Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Calendar of Events — June 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 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, June 1, 2019
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Ohashi: Make Your Own Reusable Chopsticks


Versatile and timeless, chopsticks (ohashi) are a fundamental utensil for many Asian cuisines. In this workshop led by local woodworker Steve Hatanaka, attendees will create their own personal reusable chopsticks. Reusable chopsticks speak to the Japanese concept of mottainai, an effort to not be wasteful.

Open to ages 8 and older, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. $24 members, $30 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, June 15, 2019




In conjunction with Kaiju vs Heroes, JANM will host a day-long ticketed event. Kaiju-Con will include a vendor hall, workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations all related to kaiju and Japanese toys. It will culminate in a special free outdoor screening on JANM’s plaza of one of the many Godzilla films that have been produced over the years.

Kaiju-Con tickets, which will include same-day museum admission, go on sale May 1. Early bird pricing will be available through May 31.

For more information about Kaiju-Con tickets and vendor applications, visit

Saturday, June 29, 2019

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, June 29, 2019
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Tanabata Kokeshi Workshop


Tanabata commemorates the legend of star-crossed lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, separated on opposite ends of the Milky Way. They were allowed to meet only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month. Celebrate Tanabata this year by painting your own kokeshi doll versions of Orihime and Hikoboshi in a workshop led by renowned artist Mari Inukai.

Limited to 15 participants or participant groups (max. three individuals per group). Each participant or participant group will receive one set of dolls; additional sets are not available. Workshop fee includes museum admission for one individual; additional group participants must pay museum admission upon arrival.

$20 members, $25 non-members. Please contact with questions.

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Saturday, June 29, 2019
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Kristen Hayashi and Brian Niiya


All members are invited to an exclusive reception with JANM Collections Manager Kristen Hayashi and Densho Content Director Brian Niiya prior to their discussion at 2 p.m. about the immediate post-World War II incarceration period for Japanese Americans in California.

Space is limited. RSVP by June 25 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

In the Yuki Family Board Room

Saturday, June 29, 2019
2:00 PM

Returning to California: Post-Camp Stories


Regarded as “worse than camp” by many Nikkei, the immediate post-incarceration period is often overlooked in Japanese American history. The war had ended but returning families faced continued hostility and backlash coupled with very difficult housing and job markets.

Join JANM’s Collection Manager Kristen Hayashi and Densho Content Director Brian Niiya as they discuss aspects of this time period. Hayashi will talk about the unique situation of Japanese Americans in Los Angeles during the post-war years and Niiya will provide an overview of stories from throughout California based on Densho interviews with those who returned.

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

Presented in partnership with Densho.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum



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