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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 rsvp@janm.org 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.

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.

Thursday, August 1, 2019
5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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FREE

Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

(Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

Sunday, August 4, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese

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日系移民と日系アメリカ人の歴史を紹介する常設展「コモン・グラウンド」を日本語でご案内します。

ツアーは無料(入館料のみ)、予約不要です。

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

CANCELLED: The Terror: Infamy—Special Screening and Conversation

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CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this public screening event. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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FREE

Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

(Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

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

Natsumatsuri Family Festival

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FREE ALL DAY

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 janm.org/natsumatsuri2019 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.

    Thursday, August 15, 2019
    5:00 PM—8:00 PM

    Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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    FREE

    Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

    Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

    Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

    Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

    All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

    (Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

    +LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

    Thursday, August 15, 2019
    6:00 PM—8:00 PM

    At First Site

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    FREE

    6 p.m.: Reception
    7 p.m.: Program

    See the historic heart of Little Tokyo—First Street North—through the eyes of artists and activists. Join us for a performance and the screening of two short documentaries about Little Tokyo’s resilient history of fighting displacement and why many call it home, including the West Coast premiere screening of Ken Honjo and Kuniharu Yoshida’s First Street North and Visual Communications’ 1970s: The Fight for Little Tokyo which recalls the redevelopment struggle and the fight for housing, services, equal pay, and the future of Little Tokyo through the accounts of Evelyn Yoshimura, Mark Masoka, David Monkawa, and Lucien Kubo.

    The screening will be followed by an inter-generational panel of community organizers discussing Little Tokyo’s history of art and activism, which continue to this day through the fight for First Street North. The panelists are musician June Kuramoto (Hiroshima); photographer, director, community activist, and MANO YA co-owner Zen Sekizawa; +LAB Artist in Residence Amy Sanchez Arteaga of Cog•nate Collective; and nationally known community organizer activist and teaching artist Curlydynamite.

    Join us in the lobby after the program to take your art into action with calligraphy with Japanese calligrapher and hip-hop dancer Kuniharu Yoshida and letter writing with multi-disciplinary artist, writer, actor, arts educator, and community organizer traci kato-kiriyama.

    Learn how you can join the movement to stop the erasure of Little Tokyo and sustain our historic Japantown for future generations!

    This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended. For more information about this program, please visit vcmedia.org/atfirstsite.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    In conjunction with the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America
    Saturday, August 17, 2019
    2:00 PM—5:00 PM

    Crushing the Myth

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    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.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019
    5:00 PM—8:00 PM

    Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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    FREE

    Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

    Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

    Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

    Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

    All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

    (Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

    +LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

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

    Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Mitsuye Yamada

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    All members are invited to meet Mitsuye Yamada, Amy Uyematsu, Brynn Saito, Diana Tsuchida, and Diane Fujino before the book release celebration and multigenerational poetry reading for Full Circle, Yamadarsquo;s new collection of poetry.

    Space is limited. RSVP by August 20 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org 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

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    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. The celebration will also uplift the voices of generations of other Japanese American women writers, including special guests Diane Fujino, Miya Iwataki, Amy Uyematsu, Brynn Saito, and Diana Tsuchida. Live music by Kyoko Takenaka will accompany the dynamic readings. The program will be emceed by kyoko nakamaru. 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

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019
    7:30 PM—10:00 PM

    Past Present: Conversations with the Future

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    FREE, open to the public on the JANM Plaza

    Wednesday–Friday, August 28–30 • 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m.

    Pulling together the moving parts of her +LAB residency experience, traci kato-kiriyama—with home base JANM—presents a performance-installation utilizing large-scale projections and sound scapes of letters of the past in conversation with the present.

    From sunset to 10 p.m. each night, the public can enjoy a loop of the projections and sound scape recorded from letters found in JANM’s Collections department as well as kato-kiriyama’s Tea & Letter Writing series and community engagements in collaboration with Cognate Collective. The letters are thread together by issues of family separation that surpass time and connect communities then, now, and into the future as we contemplate, discuss, and plot how we’ll elevate our active definitions of Solidarity, Community, and Home, in Little Tokyo and beyond.

    Each night will host areas for tea drinking, letter writing, an interactive listening station produced by Cognate Collective, and live performance featuring kato-kiriyama with Residency collaborators, including Umi Hsu, Rino Kodama, Ally Vega, Linda Wei, Mya Worrell, and Kuniharu Yoshida.

    Please note that live performances will vary each night. For details closer to each date, follow @traciakemi1 on Instagram.

    +LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

    Saturday, August 31, 2019
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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    CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this tour. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

    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.

    $16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

     

     

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