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Calendar of Events — December 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, December 2, 2017
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Sushi Graze


Listen to stories of the neighborhood while grazing on sushi made by Little Tokyo’s talented chefs.

$64 members; $80 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:30 AM

Transpacific Borderlands Members Only Artist Talk


Born to parents of Japanese and Mexican descent, Shizu Saldamando investigates the variety of social constructs and subcultures seen in Los Angeles’ backyard parties, dance clubs, music shows, hang-out spots, and art receptions. Through subtle and detailed drawings, she captures the unexpected influences at work in America’s social spaces.

Members are invited to join this featured Transpacific Borderlands artist for an intimate gallery talk about her work.

Limited to 25 participants. RSVP by November 28 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, December 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
Saturday, December 2, 2017
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Transpacific Borderlands Art Workshop—Paper Flowers from the Camp Archives


Japanese Americans living in the World War II American concentration camps did not have access to fresh cut flowers. Instead, they used patterns from sources like the Woolworth’s catalog to make paper flowers. Camp excavations have revealed that these makeshift flowers, with wires for stems, were placed in glass jars and laid on top of caskets at funerals.

Join Transpacific Borderlands artist Shizu Saldamando and learn how to make paper roses using a flower pattern from the Manzanar camp archives. For ages 11 and up. Limited to 20 participants. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017
2:00 PM

Speak Out for Justice: Screening, Panel Discussions, and Audience Q&A



In 1981, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) heard the testimonies of Japanese Americans across the country who spoke out for the first time about their incarceration during World War II. Recognizing the historic nature of these hearings, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR, then known as the National Coalition for Redress/ Reparations) and Visual Communications (VC) collaborated to videotape the Los Angeles hearings. The impact of the CWRIC hearings in Los Angeles will be the subject of this program. Clips from the hearings will be screened and panel discussions will be convened with testifiers and grassroots organizers, who will discuss the impact of the hearings on the community and on the redress campaign as well as their ongoing relevance today.

People who testified, attended the hearings, or helped with filming are invited to share their recollections during the audience Q&A and comment period at the end. All attendees are invited to a reception with light refreshments following the program.

Highlights of the CWRIC testimonies are available on DVD and will be available for purchase at the event. Complete documentation of all the Los Angeles testimonies is also available in a 13-disc DVD set, which may be pre-ordered at the event or using the online order form.

Presented in partnership with Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress and Visual Communications.

The program is free but RSVP is highly recommended.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

From Moth to Cloth: Two-Day Silk Workshop


Saturday–Sunday, December 9–10
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

Glennis Dolce leads this two-day exploration of the Japanese tradition of silkworm rearing.

On day one, learn to reel thread from cocoons with a traditional silk reeling device (zakuri) and try your hand at making silk handkerchiefs (mawata) from the cocoons. On day two, learn to process the silk cocoons into other usable fiber, thread, and jewelry applications. Some silk dyeing will also be done using the cocoons.

Included will be video documentation of a trip to a modern and a traditional sericulture farm and filature mill in Japan, as well as video highlights of Dolce’s recent Silk Study Tour to Japan.

Bring small, sharp scissors. $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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Wreath and Cards


Get ready for the holidays and make cards and a wreath using origami techniques.

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Moving Walls: American Nightmare to American Dream


Join us for the LA premiere of a new documentary about what became of the barracks built to house 11,000 Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain concentration camp. The film features interviews with former prisoners as well as the people who live in and use the structures today.

Filmmaker Sharon Yamato is also the author of the recently updated book, Moving Walls: The Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps, which originally came out in 1994 to document the moving of two Heart Mountain barracks to the Japanese American National Museum. The book, which is available for purchase at the JANM Store and, includes a new section about what happened to the barracks after the camp closed. It also features dramatic photography by nationally acclaimed photojournalist Stan Honda. A Q&A with Yamato and Honda will follow the screening.

Included with museum admission. Free for JANM and Visual Communications members. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Co-sponsored by Visual Communications.

The DVD and the book are both available at the JANM Store.

Read about Sharon Yamato’s quest to find barracks in her 2015 article on Discover Nikkei.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:00 PM

Film Screening—I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck



One of the most acclaimed films of 2016 and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, with a flood of rich archival material. Q&A to follow screening.

Presented in partnership with PBS SoCal.

Saturday, December 16, 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 shapes to create jewelry. Make a souvenir washi pendant necklace using plumbing hardware like washers; 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 workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Saturday, December 23, 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, December 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.



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