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Calendar of Events — January 2015

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, January 3, 2015
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


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

Free with general admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Sunday, January 4, 2015
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

2015 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Sheep



Oshogatsu is one of JANM’s biggest events of the year. Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Sheep balloons by Balloon Monsoon
  • Candy art demonstration and raffle with Shan Ichiyanagi
  • Exciting performances by Taikoza and UniverSoul Hip Hop
  • Petting zoo with live sheep and goats, brought to you by Jessie’s Party Animals
  • Free sample bowls of lucky zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the new year, courtesy of Kidding Around the Kitchen
  • Rice pounding, taiko drumming, and mochi sampling with Kodama Taiko
  • Special appearance by Hello Kitty
  • …and so much more!

    Visit for complete schedule.

    *Free admission does not include Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

    Saturday, January 24, 2015
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Markets, Then and Now


    This historical walking tour explores the role that Japanese Americans played in establishing local markets, from downtown’s Grand Central Market, opened in 1917, to the neighborhood Asian grocers of today.

    $40 members, $50 non-members. Lunch and admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Limited to 18 participants.

    Saturday, January 24, 2015
    11:30 AM—4:30 PM

    Shibori Fusion: Techniques of Yesterday and Today


    This program is sold out.

    Saturday–Sunday, January 24–25, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    In this two-day workshop led by Shibori Girl (Glennis Dolce), participants will use various resist dyeing techniques on silks, including recycled kimono silks, to create a fabric collection and a scarf. Stitching, wrapping, clamping, and binding will be covered. Samples and books will be on hand for inspiration. New and returning shibori practitioners welcome!

    $72 members, $90 non-members, plus $45 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Fabrics, dyes, and use of tools and equipment included. Limited to 20 participants.

    Friday, January 30, 2015
    7:00 PM

    Hatsumi: One Grandmother’s Journey through the Japanese Canadian Internment



    Director Chris Hope, a member of JANM’s Board of Governors, takes his grandmother, Nancy Hatsumi Okura, to visit the sites in Canada where she was incarcerated during World War II.

    The story comes to life in vivid detail as the two discuss Okura’s wartime experiences for the first time. The film follows Hope and Okura across Canada and, unexpectedly, around the world.

    Read an interview with director Chris Hope on

    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    9:30 AM—12:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Girl Scout Program


    This program is sold out.

    In this special program just for Girl Scouts, start your visit to Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty before museum hours and then create your own Hello Kitty–inspired artwork.

    $10 members; $20 non-member scouts ages 6-17; $30 non-member scout parents/troop leaders. Museum admission, materials, and participation patches included. Limited to 45 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    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. Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    11:00 AM—12:00 PM

    Hello Kitty Musubi Workshop


    This program is sold out.

    Back by popular demand! This workshop was a huge hit at Hello Kitty Con 2014. Chef and Hello Kitty super-fan Katie Chin teaches how to make adorable and delicious Hello Kitty musubi.

    $20 members, $25 non-members. Limited to 30 participants.

    Admission to Common Ground and Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty after the workshop are included.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    1:00 PM

    Members Only Reception: China Dolls by Lisa See


    Members are invited to an intimate, pre-event reception with noted author Lisa See.

    Space is limited; RSVP to or 213.830.5646.

    This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    2:00 PM

    China Dolls by Lisa See


    Bestselling author Lisa See will discuss her new book, China Dolls, a WWII-era drama of friendship and betrayal amongst three Chinese American women whose lives cross in the glamorous nightclubs of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

    The women’s fortunes take a turn after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the book includes detailed accounts of the World War II imprisonment of Japanese Americans. See will also talk about her family’s personal connections to the Japanese American incarceration experience and her grandfather’s early efforts to exhibit art by Asian Americans.

    Audience Q&A to follow.

    Free with general admission. The book is available at the JANM Store.

    Read an interview with Lisa See on Discover Nikkei>>



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