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Calendar of Events — September 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.

Saturday, September 2, 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
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
6:30 PM—8:30 PM

JANM ON THE ROAD: Reception for JANM Supporters in New York City


JANM members and donors in the New York metro area are invited to hear from new President and CEO Ann Burroughs. Invitations were sent in early August.

Contact for 213.830.5676 for more information.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Jewelry Workshop—The World of Washi: Introductory Class



Washi is a traditional Japanese handmade decorative paper that dates back to the seventh century. Unlike machine-made paper from wood pulp, washi is made from the inner bark of plants such as mulberry, bamboo, wisteria, and hemp. The intertwining of fibers results in paper that is strong, durable, washable, and acid-free. Its thin, smooth, soft surface can be printed with vivid colors and complex designs.

In this workshop led by Reiko Nakano, learn about the history of washi and how to apply it onto a variety of wooden shapes to create jewelry. Make a souvenir washi pendant necklace using wooden beads; in the process, learn techniques of looping and wrapping, how to make an adjustable knot, and how to lacquer your washi projects. Bring a shoebox or plastic case to hold materials, a pair of sharp scissors, and a lunch or snack.

$32 members, $40 non-members. Museum admission included. Fee for materials has been graciously covered by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Limited to 12 participants.

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

9/5/17: Limited spaces remain in the washi jewelry workshop on December 16 which will be a similar class, but using plumbing hardware like washers to create jewelry. Click here to register now.

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
11:00 AM—2:30 PM

The Asian American Movement of the 1960s–70s: JACS-AI and Activism Today



Join us for an interactive program that will look at the long history of Japanese American activism in Little Tokyo through the lens of an innovative project: Japanese American Community Services-Asian Involvement (JACS-AI).

JACS-AI was a pivotal social services agency established in 1963 with funds from the shuttered Shonien children’s home, founded in 1914 by Rokuichi Kusumoto to meet the child care needs of Japanese immigrant families. The JACS-AI office became a center for the Asian American Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, focusing on “serve the people” programs carried out by hundreds of volunteers. Issues addressed included Issei and immigrant rights, women’s rights, drug abuse, healthcare, and war. Although the very idea of social protest was new to the Nikkei community at that time, the legacy of JACS-AI remains relevant today.

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs required using the link below.

Co-sponsored by Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) and Japanese American Community Services (JACS).

Saturday, September 16, 2017
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception: Transpacific Borderlands


Members at the Sustaining Level and above and VIPs are invited to preview Transpacific Borderlands before it opens to the public. Program with light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in August.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Opening Day: Transpacific Borderlands


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



Transpacific Borderlands examines the work and experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Join us for our exciting opening day program:

11:10 a.m.–1:05 p.m.: Curator-Led Gallery Tours
(limit 25 participants each; first come, first served.

  • 11:10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Miho Hagino (Mexico)
  • 11:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m.: Michiko Okano (Brazil)
  • 12:30 p.m.–1:05 p.m.: Kris Kuramitsu (Los Angeles); Clement Hanami and Claudia Sobral (Peru)

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Performance

  • Multidisciplinary artist collective Ghost Magnet Roach Motel, whose members include exhibiting artist Shinpei Takeda, will present a “punkformance.”

3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Conversation with the Artists

  • Featuring Madalena Hashimoto (Brazil), Ichiro Irie (Los Angeles), Erica Kaminishi (Brazil), Yuriko Rojas Moriyama (Mexico), Kiyoto Ota (Mexico), Shizu Saldamando (Los Angeles), Kenzi Shiokava (Los Angeles), Shinpei Takeda (Mexico), and Taro Zorrilla (Mexico). Moderated by exhibition curator Clement Hanami and project manager Claudia Sobral. Translations will be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese.

4:30 p.m.–5 p.m.: Catalog Signing

Mariscos Jalisco food truck will be on the JANM plaza at lunchtime.

Free admission thanks to Bank of America.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Transpacific Borderlands


Join exhibition curator and JANM Vice President of Operations/Art Director Clement Hanami for a gallery tour with participating international artists. Limited to 25 participants.

Space is limited. RSVP by September 13 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!


Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is once again offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Museum Day Live! event.

Saturday, September 30, 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, September 30, 2017
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Discover Your Japanese American Roots



This comprehensive workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume will teach you to identify your ancestral Japanese hometown, uncover the meanings behind family crests and surnames, learn about conducting research in Japan, and much more.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Materials and museum admission included. Limited to 16 participants.

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Hidden Histories: The Story and Legacy of Japanese American WWII Incarceration


Hidden Histories is a touring program of five short narrative films about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Each film tells a personal story that dramatizes a different aspect of this history.

Hidden Histories commemorates an important chapter in American history at the same time that it serves as a cautionary tale; although the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians declared in 1982 that the Japanese American incarceration was “motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership,” our nation is at risk of repeating those mistakes. Hidden Histories reminds us of the profound cost of abandoning our ideals of an inclusive society and equal protection under the law.

Discussion with the filmmakers to follow the screening. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.



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