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Calendar of Events — April 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, April 7, 2012
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Buddhism in Little Tokyo


An insider's view of the major Buddhist temples of Little Tokyo. This walk will include visits to Koyasan, Higashi Hongwanji, and Zenshuji and will explain the roles they played in the neighborhood. An opportunity for lunch.

$15 Members, $20 non-members, includes admission. Wear comfortable walking shoes. RSVP early, 15 students max.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_15.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, April 14, 2012
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Monster Mash

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Enjoy a day of monster related fun and crafts 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.

  • Add fun to your footsteps and terror to your trot by making monster feet.
  • Make a colorful zigzag monster puppet.
  • Help us with a little spring cleaning! Create a friendly or ferocious creature using a variety of fun supplies brought out from the Museum’s art supply closet!
  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Impress your friends with an origami monster.
    11AM – Doors open

    1 - 4 PM - Join Kidding Around the Kitchen and come cut up some crazy ingredients to make your own Healthy Monster Mash Mix

    1 – 4 PM – Get your face or hands monsterized by a professional face painter

    1 – 4 PM – What would you look like as a monster? Get monster caricature by a professional artist

    2 PM– Artist, toy designer, and unofficial Kaiju* Toy and Art Ambassador Mark Nagata will talk about Kaiju toys and how they are made.

    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,

    Mark Nagata
    Ask anyone who knows Mark to describe him and the two things that will come up are toys and art.

    After attending the Academy of Art College in San Francisco during the late 80's and picking up a New York artist's rep, Mark embarked on a 10-year plus journey as a freelance commercial illustrator. Over the years he's worked with a diverse client list which has included Scholastic Books, Bantam Books, Harper Collins, Becketts Publications, Schlage Locks, AMD, Genentech, IBM, Square Soft, Activision, DC Comics, Sony, Galoob Toys, Lucasfilms, Hasbro Toys and numerous Advertising and Design firms nationally and internationally. The highlight of this time included over 40 cover paintings for RL Stine's Goosbumps book series, Give Yourself Goosbumps.

    Churning out hundreds of assignments over the years, coupled with deadlines from hell took a toll, both mentally and physically. "I had to reassess what was important in my life and refocus my abilities towards a new goal. " said Nagata.

    "I'd been collecting Japanese toys all along, and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them.

    So it's no surprise that Mark ended up creating and publishing Super7 Magazine. After successfully building the Super7 brand for nearly 4 years , it was time to sell and move on."I wasn't able to paint as much as I wanted, and I realized that the part of Super7 I enjoyed the most was creating toys " reflects Nagata.

    The end of Mark's involvement with Super7 is the beginning of his new venture called Max Toy Company. With a nod to the Golden Age of Japanese toys, Max Toy Co. will continue the tradition of offering classic Japanese character toys by all the best toy companies.

    Max Toy Co. will be producing it's own exclusive toys, both licensed and original. A special Max Toy Club will be offered, allowing members exclusive toy variations and more !

    "Max Toy Co. will allow me to produce original artwork, sculpt new toys, and work directly with a lot of my talented artist friends." Nagata says. Max Toy Co is a synthesis of toys and art ... both life long passions.

    For more information, please visit

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

    14th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard: Japanese American Olympics
    Folding Paper Exhibition Tour: April 14, 2012- April 14, 2012, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, April 14, 2012
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Folding Paper Exhibition Tour

    Walkthrough of Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami with curator Meher McArthur.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
    Saturday, April 14, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe by Neil Simon


    During World War II, the U.S. government detained more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent in "internment" camps throughout the West. One camp was different. Run by the Department of Justice, the Santa Fe Camp held 4,555 men considered the ‘worst of the worst.’ Despite their experience behind barbed wire, their story has largely been unknown—a hole in the history books for the last 60 years.

    Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe is the first documentary to fill that void. Based on 20 hours of exclusive interviews with former Santa Fe camp survivors and their families, previously classified government documents and private photographs, this film tells a story that, in many cases, fathers never told their own children after the war.

    Santa Fe’s prisoners were all men—some Japanese nationals, some U.S. citizens. Many were Buddhist ministers. Some were businessmen, teachers or journalists from the West Coast, Hawaii, and Latin America whom the U.S. government feared would be able to gain large pro-Japanese followings.

    Considering the youngest internees were in their 20s, the few remaining survivors from Santa Fe are now at least in their 80s. Prisoners and Patriots is a film that ensures their story will be preserved, passing on a remembrance of who they were and how they endured their desert detention.

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

    The DVD is available from the Museum Store >>

    Saturday, April 21, 2012
    10:00 AM—12:00 PM


    The second program in a three part series will discuss Little Tokyo and Japanese American activism in the community during the 1960s.

    This program will feature a conversation with Alan Nishio, Evelyn Yoshimura, and students from UCLA's Nikkei Student Union.

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

    Saturday, April 21, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM


    The third program will discuss Asian American studies movement and the future of ethnic studies.

    This program will feature a conversation with Prof. Lloyd Inui, Prof. Tetsuden Kashima, and student from UCLA's Asian Pacific Islander Undergraduate Association.

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

    Saturday, April 28, 2012
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18.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, April 28, 2012
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Boy's Day/Children's Day Cards

    events/crafts-workshops-icon-purple-orange-70px.jpg Make Boy’s Day and Mother’s Day greeting cards for your friends and family. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies.

    RSVP is required. Maximum 12 people.

    Saturday, April 28, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese: Fate of 3 Japanese Americans and the Internment

    events/Carr100.jpg This documentary follows the story of two Japanese Americans who were forced to relocate to Amache, and one Colorado native of Japanese descent who worked for the state government beginning in the Carr administration.



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