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Calendar of Events — September 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, September 1, 2012
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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, September 8, 2012
12:00 PM—4:00 PM

Silk Shibori Experience with Shibori Girl

events/untitled_1.bmp Come join us again for more shibori techniques—this time all done on silk. Various silk fabrics will be on hand to work with and this time it will be all about color!

By binding, tying, wrapping, folding, and clamping we will produce some lovely silks (and one silk scarf using the technique of your choice) for use in other personal textile projects. All levels welcome.

$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.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Enemy Alien by Konrad Aderer

events/enemyalien100.jpg Filmmaker Konrad Aderer finds echoes of his own family’s World War II incarceration in post-9/11 detentions of Muslim immigrants and joins the fight to free Farouk, a Palestinian activist who organizes resistance among his fellow detainees.

Co-sponsored by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Greater Los Angeles Area. CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Tohoku Update: Recovery and Relief Efforts in Northeast Japan


The public is invited to a panel discussion on the ongoing recovery and relief efforts in northeast Japan from journalists and volunteers who have recently visited the devastated areas. Photos and videos about the survivors and the current situation will be shown, followed by a Q&A session for the public to ask questions that they have. Tina Tajima, from the Disaster Support Project (Japan), will moderate the discussion.

ABC 7 news anchor David Ono, writer and former editor of the Rafu Shimpo Naomi Hirahara, documentary producer Debra Nakatomi, photojournalist and volunteer Darrell Miho, and UC Santa Barbara student Derek Yamashita will talk about their recent visits to the Tohoku region.

This panel discussion is supported in part by the Japanese American National Museum and the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, the Asian American Journalists Association - Los Angeles Chapter, the Disaster Support Project, and Ai Love Japan.

The event is free to the public, but RSVP is required here:

Saturday, September 15, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Asian American Lesbian and Gay Pioneers in Los Angeles

events/masthead3.png Although their stories are not well-known, Asian Americans participated actively in the nascent LGBT civil rights movement in Southern California. API Equality-LA honors two such pioneers with short films featuring Tak Yamamoto and June Lagmay, who in 1980 were founders of Asian Pacific Lesbians and Gays, the first gay Asian organization in Los Angeles.

A discussion with these two ground-breaking activists will follow the film screening. Co-presented with API Equality-LA and the National Museum.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00 AM—2:30 PM

Discover Your Japanese American Roots

Instructor Chester Hashizume leads a comprehensive workshop covering genealogy basics such as getting started, identifying your ancestral Japanese home town, obtaining and utilizing family documents, and determining the meaning behind surnames and family crests—all the tools you need to discover your roots.

This intensive session includes a one-hour break. $45 for National Museum members and $55 for non-members, includes materials and Museum admission. RSVP early, 10 students max.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Fall and Winter Nabe (Hot Pot) Workshop with Sonoko Sakai

events/donabe1.JPG Looking for a healthy and hearty dish for the fall and winter season? The French may think Bouillabaise. Nabe is the Japanese answer. Nabe is a light stew made in a Donabe clay pot. We will cook everything right at the table. It is a convivial way of eating.

Sakai will show you how to prepare and serve three nabes—Yudofu, made with tofu, daikon radish, and konbu seaweed, and served with ginger, shichimi pepper and negi; a winter nabe made with black cod, napa cabbage, and age tofu and seasoned with white miso; and Chanko nabe—a savory soup made with chicken balls and a variety of vegetables, and served with yuzu kosho and ground sesame seeds, all in this 3-hour class! At the end of the nabe, Sonoko will prepare Zosui, a Japanese style risotto like dish made with rice and the rich broth. The dish will be served with Japanese herbs.

We will divide up the workshop into small groups. Each group will prep the ingredients, including the dashi from scratch, make a beautiful platter for the table, and cook the nabes, following Sakai’s demonstration. At the end of the meal, there will be a homemade Japanese dessert to clear the palate. What to bring to class: Cutting board, kitchen knife, apron, and bandana. $75 members; $85 non-members, incl. admission & supplies. RSVP early, 15 students max.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Autumn Cards

Make autumn-themed cards for someone special. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission & supplies. RSVP early, 10 students max.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
6:00 PM—10:00 PM

Giant Robot Biennale 3 - Opening Party



Join us in celebrating the opening of Giant Robot Biennale 3 with curator Eric Nakamura, JANM President/CEO G.W. Kimura, GRB3 artists, and Money Mark!

Program starts at 7:30pm, performance at 8pm.

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 3
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Exhibition Opening

events/GRB3-logo-150px.jpg Giant Robot Biennale 3 opens.

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 3
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_1.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, September 29, 2012
11:30 AM—1:00 PM

Sushi Class with the Sushi Chef Institute

events/ChefAndy100_1_1.jpg PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled.

A one-day sushi workshop so you can enjoy sushi at home! Includes how to make sushi rice and basic rolls, plus a special tasting of your own creations.

$60 members; $70 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 20 students max.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii by Frances H. Kakugawa


In Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, her fifth release from Watermark Publishing, Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho on the island of Hawai'i—a town that no longer exists. From the wartime drama of "The Enemy Wore My Face"—recalling her instant transformation to distrusted "Jap" after the bombing of Pearl Harbor—to the sweet poignancy of "A One Chopstick Marriage"—the story of her parents' relationship—Kakugawa weaves a tapestry of memories drawn from life in a Hawaiian plantation village now buried beneath a blanket of lava.

Kakugawa immortalizes many of those she knew in Kapoho, bringing them to life in a vivid way that causes the reader to stop and contemplate the humanity of good people in tragic circumstances. Many of the anecdotes will haunt you while others will make you burst out laughing, as they capture the hilarious nature of Hawaiian pidgin English and the innocence and naivete of children.

About the Author:
Frances H. Kakugawa, currently a Sacramento resident, was born in Hawai‘i of Japanese descent. Just five years old at the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her memory and recall of details provides deep insight into not only the suspicions cast upon the Japanese American community, but life in Kapoho, the small village on the Big Island of Hawai‘i where she grew up that was covered by lava in a 1960 eruption. Kapoho is the author’s 10th publication. Her other publications including books of poetry, children’s books, memoirs, and works on caregiving and coping with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

Read our interview with author Frances Kakugawa on our site >>

Sunday, September 30, 2012
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

Kokoro Craft Boutique

events/kokoro.jpg Sponsored by Friends of the Museum
10 am to 4 pm

Free admission to museum exhibitions with craft show purchase.
(September 30, 2012 only)

Showcase and sale of unique, discriminating, high quality, handcrafted, artist designed merchandise. Craft items for sale include: Origami Art, Unique Jewelry, Kimono Fabric Clothing, Handbags, Silk/Yarn Scarves, Ceramic and Miniature Bronze Sculptures, Cultural T-shirts, Stationery, Glass Art, and much more! Shoppers can take the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo Arts District~1st & Alameda. (Cash or Checks please)

On the Plaza:
-Yuujou Taiko will perform at 12PM.
-Lomo Arigato will be serving up Peruvian-Japanese fare for lunch.

For more information, email:



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