Bring family and friends for fun-filled days of exciting workshops, cultural performances, and unique craft activities.
2017 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Rooster
FREE ALL DAY!
Ring in the Year of the Rooster with food, crafts, cultural activities, and performances!
…and so much more!
Check for janm.org/oshogatsufest2017 for complete schedule.
Sponsored by NHK World and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History
FREE ALL DAY
Learn about Japanese American history and actor/activist George Takei with crafts and activities inspired by our exhibitions, Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.
Presented in collaboration with Kizuna.
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
Get a head start on Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day, May 5) with our partnering organization, Kizuna. They will teach participants to make koinobori (carp streamers) and origami samurai hats.
Learn to fold beautiful origami bird pins, much like the ones that were made by incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II.
When Japanese Americans were sent to camps during WWII, they were allowed to take only what they could carry. What would you put into your suitcase? Draw a few of your favorite things onto our paper suitcases.
What does America mean to you? Tell us by making a slogan or sign and posing with it in our photo booth, brought to you by Nerdbot.
Learn about famous Japanese Americans the fun way! Assemble and take home a special mini-comic book created by the Smithsonian Institution about the lives of former US Secretary of Transportation (and current Chair of JANM’s Board of Trustees) Norman Y. Mineta and civil rights activists Fred Korematsu and Yuri Kochiyama.
Make a paper puppet of your favorite notable Japanese American, or other personal hero. Templates will be available.
View New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and complete the passport we give you. Show your completed passport to a volunteer at the survey table to claim a prize! Limit one prize per person, while supplies last.
11:30 a.m. • 1:30 p.m. • 2:30 p.m. • 3:30 p.m.: Story Time
Throughout the day, volunteers from JANM and Kizuna will read stories that share the Japanese American experience.
Stories will include:
- Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII by Marissa Moss with illustrations by Yuko Shimizu
- The Cat Who Chose To Dream by Loriene Honda, PhD, with illustrations by Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani
- An Astronaut’s Legacy: The Story of Ellison S. Onizuka by Lisa Nikaido Arakaki with illustrations by Mitchell Fong
- Excelsior: The Many Lives of George Takei, a comic book published in conjunction with the New Frontiers exhibition.
1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Spam Musubi Workshop
Volunteers from Kizuna will lead a drop-in workshop on how to create this delicious and uniquely Japanese American treat. While supplies last!
Plus, free admission all day to see:
Natsumatsuri Family Festival
FREE ALL DAY
Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.
Visit janm.org/natsumatsuri2017 for more details.
Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.
JANM Free Family Days: We Love LA
FREE ALL DAY
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.
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
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.
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!
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.
Learn how to fold a paper shirt and transform it into a jersey for your favorite Los Angeles sports team.
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.