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Calendar of Events — December 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, December 1, 2019

Museum Store Sunday


December 1 is the third annual Museum Store Sunday! We join over 1,200 museum stores from all fifty states, eighteen countries, and five continents to provide a special shopping experience.

Come to JANM on Museum Store Sunday for the Citron Trunk Show. 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…or shop at the JANM Store for unique, cultural items for meaningful gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

The Citron Trunk Show is presented in conjunction with Museum Store Sunday and Holiday Members Appreciation Days, so current JANM members will receive the Holiday MADness 20% discount on purchases.

Visit to find other participating museums.

Sunday, December 1, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Thursday, December 5, 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 Inahara Foyer and Yuki Board Room

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:30 PM—9:30 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 November 30): $10
General admission: $15
Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

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

Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:00 AM—12:00 PM

Make Your Own Toshikoshi Soba with Sonoko Sakai


Make soba using fresh, stone-milled artisanal flour from Japan and authentic soba tools. This soba will be served in the classic way: cold with fresh soy-based dipping sauce, toppings, and spices.

Soba is a type of noodle traditionally made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours. In Japan, many people celebrate special occasions by eating soba. For example, many celebrate New Year’s Eve by eating toshikoshi soba or when moving into a new residence, people will serve their new neighbors hikkoshi soba.

Wear closed-toe shoes with soft soles. Bring an apron and a lightweight lidded container to take your soba home. $64 members; $80 non-members. Includes museum admission. RSVP early, 16 participants max.

12/6/19: 1 space is now open, available on a first-come basis. Once it is filled, if you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email to be notified if more spaces open up.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Continuing Explorations in Shibori and Indigo



Saturday–Sunday, December 7–8
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

In this two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce, continue working with indigo and shibori dyeing using a broad selection of beautiful fabrics, both vintage and unique. Shibori techniques of itajime, arashi, nui, and more will be practiced with both new and continuing students, with a focus on combining techniques.

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

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

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, December 7, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing with Sonoko Sakai



Author and instructor Sonoko Sakai will do a cooking demonstration, with a small tasting, based on a recipe from her newest book, Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors.

Following the demonstration, she will sign copies of Japanese Home Cooking as well as her previous work, Rice Craft.

Included with museum admission. Space is limited so RSVPs are strongly recommended.

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

Rice for the cooking demonstration is donated by Koda Farms.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, December 28, 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.



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