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Calendar of Events — February 2013

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, February 2, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground.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, February 2, 2013
2:00 PM

Blossoms and Thorns: A Community Uprooted by Kenneth Kokka


Blossoms and Thorns, a short documentary commissioned and funded by the Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League, depicts the story of Richmond's Nikkei flower growing community. Japanese immigrants began arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1800s and quickly discovered that they could make a living growing cut flowers. The moderate climate was conducive to growing flowers, and they found affordable land with ready access to well water and public transportation. Through hard work and collaboration with other immigrant growers from China and Italy in particular, Japanese flower growers established the San Francisco Flower Market as a hub for the cut flower industry throughout Northern California.

These growers succeeded despite increasingly hostile anti-Asian sentiment in California. Laws were passed restricting immigration from Japan, marriage to American citizens, and ownership of land. Japanese immigrants nevertheless created families and businesses in California, often skirting the laws by placing their property in the names of their American born children—kids who generally thought of themselves as American, particularly in rural Richmond, a small community with immigrants from around the world. Their beliefs were soon tested with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when everyone of Japanese descent in their community, regardless of citizenship status, was rounded up and removed to remote parts of the United States, in barren desert incarceration camps.

Through a combination of personal interviews and archival footage, Blossoms and Thorns presents the story of Richmond's flower growers: from the pre-war era when Japanese immigrants first arrived; to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the forced removal of everyone of Japanese ancestry throughout the Western United States during World War II; and finally to the post-war period of resettlement, when Richmond's Nikkei community returned from the camps and reclaimed their lives and businesses, in a dramatically changed Richmond. Narrated by broadcast journalist George T. Kiriyama, featuring Richmond flower growers Ruby Adachi Hiramoto, Flora Ninomiya, and Tom Oishi.

Q&A with filmmaker Kenneth Kokka and historian Donna Graves to follow. Panel with Southern California Nikkei Flower Growers will follow Q&A. Panelists include Iku Kiriyama of Kato Nursery (North Torrance), Sus Ioki of Ioki Nursery (Malibu), Jonathan Kono of Kono & Sons (Carpinteria) and President of Southern California Flower Market.

Purchase the DVD from the Museum Store >>

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Exhibition Opening

events/supernatural.jpg Supernatural: The Art of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters opens.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Art From The Heart



Celebrate Valentine's Day and the opening of our new Supernatural: The Art of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters exhibition! Show your love by making art for yourself and others!

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

• Draw a silly or spooky creature inspired by Supernatural with a variety of cool art materials!
• Construct a handmade Valentine for someone special
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to fold an origami heart

11AM: Doors open

11AM - 2PM: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen and make heart friendly fruit kebabs with a chocolate yogurt dipping sauce

12PM - 2PM: Artist Timothy Teruo Watters will show you how to duplicate and remix art in this fun design workshop!

2PM - 4PM: Have a custom chocolate heart portrait lollipop made just for you by the Entertainment Contractors! For children only, while supplies last

2PM - 4PM: Artist Edwin Ushiro will lead a fun drawing workshop!

4PM: Doors close


The Entertainment Contractor
The Entertainment Contractor has been providing quality party entertainment and party planning services for 30 years in Los Angeles, Southern/Northern California and across the country in places such as Canada, Nevada, State of Washington, Washington DC, New York, Massachusetts, Texas & Philadelphia.

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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.

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Edwin Ushiro
Edwin Ushiro was born in Maui, Hawai'i and later moved to Los Angeles, California to attend the Art Center College of Design where he graduated with a BFA in Illustration with Honors. Since graduating from Art Center, Edwin has worked in the entertainment industry as a Production Designer, Visual Consultant, Art Director, Storyboard Artist, and Concept Designer.

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Timothy Watters:
Born in 1981 and raised in the wine country of Northern California, Timothy Teruo Watters (TTW) has been oil painting for over 18 years. While taking a few art classes in college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, TTW is effectively self-taught, only receiving slight guidance from his artist grandfather, Teruo Iyama. TTW has exhibited his work mostly in small art shows and galleries from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles to Kona to even tiny St. George in Utah. For as long as TTW can remember, he has always been creating some form of art and oil painting is essential to his life.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
6:30 PM—9:00 PM

Supernatural Opening Party



Get mystical with JANM! Celebrate the opening of Supernatural: The Art of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters with the artists and some spooky fun—wandering ghosts, a medium, and special treats!

Friday, February 15, 2013
6:30 PM—9:00 PM

Patriots & Peacemakers Upper-level Member Preview & Reception


Special reception and preview to see Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country before it opens to the public.

By Invitation Only. For more information, contact, or call 213.625.0414.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Exhibition Opening

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to our Country opens.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
2:00 PM

Community Day of Remembrance

events/dor.jpg Pay-what-you-can! 2013 Day of Remembrance will mark the 71st Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the unlawful forced removal, and unconstitutional mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

The 2013 Day of Remembrance will explore the theme, "The 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988: Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment" will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the redress victory and explore not only what the bill accomplished and what it failed to do, but also the lessons learned and the legacy for the community.

The annual Day of Remembrance is a time to recall the past injustices suffered by the Issei and Nisei and to educate others, reminding all of us about the continued need to be vigilant against threats to our constitutional and civil rights.

-Remembrance and In Memoriam with a tribute to Senator Daniel Inouye
-Musical performance by George Abe
-Panel on the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 with Richard Katsuda, Mitch Maki, and Rose Ochi (moderated by Bruce Embrey)
-Presentation by the USC Nikkei Association

Light refreshments at reception following the program. Limited seating available on a first come, first served basis.

Co-presented with the JACL Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, the Japanese American National Museum, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Manzanar Committee.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_8.jpg Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with Museum docents. $9 Members; $14 non-members, includes admission. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Spring Cards

Make Hinamatsuri and Easter-themed cards for someone special. $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission & supplies. RSVP early, 10 students max.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
2:00 PM

Lament in the Night by Shoson Nagahara


This event is free!

In 1925, writer Shōson Nagahara serialized tales of Japanese immigrants in the Rafu Shimpo. For the first time, Kaya Press has published an English translation of Nagahara’s stories about Little Tokyo’s down-and-out denizens. In Lament in the Night, we meet itinerant day laborer Sazuko Ishikawa as he prowls the back alleys and bathhouses of Los Angeles looking for a meal or a job, or just someone to hold onto; and Osato, a mother struggling to survive in the world of hostess bars and nightclubs after being abandoned by her gambling-addicted husband.

Described as, “a heartrending gift from the past” by novelist Karen Tei Yamashita, this book combines the gritty sensitivity of naturalistic noir, with with elements of Japanese traditional storytelling and epistolary techniques. What results is a gripping tale of character and culture, morality and corruption, set against the complex background of Los Angeles' multiethnic and class segregated neighborhoods.

Join us for a discussion with Los Angeles Times Book Critic David Ulin and translator Andrew Leong exploring Nagahara’s influences, the historical context of 1920s Little Tokyo, and what this major literary rediscovery means for American literature. Along with the conversation, the afternoon will feature lively readings by special guests Tamlyn Tomita and Gedde Watanabe, with a reception to follow. This event is sponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the USC Master of Professional Writing Program.

Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

Read on Discover Nikkei about how Lament in the Night came to be translated & published >>



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