, Discover Nikkei, and the National Museum.



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