Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Calendar of Events — July 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. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals).

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.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

JANM National Conference -- Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity


July 4-7, 2013

Join us in Seattle, WA for a National Conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

Online registration is now available. Check for information

Saturday, July 6, 2013
11:30 AM—2:30 PM

Japanese Bites: Bento, Tsukemono, & Mochi Workshops

This multi-workshop event will let you try delicious and fresh Japanese food! Make traditional Japanese pickles with cooking instructor Yoko Isassi and create bento lunchboxes with cooking instructor and author Sonoko Sakai. And don’t forget about dessert—cookbook author Jenn Fujikawa will delight you with her fun take on mochi. Cost for all three workshops is $70 members, $80 non-members. RSVP early, 15 students max.

Mochi with Jenn Fujikawa:
Jenn Fujikawa will sign copies of her new cookbook Mochi: Recipes from Savory to Sweet!. Attendance to the signing is free with Museum admission.

About the Instructors:
Jenn Fujikawa
Jenn Fujikawa is an Architectural Designer, Mom, Crafter, and Baker. You can read about her culinary adventures at her blog justJENN Recipes.

Yoko Isassi:
Yoko grew up in a Japanese foodie family where she learned from her mother's culinary skills, her grandfather's Tofu making activities, and her grandmother's mastery of the art of the Tea Ceremony. Yoko has parlayed these talents into a successful career as a Japanese food cooking instructor and lecturer.

She is a Japanese Food Storyteller and producer of a variety of Japanese cooking classes and workshops. She focuses on cultural aspects of Japan's rich food history and etiquettes. You can read more about Yoko's cooking classes at her website FoodStory.

Sonoko Sakai:
Sonoko Sakai is a Japanese writer and producer who calls three places home: Los Angeles, Tehachapi and Tokyo. Sonoko learned how to cook from two wonderful cooks: her Japanese grandmother and her mother. Sonoko contributes stories and recipes to the Los Angeles Times. She is also a regular contributor to Zester Daily. To learn more about Sonoko, visit her website Cook Tells A Story.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground_5.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
Friday, July 12, 2013
7:10 PM

LA Dodgers Japanese American Community Night & Fundraiser


Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

Be a part of the largest Japanese American Community Night at Dodger Stadium and support your favorite community organization.

Must purchase tickets in advance through the special online ordering page.

For more information, visit

Saturday, July 13, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Share Your Story!


Celebrate the exhibition Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History and share your story with your family and friends! You won’t want to miss out on this fun Target Free Family Saturday.

• Create a memory book to jot down stories about you and your family.
• Make a family portrait collage.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a fun origami camera.

11AM: Doors open.

11AM-2PM: Make a salad and salad dressing that will soon become a family favorite with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

12PM & 2PM: Bring your memories and prepare to write! Instructor Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo will help you write your own family stories.

1PM: Take a tour of our exhibit Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History with curator Dr. Duncan Williams.

1:30PM: Join us for a ‘mixed’ reading with! Leslie Ryan will read her book I Am Flippish and Heidi Cole will read her book Am I A Color?

2PM: Join us for a screening of the documentary Searchlight Serenade. Searchlight Serenade explores the big bands that were formed by Japanese Americans while incarcerated during World War II.

2:30PM: We Tell Stories will perform multicultural tales in Proud To Be Me!

3PM: Allen Say will read his new book The Favorite Daughter. This tale, dedicated with love to Say's daughter, is one for all parents who want their children to feel pride in their heritage, and to know their own greatest sources of strength and inspiration.

4PM: Doors close.

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

Saturday, July 13, 2013
2:00 PM

Searchlight Serenade

events/searchlightserenade.jpg Searchlight Serenade focuses on the proliferation of big bands in detention centers and camps throughout the West during World War II. Nisei quickly organized dance bands when they were removed to the fairgrounds and racetracks that were converted into temporary detention centers, and re-organized them once they were moved to the more permanent detention camps in desolate areas of the country. In all, twenty bands were created and thrived in 13 detention centers and camps from 1942 to 1945.

Swing music played a vital role as escape, as therapy, and as a connection to the outside American world. Playing and appreciating such a totally American art form was an aspect of their American identity that could not be denied within the confines of the camps or the denial of their civil rights.

KEET-TV producers Claire Reynolds and Sam Greene collaborated with artist Amy Uyeki, to tell the stories of former internees who played music in the camps through interviews and archival footage interspersed with segments of Ms. Uyeki's twelve-minute animated short. Created from original woodcuts and drawings, the animation is inspired by actual events and accounts of some of the musicians and singers she interviewed.

With help from advisor and musician, George Yoshida, the Searchlight team was able to locate former bandmembers in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Yuba City and Portland. The interviews with 9 musicians and singers from the camps, many of whom are still performing, form the basis of this moving documentary, and their poignant stories and ebullient spirits remind viewers that art and music can be an incredible force of healing and positive energy in a difficult environment.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures in Little Tokyo: Sushi Graze

This program's previous date was incorrectly listed as July 6. The correct program date is July 20. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.

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, July 20, 2013
2:00 PM

Back to California after 100 Years with Misaki Matsui

Upon her recent arrival in the United States, Japanese photographer Misaki Matsui uncovered a little known chapter in her family’s history—her grandfather had previously lived in California 100 years before. Misaki set out to learn more about her grandfather’s life in California by following and photographing the footsteps he had taken a century ago. Q&A to follow.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_13.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, July 27, 2013
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Ruthie’s Craft Class: Kusudama

events/crafts-workshops-icon-purple-orange-70px_1.jpg Learn how to make a decorative Kusudama ball and recycled envelope cards! $9 members; $14 non-members, includes admission & supplies. RSVP early, 10 students max.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
2:00 PM

Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment by Keiko Wright

events/HIRO_DVDfront.jpg A Gold Medal winner at the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards, Hiro is a short documentary explores the life of Hiroshi ‘Hiro’ Hoshizaki. A retired grandfather of six, Hiro was incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation during his adolescence. As we follow him on his own journey to confront the events and memories of his past, we learn of his incarceration and the traumatic repercussions this experience has had on him and his family. Q&A with filmmaker to follow.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
1:00 PM

Hong Zhang Gallery Talk

Artist Hong Zhang will conduct a gallery discussion of her work featured in the Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter.



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