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Calendar of Events — January 2017

All programs are free for JANM members and free 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 8, 2017

Exhibition Closing: Uprooted

Sunday, January 8, 2017
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Time After Time Capsule Workshop with Kawaii Artist Sebastian Masuda

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FREE ALL DAY

In conjunction with JANM’s 2017 Oshogatsu Family Festival, help kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda fill two giant time capsules—one shaped like Hello Kitty and one shaped like Domo, the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK! Bring a cherished personal item or write a letter to your future self, which you will work on and decorate at the workshop before adding it to one of the capsules.

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 the cities where they were filled and reopened in 2035. Following this workshop, the capsules will be on view through January 29 as part of paid admission to the museum.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and sponsored by NHK World.

In conjunction with the exhibition Time After Time Capsule
Sunday, January 8, 2017
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

2017 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Rooster

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FREE ALL DAY!

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

  • Sample lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the New Year

  • Join author Sonoko Sakai for a hands-on onigiri (Japanese rice ball snacks) workshop. Rice

  • Watch a rainbow mochi demonstration by Brian Kito of Fugetsu-Do Confectioners

  • Get crafty at our various holiday-themed craft stations

  • See several varieties of chickens at our Live Chicken Petting Zoo

  • Watch Kodama Taiko’s unique mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration

  • Japanese drumming performance by TAIKOPROJECT

  • Pick up a fukubukuro (lucky grab bag) at the JANM Store

  • …and so much more!

    Check for janm.org/oshogatsufest2017 for complete schedule.

    Sponsored by NHK World and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Sunday, January 8, 2017
    2:00 PM

    Talk by Kawaii Artist Sebastian Masuda

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    FREE

    As part of our Oshogatsu Family Festival, artist Sebastian Masuda, creator of the Time After Time Capsules, will talk about his work.

    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 the cities where they were filled and reopened in 2035. Two of the capsules—one shaped like Hello Kitty and one shaped like Domo, the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK—will be on view at JANM through January 29.

    Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and sponsored by NHK World.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Time After Time Capsule
    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    7:00 PM—7:30 PM

    Common Ground Conversations—COMPASSION

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    FREE

    JANM presents a four-week series of public conversations taking place within our core exhibition, Common Ground: The Heart of Community. Each conversation, which will be facilitated by a member of our education staff and follow a guiding theme, is intended to generate meaningful dialogue among guests, utilizing Japanese American history to delve into contemporary issues and concerns. Portions of the exhibition will serve as jumping-off points for each conversation.

    Common Ground incorporates hundreds of objects, documents, and photographs to chronicle 130 years of Japanese American history, beginning with the first generation of immigrants to the United States (Issei) and including prominent coverage of the World War II incarceration as well as the military service of Japanese Americans during the war.

    All are welcome to attend and no tickets or RSVPs are required. Common Ground Conversations are free and coincide with JANM’s free admission on Thursdays starting at 5 p.m.

    January 12: Compassion
    January 19: Transparency
    January 26: Speaking Out
    February 2: Solidarity

    In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
    Saturday, January 14, 2017
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    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.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    7:30 PM—9:30 PM

    Panel Discussion—What Does the Japanese American Experience Tell Us About the Proposed Muslim Registry?

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    In advocating for a registry to track all Muslims living in or immigrating to the US, President-elect Donald Trump and his followers are raising the specter of the World War II incarceration, without due process, of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most of whom were US citizens and all of whom were innocent of any crimes. Even though President Ronald Reagan formally apologized for the incarceration and authorized reparations for the former prisoners in 1988, the incident is still being cited as a “precedent” for a Muslim registry.

    Do such registries actually make the nation more secure? What is their history in the US and under what circumstances do they lead to detention of large groups of people? What specific lessons can we draw from the Japanese American incarceration as we ponder Trump’s intentions and the best means to combat them?

    Join Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, UCLA’s George and Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community; Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum; Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA’s Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law and author of the award-winning books Immigration Outside the Law (2014) and Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (2006); and moderator Ann Burroughs, JANM’s Interim President and CEO, for this important panel discussion.

    A Zócalo Public Square/UCLA event, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum.

    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    7:00 PM—7:30 PM

    Common Ground Conversations—TRANSPARENCY

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    FREE

    JANM presents a four-week series of public conversations taking place within our core exhibition, Common Ground: The Heart of Community. Each conversation, which will be facilitated by a member of our education staff and follow a guiding theme, is intended to generate meaningful dialogue among guests, utilizing Japanese American history to delve into contemporary issues and concerns. Portions of the exhibition will serve as jumping-off points for each conversation.

    Common Ground incorporates hundreds of objects, documents, and photographs to chronicle 130 years of Japanese American history, beginning with the first generation of immigrants to the United States (Issei) and including prominent coverage of the World War II incarceration as well as the military service of Japanese Americans during the war.

    All are welcome to attend and no tickets or RSVPs are required. Common Ground Conversations are free and coincide with JANM’s free admission on Thursdays starting at 5 p.m.

    January 12: Compassion
    January 19: Transparency
    January 26: Speaking Out
    February 2: Solidarity

    In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
    Friday, January 20, 2017

    FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY

    In recognition of democracy and the fragility of constitutional protections, JANM will be offering free admission all day.

    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Exhibition Closing: Tatau

    Final day to see the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia.

    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    7:00 PM—7:30 PM

    Common Ground Conversations—SPEAKING OUT

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    FREE

    JANM presents a four-week series of public conversations taking place within our core exhibition, Common Ground: The Heart of Community. Each conversation, which will be facilitated by a member of our education staff and follow a guiding theme, is intended to generate meaningful dialogue among guests, utilizing Japanese American history to delve into contemporary issues and concerns. Portions of the exhibition will serve as jumping-off points for each conversation.

    Common Ground incorporates hundreds of objects, documents, and photographs to chronicle 130 years of Japanese American history, beginning with the first generation of immigrants to the United States (Issei) and including prominent coverage of the World War II incarceration as well as the military service of Japanese Americans during the war.

    All are welcome to attend and no tickets or RSVPs are required. Common Ground Conversations are free and coincide with JANM’s free admission on Thursdays starting at 5 p.m.

    January 12: Compassion
    January 19: Transparency
    January 26: Speaking Out
    February 2: Solidarity

    In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
    Saturday, January 28, 2017
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    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, January 28, 2017
    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. Limited to 20 participants.

    Saturday, January 28, 2017
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station

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    Join a representative from the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition for an informative tour of this special display.

    Limited to 20 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, January 28, 2017
    2:00 PM

    Film Screening and Discussion—East Side Sushi

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    East Side Sushi follows Juana, a single, working-class Latina mother, as she discovers a passion for making sushi.

    Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands very fast; she can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. Forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana becomes a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant and discovers a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far removed from everything she has known.

    As she observes the sushi chefs at work, she secretly teaches herself to make a variety of sushi, and soon finds that her creativity is sparked; she begins to want more from her job and her life. She attempts to become a sushi chef, but faces challenges because she is the “wrong” race and gender. Against all odds, Juana embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

    Members of the cast and crew will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Read an interview with assistant producer Vicki Wong about the film on Discover Nikkei.

    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    12th 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.

     

     

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