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Calendar of Events — October 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, October 6, 2018
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Discover Your Japanese American Roots



Explore your roots in this comprehensive workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume. Identify your ancestral Japanese hometown, uncover the meanings behind family crests and surnames, learn about conducting research in Japan, and much more.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Materials and museum admission included. Limited to 16 participants.

This workshop is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email

Read our 2015 interview with instructor Chester Hashizume on the JANM Blog.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, October 6, 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, October 7, 2018
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

10th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique



Vendors will be on hand with unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, cultural t-shirts, handbags, ceramics, origami, bronze and glass art, Giant Robot products, and more! Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko at 1 p.m.

Admission to the boutique is free. A $20 purchase gets you free museum admission (10/7/18 only) and a 10% discount at local participating Little Tokyo eateries during the month of October (some restrictions apply). Early entry to the boutique for JANM members at 9:45 a.m.

Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. For more information, email or call 213.625.0414, ext. 1883.

Brought to you by Friends of the Museum.

3-D Crafts & Shadowboxes • A Touch of Glass • Ahiozawa Pottery • Alyson Iwamoto Ceramics • Alpha Omega • Emily Anderson • Bizu • Boy Cherie Jewelry • Color Conscious • Clarine Commins Fiber Art • Creative Handcrafted Gifts • Shigeko Da Silva • Daliano Designs • Datojos • Department of Yarn • E. Martinez Photography • Eileen Ekinaka • Fat Rabbit Farm • Feb 5 Designs • Flat Cat Media • Sharon Uyeda Fong • Fugetsu-Do • Giant Robot • Tracie Gilman • Graphic Inks • Happy Shirts / Omiyage • Helena’s Asian Designs • Homie Wear • HSK Creations • It’s Sew Ann • Kaz Ota Clayworks • KHA KIDS • Kelley’s Kookies • Kotas Kreations • Madame Sakura Crafts • Maithai Creations • Mi So Happi • More Than Flour • Reiko Niwa-Berg • Suzye Ogawa • Papermum Press • Parasol Paperworks • Pomegranate Designs • Pontigo • Pretty in Gingham • Riley & Co. • Roxanne Kakiuchi Antiques • Sakata Designs Los Angeles • SewKimono • Splat Workshop • Studio Engravers • Sweettoof Studios • Christine Takahashi • Touch of Nature

Sunday, October 7, 2018
11:00 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers’ Gallery Reading—Panorama



JANM is pleased to host the East West Players’ reading of Panorama by Prince Gomolvilas.

On a clear day in Rochester, New York, in 1871, atop an observation tower that used to stand on Mount Hope Cemetery’s highest point, thousands of people witnessed a remarkable phenomenon which came to be known as “The Rochester Mirage.” Several days later, a group of locals returns to the scene of the strange sight.

Panorama delves deep into a city’s hidden history; reveals the unexpected alliance between the African-, Asian-, and Irish-American communities; and uncovers the untold stories that helped shape this nation.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, October 20, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Mark Nagata Kaiju Painting and Signing


11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Signing

1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Kaiju Painting

In conjunction with the Kaiju vs Heroes exhibition, artist Mark Nagata will be coming to JANM to continue painting an Eyezon kaiju sculpture made by Toy Art Gallery. He will also sign books and other items.

On that same day, the JANM Store will release three new limited edition Nagata designed toys! A Captain Maxx, a glow-in-the-dark Tripus hand-painted by Nagata, and a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Tripus variant. These will only be available on-site on a first come, first served basis. (No discounts are available on these items.)

Saturday, October 20, 2018
12:15 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Veterans Day


Bring a brown bag lunch and join JANM Collections staff as they showcase a selection of JANM artifacts focused on those who have served in the Armed Forces. Learn more about veteran artifacts—including personal letters, uniforms, and service awards—and the stories they tell.

Space is limited. RSVP by October 16 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Photo: Gift of the Nakamura Family (2018.22).

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 PM

Film Screening—Voices Behind Barbed Wire



Please join us for a free screening of Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of O‘ahu featuring personal stories about Japanese American World War II incarceration in Hawai‘i in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Executive Producer Carole Hayashino will be on hand to talk about the making of the film and its historical relevance today. This screening is co-hosted hosted by JANM and the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium and sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

Voices Behind Barbed Wire, explores the personal stories of Japanese Americans living on O‘ahu, from their initial detention to their transfer and wrongful incarceration in American concentrations camps at Sand Island, Honouliuli, and in far-away places like New Mexico, Arkansas, and Arizona. While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II has been well documented on the US mainland, new information about American concentration camps and untold stories continue to emerge from Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i who endured this dark chapter of history. The film also includes an archeological journey through the World War II incarceration sites on O‘ahu. Also, the Honouliuli National Monument is featured in the movie with a focus on the modern day relevance of civil liberties.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:30 PM

ZOCALO—Do Americans Misunderstand the Roots of Crime?


A Zócalo/KCRW “Critical Thinking with Warren Olney” Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

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

Americans treat crime as a public scourge. And we attack it via public systems—our prisons, probation departments, and school and youth programs—to intervene before people go wrong. But what if crime isn’t a public problem, but rather an intensely private issue tied to families? Just five percent of American families account for half of all crimes, and 10 percent of families account for two-thirds. And new research suggests crime is a family tradition passed on through multiple generations, even to great-grandchildren. Why does crime run in families? How can we help, treat, or punish families to break their cycles of crime? And what should this reality of crime mean for efforts to reform incarceration and law enforcement in the United States, home to one-quarter of the world’s prison population?

Former New York Times national correspondent Fox Butterfield, author of In My Father’s House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family, sits down with Warren Olney at Zócalo to explain how crime really works and to explore the best ways to fight it.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo courtesy of Paul Rich Studio.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 PM

Outdoor Movie Night: Godzilla (1954)



JANM presents the granddaddy of all monster movies, the original Japanese Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira)!

Made at a time when Japan was still recovering from the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this remarkably human drama has spawned more than 30 remakes and sequels. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the rampaging radioactive beast destroy an intricately detailed miniature of Tokyo as it was meant to be seen—on the big screen!

Arrive early to check out Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys before the movie! Free admission to JANM from 5 p.m.–8 p.m., with last admission at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be food and music beginning at 6 p.m. Popcorn will be available for purchase by Buttery Popcorn Co. and food by Takuma’s Burger. A limited number of chairs will be set up, available first-come, first-serve. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets, but please be mindful of blocking others’ views of the screen.

Presented in conjunction with Kaiju vs Heroes and in partnership with Haunted Little Tokyo. Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour


Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

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

Saturday, October 27, 2018
1:00 PM—4:00 PM

Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting



The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

To RSVP or for more information, email or visit the Facebook page at Limited to 35 participants.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Closing Day:

This is the final day to see – 15 years of the hapa project.



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