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Calendar of Events — November 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, November 3, 2012
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_15_2_1.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, November 3, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Giant Robot Artists’ Entourage Workshop with Saelee Oh

events/GRB3-logo-150px.jpeg This event has been postponed until December 15. Please join us then for a double workshop with artists Saelee Oh and Albert Reyes. Click here for more information.

Come make art with Saelee Oh from Giant Robot Biennale 3 in this hands-on workshop. Immerse yourself in a variety of techniques and styles. These workshops are designed to foster dialogue and enhance digital networks between professional artists and the local community. Check back for more details.

This program is generously sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts.
In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 3
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_3.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, November 10, 2012
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Pop Culture

events/Target_05__75__PMS186_10_2.jpeg FREE ALL DAY!

Join us for a day of free family fun and craft projects inspired by the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 3. November’s theme is Pop Culture!

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

• Create a colorful pop culture collage
• Make a cardboard robot using a variety of fun materials.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to make an origami dragonfly.

11AM: Doors open

11AM-2PM: Make delicious corn on the cob cookies with Kidding Around the Kitchen

11:30AM – 12:30PM - 1:30PM - 2:30PM – 3:30PM: Learn some new dances moves in Creation Station’s Hip Hop dance classes

12-3PM: Grow Your Own Media will help you silkscreen a t-shirt or totebag for you to take home

2-4PM: Make your own comic strip with artist Yumi Sakugawa

2-4PM: Giant Robot Artists’ Entourage Workshop with Rob Sato: Come make some watercolor paintings with artist Rob Sato! Attendees will learn watercolor texture techniques and how to use masking in this workshop. Materials provided.

4PM: Doors close

Creation Station
Creation Station is a wildly creative dance school concept which provides movement based programs for children starting at 18 months of age. All of the classes at Creation Station reflect a commitment to promoting high self esteem. They entertain as well as educate and most of all, allow every child to be just that - a child! Creation Station takes a developmental approach to teaching. We offer classes for children ages 18 months to 16 years. If you come in for a class, please mention you met us at Target day and receive 20% off your session!

For more information on Creation Station, visit: Creation Station Culver City.

Grow Your Own Media
Grow Your Own Media is a community screen printing shop located in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. Their services include custom screen printing, screen printing classes, print studio rentals, event printing, and graphic design.

For more information about Grow Your Own Media, 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, visit:

Yumi Sakugawa
Yumi Sakugawa is an illustrator and comic book artist based in the greater Los Angeles area.

For more information about Yumi Sakugawa, visit:

December Target Free Family Day: Holiday Celebration
In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 3
Saturday, November 10, 2012
1:00 PM

Eclair: For Our Future, For Children Screening



In 1943, the dark shadow of war is sneaking up and about to change everything. After losing his parents at a very early age, Akio lives his life in and out of the orphanage and reformatory. He encounters people like Detective Toyama who saves him from hunger by giving him a sweet pastry, the White Satan at the reformatory, his foster mother Fusano, Tomiko from the cinema, and people from the touring company.

Throughout this difficult time, the only thing that keeps him going is “Sweets & Girls,” the song that Yoko, a teacher at the orphanage, sang to him. No matter what happens to him, thinking about sweets and singing the song somehow gives him the power to live…

Director: Akio Kondo. Cast: Hajime Yoshii, Saori, Ayumi Ishida

Screening at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Program co-organized by the Japan Foundation, sponsored by the Tateuchi Foundation.

Photo: (c)"eclair" Production Committee

Sunday, November 11, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence by Linda Tamura


Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence is a compelling story of courage, community, endurance, and reparation. It shares the experiences of Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting on the front lines in Italy and France, serving as linguists in the South Pacific, and working as cooks and medics. The soldiers were from Hood River, Oregon, where their families were landowners and fruit growers. Town leaders, including veterans' groups, attempted to prevent their return after the war and stripped their names from the local war memorial. All of the soldiers were American citizens, but their parents were Japanese immigrants and had been imprisoned in camps as a consequence of Executive Order 9066. The racist homecoming reception that the Hood River Japanese American soldiers received was decried across the nation.

Linda Tamura, who grew up in Hood River and whose father was a veteran of the war, conducted extensive oral histories with the veterans, their families, and members of the community. She had access to hundreds of recently uncovered letters and documents from private files of a local veterans' group that led the campaign against the Japanese American soldiers. This book also includes the little known story of local Nisei veterans who spent 40 years appealing their convictions for insubordination.

Linda Tamura is professor of education at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She is the author of The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon's Hood River Valley.

Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

Read our interview with author Linda Tamura about Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence >>

Saturday, November 17, 2012
12:00 PM—4:30 PM

Indigo and Shibori Techniques with Shibori Girl

events/indigoshibori.jpeg We are fortunate to once again have a two-day workshop to further explore shibori and indigo. Various types of vats will be used, vat making instructions to be presented, and a swatch sheet made with various fabrics. Additionally, we will work on stitched shibori as well as itajime and even try our hand at shirokage or “white shadow” shibori. Everyone will leave with a nicely varied collection of their own hand-dyed indigo shibori.

$70 members; $90 non-members, an additional $45 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class, admission is included. RSVP early, 24 students max.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

CANCELLED: Thanksgiving Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop for Beginners

events/Ikebana100_1.jpeg This class has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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 Thanksgiving Ikebana.

$30 members; $35 non-members, includes admission, flowers, and supply rental. RSVP early, 10 students max.
Friday, November 23, 2012

Member Appreciation Days

events/MemberAppreciationDays.jpeg Members Appreciation Days is in its 10th year! From November 23-25, JANM Members get 20% discount at the Museum Store and, plus free admission and 20% discount at several other participating Southern California institutions including museums, libraries, and other cultural sites. Check for details. Make sure you have a current membership card for this exciting event!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_4.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, November 24, 2012
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Cards and Ornaments

events/crafts-workshops-icon-green-orange-70px.jpeg Make holiday-themed cards and ornaments for someone special. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission & supplies. RSVP early, 10 students max.



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