Calendar of Events — October 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 email@example.com 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.
Edible Adventures: Got Rice? Exploring Little Tokyo Grain by Grain
This cultural walk will focus on the many food products made from rice, with ample opportunities to sample everything from onigiri (rice balls) to manju (pounded rice sweet). In between stops at Little Tokyo specialty shops, where you will meet the owners, you will hear stories of the history of the neighborhood.
$40 members, $50 non-members; museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.
Free with museum admission.
8th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique
Organized by JANM’s volunteers, the eighth edition of this annual boutique will feature dozens of vendors selling unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, Giant Robot merchandise, handbags, ceramics, origami and glass art, dog fashions, and more! Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko at 1 p.m.
Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. Admission to the boutique is free. Museum admission is “Pay What You Wish.” Make a boutique purchase of $10 or more and receive a 10% discount at participating Little Tokyo restaurants. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented by Friends of the Museum.
Staged Reading—Reservoir Dogs
PAY WHAT YOU WISH
In this unique staged reading, an all-APIA female cast will perform Quentin Tarantino’s classic crime drama, Reservoir Dogs.
As a response to the controversial practice of “whitewashing” in Hollywood, in which non-white roles are given to Caucasian actors, No Shortage of Asian Talent (NSAT) was formed to create an outlet for up-and-coming APIA actors and their audiences, and to show Hollywood that there is no shortage of APIA talent, as its practices might have the public believe. Last year, NSAT launched a staged reading series in which APIA actors perform in well-known roles that they normally wouldn’t be considered for. The series also allows emerging directors the opportunity to develop their craft and work with actors on a small scale.
This all-female APIA performance of Reservoir Dogs follows NSAT’s debut event, an all-male APIA reading of Glengarry Glen Ross. Please note Reservoir Dogs contains strong language.
Admission is “Pay What You Wish” this day. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Presented by No Shortage of Asian Talent (NSAT).
Two-Day Craft Workshop—Indigo Vat Making and Shibori Technique
Saturday, October 8–Sunday, October 9
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
In this two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce of Shibori Girl Studios, participants will have the opportunity to make a small, two-gallon fermentation vat to take home with them. All levels are welcome to come and practice shibori techniques, learn about indigo vat maintenance, experiment with Japanese shibori tools and stencils, and browse the book collection. Feel free to bring your own indigo-dyeing and shibori projects.
$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Two-gallon lidded buckets will also be available for $4 each. Limited to 18 participants. Museum admission included.
Please be sure to wear studio clothing and bring rubber gloves, sewing pins, and scissors. All other materials will be provided.
Mottainai Yoga with traci
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 strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!
Bring your own mat and props. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants per class.
Okaeri 2016: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering
Friday, October 14 – Saturday, October 15
Following the historic launch of Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering in 2014, JANM is proud to host the group’s second conference in 2016.
While the Nikkei community has been a comforting home for many, too many LGBTQ Japanese Americans are estranged from their families and face discrimination. The goal of Okaeri, which means “welcome home” in Japanese, is to support, educate, advocate, and connect so that everyone in the community feels included and welcome. Workshops and plenaries will focus on family acceptance, mental health, transgender education, being a straight ally, building the movement both within and outside of the Nikkei community, and much more. Social and networking opportunities will also be provided.
Okaeri 2016 is a space for LGBTQ Nikkei and their families and allies to connect with each other; find support, resources and information; and learn how other Nikkei have embraced their LGBTQ family members and friends.
For information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.
Decoden Phone Case Workshop
Join the decoden phone case craze that has swept Japan! Lifestyle personalities and media hosts Chrissa Sparkles and Jon Brence show you how to add sparkly personality to your phone case using cute items such as pearls, bows, rhinestones, and even your favorite characters.
$28 members, $35 non-members. Participants must bring their own plain plastic phone case; plenty of decoden materials will be provided. Museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.
Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting
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.
Remember, Educate, and Inspire: Learning from Our Past to Improve Our Future
Members of Go For Broke’s exhibitions and archives staff will speak about the inspiration that they draw from working with the history of the Nisei veteran experience.
Gavin Do, Assistant Director of Archives and Special Collections, will share his experiences of discovery while working with the Hiroshi Sugiyama collection. Erin Sato will speak about how her life, work, and passions all intersect through her job as Lead Cataloger for the archives. Megan Keller, Director of Education and Exhibitions, will introduce a new and exciting traveling exhibition. Please join GFBNEC as they explore personal and professions connections in their work.
Free with JANM or GFBNEC admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Members Only—JANM Ghost Stories
To celebrate the Halloween season, all JANM members are invited to a haunting—and entertaining—discussion of ghosts and the paranormal with ABC7 news anchor David Ono, producer Jeff MacIntyre, and actor Rodney Kageyama. Learn about their encounters with the supernatural and decide for yourself if you believe! Light reception to follow.
Please RSVP by October 17 to email@example.com or 213.830.5646.
Civil Liberties in a Time of Fear: The Japanese American Incarceration and the Threat to Muslim Americans
6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.: Refreshments and Taiko Drumming Performance
7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.: Panel Discussion
The Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Japanese American Bar Association invite you to join us for a panel discussion.
- Karen Korematsu, founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute
- Dr. Irum Shiekh, filmmaker, Hidden Internment: The Art Shibuyama Story, and author, Detained Without Cause: Muslim Americans’ Stories of Detention and Deportation after 9/11
- Edina Lekovic, Public Affairs Consultant, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and co-founder of New Ground, an interfaith project bringing Muslims and Jews together in greater LA.
- Moderated by Warren Olney, KCRW, host and executive producer of To the Point and Olney in LA
Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Members Only Exhibition Tour: Tatau
Join Tatau exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura for an in-depth gallery tour, followed by a catalog signing.
Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.830.5646.
Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paul Jr. Photo by John Agcaoili.
Mottainai Yoga with traci
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 the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!
Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.
Film Screening—Tatau: Marks of Polynesia Documentary
If you missed the program, you can watch the post-screening discussion online on JANM’s YouTube channel.
Made by the organizers of Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, this documentary film explores the history of the 2,000-year-old art form as well as the influential Su‘a Sulu‘ape family and their mission to preserve the practice of traditional Samoan tattooing, providing insight into the origins of the art form.
The film includes exclusive interviews with Samoan Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta‘isi Efi, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuila‘epa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, renowned athlete Zita Martel, and tattoo artists Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paul Jr., Su‘a Sulu‘ape Aisea Toetu‘u, Sulu‘ape Steve Looney, Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Mike Fatutoa, and Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau.
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director John Agcaoili, exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura, and several artists featured in the film.
Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo. Photo by John Agcaoili.