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Calendar of Events — September 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.

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, September 6, 2014
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, September 6, 2014
2:00 PM

A Chat with Tommy Lasorda and Scott Akasaki


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


Scott Akasaki, the Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel, will engage former team manager and Hall-of-Famer Tommy Lasorda in an intimate discussion of Lasorda’s role as a baseball ambassador to Japan and other countries.

Lasorda began his career as a major league player before moving on to a storied lifelong association with the Dodgers as coach, manager, and finally executive. Akasaki has served as Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel for ten seasons and was the first Asian American to be named to the post in Major League history.


Pre-sale: $16 members, $20 non-members. Purchase pre-sale tickets by clicking the link below.

At Door: $20 members, $24 non-members. Cash only.


Photo Credit: Los Angeles Dodgers

In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6:00 PM

The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Celebration


If you missed the program, you can watch the post-screening discussion online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


6 p.m.: Reception with Light Refreshments
7 p.m.: Screening
9 p.m.: Panel Discussion

Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved film The Karate Kid, starring Pat Morita as the wise Mr. Miyagi and Ralph Macchio as his devoted karate student. JANM’s special guests this evening will be Macchio, Aly Morita (daughter of Pat, who passed away in 2005), and director John G. Avildsen.

Macchio has had standout roles in a variety of films, including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders (1983) and My Cousin Vinny (1992). Morita is a writer and Asian-American activist. Avildsen is a longtime film director; in addition to the wildly popular The Karate Kid and its two sequels, he is also the Academy Award-winning director of Rocky. The panel will be moderated by Jared Cowan, whose story on The Karate Kid’s 30th anniversary was featured on the cover of L.A. Weekly this past June.

Free for members, $10 non-members purchased in advance. $12 non-members at the door, cash only.


Official Airline of the Japanese American National Museum

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Sushi Graze



Take a stroll through Little Tokyo and sample the many different varieties of sushi available—inari, maki, kaiten, chirashi. On this guided tour, sushi masters will tell stories that evoke the 130-year history of the neighborhood.

$64 members, $80 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dodgers Exhibition Closing


Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game closes.

In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Perseverance Exhibition Closing


Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World closes.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
11:00 AM—2:30 PM

Discovering Your Japanese American Roots


Explore your roots in this workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume. Identify your ancestral Japanese hometown and uncover the meaning behind family crests and surnames.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
2:00 PM

City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950 by Valerie J. Matsumoto


During the 1920s and ’30s, Nisei girls’ organizations flourished in Los Angeles, then home to the largest Japanese American population. In clubs with names such as the Junior Misses and Tartanettes, girls learned leadership skills and took part in community service; they also enjoyed beach outings and parties. Often sponsored by the YWCA, Buddhist temples, and Christian churches, these groups served as a bulwark again racial discrimination, offering a welcoming space that helped young women navigate between parental expectations and the lure of popular culture.

City Girls examines the clubs and activities through which urban Nisei daughters claimed modern femininity, an American identity, and public space before and after the war.

Purchase City Girls from the JANM Store

Read an interview with the author on Discover Nikkei>>

Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour


Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:30 AM—4:30 PM

Mandala Shibori Two-Day Workshop


Saturday–Sunday, September 27–28
11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day

In this two-day workshop led by Shibori Girl (Glennis Dolce), learn to fold, tie, and dye a mandala design on silk. Bring rubber gloves, sewing pins, and scissors.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Autumn Cards


Learn how to make autumn-themed greeting cards.

$8 members, $10 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
2:00 PM

The Life and Times of Minoru Yasui


Min Yasui was a young Nisei attorney in Oregon during World War II when he violated the military curfew imposed upon all persons of Japanese ancestry in order to bring a test case to court. He lost that case in the U.S. Supreme Court, but nearly 40 years later he reopened it as part of the coram nobis litigation brought by young Sansei attorneys in 1983. Yasui was not only a key player in both of those eras, but also an outspoken, deeply committed activist all his life, working tirelessly for the human and civil rights of all people.

This presentation and panel discussion will include film clips, photographs, and documents illustrating Yasui’s life and times. Featured participants are Yasui’s colleague, attorney Peggy Nagae; his youngest daughter, Holly Yasui; and documentary filmmaker Janice Tanaka, who will serve as moderator.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.



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