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Calendar of Events — February 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.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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Join us for a 10th anniversary screening of the third film in the blockbuster Fast and Furious franchise. A bit of an outlier in the Fast and Furious series, Tokyo Drift follows a different set of characters from the previous films.

High school student Sean Boswell, who has a penchant for street racing, is sent to live with his father in Tokyo. He quickly gets involved with a local gang of racers, who practice a unique style of “drift racing.” To fit in and prove himself, Sean must master the new style and defeat the leader of the gang.

Panel discussion to follow with director Justin Lin and actors Sung Kang and Leonardo Nam.

Pre-sale: $10 JANM and Visual Communications members, $12 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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

Free with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, February 6, 2016
2:00 PM

Members Only Screening and Discussion—Under the Blood Red Sun

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All members are invited to a private screening of Under the Blood Red Sun. Based on the acclaimed book by Graham Salisbury, the film is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Tomi and his best friend Billy are playing baseball when they notice fighter planes bearing Japan’s insignia descending on their island home. Following the attack, prejudice begins to divide their community, and Tomi is torn between his love of America and the traditional ways of his parents. After his father is sent away to a concentration camp, Tomi must also step up to take care of his mother and sister. Based on actual events, Under the Blood Red Sun is a testament to friendship, courage, and survival.

Panel discussion with director Tim Savage, actor Chris Tashima, and actor Kalama Epstein, along with a light reception, will follow the screening.

Space is limited. RSVP by February 1 memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Read about the making of the film on Discover Nikkei.

Available at the JANM Store.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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February 13 and 20—JUST ADDED!

New dates have been added due to popular demand!

Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 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. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Making Music

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FREE ALL DAY

Celebrate the joy of music with us, as we present a variety of musical performances and music-themed crafts and activities for the whole family.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Build a kazoo and make some noise!

  • Shake things up by constructing a pair of maracas.

  • Learn to fold a paper piano at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Hang out in our Jam Space, where kids can play with an array of toys and instruments.

  • Indulge in some virtual fun inside the Big Game Trailer, a custom-built mobile gaming theater with six large screens that can accommodate 24 gamers simultaneously. Featured will be music-themed video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.: Children’s Tunes
    Michal “Peanut” Karmi performs original children’s tunes like “Ooey Gooey Mud” and “Six Little Pickles” on her ukulele.

    12:15 p.m.–1 p.m.: Drum Circle
    Visitors of all ages are invited to join an invigorating drum circle led by Drumtime.

    1:15 p.m.–2 p.m.: Story Time with Violin
    Enjoy a reading of Chieri Uegaki’s delightful children’s book, Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, with musical accompaniment by violinist Megan Shung Smith. A solo performance by Smith will follow. The book is available for purchase at the JANM Store and janmstore.com.

    2 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: UniverSOUL Hip Hop
    UniverSOUL Hip Hop, a community-based K–12 cultural education group, will conduct an interactive deejaying and dancing demonstration.

    2:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.: Mariachi Music
    Listen to traditional mariachi sounds with a modern twist from Grupo Bella, an all-female mariachi band from Los Angeles.

    3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.: Taiko Drumming
    USC Kazan Taiko, the collegiate taiko drumming ensemble of the University of Southern California, brings the day to an end with a dynamic performance.

     

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    Saturday, February 20, 2016
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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    February 13 and 20—JUST ADDED!

    New dates have been added due to popular demand!

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 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. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

    Saturday, February 20, 2016
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: Sweets and Street Art of Little Tokyo

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    Sample Asian sweets such as dango (rice dumplings), mochi ice cream, imagawayaki (filled pastry), and yokan (chilled jelly dessert) while exploring the public art of Little Tokyo.

    $20 members; $25 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.

    Saturday, February 20, 2016
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Community Day of Remembrance—Is It 1942 Again? Overcoming Our Fears and Upholding Constitutional Rights for All

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    PAY WHAT YOU WISH

    On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, making it possible for the U.S. military to forcibly remove and incarcerate 120,000 Japanese Americans solely on the basis of race. Each year, communities across the country hold Day of Remembrance programs to recall this shameful chapter in U.S. history and honor the courage and perseverance of the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated.

    Our history reminds us how fear and prejudice can threaten the civil liberties of all people. Recently, Muslim Americans and refugees seeking to enter the U.S. have faced a backlash following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. This year’s program will explore parallels between the experiences of those groups and that of Japanese Americans during World War II. Light reception to follow.

    JANM is proud to present the 2016 Los Angeles Community Day of Remembrance in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, and the Manzanar Committee.

    Saturday, February 27, 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, February 27, 2016
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Members' Preview Day and Reception: Making Waves and Two Views

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    The museum’s two new temporary exhibitions—Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940 and Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank—will be open only to JANM members, who are invited to have an exclusive first look before they open to the public on February 28.

    Remarks by Making Waves curator Dennis Reed at 2 p.m. followed by a book signing. Light dessert reception from 3 p.m.

    RSVP by February 19 to specialevents@janm.org or 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

    Photo: Asahachi Kono, Pond Fantasy, c. 1930. Collection of the Kono family.

    Saturday, February 27, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    CANCELLED: Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Hinamatsuri Cards

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    THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Please join us for the next class, Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Floral Cards on Saturday, April 30.

    Make a Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) greeting card for your friends and family.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

    Saturday, February 27, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting

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    FREE

    The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking.

    Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

    To RSVP or for more information, email info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/nikkeigen.

    Sunday, February 28, 2016

    Exhibition Openings: Making Waves and Two Views

    Sunday, February 28, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Film Screening—Copyright: Leonard Frank and The War Between Us

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    In conjunction with Two Views, JANM will screen a short documentary on Leonard Frank and a feature-length drama set against the Japanese Canadian incarceration.

    Copyright: Leonard Frank tells the story of the great Canadian photographer, who emigrated from Germany at the age of 22. After winning a camera in a lottery, he spent the next 50 years taking pictures of everyday life, landscapes, and industry in British Columbia, becoming renowned as one of the defining photographers of Western Canada.

    Set in British Columbia shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, The War Between Us tells the story of the Kawashima family, who are forcibly taken away from their home and business and sent to a mining camp deep in the country’s interior. The family faces primitive living conditions and racist treatment from the locals, but they eventually forge real friendships with their neighbors, helping to ease their feelings of betrayal by the Canadian government.

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

     

     

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