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Calendar of Events — November 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, November 5, 2011

Legacy of Japanese American Activism: Building an Intergenerational Community Movement

events/legacy100.jpg An intergenerational conference of Nikkei activists to take action around critical issues in the Japanese American community. Pre-registration & lunch (by Oct 31) is $5 and onsite registration & lunch is $10.

To register or for more information, visit

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

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_10.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, November 12, 2011
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___11.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, November 12, 2011
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Planet Power

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Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family. This month’s theme is green living. 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.

  • Go green by decorating a re-usable shopping bag

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Using reused paper, fold an origami turkey to celebrate the season.

  • *Special: Visit literature tables hosted by some of L.A. County’s leading environmental organizations!


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

    11AM – Doors open

    11AM – Recycled puppets drop-in activity. Create your own puppets made from recycled resources including bottles, chopsticks, plastic utensils, cardboard, and other materials (while supplies last)

    12PM – Growing green drop-in activity. Kids and families will have the opportunity to grow small plants to take home (while supplies last)

    12PM – Paper Mache Planet Earth workshop. Create and paint your very own planet Earth out of paper mache (limit 20 students)

    1 – 4PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make your own “Save the Planet” seasonal salad

    1PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)

    1PM Mottainai* Tenegui* workshop. Create a colorful tenegui towel of your own (limit 25 students)

    2PM – Special performance! “Order to Go” is a fun show focusing on the environmental impact of single-use take out containers and utensils!

    3PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)

    3PM – Mottainai Tenegui workshop (limit 25 students)

    3:30PM – Learn the “mottainai” dance

    4PM – Doors close

    *Mottainai—a Japanese term meaning “a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly utilized.”

    *Tenegui—a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton.

    Great Leap
    Great Leap, Inc., is a Los Angeles-based, multicultural arts organization which uses art as both performance and creative practice to deepen relations among people of diverse cultures and faiths and to transform how we live on the earth. We collaborate and create with professional artists, foster new leadership in the arts by mentoring emerging artists, and build community through our workshops, residencies, and performances.

    For more information about Great Leap, 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,

    December 10: That’s a Wrap

    January 8: Oshogatsu Family Festival

    February 11: Ready, Set, Go! (Theme: Healthy Living)

    March 10: Folding Paper!

    April 14: Monster Mash!

    Saturday, November 12, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Border Crossings: A Flicker in Eternity

    events/stanley-hayami2_jpg_100x100_crop_sharpen_q85.jpg Presented by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center. In this installment of “Border Crossings,” an ongoing exploration of community and society through cinema and media arts, we are pleased to present the World Premiere of A Flicker in Eternity, by Ann Kaneko and Sharon Yamato.

    A Flicker in Eternity is a documentary that tells the true World War II story of Stanley Hayami, a talented young teenager caught between his dream of becoming an artist and his duty to his country. Based on Stanley’s diary and letters archived at the Japanese American National Museum, this coming-of-age tale chronicles Stanley’s life behind barbed wire and as a soldier who was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The film captures this young man’s humor and imagination through endearing cartoons and witty observations that provide a firsthand look at the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war.

    * With paid Museum admission; Free to JANM and Visual Communications members with valid I.D.

    Special guests to be announced; Check back for additional program details.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Exhibition Opens

    Saturday, November 19, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    History & Culture of Japanese Pastries, the Chocolate Alternative

    events/Chef100.jpg Free with Admission!

    Tokyo based pastry chef Chikara Mizukami and food writer Sonoko Sakai will discuss the healthful aspects of Japanese pastries, perspectives on Japanese pastries and tea, and Japanese influence on Western pastries.

    Chikara Mizukami was born in Yamanashi prefecture. He comes from a family of wagashi makers. Traditionally, it is the oldest son who inherits the business and the younger sons will pursue other careers. As the fourth son, Mizukami initially studied accounting but realized that wagashi was his calling. Mizukami began his career as a wagashi maker in Kyoto, where he worked at Shioyoshiken. After leaving Shioyoshiken, Mizukami went to work at Kawaguchiya in Nagoya. He moved to Tokyo and opened his wagahi shop at the age of 29. His wagashi shop, Ikkoan, is visited by people from all over the world. Mizukami is passionate about Wagashi and is interested in promoting and preserving the 1400 year tradition. Mizukami has travelled to Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Montreal to do workshops and lectures. This is his first two-city tour in the U.S. in Seattle and Los Angeles. He has been making wagashi for more than 30 years.

    Photo by: Makoto Horiuchi, Kazunori Kawagoshi, Yuta Sato, Ryusuke Nanki

    Saturday, November 19, 2011
    3:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Beginners Wagashi Workshop

    events/Sonoko100_1.jpg This is a hands-on wagashi making class. Chikara Mizukami will demonstrate two classics: Nerikiri and Kuzukiri. Nerikiri are hand molded bean cakes made with azuki bean paste and natural vegetable dyes for coloring. You will learn about the seasonal themes in Wagashi and the varieties of wagashi shapes - the abstract and impressionistic designs of Kyoto and the realistic designs of Edo (old Tokyo). We will also make Kuzukiri served with brown sugar syrup. This is a very refreshing and healthy jelly dessert, which can be put together very easily.

    The wagashi will be served with green tea. $75 members; $85 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 15 students max.

    Photo by: Makoto Horiuchi, Kazunori Kawagoshi, Yuta Sato, Ryusuke Nanki
    Friday, November 25, 2011

    Member Appreciation Days

    Members receive 20% discount in the Museum Store & Plus, free admission & 20% store discounts at 19 other Southland institutions!

    See more info & a list of participating institutions >>

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

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___12.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, November 26, 2011
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Cards

    Make holiday cards and Christmas ornaments for your friends and family. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies.



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