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Calendar of Events — October 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.

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, October 6, 2019
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

11th 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, pet accessories, and more! Performances by Yuujou Daiko and harpist Audrey Kato.

Admission to the boutique is free. A $25 purchase gets you free museum admission (10/6/19 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.

3-D Crafts & Shadowboxes • A Touch of Glass • Alyson Iwamoto Ceramics • Art Mina • Bizu • Boy Cherie Jewelry • Charming Little Lotus • Color Conscious • The Creation Cafe • Creative Handcrafted Gifts • Daliano Designs • Shigeko Da Silva • Da Tojos • Ellen Dinerman • Fat Rabbit Farm • February Design • Fugetsu-Do • Giant Robot • Happy Shirts / Omiyage • Helena’s Asian Designs • Homie Wear 4 Dogs • HSK Creations • Imoriknits • Ellen Ing • JAVITA • Roxanne Kakiuchi • Kaz Ota Clayworks • Kelley’s Kookies • KHA KIDS • Ki’obi Designs • Kirei Cositas • Madame Sakura Crafts • Maithai Creations • Miniko2 • Mi So Happi • More Than Flour • Darryl Mori • Suzye Ogawa • Yasuko Ozawa • Papermum Press • Parasol Paperworks • Pomegranate Designs • Pontigo • Real Creations • Riley & Co. • Sakata Designs Los Angeles • SewKimono • Shibori Girl Studios • Simmisu Paper Company • Splat Workshop • Studio Engravers

Proceeds benefit JANM’s educational programs. For more information, email or call 213.830.1883.

Check out the Facebook event page for updates.

Please note that “CicLAvia—Heart of LA” will be taking place on this day. The route passes directly in front of JANM. Street closures will be in place near the museum; traffic and parking in the area will be impacted. Please check for details.

Brought to you by Friends of the Museum.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
11:30 AM

CANCELLED: Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese


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



In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Educator’s Open House



Drop in to visit current exhibitions, learn about various tour options for your students, and enjoy light refreshments with colleagues as we welcome the new school year.

In the Inahara Foyer

Saturday, October 12, 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. Check the ticket link for updates about speakers/topics.

Early bird pricing (through October 6): $10
General admission: $15
Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019
8:00 PM—10:00 PM

Outdoor Movie Screening: The Crimson Kimono (1959)


FREE and open to the public

The Crimson Kimono is presented by the Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum and Visual Communications.

This 1959 black and white film stars James Shigeta as Detective Joe Kojaku and Glenn Corbett as Detective Sgt. Charlie Bancroft—two cops who are friends and Korean War veterans who attempt to solve the murder of a local entertainer. A love triangle soon develops between a key witness, Christine Downes (Victoria Shaw), and the two principal leads.

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.

Popcorn by Buttery Popcorn Co. and food by Takuma’s Burger will be available for purchase.

Free admission to JANM all day so come early to see the exhibitions (open noon to 8 p.m., last admission at 7:30 p.m.).

Read the press release for more details.

Sponsored by LA County Arts and Culture.

This screening is presented as part of Haunted Little Tokyo 2019.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Indigo, Shibori, and the Making of an Offering Bag


Saturday–Sunday, October 19–20
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

The first day of this two-day workshop will focus on indigo and shibori dyeing of recycled fabrics and threads. These will then be used the following day to make a replica of a komebukuro, or offering bag. These bags, in which offerings were taken to the local temple, were originally made from either scraps of leftover and reusable household textiles or from unused family kimonos.

As inspiration as well as for construction ideas, we will study several pieces of antique boro (tattered and mended) textiles and both antique and vintage komebukuro bags. Several contemporary pieces will also be on display. Fabrics will include hemp, silk, cotton, and linen.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, October 19, 2019
5:00 PM

Reading of Velina Hasu Houston’s Madame Butterfly



What is the “real” story of Madame Butterfly? In John Luther Long’s 1898 short story, Madame Butterfly, the demise of the fictional lead character is quite a bit different than depicted in the famed story in Giacomo Puccini’s similarly named opera or the reincarnation of that female essence in Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon musical theatre play.

In a new play and film, Velina Hasu Houston explores the archetype myth in Madame Butterfly: The Original, adapted from the Long story.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Exhibition Closing: At First Light

Final day to see the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

The Grassroots Redress Movement: A Conversation with Activists, Then and Now



Members of Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) will discuss the many contributions needed to secure the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided a government apology and redress to Japanese Americans who were forced to leave their homes and businesses during World War II. NCRR compiled accounts of the redress campaign into a recently published book, The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations.

Artist David Monkawa, activist Miya Iwataki, and writer Guy Aoki will recount key elements to the campaign, followed by a discussion with artist/educator Tony Osumi, Little Tokyo Community Council Managing Director Kristin Fukushima, and June Hibino and Sean Miura of Nikkei Progressives. Excerpts from the book will be read by the authors.

A short clip from Tales of Clamor will be shown at the program, highlighting the CWRIC hearings and the Japanese American community’s breaking of silence. Tales of Clamor premiered at the JACCC’s Aratani Theatre earlier this year and was created by traci kato kiriyama and Kennedy Kabasares of PULL Project.

For more information, go to or email

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations is available at the JANM Store.

Read a book review by Arthur A. Hansen.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour


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.

Saturday, October 26, 2019
1:00 PM—3:00 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.

The meeting is included with museum admission. RSVP is required. Please note that general admission rates increased as of August 16, 2019.

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

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center



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