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Calendar of Events — July 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. (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, July 7, 2012
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Art & Sweets Walk of Little Tokyo

events/wagashimixb199.jpg This walk will introduce you to the many public art pieces in Little Tokyo from sculpture to wall murals. Interspersed with the art will be a sampling of Asian sweets such as imagawayaki, dango, and mochi ice cream.

$15 members; $20 non-member, including admission. Wear comfortable walking shoes. RSVP early, 15 participants max.

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

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_15_2.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
Thursday, July 12, 2012
6:30 PM—9:00 PM

Doing Well By Doing Good: A Mixer for Young Professionals

Brought to you by the ADL Asian Jewish Initiative.

Your career can be encouraged and enhanced by doing good in the community. Mingle with Asian and Jewish professionals and board members from SIX dynamic organizations to learn how to create change and impact in our communities.

Join ADL, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), Korean American Coalition (KAC), Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) for a Summer Young Professionals Mixer.

Food from critically acclaimed restaurants Starry Kitchen and Parks' BBQ. Wine sponsored by Blue Lifestyle. Admission is $15 in advance, $25 door (includes wine and refreshments).

LOCATION: Asian Pacific American Legal Center
1145 Wilshire Blvd., Community Room
Los Angeles, CA 90017

To RSVP, visit

Saturday, July 14, 2012
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Faces + Places

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Enjoy a day of family fun and crafts. July’s theme is travel! 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.

  • Make a travel bag for your summer adventures

  • Decorate a journal to capture travel memories

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: origami jet plane

  • *SPECIAL! Fill out our family survey and get a free Metro token for your family! (While supplies last)

    11am – Doors open

    11am-4pm: Hale'iwa Shave Ice will be giving out child-size shave ice (while supplies last, for children only)

    11:15am – 12:15pm: Family Little Tokyo Walking Tour (10 people max)

    11:30am • 12:30pm • 1:30pm • 2:30pm • 3:30pm
    30-minute kid-friendly Japanese language classes by the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute (10 people max per class)

    12pm: Asian-themed candy buffet by Sweetlips Design (while supplies last, for children only)

    1pm – 4pm: Make your own version of Kidding around the Kitchen’s award-winning citrus sunshine faces

    1pm – 4pm: Let Party Face airbrush your face! (for children only)

    2:30pm – 5:30pm: Special Free Family Little Tokyo Gastronomy Tour by Six Taste Tours(families only, 14 people max)

    4pm – Doors close

    Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
    The BEVERLY HILLS LINGUAL INSTITUTE is a unique, unparalleled private language school offering high quality instruction in 25 languages. Well established and highly regarded, BHLI has an impressive student retention rate and is enthusiastically recommended by its own students as well as consulates, cultural institutions and area universities. During each eight week term, BHLI offers more than 180 classes at all levels, beginning through advanced, using high quality university textbooks and curricula. Small classes of no more than ten students meet once a week for 80 minutes and are taught by professional, native speaker instructors, many of whom are also teaching at local universities and colleges.

    For more information about the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute, visit

    Sweetlips Design
    Sweetlips Design is the chocolate-dipped and candy-coated lovechild of April Castelo-Canlas' formal education in fine art and design, her background in retail visual merchandising, and a career in fashion licensing-- All sprinkled generously with her natural knack for event planning and keen eye for detail.

    Fueled by a fiercely creative imagination and driven by intuitive artistic and technical skills, April creates a multitude of memorable, one-of-a-kind event experiences as individual and unique as each of her clients. No two projects are ever exactly the same.

    Always experimenting with new ideas, she cites "love, art, childhood memories, nature, family and friends" as her main sources of inspiration.

    April lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé Nickolaus. She enjoys painting, sports, cooking, hiking, and of course, entertaining for family and friends.

    For more information on Sweetlips 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,

    Party Faces
    Party Faces brings an exciting, and colorful contribution to any event. For more information about Party Faces, visit

    Six Taste's Little Tokyo Food Tour
    Little Tokyo is home to several restaurants, bakeries, and other historical eating establishments. Its 100-plus years of history provide some fascinating stories. Six Taste's Little Tokyo Tour will take you throughout Little Tokyo, from Fugetsu-Do, a confectionary shop and the oldest building in Little Tokyo to Chado Tea Room, where you'll get to taste some authentic Japanese tea, to several other restaurants and other eateries.

    Six Taste's food tours are more than just walking and eating. They hope to provide you with an entertaining, educational, and exciting experience. You'll learn about Japanese culture, the history of Little Tokyo, the art and science of tasting, and have great conversations over great food.

    The "Gastronaut Tour" includes a balance of history, culture, and delicious food. You'll stop at some of the most fascinating historical locations in Little Tokyo, meet owners of some of the longest running stores in Little Tokyo, try amazing food at seven different locations, and learn about Japanese culture and culinary customs. This tour is perfect for tourists or LA natives that have never ventured into Little Tokyo before.

    For more information about Six Taste and it’s other tours, visit

    Hale'iwa Shave Ice
    Hale'iwa Shave Ice is a food truck that serves authentic Hawaiian shave ice. For more information about Hale'iwa Shave Ice, visit

    14th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard: Japanese American Olympics
    Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris: July 14, 2012- July 14, 2012, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, July 14, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris



    This critically acclaimed World War II novel tells the story of Maddie Kern, an aspiring violinist who secretly elopes with her Japanese American boyfriend—the night before Pearl Harbor is bombed. When her beloved Lane is interned at a relocation camp, Maddie dares to remain at his side. Behind barbed wire, tension simmers and the line between patriot and traitor blurs. As Maddie strives for the hard-won acceptance of her new family, Lane enlists in the Military Intelligence Service to prove his allegiance to America, no matter the cost.

    Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

    Read an interview with author Kristina McMorris on Discover Nikkei >>

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

    A Divided Community: 3 Personal Stories of Resistance by Momo Yashima


    This documentary tells the story of Yosh Kuromiya, Frank Emi, and Mits Koshiyama, who challenged the United States government’s decision to draft Japanese Americans while they and their families were being held in America’s concentration camps. A panel discussion with Professor Emeritus Art Hansen, Attorney Deborah Lim (author of THE LIM REPORT), Yosh Kuromiya, and Momo Yashima will follow the screening. The moderator will be Ralph Akira Brannen.

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

    Read Momo Yashima’s article on about this film>>

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

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_2.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, July 28, 2012
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Kusudama

    Make kusudama (paper balls) inspired crafts for your friends and family. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
    Saturday, July 28, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Japanese and American Cultural Aspects of the Japanese American Experience. Lecture by Professor Art Sakamoto

    events/Sakamoto100_1_1.jpg The cultural heritages of Japan and the U.S. are in many ways very different. Japanese society has traditionally emphasized collectivism while American society has long promoted individualism. Being socially situated in the middle of two contrasting societal traditions, Japanese Americans often encounter a great deal of cultural conflict in their personal lives. This lecture will explore these issues using illustrations from notable incidents in Japanese American history as well as aspects of contemporary Japanese American communities.



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