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Calendar of Events — January 2016

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 rsvp@janm.org 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.

Sunday, January 3, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

2016 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Monkey

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FREE ALL DAY!

Ring in the Year of the Monkey with food, crafts, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Watch Kodama Taiko pound fresh New Year mochi for you
  • Enjoy a Japanese-style lion dance and hip hop dance performances
  • Monkey around in the Curious George Bounce House
  • Sample a variety of traditional Japanese New Year foods
  • See Shan the Candyman create amazing monkey candy sculptures, which will be raffled off throughout the day
  • Join the Giant Robot Biennale 4 scavenger hunt and win a sticker
  • Get crafty at our puppet making, origami, coloring, and sketchbook customizing stations
  • Pick up a fukubukuro (lucky grab bag) at the JANM Store
  • …and so much more!

    For a complete schedule, visit janm.org/oshogatsufest2016.

     

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission

    Saturday, January 9, 2016
    10:00 AM—12:00 PM

    GRB4 Girl Scout Program

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    By popular demand, JANM is continuing to offer occasional programs just for Girl Scouts.

    Current, active Girl Scouts of middle-school age and older will enjoy a private viewing of the Giant Robot Biennale 4 exhibition before the museum opens to the public. They can then participate in a zine-making workshop with artist Yumi Sakugawa, whose art is featured in the exhibition. Participants will receive a special JANM patch at the end of their visit.

    Free for JANM members; $10 for non-members (scouts and accompanying parents/troop leaders). Limited to 35 attendees. Advance reservations required.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
    Saturday, January 9, 2016
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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    January 9, 16, and 23—JUST ADDED! Single session options.

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

    Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as gentle, strength-building standing and balancing poses. Prepare for a new year by cultivating and exploring the many health benefits of yoga and meditation.

    Held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. 3-session pricing: $28 members, $35 non-members. Single session: $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

    3-session:

    January 9 only:

    Saturday, January 9, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Author Discussion—Taken from the Paradise Isle by Heidi Kim

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    George and Tamae Hoshida and their children were a Japanese American family who lived in Hawai‘i. In 1942, George was arrested as a “potentially dangerous alien” and incarcerated in a series of camps over the next two years. Tamae sought to reunite with George, and was eventually sent to the Jerome Relocation Center in Arkansas with her three of her daughters, including a newborn. She was forced to leave her handicapped eldest daughter behind in a nursing home. George and Tamae regularly exchanged letters during this time, and George maintained a diary including personal thoughts, watercolors, and sketches.

    Taken from the Paradise Isle tells the story of the Japanese American incarceration through selections from George Hoshida’s memoir, diary, letters, and artworks. These first-person sources are bolstered by extensive archival documents and editor Heidi Kim’s historical contextualization. The book provides a new and important perspective on the tragedy of the incarceration as it affected Japanese American families in Hawai‘i, adding to the growing body of literature that illuminates the violation of Nikkei civil rights during World War II.

    Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Taken from the Paradise Isle is available at the JANM Store.

    View drawings and watercolors from George Hoshida’s diary online.

    Read an interview with Taken from the Paradise Isle editor Heidi Kim on Discover Nikkei.

    Read an overview of George Hoshida’s WWII incarceration experience on Discover Nikkei.

    Saturday, January 16, 2016
    10:00 AM—12:00 PM

    GRB4 Girl Scout Program

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    By popular demand, JANM is continuing to offer occasional programs just for Girl Scouts.

    Current, active Girl Scouts of middle-school age and older will enjoy a private viewing of the Giant Robot Biennale 4 exhibition before the museum opens to the public. They can then participate in a zine-making workshop with artist Yumi Sakugawa, whose art is featured in the exhibition. Participants will receive a special JANM patch at the end of their visit.

    Free for JANM members; $10 for non-members (scouts and accompanying parents/troop leaders). Limited to 35 attendees. Advance reservations required.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
    Saturday, January 16, 2016
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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    January 9, 16, and 23—JUST ADDED! Single session options.

