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Calendar of Events — June 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 rsvp@janm.org 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, June 6, 2020
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

CANCELLED: Two-Day Workshop: Indigo and Shibori in the 21st Century

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UPDATE (4/3/20): This workshop has been cancelled.

 

Saturday–Sunday, June 6–7
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.

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

$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.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Sunday, June 7, 2020
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese

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日系移民と日系アメリカ人の歴史を紹介する常設展「コモン・グラウンド」を日本語でご案内します。

ツアーは無料(入館料のみ)、予約不要です。

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

ONLINE Tea & Letter Writing: summer lovin’

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FREE

During these tea & letter writing sessions, we are taking time to reach out to those we love who are the most vulnerable or isolated in this time. This session we are focusing especially on queer and trans people of color who are currently incarcerated. We will also provide time for creative reflection and letters of self love.

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

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions 24 hours before the program begins in order to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

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.

Thursday, June 18, 2020
6:30 PM—8:00 PM

Queer Nikkei Stories: Intergenerational Conversations

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FREE

What was it like to be gay and Japanese American decades ago? What is it like now?

Okaeri, JANM, and Visual Communications invite you to listen to and participate in conversations with several generations of LGBTQ+ Japanese Americans as they talk about their experiences at the intersections of these identities.

Actor and activist George Takei will be in conversation with USC student Justin Kawaguchi; and June Lagmay, a founder of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays, will be in dialogue with Aya Tasaki, a bicultural advocate and organizer.

The audience will be encouraged to take part in the discussions with their own questions during a Q&A portion. The program will also feature short films created about Takei and Lagmay and their legacies within the API LGTBQ+ community. Please join us for the first digital Okaeri program and be inspired by these four Nikkei who are transforming communities to be more compassionate, safe, and welcoming.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions 24 hours before the program begins in order to join our conversation on Zoom on Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. (PDT). Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access needs.

Friday, June 19, 2020

JANM Digital Film Festival: Madame Fujima Kansuma

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Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! We will be releasing a selection of films, some for a limited time only. Organize a (virtual) screening party with your friends or family or just get cozy and enjoy the JANM Digital Film Festival from the safety of your own home. We will also have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and others involved in the projects.

Born May 9, 1918, Madame Fujima Kansuma is a celebrated Japanese American kabuki dancer and teacher with a career beginning in the early 1940s and spanning decades. From learning under the “God of Theatre,” Onoe Kikugoro VI, in Japan to being invited to travel across different concentration camps to perform her pieces while incarcerated during World War II, she has dedicated her life to sharing the culture of kabuki and Japanese heritage in the United States. She has received a number of awards: most notably the Order of the Precious Crown, Apricot, by the Japanese government in 1985, and the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987.

In 2018, at 100 years old, she was the choreographer for the Los Angeles Nisei Week Parade. In the same year, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center hosted a birthday celebration for which this film was produced. Madame Fujima Kansuma continues to teach and choreograph along with her daughter, Miyako Tachibana, who also became a master kabuki dancer and teacher. Madame Kansuma’s legacy continues through her and the hundreds of students with whom she has crossed paths.

Madame Fujima Kansuma will be released on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, June 19. Watch the film and then join us for a Q&A on the legacy of Madame Kansuma with daughter Miyako Tachibana, longtime student June Berk, and filmmaker Yuka Murakami on Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. (PDT).

Learn more about Madame Kansuma and the film.

This program is presented in partnership with Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage by Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. The film was produced for the program Fujima Kansuma: 100th Birthday Celebration, a co-presentation of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Japanese American National Museum, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. It received federal support from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Saturday, June 20, 2020
1:30 PM—2:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Taiji Terasaki

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All members are invited to meet artist Taiji Terasaki before our COVID-19 Community Heroes program at 2 p.m. for a virtual Members Only Meet-and-Greet. Hear more from Terasaki about his process of developing the Transcendients: Heroes at Borders exhibition for JANM and how he is staying creative in this time.

This program is FREE for all members, but RSVPs are required at the link below, by email to memberevents@janm.org, or phone at 213.830.5646. Please note you only need to register once per device.

You will be emailed links and instructions 24 hours before the program begins in order to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions about the program or specific access needs.

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Saturday, June 20, 2020
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

COVID-19 Community Heroes: Taiji Terasaki and Kristin Fukushima

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FREE

Artist Taiji Terasaki will join us from his studio in Hawai‘i to discuss his latest project, Transcendients: COVID-19 Community Heroes, in which he is highlighting unsung heroes who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kristin Fukushima, Managing Director of the Little Tokyo Community Council, will be participating in the program from Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo.

Fukushima helped found Community Feeding Community, an initiative to purchase meals from Little Tokyo restaurants and distribute them to workers in Little Tokyo impacted by COVID-19. She was highlighted in Terasaki’s project alongside James Choi and Nancy Yap, co-founders of Community Feeding Community. This program will explore what being a “hero” means in times of crisis and what we can do to support and uplift our heroes.

Taiji Terasaki is the artist behind our most recent exhibition, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, that looks at the consequences of prejudice, fear, and misuse of power and the “heroes” who confront and challenge borders, both visible and invisible. Visit janm.org/transcendients to learn more about the exhibition.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions 24 hours before the program begins in order to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns. Please note you only need to register once per each device.

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

VIRTUAL TALK—1956 Dodgers’ Tour of Japan: Setting the Stage for Nomo

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FREE

Join Dodgers’ historian Mark Langill as he shares about the 1956 tour of Japan by the Brooklyn Dodgers which set the stage for many significant moments in baseball history that connected Japan and Los Angeles baseball, culminating in the signing of Hideo Nomo.

Learn how the 1956 tour paved the way for visits by Tokyo Giants players in the following years to Dodgers’ Spring Training and by the Dodgers to Japan in the ’60s and ’90s, how dugout seats in the Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo influenced the original dugout seats in Dodger Stadium, and the Japanese lantern at Dodger Stadium. There will also be time for a Q&A with Langill and moderator Chris Komai.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions 24 hours before the program begins in order to join our conversation on Zoom on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. (PDT). Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access needs.

Friday, June 26, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival: Madame Fujima Kansuma Q&A

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FREE

Madame Fujima Kansuma shares the life of the celebrated Japanese American kabuki dancer and teacher with a career beginning in the early 1940s and spanning decades.

Join filmmaker Yuka Murakami for a discussion around the legacy of Madame Kansuma with Madame Kansuma’s daughter, Miyako Tachibana, and longtime student, June Berk, who were both featured in the film produced for a celebration of Kansuma’s 100th birthday in 2018. As the third part of the JANM Digital Film Festival, this Q&A will explore her extensive career and the impact of her work today.

Be sure to watch the film first, then join us for the Q&A which will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, June 26, from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. (PDT).

Submit questions in advance using this form. Participants will be able to chat and ask additional questions live (you will need to be logged in to YouTube to participate in the chat).

This program is presented in partnership with Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage by Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. The film was produced for the program Fujima Kansuma: 100th Birthday Celebration, a co-presentation of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Japanese American National Museum, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. It received federal support from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

 

 

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