Calendar of Events — February 2019
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 email@example.com 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.
13th Annual Museums Free-for-All
FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY
In an effort to make museums available to the broadest possible audience, JANM joins with more than 30 other regional museums in offering free admission on this day. Please note that RSVPs are strongly encouraged at the link below.
Those who RSVP and show their ticket at JANM on Free-for-All day will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership.
For a complete list of participating institutions, visit socalmuseums.org/free-for-all.
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.
Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Frank Abe and Greg Robinson
All members are invited to this exclusive reception with Frank Abe and Greg Robinson, editors of John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy, prior to the discussion about the book at 2 p.m.
Space is limited. RSVP by January 29 using the link below. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.830.5646.
Author Discussion—John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy
Join us for the Los Angeles launch of the book John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy.
John Okada’s only published work, No-No Boy, is about a Japanese American who refuses to fight for the country that incarcerated him and his people in World War II. When released in 1957, the novel languished in obscurity until it was rediscovered and reissued in 1976 to become a celebrated classic of American literature.
Frank Abe, a journalist and producer of the PBS documentary Conscience and the Constitution, and Greg Robinson, professor of history at Université du Québec a Montréal, edited John Okada (with Floyd Cheung) and will be on hand to discuss the first full-length examination of Okada’s development as a writer. Moderating the discussion will be Brian Niiya, Content Director of Densho.org, an organization whose mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.
Book signing to follow. John Okada is available at the JANM Store.
This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
RSVP FOR FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION
Also on February 2, JANM is participating in the 14th Annual Museums Free-for-All day. If you would like to view our exhibitions in addition to attending the author discussion, please also RSVP using this link for free admission that day.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese
Members Only Exhibition Tour: Gambatte!
Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit features contemporary photos taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. of Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed and incarcerated during WWII displayed next to images shot 75 years ago by such noted photographers as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others; each pairing features the same individuals or their direct descendants as the subject matter.
Join Paul Kitagaki Jr. for a gallery tour during which he’ll discuss his project. Limited to 25 participants.
RSVP by February 5 using the link below. You can also contact email@example.com or 213.830.5646.
Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi
Saturday–Sunday, February 9–10
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Come explore the new possibilities of Japanese washi paper with Reiko Nakano. Our main project will be a washi/commercial beaded necklace integrated into a metal chain via looping and wrapping. The second project will be a washi wrapped metal bracelet.
Please bring sharp scissors, a shoebox for supplies, a snack, and a desire to learn. Additional materials provided. $64 members, $80 non-members, plus $20 materials fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.
In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center
Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Paul Kitagaki Jr.
All members are invited to this exclusive reception with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. prior to the panel discussion at 2 p.m.
Space is limited. RSVP by February 5 using the link below. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.830.5646.
Panel Discussion—Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit
Paul Kitagaki Jr., photographer of Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, will discuss his creative process, stories about the images, and the effects this project has had on those both behind and in front of the camera. He will be joined by Mason Tachibana and Junzo Jake Ohara, who were photographed as part of the project. The discussion is followed by an audience Q&A.
Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below. Please check back for updates.
Please note that the book will not be available until April.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
2019 Day of Remembrance
PAY WHAT YOU WISH
Join us for a commemorative event marking the 77th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal and mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Admission to this event and to the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. Please check back for program details.
Admission to this event and the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs for the Day of Remembrance program are strongly encouraged using the link below.
In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall
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.
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.
The meeting is included with museum admission. RSVP is required.
In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center
Author Discussion—American Sutra by Duncan Williams
American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War by Duncan Williams
Duncan Ryuken Williams, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, will speak about his new book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom During the Second World War (Harvard University Press, February 2019), about the Japanese American Buddhist experience in the WWII incarceration camps.
Williams will explore questions of faith, identity, and resilience in the face of dislocation, loss, and uncertainty. He will also focus on the importance of upholding bedrock American values—religious freedom, tolerance, social and racial justice, and civil liberties—in our historical moment. His presentation will be followed by comments and discussion with Brian Niiya (Content Director, Densho), Naomi Hirahara (award-winning author and historian), and Valerie Matsumoto (UCLA Aratani Chair on the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community).
Reception and book signing will follow. This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Presented in partnership with USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.
American Sutra will be available for purchase at the program and at the JANM Store starting February 24.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Edible Adventures: Vegetarian Little Tokyo
Take a healthy stroll through Little Tokyo and listen to neighborhood stories while learning about Japanese vegetables from daikon to gobo to maitake, capped off by a macrobiotic lunch at Shojin, a Japanese vegan/macrobiotic restaurant.
$48 members; $60 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 14 participants.