Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Calendar of Events — March 2014

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.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Private Tours of Collections

events/privatecollectionstour_2.JPG By appointment only, all month long

Upper Level President’s & Chairman’s Circle Members are invited to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s largest collection of Japanese American artifacts. Your on-going support helps maintain this unique collection that chronicles over 130 years of Japanese American history.

Contact Charlien Church at or 213.830.5676 to reserve a personalized tour for you and 5 guests.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
11:00 AM

Hinamatsuri Afternoon Tea

events/hinamatsuri.jpg Mothers, daughters, ladies (and men in their lives) of all ages are welcome to bring their dolls and join us for afternoon tea at the Chado Tea Room to celebrate Hinamatsuri. Known as Doll’s Festival or Girl’s Day, Hinamatsuri is a special day in Japan where families celebrate the health and happiness of their young daughters.

Hina dolls will be on display for the duration of the event, only for event attendees. Special activities and giveaways included. $25 members; $35 non-members, includes admission. RSVP is required; 40 participants max.

Read an article about Hinamatsuri in the U.S. on Discover Nikkei here>>
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground_2_1_png_200x200_autocrop_q85_6.jpg 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, March 1, 2014
2:00 PM

Spotlight on the Japanese American WWII Experience and Current Affairs

events/GFBNEC_March1_edit.jpg Presentation of the Japanese American WWII experience and how that experience is relevant to current affairs. Will feature a panel discussion that will span seven decades, three generations and four wars as it brings together Japanese Americans who served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Moderated by Darrell Kunitomi.


Masao Takahashi - World War II veteran, 100th Infantry Battalion attached to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Born in Modesto, California, Masao Takahashi and his family were forced by Executive Order 9066 to relocate to Manzanar incarceration camp. Takahashi secured a job in Detroit, and was able to leave Manzanar. In June 1944 he was drafted and assigned to the segregated Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion, and fought in the Po Valley and the Gothic Line/Northern Apennines campaigns.

Thomi Yamamoto - Korean War veteran, 24th Signal Company of the 24th Infantry Division. A native of Kent, Washington, Yamamoto was already in the Army in June 25, 1950 when North Korean forces launched an attack on the South without a declaration of war. Within a week Yamamoto, a combat photographer, was in observation planes taking photos of the invading North Korean People’s Army to provide intelligence information for US and South Korean forces. Later, working near the front line that quickly shifted above and below the 38th parallel, Yamamoto often found himself behind enemy lines.

Scott Takahashi - Vietnam War veteran, 2nd Battalion, 35th Artillery of the Second Field Force in the Vietnam War. Scott Takahashi was born in Pasadena, and was drafted in November 1968. He served in A Battery of the 2nd Battalion, 35th Artillery. Unlike its B and C Battery counterparts, A Battery moved constantly, and was even ordered to cross into Cambodia where it was attached to the 11th Cavalry. Returning from war, Takahashi took advantage of the GI Bill and became an X-ray technician. He is the son of Masao Takahashi.

SGT Christopher Arakawa - Currently with the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry of the US Army Reserve, who deployed in 2008-2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. SGT Arakawa was born in Kaneohe, Hawaii and works in his civilian career as a Military Technician, Staff Operations and Training Specialist for the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment. Arakawa enlisted in the Army Reserve in August 2006 and was deployed with Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines in 2007, and to Iraq in 2008-2009. He has received numerous awards and decorations, and has volunteered hundreds of hours to support the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Club in Honolulu.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.
Sunday, March 2, 2014

Exhibition Closing

events/JANM-goforbroke-150px_1.jpg Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts closes.

Friday, March 7, 2014
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World Members' Preview Reception

events/JANM-Perseverance-Horikiku_jpg_200x500_autocrop_sharpen_q85.jpg Members are invited to join the artists for a special preview and reception to celebrate the opening of the Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World exhibition.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Exhibition Opening

events/PERSEVERANCE-postcard_front_2-1.jpg Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World opens.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
1:00 PM

Japanese Tattoo Live Demonstrations & Lectures


Celebrate the opening of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with live tattooing and lectures led by the artists featured in the exhibition.

Featured artists from the exhibition will be tattooing live, up-close-and-personal, showcasing various forms of Japanese tattooing, including tebori, a traditional Japanese hand tattooing form.

Yokohama Horiken

(located in glass building across plaza)
Artists and contributors will talk about their work in the exhibition and the importance of the art of tattoo in their life.

•1 p.m.: Greg Kimura, President/CEO, Japanese American National Museum
•1:30 p.m.: Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance Designer & Photographer
•2 p.m.: Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura, Perseverance Curator
•2:30pm: Tattoo Model Unveiling, Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura and Kip Fulbeck
•3 p.m.: Junko Junii Shimada
•3:30 p.m.: Chris Horishiki Brand
•4 p.m.: Jill Horiyuki Halpin
•4:30 p.m.: Chaz Bojorquez

The event will conclude with a signing of the exhibition catalogue with all artists. Check back for details on how to purchase your own catalogue.

