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Calendar of Events — September 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. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals).

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, September 1, 2018
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


Take a tour of JANM’s core exhibition with our knowledgeable docents. This is a great opportunity for first-time visitors, long-time museum members, and everyone in between.

Included with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Sunday, September 2, 2018
11:00 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: – 15 years of the hapa project


Join exhibition creator Kip Fulbeck for a gallery tour of Space is limited to 25 participants.

RSVP by September 4 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Friday, September 14, 2018
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception: Kaiju vs Heroes


Members at the Sustaining Level and above are invited to preview Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys before it opens to the public. See hundreds of dazzling vintage and contemporary Japanese vinyl toys, providing a feast for the eyes and the imagination. Program with a light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in early August.

Friday, September 14, 2018
7:30 PM

ZOCALO—Can U.S. Democracy Survive Russian Information Warfare?


A Zócalo Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point”

American intelligence services have unanimously concluded that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 U.S. elections, and seeks to meddle again this fall. One of Russia’s methods was to use social media to distribute disinformation.

What’s the big-picture strategy behind this style of attack, and how badly is it damaging our society and politics? Does disinformation have lasting effects on how voters engage with democracy? What vulnerabilities in American society did Russia exploit in its disinformation campaign? And how can the U.S. best fight back?

Former FBI counterintelligence special agent and Yale senior lecturer Asha Rangappa, and film producer and Russian Media Monitor founder Julia Davis visit Zócalo to discuss the power and peril of weaponizing information.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Opening Day: Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata's Journey through the World of Japanese Toys


Kaiju translates to “strange creature” in English but has come to mean “giant monster” referring to the creatures like Godzilla and Mothra that inhabited the postwar movie and television screens of Japan. The advent of these monsters brought about the creation of characters to combat them—hence the emergence of pop-culture heroes like Ultraman and Kamen Rider.

Immerse yourself in a colorful universe of vintage and contemporary kaiju and hero toys from Mark Nagata, a toy designer and fervent toy collector.



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