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Calendar of Events — January 2018

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, January 7, 2018
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

2018 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Dog



Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Dog with fun arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and exciting performances!

  • Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko

  • Drawing demonstration and book signing by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai

  • Dog candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman

  • Foster/adopt a dog with Dogs Without Borders

  • Osechi-ryori (Japanese New Year traditional foods) tasting

  • Fun Oshogatsu and Year of the Dog-inspired crafts, origami, and coloring activities

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display (continuing through April 8, 2018, check link for hours)

  • …and so much more!

    Visit for complete schedule of activities.

    Sponsored by Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour en Espanol



    Learn about Little Tokyo and its history on this special walking tour conducted in Spanish by a JANM volunteer.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

    Click here to sign up for a Little Tokyo walking tour conducted in Spanish on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    2:00 PM

    Film Screening and Q&A—Mifune: The Last Samurai


    Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema.

    Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the golden age of Japanese cinema, including Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), and Yojimbo (1961). Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for the iconic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven; Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakout 1964 movie, A Fistful of Dollars; and even George Lucas’ 1977 blockbuster hit, Star Wars.

    The filmmaker will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

    Included with museum admission. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Please note that the 2018 Women’s March takes place in downtown Los Angeles on the morning of January 20. Street closures will be in place and traffic and parking may be affected.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    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, January 27, 2018
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Transpacific Borderlands


    Join exhibition curator and JANM VP of Exhibitions Clement Hanami for a gallery tour Transpacific Borderlands. Limited to 25 participants.

    RSVP by January 23 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Jewelry Workshop—Continuing to Work with Washi


    Saturday–Sunday, January 27–28
    11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

    Designed for students who have completed one of our introductory washi classes, this two-day workshop will continue examining the unique properties of washi paper and various methods of working with it to create jewelry.

    Explore the challenges of applying washi onto various wooden beads, and experience the excitement of integrating commercial crystal, metal, millefiori, or semi-precious beads with the quiet elegance of washi. By the end of the weekend, each student will have a fully lacquered, single-strand washi necklace, finished with a metal clasp and complemented with a matching pair of earrings.

    Bring a shoebox for supplies and a snack/lunch. $64 members, $80 non-members. Materials and museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

    $25 materials fee has been graciously covered by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

    In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    12:30 PM

    Film Screening and Discussion—Unsettled: Two Films of Japanese Peru


    The Japanese diaspora in Peru has its roots in a vital and restless history that extends back to arrival of the first migrant laborers at Lima’s Callao Seaport. In this program presented in conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, two filmmakers take personal journeys into the Japanese Peruvian experience, uncovering captivating stories of migrants and artists, dissidents and dictators.

    Kaori Flores Yonekura’s Nikkei (2011) is an exploration of the filmmaker’s family history in the Americas, while Ann Kaneko’s Against the Grain (2008) documents the work of four artists who defy decades of civil war and tyranny to reimagine Peruvian visual culture. Among those artists is Eduardo Tokeshi, whose work is featured in Transpacific Borderlands.

    This program is curated by Renee Tajima-Peña, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA who will moderate a Q&A with Kaneko and Tokeshi following the screening.

    Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Read an interview with filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña about her thoughts on the program, cultural hybridity, the immigrant experience, Asian diasporas, indie film, and other topics.

    Read a 2010 interview with Kaori Flores Yonekura about her film on Discover Nikkei.

    Sunday, January 28, 2018

    13th Annual Museums Free-for-All


    Along with more than 40 other regional museums, JANM is proud to make museums available to the broadest possible audience by offering free admission on this day. Please note that RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

    For a complete list of participating institutions, visit



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