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Calendar of Events — April 2016

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Please note that general admission rates are increasing as of August 16, 2019. 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.

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, April 2, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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April 2, 9, and 16—JUST ADDED!

New dates have been added due to popular demand!

Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 3-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. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. 3-session pricing: $20 members, $25 non-members. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

3-session:

April 2 only:

Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures: A Noodling Walk through Little Tokyo

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This tour will begin with a lesson on noodle basics before moving on to sample the offerings at three different neighborhood noodle restaurants.

$48 members; $60 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:00 AM—11:00 AM

CANCELLED: Members Only Spotlight on Common Ground

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Members and their families are invited to join JANM’s Education Department for an in-depth look at some of our favorite artifacts in Common Ground. Recommended for multi-generational families with children high school-aged and older.

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

Film Screening and Panel Discussion—The Empty Chair

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In 1942, Alaska native John Tanaka was going to be the valedictorian of his high school graduating class, but was scheduled to be incarcerated by the U.S. government before the ceremony could take place. In response, the Juneau school board voted to hold a special early graduation ceremony for him. When the official ceremony was held for the class of ’42, they set aside an empty chair on the platform to acknowledge Tanaka’s absence. Tanaka went on to volunteer for service in the all-Japanese American 442 Regimental Combat Team while his family remained in an American concentration camp.

The Empty Chair is a unique documentary film composed of interviews of survivors from that period, rare historical photos, never-before-seen archival footage, U.S. government documentaries, and historical accounts. All of these sources are woven together to draw the viewer back into this little-known chapter of American history. Panel with the filmmakers to follow the screening.

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

Read more about this film on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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April 2, 9, and 16—JUST ADDED!

New dates have been added due to popular demand!

Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 3-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. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. 3-session pricing: $20 members, $25 non-members. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

April 9 only:

Saturday, April 9, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Protect Our Planet

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FREE ALL DAY

Join us for a day of fun activities to encourage everyone to “think green.”

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Make a Green Pledge stating what you can do to help the environment. Take home an instant photo of you and your pledge to help you remember it throughout the year.

  • Create your own biodegradable planter, then plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow.

  • Learn to fold paper cranes with recycled paper at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Decorate your own reusable shopping bag. For children only; first come, first served.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.: From Trash to Trees with reDiscover
    reDiscover Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes creative conservation through material reuse, presents an art activity for all ages. Using upcycled materials from households and industry, participants will craft tabletop models of the trees that dot our urban landscape. Each child or group will make a tree to add to a miniature forest, and then take home their creation at the end of the day.

    11:30 a.m. / 2:30 p.m.: Bird Feeder Workshop
    Make and decorate a bird feeder out of recycled milk cartons. Seeds will be provided. Limited to 20 children; must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the Survey Table.

    1 p.m.: Art Workshop with My Papel Picado
    My Papel Picado, a family organization dedicated to preserving the Mexican folk art of papel picado (cut paper), presents a fun and educational activity for children. Using recycled materials and brightly colored tissue paper, create your own decorative papel picado. Limited to 20 children; must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the Survey Table.

    3:30 p.m.: Eco-Friendly Tunes and Stories with Claire Mills
    Children’s entertainment specialist Claire Mills will present her unique, interactive mix of music and storytelling, with a thematic focus on the sun and its power.

     

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    Saturday, April 9, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Lecture: Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank

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    FREE

    Bill Jeffries and Grace Eiko Thomson, co-curators of Two Views, will discuss their exhibition.

    This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Saturday, April 16, 2016
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Spirit: Yoga with traci ishigo

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    April 2, 9, and 16—JUST ADDED!

    New dates have been added due to popular demand!

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “Don't be wasteful” in Japanese. In this 3-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. Come cultivate and explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    May be held outside, weather permitting. Bring your own mat and props. 3-session pricing: $20 members, $25 non-members. Single session: $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

    April 16 only:

    Saturday, April 16, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Making Waves

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    Join Robert Hori, Cultural Curator at the Huntington Library, for an exclusive gallery tour entitled “Japanese Cultural Traditions as Expressed in Japanese American Photography.” By combining references from their artistic heritage with everyday elements, Japanese American photographers created visual haiku—seemingly simple but complex compositions.

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

    Photo: F.Y. Sato, Shadow from Garden, c. 1930. Private collection.

    Saturday, April 16, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Recollections of Family History

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    In this panel discussion moderated by exhibition curator Dennis Reed, family members of photographers featured in Making Waves will discuss the artists’ lives and activities.

    The discussion will move through three time periods—the 1920s and ’30s, the World War II incarceration, and the postwar period—and include time for audience Q&A. Confirmed participants include representatives from the families of Harry Hayashida, Toyo Miyatake, J.T. Sata, and Shigemi Uyeda.

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

    Photo: Toyo Miyatake, Charles Teske, 1927. The Toyo Miyatake Collection.

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    32nd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

    Friday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 27

    Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of festival favorites. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the artist/audience experience. Celebrating its 32nd edition in 2016, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

    $14 general; $12 students, seniors, and VC/DGA/JANM members with valid ID. For information and to purchase tickets, visit vconline.org/festival.

    Note: Festival runs April 21–28; JANM screenings take place April 22–27.

    Saturday, April 23, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Two-Day Craft Workshop—Shibori Fusion: Techniques of Yesterday and Today

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    Saturday, April 23–Sunday, April 24
    11 a.m.–4 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 $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Fabrics, dyes, use of tools and equipment, and museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Exhibition Closing: Two Views

    Saturday, April 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, April 30, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Floral Cards

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    Learn to hand-make floral cards for the next birthday or special occasion.

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

    Saturday, April 30, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Civil Rights Today: The Legacy of Minoru Yasui

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    Minoru “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. Recognized posthumously by President Obama with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, Yasui was not only a key player in both of those struggles, but also an outspoken, deeply committed activist all his life, working tirelessly for the human and civil rights of all people.

    The year 2016 marks Yasui’s 100th birthday and the 74th anniversary of his voluntary arrest. This special event will pay tribute to Yasui’s courage and leadership, his lifetime of service, and the civil rights legacy that he left behind.

    Honorary Chair will be Irene Hirano-Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council and former JANM President. Speakers will include Peggy Nagae, Esq., a noted redress activist and the lead attorney in reopening Yasui’s WWII case; Holly Yasui, youngest daughter of Min and True Yasui; and Dr. Irum Siekh, a filmmaker, oral historian, scholar, and author of the book Detained Without Cause: Muslims’ Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11. Holly will also screen an excerpt from her upcoming documentary film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice. More speakers to be announced; please check back for updates.

    Free with museum admission. Limited seating; reservations encouraged using the link below.

    RSVPs for this event are near capacity. Entry cannot be guaranteed unless on the RSVP list.

    This event is presented in partnership with the Minoru Yasui Civil Rights Committee, Los Angeles; the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; and the George and Sakaye Aratani Chair on the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress and Community, UCLA.

     

     

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