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Calendar of Events — August 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Moving Day


March 23 – August 11, 2017
Daily from sunset to midnight

In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, JANM presents Moving Day, an outdoor public art installation. The work consists of a series of projections of the Civilian Exclusion Orders that were publicly posted during World War II to inform persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal and incarceration. Each projection will coincide with the 75th anniversary date of the specific exclusion order. Projections will take place on the facade of the museum’s Historic Building, the site of Los Angeles’s first Buddhist temple and a pickup point for Japanese Americans bound for concentration camps during World War II.

For a schedule of related programs, visit

Little Tokyo Service Center is a community partner and supporter of Moving Day.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
10:30 AM

CANCELLED: Members Only Exhibition Tour: New Frontiers



Join exhibition curator Jeff Yang for a special gallery tour on the eve of the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing—an event that had a significant impact on George Takei’s family.

In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
Saturday, August 5, 2017
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


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

Included with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Thursday, August 10, 2017
7:30 PM

EPFC Filmcicle Presents Race and Space in Los Angeles VI



The latest installment of Echo Park Film Center’s Race and Space in Los Angeles screening series focuses on the city’s Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. The evening will begin with a USC student-made production, The Challenge (1957, Claude Bache), which examines the unlawful incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II from an assimilationist perspective put forth by the Japanese Americans Citizens League, which at the time was promoting a platform leaning towards adopting American ideologies.

As a counterpoint, the program will feature films from APIA filmmaking collective Visual Communications, whose works emphasized the APIA artist’s point of view. Manzanar (1971), a seminal film by VC founder Robert Nakamura, addresses the WWII Japanese American incarceration from a very different perspective. The program will include additional VC films that explore the topic of identity and collective memory within the APIA community.

This program is presented in partnership with Echo Park Film Center, the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC, and Visual Communications.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Exhibition Closing: Instructions to All Persons

Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Natsumatsuri Family Festival



Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

  • Musical performances

  • Free souvenir photos at our happi coat photo booth

  • Free samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries)

  • Basic taiko drumming lessons

  • Fun crafts including origami and the ever-popular Natsumatsuri paper hats

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • Free admission all day to see New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

  • …and more!

    Visit for more details.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Exhibition Closing: New Frontiers

    Final day to see the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.

    Saturday, August 26, 2017
    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, August 26, 2017
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Two-Day Shibori On! Workshop



    Saturday–Sunday, August 26–27
    11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

    Glennis Dolce is back from her Japan Silk Study Tour and will have plenty to share in this two-day workshop! Continue working on itajime, arashinui, and other shibori dyeing techniques on a broad selection of fabrics, and learn about dyeing threads for stitching.

    Please wear studio clothing and bring rubber gloves, scissors, and a seam ripper. All other materials will be provided.

    $72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

    This program is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    7:00 PM

    Film Screening and Panel Discussion: The Tiger Hunter with Director Lena Khan



    In this classic tale of love, laughs, and the American Dream, Sami Malik travels from India to the US to become an engineer and impress both his childhood crush and his father, a legendary tiger hunter. But when his prospects fall through, he takes a low-paying job as a draftsman and, with an oddball gang of friends, embarks on a scheme to convince his sweetheart that he’s more successful than he really is.

    The Tiger Hunter premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2016 and won the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative film. It will open in theaters nationwide on September 22. Join us for a special screening of the film followed by a panel discussion with director Lena Khan, actor Danny Pudi, and others, moderated by KTTV Fox 11 anchor Susan Hirasuna.

    Space is limited!

    Presented in partnership with AAJA-Los Angeles.



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