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Calendar of Events — January 2020

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, January 5, 2020

Exhibition Closing: Fighting for Democracy

Sunday, January 5, 2020
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

2020 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Rat




Welcome the Year of the Rat with crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Performance by TAIKOPROJECT

  • Fun Oshogatsu and Year of the Rat-inspired crafts, origami, and scavenger hunt

  • Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko

  • Candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman

  • Lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) and osechi ryori (traditional Japanese New Year foods) tasting

  • Souvenir photos by Nerdbot Photo Booth

  • Face painting with Party Face Magic

  • Fukubukuro (lucky grab bags) at the JANM Store

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines!

  • Free admission all day to see Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb; Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We, the People”?; and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

  • …and so much more!

    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 Oshogatsu Family Festival will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership.

    Please check back for complete schedule.


    Sponsored by MUFG Union Bank, N.A.; City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; and The Nissan Foundation. Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo.

    Sunday, January 12, 2020
    11:30 AM

    Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




    In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Under a Mushroom Cloud Film Festival


    In conjunction with Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, JANM is hosting a day-long Under a Mushroom Cloud Film Festival.

    JANM will screen four world acclaimed films related to the atomic bombs. These films tell the story of people who were under the two mushroom clouds. JANM encourages the public to see the films and share these stories of resilience, love, and hopes for peace.

    All screenings are included with museum admission, but please RSVP for each separately.

    This festival is co-presented with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.


    10:30 a.m.—Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015)

    In this 2015 drama, Nobuko Fukuhara, a midwife, has lost her husband and eldest son to World War II and her youngest son Koji to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. After the war, Nobuko has only her work to keep herself occupied until an apparition of Koji begins to visit. The two have long conversations, which make Nobuko happy, but also reminds her of her losses.

    Directed by Yoji Yamada, the film was submitted to the American Academy Awards for its Best Foreign Language Film category. Kazunari Ninomiya who played Koji won several Japanese film awards for this role. 135 minutes.


    1 p.m.—In This Corner of the World (2016)

    The award-winning 2016 Japanese animated feature written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) depicts life in and around Hiroshima before, during, and after World War II.

    Based on a manga written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kono, the story traces the life of a young woman named Suzu as she marries, relocates to Kure, and tries to maintain her optimism in the face of the worsening Pacific war. But Suzu and her family are unable to avoid tragedy and the loss of loved ones. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Japan’s subsequent surrender heighten Suzu’s despair. Slowly, she and her remaining family rebuild their lives as they and their friends work together. 129 minutes.


    3:20 p.m.—The Face of Jizo (2004)

    Kazuo Kuroki’s 2004 film The Face of Jizo is based on a play with the same name by Hisashi Inoue. The central character Mitsue survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II, but lost her only relative, her father Takezo. Working as a librarian in the postwar, she meets a young man named Masa doing research at her library. The two are mutually attracted to one another, but Mitsue cannot forget her grief for her father, whose ghost visits her.

    This is considered the third film of Kuroki’s War Requiem trilogy along with Tomorrow (1988) and A Boy’s Summer in 1945 (2002). 99 minutes.


    5 p.m.—Paper Lanterns (2016)

    Paper Lanterns is a documentary that follows the quest of Shigeaki Mori, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, and his desire to account for those killed on August 6, 1945.

    Mori discovers that 12 American prisoners of war also died that day, but were forgotten. In the film directed by Barry Frischette and Max Esposito, Mori searches for the relatives of two of the POWs: Normand Brissette and Ralph Neal. He also campaigns to include the names of the 12 American POWs at the Hiroshima Peace Museum with the thousands of others killed. The film documents Mori’s encounter with President Obama in 2016 at the Hiroshima Peace Museum. 60 minutes.

    Q&A to follow with filmmakers.

    Saturday, January 18, 2020
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Two-Day Workshop: Shibori Mandalas


    Saturday–Sunday, January 18–19
    11 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Explore the endless possibilities of mandalas in this contemporary shibori workshop, in which you’ll use colorful dyes to create eye-catching patterns for pillows, quilts, and other projects.

    Bring scissors and a seam ripper. All fabrics, dyes, and other materials are supplied. Please wear workshop attire.

    $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 Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

    Saturday, January 25, 2020

    15th Annual Museums Free-for-All



    In an effort to make museums available to the broadest possible audience, JANM joins with more than 40 other regional museums in offering free admission on this day.

    Take advantage of free admission to come see Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

    For a complete list of participating institutions, visit



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