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Calendar of Events — October 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.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

9th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique



More than 50 vendors will be on hand with unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, handbags, ceramics, origami, bronze and glass art, dog fashions, Giant Robot products, and more! Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko at 1 p.m.

Admission to the boutique is free. A $20 purchase gets you free museum admission and a 10% discount coupon good at local participating restaurants.

Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. For more information, email

Presented by Friends of the Museum.

Saturday, October 7, 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
Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

CANCELLED: Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Autumn Cards



Make autumn cards and a decorative box using origami techniques.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:00 PM—1:45 PM

CANCELLED: Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Intersecting Identities Panelists



All members are invited to an intimate pre-event reception with Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks and other Intersecting Identities panelists prior to the Members Only Intersecting Identities: Latin American Nikkei Focus panel discussion at 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

CANCELLED: Members Only—Intersecting Identities: Latin American Nikkei Focus


This new series of panel discussions is designed to break down barriers to social understanding. In conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands, today’s panel features three Latin American Nikkei who will share their personal experiences and perspectives. Moderated by Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Loyola Marymount University.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
5:00 PM—9:30 PM

Transpacific Musiclands Outdoor Concert


If you missed the concert, you can watch highlights from the event online on JANM’s YouTube channel.



Join us for an exciting outdoor concert event with performers from Latin America, Japan, and Los Angeles, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

Featured acts will include Quetzal and El Haru Kuroi, two Afro-Latino jazz-rock fusion bands from East Los Angeles; La Chamba, a Los Angeles–based band with Peruvian and psychedelic roots; and members of Conjunto J, a group from Japan that plays Mexican border music.

Also joining in throughout the evening will be Maceo Hernandez of East LA Taiko; Tex Nakamura, formerly of WAR; LA’s 2014 Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez; and Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara, formerly of Ruben and the Jets. DJ sets by Gomez Comes Alive and Shin Miyata.

This event is curated by Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based music promoter, record label owner, and cultural ambassador. For over 20 years, Miyata has introduced authentic and diverse Chicano artistic expressions to the Japanese public by distributing Chicano music and organizing shows by East LA bands. Transpacific Musiclands showcases the artists that Miyata has worked with, celebrating the Japanese/Latino cultural collaborations that are at the heart of his work.

Okamoto Kitchen food truck and beer garden by Angel City Brewery will be on-site. Galleries will be free and open to the public from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Check back for updates.

Transpacific Musiclands is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, which is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading



East West Players presents a reading of Spoiled, written by Ken Narasaki and directed by Nathan Singh. The cast includes Dian Kobayashi, Feodor Chin, Emily Kuroda, Marilyn Tokuda, Michael Hagiwara, and Sharon Rosner.

Spoiled is a dark comedy about a Japanese American mother and her adult kids who, while they function well in the world, become a hot mess when they get together. Their drama is more darkly humorous than you might think.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 AM—11:00 AM

CANCELLED: Charitable Giving Workshop



In this workshop led by Kondo Wealth Advisors, learn about smart financial planning that is driven by cultural and community values. Maintain your lifestyle while helping others.

You will not be solicited or sold anything. All attendees will receive a free gift; door prizes will also be given out. Museum admission included for attendees.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures: Vegetarian Little Tokyo Walk


Take a healthy stroll through Little Tokyo and listen to neighborhood stories while learning about Japanese vegetables from daikon to gobo to maitake, capped off by a macrobiotic lunch at Shojin, a Japanese vegan/macrobiotic restaurant.

$48 members; $60 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 14 participants.

Read a 2013 JANM blog post about a past Vegetarian Edible Adventure.

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:30 PM—8:30 PM

JANM ON THE ROAD: Reception for JANM Supporters in Washington, DC


JANM members and donors in the DC metro area are invited to hear from new President and CEO Ann Burroughs and meet many of the museum’s trustees and governors. Invitations will be mailed in September.

Contact for 213.830.5676 for more information.

Saturday, October 28, 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, October 28, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

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.

To RSVP or for more information, email or visit the Facebook page at Limited to 35 participants.



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