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Calendar of Events — August 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.

Sunday, August 4, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7:30 PM—10:00 PM

The Terror: Infamy—Special Screening and Conversation




Join The Terror: Infamy series co-creator Alexander Woo, lead actor Derek Mio, co-star and series consultant George Takei, and director Josef Kubota Wladyka for a special screening of the next season’s first episode, followed by a conversation about the AMC series, which premieres on Monday, August 12 at 9 p.m.

Set during World War II, The Terror: Infamy is centered on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio) and his friends and family living in Terminal Island, CA, and follows his journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible. The 10-episode series, which features several cast and crew members with real-life connections to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the aftermath of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended.

This program is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email to be notified if spaces open up.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, August 10, 2019
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Natsumatsuri Family Festival



Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

  • The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima reading, demonstration, and interactive kokeshi fashion show with author/illustrator Sunny Seki

  • Musical performances by Kishin Daiko (taiko) and Joyce Kwon (gayageum)

  • Basic taiko drumming and bon odori dance lessons

  • Magic by Illusions by Allen and With Memories On Their Backs dance theater performance by Voices Carry

  • Face painting by Party Face Magic and souvenir photos by Nerdbot Photo Booth

  • Free samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries)

  • Fun crafts, including origami and the ever-popular Natsumatsuri paper hats

  • Free admission all day to see At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

  • …and more!

    Visit for complete schedule!

    This event is free, but RSVPs are requested using the link below. Those who RSVP and show their ticket at the JANM membership table at the Natsumatsuri Family Festival will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The Nissan Foundation; and City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Saturday, August 17, 2019
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Crushing the Myth


    Crushing the Myth is a nationwide speaker series that features Asian Americans and allies as they share stories and perspectives to build an active community of leaders, thinkers, and influencers to move beyond the “Model Minority” label. Speakers/topics to be announced soon.

    Early bird pricing (through August 9): $15
    General admission: $20
    Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

    For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link below.

    Saturday, August 24, 2019
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Mitsuye Yamada


    All members are invited to meet Mitsuye Yamada before the book release celebration and multigenerational poetry reading for Full Circle, her new collection of poetry.

    Space is limited. RSVP by August 20 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

    In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

    Saturday, August 24, 2019
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Full Circle—Mitsuye Yamada’s Book Release Celebration and Multigenerational Poetry Reading


    Poet, essayist, educator, activist, and foremother of Asian American feminism, Mitsuye Yamada will read from her newest collection of poetry, Full Circle: New and Selected Poems. Joining her are poets spanning five generations, sharing their own creative works and words. Live music by Kyoko Takenaka will accompany these dynamic readings. Yamada will sign copies of the book after the program.

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

    Full Circle will be available for purchase at the JANM Store.

    Mitsuye Yamada on Discover Nikkei

    In February, Mitsuye Yamada was the featured poet for the Nikkei Uncovered monthly poetry column on JANM’s Discover Nikkei website. She shared some thoughts about her upcoming book, as well as three poems, including a new one from Full Circle. Read it now.

    Watch clips from a 2018 interview.


    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Saturday, August 31, 2019
    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.



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