Calendar of Events — September 2012
All programs are free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Advanced reservations are recommended for most programs as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. When making a reservation, email email@example.com or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.
NEW: For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is now required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or download the pre-payment form. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Silk Shibori Experience with Shibori Girl
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.
Enemy Alien by Konrad Aderer
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.
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: http://aajala-tohoku-update.eventbrite.com/
Asian American Lesbian and Gay Pioneers 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.
Discover Your Japanese American 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.
Fall and Winter Nabe (Hot Pot) Workshop with Sonoko Sakai
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.
Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Autumn Cards
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.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
$9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.
Sushi Class with the Sushi Chef Institute
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.
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.
Kokoro Craft Boutique
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.
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