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Calendar of Events — March 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, March 3, 2012

Exhibition and Performance: Visual artist Mineko Grimmer and music of composer John Cage

events/John_Cage100.jpg Saturday, March 3 at 8 PM
Sunday, March 4 at 5 PM
Each of the works, entitled One6 and One10, is an extended composition for solo violin. Written to be performed with a specific kinetic sound sculpture created by the visual artist. Part of Southwest Chamber Music’s Cage 2012, a three-year centennial celebration of the work of this seminal Los Angeles-born composer, whose music and thought were highly influential in the development of visual art and performance art from the 1950s through his death in 1992.

$28 for members or seniors over 65, $38 general admission, $10 for full-time students with ID (student rush at the door). The general/senior tickets may be purchased online at or toll-free at 1-800-726-7147. Museum members please call 1-800-726-7147 or purchase tickets at the door to receive your discount.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
9:30 AM—11:30 AM

Keiro Senior HealthCare Class: Want to keep your memory sharp?

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Class meets at 9:30 am on March 3, 10, 17. & 24

Memory Kai is an innovative education program that teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory. Developed by the UCLA Center on Aging and based on research conducted by Dr. Gary Small, it helps participants:
- Learn methods to improve their memory
- Remember names and faces
- Recall numbers
- Discover factors that affect memory

Who Should Attend: Adults, primarily 50 and older, who want to improve or maintain their memory ability. It is not for people with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia.
Classes meet for four consecutive weeks, two hours each week.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_14.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, March 3, 2012
1:00 PM—4:00 PM

New Shibori Workshop with Shibori Girl

events/March_shibori100.jpg After spending the last two workshops immersed in indigo, this workshop will be all about COLOR! Come spend the afternoon learning and practicing shibori techniques on silk. Each participant will receive a variety pack of silk fabrics to experiment with plus a white silk scarf blank to dye and wear home. We'll also dye some ribbons and trims and see some samples of how they can be used to make lovely floral embellishments.

$35 members; $45 non-members, an additional $25 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class, admission is included. RSVP early, 24 students max.

For more information about Shibori Girl or to see some of her work, go to

Saturday, March 3, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Professional Volunteers of the Japanese American Community

events/100_ucla-logo_1.jpg PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled.

Learn how you can use your skills to help benefit Japanese Americans originations and keep the community strong. Hear from professionals and how they've done it.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Exhibition Opens

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami opens.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Folding Paper!

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Help us celebrate our new exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami with a day of origami for the whole family.

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

  • Origami crease patterns can be exciting too! See what unique designs emerge when you color in a sheet of crease pattern shapes.
  • Stop by our drop-in origami table to fold something fantastic and fun.
  • Help us make the longest paper chain ever made at JANM. Learn how to fold a link and watch the chain grow as visitors contribute throughout the day!
  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Sail on over to Ruthie’s corner to learn how to make an origami boat.

    11AM – Doors open

    1 - 4 PM - Kidding Around the Kitchen is going to help our little friends learn how to make their own lunch time wraps.

    1 – 4 PM – Be amazed by a wandering “dollar bill” origami expert

    1 PM – Take a guided gallery tour of Folding Papers with curator Meher McArthur

    2 PM – Author Takayuki Ishii will talk about his book One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue, an inspirational story of the Japanese national campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue honoring Sadako and hundreds of other children who died as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima.
    Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

    *Special! Help contribute to our 1000 Cranes for world peace by folding a crane

    4PM – Doors close

    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,

    One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue written by Pastor Takayuki Ishii
    Ten years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Sadako Sasaki died as a result of atomic bomb disease. Sadako's determination to fold one thousand paper cranes and her courageous struggle with her illness inspired her classmates. After her death, they started a national campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue to remember Sadako and the many other children who were victims of the Hiroshima bombing. On top of the statue is a girl holding a large crane in her outstretched arms. Today in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, this statue of Sadako is beautifully decorated with thousands of paper cranes given by people throughout the world.

    April 14: Monster Mash!

    May 12: Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage
    July 14: Faces + Places

    14th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard: Japanese American Olympics

    Sunday, March 11, 2012
    11:00 AM—1:00 PM

    Introduction to Soba Making with Sonoko Sakai

    events/sobasabaki100_1_1.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-toe shoes with soft soles. Bring an apron and a tupperware container to take home your soba. $75 members; $85 non-members. Includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 12 participants max.

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

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

    Exhibition Opens

    Xploration Lab 2012 opens.

    Saturday, March 17, 2012
    1:00 PM

    They Call Me Mr. Tofu



    Product demonstration & free samples!!

    When Yasuo Kumoda came to the United States, he was charged with popularizing the Morinaga Nutritional Foods tofu. Kumoda discovered that in 1987, most Americans considered tofu as the least appealing food product, but he persisted. He ran a marathon carrying a product sign, sent tofu products to the White House, and discovered different ways that Americans could consume tofu.

    Come hear his story about how he overcame the odds to make tofu popular in the United States.

    RSVP to 213.830.5648 or

    This program is part of the Tateuchi Public Program Series, organized in partnership between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum.

    Sunday, March 18, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    It’s a Big World, Little Pig! By Kristi Yamaguchi

    events/kristi-yamaguchi-its-a-big-world-little-pig.jpg SPECIAL NOTE: Sunday is the LA Marathon, so here is a link to the Street Closures /.

    Come hear Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi read from her newest book, It’s a Big World, Little Pig! In this squeal to her best-selling debut book, Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her—the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! She will be signing the book after the program.
    Saturday, March 24, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Staples, Jr.


    Few baseball fans know about the Japanese American Nisei Leagues, or of their most influential figure, Kenichi Zenimura (1900-1968). A talented player who excelled at all nine positions, Zenimura was also a respected manager and would become the Japanese American community's baseball ambassador. He worked tirelessly to promote the game at home and abroad, leading goodwill trips to Asia, helping to negotiate tours of Japan by Negro League All-Stars and Babe Ruth, and establishing a 32-team league behind the barbed wire of Arizona's Gila River Internment Camp during World War II. This first biography of the "Father of Japanese-American Baseball" delivers a thorough and fascinating account of Zenimura's life.

    Purchase Kenichi Zenimura from the Museum Store >>

    Saturday, March 31, 2012
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___17.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, March 31, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Dark History: Santa Anita Park

    events/Santa_anita100.jpg Not a lot of people know that during World War II, Santa Anita Park housed approximately 20,000 Japanese Americans. Find out more about it from a short video produced by ESPN and some Japanese Americans that were there.



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