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Calendar of Events — November 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.

Saturday, November 2, 2019
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Mark Obmascik


All members are invited to meet Mark Obmascik before his author discussion at 2 p.m. about his book, The Storm on Our Shores.

Space is limited. RSVP by October 29 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, November 2, 2019
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

Author Discussion—The Storm on Our Shores by Mark Obmascik


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


Deeply researched and movingly told, Mark Obmascik’s The Storm on Our Shores is an intimate tale of tragedy and redemption. The true story follows two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—set during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic’s revelatory and fascinating diary that ultimately changed some Americans’ perception of Japan.

The Storm on Our Shores is a national bestseller; the story it tells was featured on the television program 60 Minutes earlier this year. Additionally, artifacts related to this story are currently on display at JANM. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Obmascik for a discussion about this book followed by a Q&A and book signing.

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

Available at the JANM Store.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, November 3, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

Tea & Letter Writing: gathering in relaxation, expression & conversation



Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like 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 to share tea and conversation and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, former Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence at JANM. Come write about your 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.”

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to share tea at the top of the evening, to center us and bring the room together, before we read aloud some letters from JANM’s permanent collection as a group.

All ages are welcome to join. Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Come early to visit the museum galleries (Pay What You Wish admission from 5 p.m.–8 p.m.). This program is free but RSVPs are encouraged at the link below.

This program was launched through the +LAB Artist Residency program presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center in partnership with JANM and continues now in partnership with Tuesday Night Project’s TNTalks initiative.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Friday, November 8, 2019
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members’ and VIP Reception: Under a Mushroom Cloud


Members at the Director’s Circle level and above are invited to preview Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb before it opens to the public.

Program with a light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in early October.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Opening Day: Under a Mushroom Cloud

To mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese American National Museum in partnership with the two cities presents Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb.

A uranium bomb devastated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a plutonium bomb exploded over Nagasaki on August 9, the only cities to sustain mass destruction. Beyond the many dead, the survivors have endured physical and spiritual pain to this day. Japanese Americans then living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki who survived are a part of this vital story. In addition to photographs, explanatory texts, and artifacts, Under a Mushroom Cloud includes contemporary art that provides an array of perspectives on the effects of the atomic bombs and their impact today. The exhibition sheds light on this painful history while creating a safe space for discussion with hopes that no person or country ever suffers from a reoccurrence.

To learn more about this exhibition and related programs, visit

Saturday, November 9, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Passing the Legacy: Hiroshima and Nagasaki


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


In conjunction with the opening of Under the Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Atomic Bomb, join us for a special presentation by Takuo Takigawa, Director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and testimonies followed by Q&A with Howard Kakita and Junji Sarashina, Japanese Americans who were in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. The program will be moderated by JANM Vice President of Operations/Art Director Clement Hanami, whose mother was also an atomic bomb survivor.

The premier of Seeds, a 20-minute documentary by director Miyuki Iwasaki about the late Kazuye Suyeishi, a Japanese American atomic bomb survivor and activist, will also be included in the program. A shorter version of the film will be shown as part of the Under a Mushroom Cloud exhibition.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:00 PM—7:00 PM

The American War Experience Through California Voices: World War II



JANM is pleased to partner with the Cal Poly Pomona Veterans Resource Center to present the second of two discussions about World War II as part of their special series, The American War Experience through California Voices. (Click on the RSVP link for details about the first discussion at Cal Poly Pomona on October 30.)

These will be reading-based discussions based on Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston’s Farewell to Manzanar. The discussions will explore how war shapes identity, culture, and society, as well as values such as patriotism, loyalty, community, and sacrifice.

Participation and all materials are free. Refreshments will be provided for participants that register at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Cholbi at or the Veterans Resource Center at 909.869.6994.

This is the second series of discussions that are being led by veterans and military dependents affiliated with Cal Poly Pomona’s Veterans Resource Center.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, November 16, 2019
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Nancy Dickenson, Takashi Yamaguchi, and Nancy LaPook Diamond


All members are invited to meet producer Nancy Dickenson, lead actor Takashi Yamaguchi, and impact producer Nancy LaPook Diamond prior to the screening of Sophie and the Rising Sun at 2 p.m.

Space is limited. RSVP by November 12 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, November 16, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Film Screening and Q&A—Sophie and the Rising Sun


Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, this film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history.

As World War II rages, a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a forbidden courtship blossoms. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism and bigotry sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets—Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper—rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Join us for a Q&A after the screening with the filmmakers. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, November 23, 2019
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Holiday Trunk Show


Saturday–Sunday, November 23–24 • 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Just in time for holiday splurges! Join us for a trunk show featuring scarves and clothing from renowned NUNO Textiles in Japan, known for combining traditional Japanese fabrics with contemporary styles, and handmade jewelry creations by local designer Serena Kojimoto.

JANM members receive a 10% discount!

*This event is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum. ALL SALES FINAL.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Member Appreciation Days: Holiday Edition


Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Members enjoy a 20% discount at the JANM Store and They also receive free museum admission and a 20% discount at 15 other Southern California institutions, including California Science Center, Museum of Latin American Art, Skirball Cultural Center, and USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Visit for more details, restrictions, and a complete list of participants.

December 1 is also the third annual Museum Store Sunday.

Saturday, November 30, 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, November 30, 2019
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

CANCELLED: Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Origami Holiday Ornaments



Make origami holiday ornaments for your friends and family.

$5 members; $10 non-members, includes supplies. Does not include museum admission. Limited to 10 participants.

Supported by City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, November 30, 2019
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Citron Trunk Show


Saturday, November 30 – Sunday, December 1 • 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Just in time for Holiday Members Appreciation Days weekend, Citron Clothing brings its elegant, timeless apparel with an Asian flair to JANM. Find a new holiday outfit or a gift for that special someone on your list!

Current JANM Members will receive the Holiday MADness 20% discount on purchases.

*This event is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum. ALL SALES FINAL.



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