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Calendar of Events — February 2012

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.

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 4, 2012
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

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In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, February 4, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Mountains That Take Wing – Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama Co-directed by C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan

events/yurikochiyama_angeladavis100.jpg Mountains That Take Wing – Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama is an award-winning, inspiring, historically rich and unique documentary featuring conversations that span thirteen years between two formidable women who share a profound passion for justice. Through conversations that are intimate and profound, we learn about Davis, an internationally renowned scholar-activist and 88-year-old Kochiyama, a revered grassroots community organizer and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Their shared experience as political prisoners and their dedication to Civil Rights embody personal and political experiences as well as the diverse lives of women doing liberatory cultural work.

Illustrated with rarely-seen photographs and footage of extraordinary speeches and events from the early 1900s to the '60s and through the present, the topics of this rich conversation range from the critical, but often forgotten role of women in 20th century social movements to the importance of cross-cultural/cross-racial alliances; from Japan's "Comfort Women" to America's WWII internment camps, from Malcolm X to the prison industrial complex; and from war to cultural arts. Davis and Kochiyama's comments offer critical lessons for understanding our nation's most important social movements while providing tremendous hope for its youth and the future.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Ready, Set, Go!

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Learning, crafts, and fun for the entire family! February’s theme is healthy living.

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

  • Hop, skip, and jump on over to the Museum to embellish a jump rope.
  • Make a recipe holder for your favorite healthy recipes. We’ll have some recipes from Kidding Around in the Kitchen ready to go along with your creation!
  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! Make an origami apple with Ruthie.

    11AM – Doors open

    11 AM – 12:30 – Chef Naoko Moore teaches you how to eat healthy by making onigiri (rice balls)! (1st come 1st serve, limit 15 students)

    1 – 2 PM -- Chef Sonoko Sakai teaches you how to eat healthy by making delicious miso soup! (1st come 1st serve, limit 15 students)

    1 - 4 PM - Kidding Around the Kitchen is happy to show families how to make their own Ready Set Go Delicious Kebabs

    1 – 4 PM – SPECIAL! Artists from our Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles exhibition will be in the galleries talking about their work.

    1 PM – Cut a rug! Learn how to Bon Odori (style of dancing performed during a traditional Japanese festival)

    2 PM – Palpitating Panthers Jump Rope Team performance and workshop

    3 PM – Let HoopItUp teach you how to hula hoop your way to good health

    4PM – Doors close

    COMMON GRAINS presents two Japanese cooking workshops:
    Naoko Moore is a donabe & Japanese home-cooking expert. She runs Iga-yaki donabe and cooking websites in English and also hosts donabe & Japanese cooking classes in her kitchen in Los Angeles. Her company, toiro, is a US representative of an authentic Iga-yaki donabe & pottery producer, Nagatani-en (“iga-mono” brand), which was founded in 1832 in Iga, Japan. Visit Naoko's website: and Naoko's blog:

    The Common Grains project is presented by the leading Japanese rice miller and is made possible with a grant from METI's Cool Japan. Sonoko Sakai is a Los Angeles based Japanese cooking teacher, cookbook author, soba maker and a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times Food Section and Zester Daily. She is the program curator of Common Grains. Visit her websites: and

    Brown rice "onigiri" workshop with Naoko Moore
  • Classic-style grilled salmon onigiri
  • Satsuma yam "takikomi" style rice onigiri

  • Easy Dashi and Miso Soup workshop with Sonoko Sakai
  • Classic-style dashi broths
  • Tofu and wakame miso soup
  • Winter vegetable and meat miso soup

  • Dashi is the foundation of Japanese cuisine. Learn how to make two delicious vegan and fish based dashi from scratch, using bonito flakes, konbu seaweed and shitake mushrooms. Sonoko will show you how select, store and hydrate the dried ingredients; and how to cook dashi at the right temperature, so you can extract the tastiest broths. She will show you how easy it is to make miso soup with a variety of vegetables and meat.

    Palpitating Panthers Jump Rope Team
    Palpitating Panthers Jump Rope Team is proud to have a long and rich history in the Southern California area as well as in the jump rope world. The team began in 1990 under founding coach, Janis Fuhrman. Palpitating Panthers and its team members have been at the vanguard of the sport, appearing in multiple commercials, videos, and tv shows. In order to spread the sport and promote a healthy lifestyle for children, the Panthers perform and teach for numerous schools and other events with the American Heart Association. We compete at the local and national level through AAU Junior Olympic Games, and at USAJR Nationals.

    For more information about Palpitating Panthers, visit

    Hoopitup! Worldwide is a global community coming together one circle at a time. We are fitness activists empowering the world through hoop, dance and exercise. We utilize the hoop as a tool to bring people together, raise awareness and create positive change for social issues.

    For more information about Hoopitup, 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,

    March 10: Folding Paper!

    April 14: Monster Mash!

    Saturday, February 11, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Gallery Talk

    Gallery talks with several of the artists featured in Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design and Activism in Post-War Los Angeles.

    Saturday, February 18, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Community Day of Remembrance


    2012 Day of Remembrance will mark the 70th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which led to the unlawful forced removal of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry and the unconstitutional mass incarceration of 120,000 individuals in domestic concentration camps.

    The 2012 Day of Remembrance program will explore the theme, “70 Years After E.O. 9066: Defending Our Civil Liberties”, with a commemorative ceremony, keynote speaker Robin Toma of the Los Angeles County Human Relations commission and a stage performance piece featuring voices from the Nikkei and Muslim American communities.

    Presented in collaboration with Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), the Pacific Southwest District of the Japanese American Citizens League (PSW-JACL), and the Manzanar Committee.

    Saturday, February 18, 2012
    6:00 PM—8:30 PM

    Remembrance Project Unveiling Party

    Open to all!

    Celebrate the public unveiling of the Museums' newest online initiative the Remembrance Project.

    In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of E.O. 9066, the Project is a new website featuring stories about those affected by the events surrounding the Japanese American World War II experience. Through written Tributes submitted by individuals, families, and friends, this evovling three-year project will allow the Museum to present these important first-person stories to newer, younger, and more diverse audiences and will continue to make these stories accessible to future generations.

    Join us for a special event which will premiere the debut of a PSA video with actor and activist George Takei. Invited guests also include key social media influencers. For more information, call 213.625.0414.

    Sunday, February 19, 2012

    Exhibition Closing

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

    Saturday, February 25, 2012
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___16.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 25, 2012
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Hinamatsuri Cards

    events/crafts-workshops-icon-green-orange-70px.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 25, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Double (Book) Header: How to Be An American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway & Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr


    How to Be An American Housewife crosses continents, cultures, decades, and generations to tell the story of a Japanese woman who marries an American soldier at the end of World War II, her thorny relationship with her American daughter, and the trip to contemporary Japan that changes both of their lives in dramatic and unexpected ways.
    Purchase How to Be an American Housewife >>

    Wingshooters, set in the 1970s, is about racial bigotry in Deerhorn, Wisconsin—a small town that is entirely white until the arrival of nine-year-old Michelle, the daughter of a Japanese mother and a white American father, moves in with her grandparents. Revoyr’s new novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated town, the strengths and limits of community, and the sometimes conflicting loyalties of family and justice.
    Purchase Wingshooters from the Museum Store >>

    Interviews with the authors on

    How to Be an American Housewife—An Interview with Margaret Dilloway

    From Crenshaw to Deerhorn: An Interview with Nina Revoyr



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