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Calendar of Events — December 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 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, December 3, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

6th Annual LA International Tea Festival


Saturday, December 3–Sunday, December 4

The Los Angeles International Tea Festival celebrates worldwide tea culture by bringing together authors, industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists, educators, and tea lovers from around the country. Sample fine teas from all over the world, attend stimulating presentations, and meet premier suppliers, all in one place. Proceeds support JANM.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Presented by Chado Tea Room.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


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, December 10, 2016

Display Opening: Only the Oaks Remain

Opening day for Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station. On view through April 9, 2017.

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

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.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Craft Workshop—Indigo Vat Making and Shibori Technique


Saturday, December 10–Sunday, December 11
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.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00 PM

Members Only Program and Reception—Only the Oaks Remain


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


Only the Oaks Remain tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II.

In conjunction with the opening day, all JANM members are invited to a moderated panel discussion. Speakers will include Dr. Lloyd Hitt, local Tujunga historian; Dr. Sigrid Toye, daughter of a German detainee taken on the night that bombs fell on Pearl Harbor; and Grace Shimizu, who will talk about the Japanese Latin Americans who were imprisoned at Tuna Canyon. Program will be followed by a light reception.

RSVP by December 7 to or 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
3:00 PM—8:00 PM

Time After Time Capsule Drop-Off Day



Bring a cherished personal item or a colorfully decorated letter to your future self to be placed in the gigantic Hello Kitty time capsule by kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda. (Masuda will not be here for the drop-off day. If you would like to meet him in person, please join us for a workshop with the artist at Oshogatsu Family Festival on January 8.)

Masuda is organizing a total of 10 translucent time capsules as part of a long-term art project that will culminate in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will all be returned to their cities of origin and reopened in 2035.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

In conjunction with the exhibition Time After Time Capsule
Saturday, December 17, 2016
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Sushi Graze


Take a stroll through Little Tokyo and sample the many varieties of sushi, from makizushi to chirashi zushi. In between stops, listen to sushi masters tell stories that evoke the 130-year history of the neighborhood. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

$64 members; $80 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

Saturday, December 17, 2016
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. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, December 17, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Uprooted


Join Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II exhibition curator Morgen Young for an exclusive gallery tour.

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

Image: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-073759-D.

Saturday, December 17, 2016
2:00 PM

Uprooted Lecture and Panel Discussion


Exhibition curator Morgen Young will moderate a panel discussion with Nisei James Tanaka, Tohoru Isobe, and Albert Komatsu, who will provide firsthand accounts of living and working in the farm labor camps. Young will also provide insights into the creation of the farm labor program, the national need for sugar beet labor, and Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographer Russell Lee, whose documentation of the camps is featured in Uprooted.

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

Image: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-073890-D.



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