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Calendar of Events — April 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.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

CANCELLED: Smithsonian Museum Day


UPDATE (3/13/20): Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020 will not take place on April 4.

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. We appreciate your understanding.


Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Smithsonian magazine Museum Day event.

Sunday, April 5, 2020
11:30 AM

CANCELLED: Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese


UPDATE (3/13/20): This tour has been cancelled.




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, April 11, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

POSTPONED: Premiere Screening of Paper Chase: Japanese American History Through the Lens of Vernacular Newspaper


UPDATE (3/13/20): This screening has been postponed.

Please email if you would like to be notified when this screening is rescheduled.



Join us for the premiere showing of Zentoku Foundation’s documentary, Paper Chase: Japanese American History Through the Lens of Vernacular Newspapers. Through archival photographs, historic footage, and on-camera interviews, Paper Chase chronicles the history of Japanese in America as reported in real-time by community newspapers, including The Rafu Shimpo, Hokubei Mainichi, Pacific Citizen, Nichibei Weekly, Nichibei Times, and Hawaii Herald.

This special event is co-presented by Zentoku Foundation and JANM and will include insights from those associated with the making of the documentary.

Ticket cost is Pay-What-You-Can at the door (suggested $5 minimum per person). Reservations are required. Please email to reserve your seats.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

ONLINE tea & letter writing: to our elders



Connect with others during this time of “social isolation” and write a letter to an elder in your life. Gather with us in the comfort of your own home 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.

Seniors are highly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and so many find themselves isolated in this time. During this tea & letter writing session, you will have a chance to write to an important elder in your life or write a letter to send to an elder currently staying safely at home in a senior living community in Little Tokyo. We will read aloud some letters on the theme from JANM’s permanent collection before diving into our own writing.

Make yourself a warm cup of tea, get cozy, and join us online! All ages are welcome to participate.

This program is FREE, but please RSVP using the link below. You will be emailed instructions for how to join our conversation on Zoom. Please contact if you have any additional questions.

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.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

2020 VIRTUAL Gala and Silent Auction—Our Stories in Action


Due to the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 situation, we have made the decision to turn our 2020 Gala Dinner and Auction into a virtual gala. We are planning an online program, auction, and Bid for Education, and invite you and your family and friends to join us online on April 18, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (PDT).

Visit for more information.



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