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

    Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as gentle, strength-building standing and balancing poses. Prepare for a new year by cultivating and exploring the many health benefits of yoga and meditation.

    Held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. Single session: $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

    January 16 only:

    Saturday, January 16, 2016
    11:00 AM

    Water Memory: An Art Workshop with Sean Chao

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    Artist Sean Chao, who was featured in Giant Robot Biennale 3, creates miniature dioramas using polymer clay, basswood, and paper. Nature is a recurring theme in his work; he often depicts dense forests or vast oceans filled with plants and wildlife. With Sean’s guidance, learn to use polymer clay, acrylic paint, and paper to create your own sculptural underwater scene.

    Basic tools and materials provided; participants may also bring their own. $44 members, $55 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 25 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
    Saturday, January 23, 2016
    10:00 AM—11:00 AM

    Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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    January 9, 16, and 23—JUST ADDED! Single session options.

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

    Participants can expect each one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as gentle, strength-building standing and balancing poses. Prepare for a new year by cultivating and exploring the many health benefits of yoga and meditation.

    Held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. Single session: $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

    January 23 only:

    Saturday, January 23, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Giant Robot Biennale 4

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    All members are invited to join curator Eric Nakamura for an intimate tour of the exhibition.

    Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

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

    In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
    Saturday, January 23, 2016
    1:00 PM

    Members Only Meet and Greet with S. Floyd Mori

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    Come meet S. Floyd Mori—author, member of JANM’s Board of Governors, and President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)—at this intimate pre-event reception prior to the public discussion about his book, The Japanese American Story.

    Space is limited. RSVP by January 18 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, January 23, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Author Discussion—The Japanese American Story by S. Floyd Mori

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    This book is a collection of speeches and articles that were written and presented by S. Floyd Mori while he was representing the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, as National Executive Director and CEO, Director of Public Policy, and National President.

    The book tells the story of the wrongful incarceration of 120,000 Japanese American citizens during World War II in order to ensure that such a violation of citizens’ rights is never repeated. Mori also discusses civil rights issues and the history of the JACL and the Japanese American community. Proceeds from book sales will benefit Japanese American and civil rights organizations.

    Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    The Japanese American Story is available at the JANM Store.

    Read an interview with Floyd Mori about his book on Discover Nikkei.

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

    Exhibition Closing: Giant Robot Biennale 4

    Final day to see the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4.

    Sunday, January 24, 2016
    11:00 AM

    Giant Robot Decoden Workshop

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    Decoden, which is shorthand Japanese for “decorated phone,” is a style trend that has been popular in Japan for several years. Commonly seen in the fashionable Harajuku district, decoden refers to an overload of sparkly charms and jewels layered onto phones and other accessories for a colorful, tactile effect.

    In this workshop, led by YouTube personality and entertainment host Chrissa Sparkles with designer and host Jon Brence (KawaiiGuy), each participant will receive one of Giant Robot’s signature Big Boss Robot figurines to customize in decoden style.

    Celebrate the last day of the Giant Robot Biennale 4 exhibition by decorating your own takeaway souvenir!

    $28 members, $35 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
    Saturday, January 30, 2016

    11th Annual Museums Free-for-All

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    FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY

    JANM is pleased to be among more than 20 museums in the Southern California area to offer free admission on this day. For a complete list of participating institutions, visit socalmuseums.org/free-for-all.

    Saturday, January 30, 2016
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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    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, January 30, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Two-Day Shibori Workshop—Mandala Magic on Silk

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    Saturday–Sunday, January 30–31
    11 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Mandalas offer a versatile framework for exploring an infinite array of beautiful patterns. Using a unique silk-dyeing method developed by Shibori Girl Glennis Dolce, learn to create beautiful mandalas on kimono silks. You will produce several mandala silks in this class, which you can then use as wall art, pillow cases, or focal elements in quilts or garments.

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

     

     

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