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Calendar of Events — November 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, November 4, 2017

Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference


Now in its third year, Kollaboration’s EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference connects Asian Pacific Islander creative professionals with aspiring creatives for a day of panel discussions, workshops, networking, and more.

Visit for more information and to register.

Saturday, November 4, 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, November 4, 2017
4:00 PM

Transpacific Borderlands Exhibition Tour


Join exhibition curator and JANM Vice President of Operations/Art Director Clement Hanami for an in-depth gallery tour.

Limited to 25 participants. $12 general, free for JANM members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: We Love LA



In conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, JANM presents a family-friendly day celebrating the diverse mix of cultures that make up Los Angeles.


  • Springtime in Japan
    Create your own cherry blossom mobile to hang in your home, inspired by Prunusplastus, Erica Kaminishi’s stunning homage to Japan’s famous cherry blossom season.

  • Lunchbox Style
    What pictures or designs would you put on your lunchbox? Take a look at Shizu Saldamando’s cool drawings of her friends’ lunchboxes, then decorate a box that reflects your own style!

  • Coloring Station
    Artists like Eduardo Tokeshi and Yuriko Rojas Moriyama use flags in their work as a commentary on identity. Design a flag that represents your identity while learning more about the flag of the City of Los Angeles.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner
    Learn how to fold a paper shirt and transform it into a jersey for your favorite Los Angeles sports team.

  • It’s Veterans Day!
    Pay tribute to our veterans by writing a note of appreciation, which JANM will deliver to the nearby VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center.


    11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Kidding Around the Kitchen
    Make healthy fusion lettuce wraps with Lisa Fontanesi of Kidding Around the Kitchen. While supplies last.

    11:15 a.m. • 12:30 p.m.: Story Time
    Listen to traditional tales from Latin America told in a dynamic mix of English and Spanish by Olga Loya. (Each story time lasts 20–25 minutes.)

    11:30 a.m. • 12 p.m. • 1 p.m. • 1:30 p.m.: Ichiro Irie Artist Workshop
    Exhibiting artist Ichiro Irie along with collaborator Aska Irie will lead a 2D mixed-media workshop in which participants will create their own collage and tempera painting. Limit 25 participants per session; first come, first served.

    2 p.m.–3 p.m.: CONTRA-TIEMPO Dance Workshop
    Join multilingual urban Latin dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO for one of their popular Sabor Sessions. Participants will learn Afro-Latin social dance forms such as salsa suelta and Cuban comparsa. No dance experience needed—just come with an open heart and a willingness to move!

    3:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: Musical Performance by Roger Del Norte, Lupita Infante, and MEXICAPAN
    Bring the day to a lyrical close with a mariachi jam session from Japanese singer Roger Del Norte, Downey native Lupita Infante, and the group MEXICAPAN.


    Please check back for updates.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    7:30 PM

    CHOPSO Presents: Visas and Virtue and Crossover



    The Japanese American National Museum is proud to announce its partnership with CHOPSO, the first streaming destination for English-language Asian content from around the world. Several documentary films produced by the museum’s award-winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center will be available for streaming on the site.

    CHOPSO invites you to celebrate their launch with a 20th anniversary screening of Chris Tashima”s Oscar-winning short film, Visas and Virtue, inspired by the true story of Holocaust rescuer Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara, known as “the Japanese Schindler.” Also screening will be Crossover, Justin Lin’s short documentary about Japanese American basketball made when he worked at JANM”s Media Arts Center. In addition, we will be joined this evening by the talented actor and singer, Megan Lee. Reception at Far Bar to follow event.

    Saturday, November 18, 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, November 18, 2017
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Pre-Holiday Trunk Show



    Saturday–Sunday, November 18–19
    11 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Get into the holiday spirit at this trunk show featuring products from acclaimed Japanese textiles company NUNO and noted LA-based jewelry designer Hisano Shepherd. JANM members receive a 10% discount!

    The trunk show is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum.

    Saturday, November 18, 2017
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Two-Day Shibori On! Workshop



    Saturday–Sunday, November 18–19
    11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

    Continue practicing 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

    Saturday, November 18, 2017
    1:00 PM

    Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Claudia Katayanagi


    All members are invited to an intimate pre-event reception with filmmaker Claudia Katayanagi prior to the public screening and discussion with the filmmaker about her film, A Bitter Legacy.

    Space is limited. RSVP by November 14 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, November 18, 2017
    2:00 PM

    Film Screening and Discussion—A Bitter Legacy


    If you missed the program, you can watch the post-screening discussion online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


    Inside the World War II camps where Japanese Americans were incarcerated, secret prisons were created for those considered “troublemakers” and “collaborators” by the US government.

    Claudia Katayanagi’s film looks at these “citizen isolation centers,” now considered precursors to Guantanamo, and examines their legacy.

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

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Member Appreciation Days


    Friday–Sunday, November 24–26, 2017

    It’s time for Holiday M.A.D.ness! JANM members enjoy a 20% discount at the JANM Store and, plus free admission and a 20% discount at other SoCal institutions.

    On Saturday, JANM hosts a Citron Trunk Show. And on the first annual Museum Store Sunday, we welcome noted children’s book author Allen Say for a special book signing.

    Visit for details, restrictions, and a complete list of participants.

    Saturday, November 25, 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, November 25, 2017
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Citron Trunk Show



    In conjunction with Member Appreciation Days, JANM hosts a Citron Trunk Show. Citron Clothing makes elegant, timeless apparel for all body types using the finest fabrics, vintage motifs sourced from Asia and Europe, and artisanal techniques from around the world.

    The trunk show is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum. Members’s discount does not apply to Citron products.

    Sunday, November 26, 2017
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Silent Days, Silent Dreams Book Signing with Allen Say


    On the first annual Museum Store Sunday, we welcome noted children’s book author Allen Say for the launch of his new book, Silent Days, Silent Dreams. It is an imagined look at the childhood of James Castle, who was born deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. Despite countless obstacles and challenges, Castle persevered in creating his art. Today, his works are featured in major exhibitions and collected by museums all over the world.

    Say will be signing copies of Silent Days, Silent Dreams which will be available for sale at the JANM Store. Since it’s Member Appreciation Days, members will receive a 20% discount!

    Monday, November 27, 2017
    7:00 PM—10:00 PM

    Film Screening and Discussion—And Then They Came For Us


    Join us for the Los Angeles premiere of a new documentary film grappling with the legacy of the World War II mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. Featuring Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs by Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came For Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider; Ahilan Arulanantham, Legal Director of the Southern California ACLU; Bruce Tsurutani, who is featured in the film; and moderator Marya Bangee.

    Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased here.

    For more information on the film, visit



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