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Calendar of Events — October 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, October 6, 2012
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Little Tokyo Sushi Graze

events/janmsushi.jpg This walk will introduce you to some of the many varieties of sushi. Each will be sampled during a cultural graze of Little Tokyo. The stops will highlight a different kind of sushi along with the unique history of the food and the neighborhood.

$70 Members; $80 non-members, includes admission. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. RSVP early, 15 students max.
Saturday, October 6, 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, October 13, 2012
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Marvelous Masks

events/2007-07-14_TargetLogo_1.JPG FREE ALL DAY!

Enjoy a day of family fun and crafts. October’s theme is masks!

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

  • Make a mask marvelous by adding your own fun and flair

  • Use your imagination to create some props for dress-up and disguise!

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a spooktacular origami ghost

    11AM: Doors open

    11AM-2PM: Make fall fruit faces with Kidding Around the Kitchen

    1-4PM: Let Cartoon Slinger draw a superhero caricature of you!

    2-4PM: Meet-and-greet with real lucha libre wrestlers from Legion Championship Wrestling!

    3PM: Watch Dapur Kita Productions will perform a traditional Balinese masked dance accompanied by live Balinese music

    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, visit:

    Legion Championship Wrestling
    Legion Championship Wrestling (LCW) is the newest and hottest wrestling company on the west coast. LCW runs live shows on the last Sunday of every month at the Casa Del Mexicano in East LA, CA.

    For more information about Legion Championship Wrestling, visit:

    Cartoon Slinger
    Dominic Arneson has been drawing caricatures professionally for nearly 15 years and has entertained all types of clients and party guests with his fast hand and friendly persona, from celebrities and corporate executives to children with disabilities. From infants to senior citizens, Dominic has drawn people of all walks of life, and thousands have enjoyed a personalized, one-of-a-kind cartoon that was created in their likeness, just for them.

    For more information about Cartoon Slinger, visit:

    Dapoer Kita Productions
    Dapoer Kita Productions is a professional event and meeting planning company based in Los Angeles that focuses on the planning, coordination and organizing of premier events and meetings as well as artist and performer management. Our goal is to offer each client an experience that is unique and flawless. The meticulous, diligent, and friendly approach of our team will ensure that you will receive one of a kind event service.

    We offer for a variety of unique Indonesian cultural performances - from music to dance - that reflect the diversity of cultures from the many ethnic groups that compose the nation of Indonesia.

    For more information, please contact Sri Susilowati at (626)298-1915

    November Target Free Family Day: Marvelous Masks
    December Target Free Family Day: Holiday Celebration
    Saturday, October 20, 2012
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Halloween Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop for Beginners

    events/Ikebana100_1_1.jpg Ikebana (“living flower”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Sogetsu Ikebana is a three dimensional artistic expression composed of flower and plant material arranged in a container.

    This workshop will introduce the student to the basic technique and style that are the foundation of many ikebana arrangements. Instructor Mikiko Ideno will teach you how to arrange a Halloween Ikebana.

    $30 members; $35 non-members, includes admission, flowers, and supply rental. RSVP early, 10 students max.
    Saturday, October 20, 2012
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Hibakusha Screening

    events/hibakusha.bmp Hibakusha is an animated drama featuring Kaz Suyeishi (Karin Anna Cheung), a 57 year old woman, who recalls her most vivid and horrific experiences as a 17 year old Hiroshima student during the morning of August 6, 1945 when the atomic bomb dropped on her hometown.

    This film is inspired to bring awareness to the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings in hopes that a nuclear tragedy like this will ever happen again. A Q&A with co-directors Steve Nguyen, Choz Belen, actress Karin Anna Cheung, and Kaz Suyeishi will follow the screening.

    This project will commemorate the 67th Anniversary of the bombings and is dedicated to the Association of Hiroshima & Nagasaki A-bomb Survivors.
    Saturday, October 27, 2012
    8:30 AM—1:00 PM

    Densho Workshop/Educator's Open House

    events/densho.jpeg JANM is pleased to be partnering with Seattle-based Densho to host a very special workshop where educators will explore web-based primary resources and pick up new strategies for teaching about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. This workshop will take place at JANM and is open to in-service and pre-service teachers, who will each receive a $100 stipend for participation. Light refreshments will be provided.

    RSVPs are required. For information or to register, please contact
    Saturday, October 27, 2012
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_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, October 27, 2012
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Los Angeles International Tea Festival


    Join us for the second annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival! Exhibitors such as Ito-En, International Tea Importers, and ABC Tea House will offer tastings, talks, shows, and ceremonies celebrating world-wide tea culture. All are invited.

    Check for information and tickets >>

    Event sponsored by Chado Tea Rooms in collaboration with JANM.

    Sunday, October 28, 2012
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Los Angeles International Tea Festival


    Join us for the second annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival! Exhibitors such as Ito-En, International Tea Importers, and ABC Tea House will offer tastings, talks, shows, and ceremonies celebrating world-wide tea culture. All are invited.

    Check for information and tickets >>

    Event sponsored by Chado Tea Rooms in collaboration with JANM.

    Sunday, October 28, 2012
    12:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Manzanar Fishing Club DVD Release Event

    events/manzanar-fishing-club-100px.jpg Special meet & greet session with Manzanar Fishing Club director Cory Shiozaki and writer Richard Imamura before the official release on October 30th. Purchase copies of the DVD and get them signed before it's available anywhere else!



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