Regular admission is required for entry. Purchase admission at the front desk of the Museum on event day. No pre-payment accepted. Last entrance to the National Museum will be at 5 p.m.

Lectures will take place in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (glass building across the Courtyard from main building). Admission required for entry. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis, until maximum capacity is reached. Seating is limited so arrive early!

Saturday, March 15, 2014
1:00 PM—1:30 PM

Historic Building Tour


All members are invited to join a special guided tour of the Museum’s first public space. Originally built in 1925 as the Los Angeles Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, it was used as a house of worship, social hall, and rental office space. During WWII, it stored the belongings of Japanese Americans sent to concentration camps, and later a hostel during resettlement.

RSVP early; 25 guests max. Contact or call 213.830.5657.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
2:00 PM

Breaking Silences: Uncovering Memories of Japanese American Imprisonment

events/topaz.jpg In this intergenerational reading, Sansei poet and editor, Brian Komei Dempster, will discuss his community-based writing projects and anthologies, in which Japanese Americans—mostly Nisei—tell their stories of wartime incarceration and post-war resettlement. Dempster will also read poems from his debut collection, Topaz, which looks at the legacy of the camp experience and its impact on younger generations.

Joining Dempster is project participant Toru Saito, along with prominent Nisei writer, Wakako Yamauchi, whose granddaughter Alyctra Matsushita, will read excerpts from Yamauchi’s dazzling story collection, Rosebud (University of Hawaii, 2011, edited by Lillian Howan).

Co-sponsored by Collecting Los Angeles, a program of UCLA Library Special Collections.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
10:00 AM

Umami and Dashi: The Taste of Japan

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Mamiko Nishiyama, a Kanbutsu Maestro—a master of preserved foods—will share the culture and history of dashi, the dashi artisans, and will also give practical information on how to integrate dashi ingredients in your daily cooking.

Nishiyama is the proprietor of Yagicho Honten, a 300-year-old family owned traditional Japanese grocery shop in Nihonbashi, Tokyo and the leading producer of dashi products like dried bonito flakes, konbu seaweeds, shiitake mushrooms, and bean products. Moderated and translated by Sonoko Sakai. Dashi tastings to accompany seminar. 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
11:00 AM

Introduction to the Japanese Pantry: Cooking with Dashi

events/DSCF2644.jpg Learn how to cook with dashi, a foundation used in many Japanese cuisines such as miso soup, in this hands-on workshop with dashi maestro Mamiko Niashiyama and Common Grains’ Sonoko Sakai. They will show you how to prepare dashi for making miso soup, salad dressing, and seasoning to make rice and stews.

Menu includes:
  • Soups with dried bonito, sardines, konbu seaweed and shitake mushrooms
  • Umami-rich chicken and vegetable somen noodles
  • Gomoku rice (rice with vegetables) and tamago (egg omelet)
  • A light and clean spinach nori ohitashi salad
  • Koji marinated cabbage, carrot and cucumber pickles

  • *Menu is subject to change depending on availability of ingredients.

    Workshop follows immediately after seminar. Dashi sale following workshop. $75 members, $85 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 25 participants max.

    Saturday, March 22, 2014
    11:00 AM—2:30 PM

    Discovering Your Japanese American Roots with Chester Hashizume

    events/Chester_Hashizume_Picture_1_jpg_100x100_autocrop_sharpen_q85_1.jpg A comprehensive workshop covering genealogy basics such as getting started, identifying your ancestral Japanese hometown, obtaining and utilizing family documents, and determining the meaning behind surnames and family crests—all the tools you need to discover your roots.

    $45 members, $55 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 10 participants max.
    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    7:30 PM—9:00 PM

    East West Players Presents a Writers Gallery Reading of Takarazuka!!! by Susan Soon He Stanton

    events/Susan_Webphoto_sq.jpg FREE

    JANM and EWP present a reading of

    by Susan Soon He Stanton

    TAKARAZUKA!!! tracks the career sunset of Yuko, the star of the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female Japanese performance troupe that has put on melodramatic spectacles for nearly a hundred years. When Yuko is forced to retire, she trades the spotlight for a life in the country, and in the process falls under the spell of a mysterious ghost.

    Part ghost story, part love story, part black swan, TAKARAZUKA!!! is a thrilling and hilarious new black comedy.
    Friday, March 28, 2014
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game Upper Level Members' Preview Reception


    Upper Level Members are invited to join us to celebrate the opening of the Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    Exhibition Opening

    events/dodgers_exhibition_logo_3.bmp Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game opens.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
    Saturday, March 29, 2014
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_14_1_jpg_200x200_autocrop_q85_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.



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