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

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_15_2_2.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with our knowledgeable Museum docents.
In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, December 1, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Pacific Citizens by Greg Robinson


Pacific Citizens collects key writings of Larry S. Tajiri, a multitalented journalist, essayist, and popular culture maven. He and his wife, Guyo, became leading figures in Nisei political life as the central purveyors of news for and about Japanese Americans during World War II. The Tajiris also created the Pacific Citizen, a forum for liberal and progressive views on politics, civil rights, and democracy.

Pacific Citizens contextualizes the Tajiris’ output, providing a telling portrait of these two dedicated journalists and serving as a reminder of the public value of the ethnic community press.

Q&A to follow with Dr. Robinson and former Pacific Citizen Editor Harry Honda.

Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

Read our interview with author Greg Robinson on >>

Saturday, December 8, 2012
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_5.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, December 8, 2012
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Holiday Celebration

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Enjoy a day of family fun and crafts. December’s theme is Holiday Celebration!

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

• Create colorful garland to hang for the holidays.
• Add snow & sparkle to your own winter scene and shake things up for the season.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold an origami lantern to brighten the season.


11AM: Doors open

11AM-2PM: Make holiday fruit leather pouches with Kidding Around the Kitchen

12-4PM: Strike a pose! Take fun photos with holiday props by Rocket Photo Booths

1PM-4PM: Come decorate holiday cookies with Parties by Stacey. For children only, while supplies last.

2PM: We Tell Stories performs The Season of Giving

3PM: The Santa Monica Oceanaires will perform your favorite winter songs

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:

Parties by Stacey
Parties by Stacey has been booking entertainers for and performing at children's parties in Southern California for over 12 years!

To book your party with Stacy, visit:

Rocket Photo Booths
Rocket Photo Booths is a high quality photo booth rental service serving the greater Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego areas.

Santa Monica Oceanaires
The Santa Monica Oceanaires have been entertaining Southern California audiences for more than twenty-five years with their unique style and barbershop harmony.

For more information about the Santa Monica Oceanaires, visit:

We Tell Stories
We Tell Stories is a multi-ethnic group of artists that seeks to educate, nurture, and strengthen communities by reconnecting young audiences with the ancient powers of storytelling and theatre.

For more information about We Tell Stories, visit:
Saturday, December 15, 2012
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Take a Picture with Japanese American Santa

Japanese American Santa is coming to town! Don't miss your chance to take a special holiday photo. Free with Museum admission.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
12:00 PM—2:00 PM

Stan Sakai Signing

events/yojimbo.JPG Stan Sakai returns to JANM! Signed Usagi Yojimbo books make great holiday gifts! Signing books only. Free with Museum admission.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Giant Robot Artists’ Entourage Workshop with Albert Reyes and Saelee Oh

events/GRB3-logo-150px_1.jpeg Come make art with Albert Reyes and 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.

Saelee Oh: Open Love Letter to the Universe: We will be creating lots of artwork together! You can make portraits of your spirit animals, make artwork as an amulet for healing and protection for yourself and to give out to others and to illustrate our wishes for our world to be a better place.

This program is generously sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts.
In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 3
Saturday, December 29, 2012
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_6.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.



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