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Calendar of Events — July 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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

ONLINE Tea & Letter Writing: Letters for Black Lives

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FREE

During this national uprising for Black liberation, we know part of the struggle happens within our own families or homes. Inspired by the Letters for Black Lives campaign, we will be taking the time to reflect on the anti-Blackness in ourselves, our families, and our communities and writing letters to begin the difficult conversation with those we love about why we must say Black Lives Matter. We will also have a guest speaker from Letters for Black Lives.

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 (or iced!) cup of tea, get comfortable, 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 to join our conversation on Zoom on Wednesday, July 8 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 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.

Friday, July 10, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival: Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game Q&A

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FREE

From their original roots in Brooklyn to today’s home in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are trailblazers in the world of sports, on and off the field. The franchise is dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, family-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium and maintaining strong partnerships in the community.

In 2014, JANM collaborated with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Peter O’Malley and Family to present the Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition, which explored the team’s storied past through four players and a Hall of Fame manager, each of whom made history in his own right: Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela, Chan Ho Park, Hideo Nomo, and Tommy Lasorda.

JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center produced five short documentaries in conjunction with the exhibition. Watch the films at janm.org/dodgers/videos or on JANM’s YouTube channel, then join the exhibition’s co-curators—Dodgers’ team historian Mark Langill and Koji Steven Sakai—for a Q&A moderated by Chris Komai that will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel. They will discuss the impact of Hideo Nomo on Major League Baseball, what it was like for him, and what his success meant in Japan and to Japanese Americans. They will also talk about the enduring legacies of the other featured individuals.

JOIN US FOR THE Q&A

Click on the button below to join us for the Q&A, streamed live on Friday, July 10 at 6 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).

 

JANM Digital Film Festival—Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! 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.

Photo from Hideo Nomo’s debut on May 2, 1995, in San Francisco, courtesy of The Michael Rayala Collection.

Friday, July 17, 2020

JANM Digital Film Festival: Big Drum: Taiko in the United States

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Fifteen years after its initial release as part of the groundbreaking exhibition at JANM, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States will be available online as part of the JANM Digital Film Festival! Featuring America’s pioneering taiko figures, this film documents the development of American taiko and includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.

Group taiko performance only developed in post-war Japan and the United States and Japanese Americans played a major role in its growing popularity. With few models to follow, the original three Nikkei groups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose built their own drums, created their costumes, and wrote their own music. The result was the original three groups in 1973 grew to over 250 groups throughout North America. In 2005, the exhibition, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States, explored the growing phenomenon of taiko (Japanese drum) ensemble performances through the use of several media presentations, historic photographs, artifacts, and interactive activities.

Among the many groups included in the film are San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kinnara Taiko, San Jose Taiko, Denver Taiko, Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko Group, Soh Daiko, L.A. Matsuri Taiko, Shasta Taiko, Satori Taiko, Kogen Taiko, Kokyo Taiko, Hawaii Matsuri Taiko, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Maui Taiko, Zenshin Taiko, Zenshuji Zendeko, Nen Daiko, Hoh Daiko, Sacramento Taiko Dan, and TAIKOPROJECT.

This film will be released on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, July 17.

Watch the documentary and then join us on Friday, July 24, at 6 p.m. (PDT) for a 15th anniversary celebration and conversation with curator Sojin Kim and featured performers Kenny Endo (Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble), Kay Fukumoto (Maui Taiko), Teddy Yoshikami (Soh Daiko), PJ Hirabayashi (Artistic Director Emeritus, San Jose Taiko), and more!

The documentary is also available on DVD at the JANM Store. The DVD also features extras, including historical footage and excerpts from the documentary Taiko: The Music of the Japanese Drums (1977).

Watch clips from interviews recorded for the documentary on Discover Nikkei.

 

JANM Digital Film Festival—Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! 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.

Saturday, July 18, 2020
11:30 AM—1:00 PM

Healthy Japanese Home Cooking Workshop with Azusa Oda

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Learn how to cook a basic Japanese menu! In this virtual workshop, cookbook author, food blogger, and designer Azusa Oda will teach you how to cut down food waste and make full use of all the ingredients to make a basic, healthy, and delicious meal.

Participants will start with making dashi (soup stock) then use the leftovers to make katsuo denbu (bonito rice topping). They will then make satsumaimo misoshiru (sweet potato miso soup) using the dashi and, finally, onigiri (rice balls) with the katsuo denbu mixed in.

Please note: the dashi and katsuo denbu are made with bonito flakes (katsuobushi—thinly shaved dried fish).

$20 members, $25 non-members. Limited space available. Workshop will be held via Zoom on Saturday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m. (PDT).

You will be emailed links and instructions to join our workshop on Zoom as well as a list of ingredients if you’d like to follow along with the recipes during the program. 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.

Azusa Oda comes from a long line of professional and home cooks, and her abilities in the kitchen have been heavily influenced by growing up as her mother’s unofficial sous chef. Raised in both Tokyo and the Bay Area of California, she had a bicultural upbringing that shaped the way she views Japanese culinary traditions and techniques. She created her blog, humblebeanblog.com, in 2008 to share her contemporary variations on simple and delicious Japanese recipes. While cooking is one of her passions, she nurtures an equal interest in design and has an MFA from California College of the Arts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Purchase her book, Japanese Cookbook for Beginners: Classic and Modern Recipes Made Easy, at the JANM Store.

This program is part of Go Little Tokyo’s Delicious Little Tokyo virtual festival that runs from June 26 to July 26.

Sunday, July 19, 2020
12:00 PM—12:45 PM

Steeping History: Tea Across Generations

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Tea has a long history of bringing families together, providing comfort after a long, hard day of work, or grounding traditional ceremonies and practices.

Come learn from Maria Kwong, JANM’s Director of Retail Enterprises, about Japanese American tea culture and the unique JANM Generations Teas, created in collaboration with Chado Tea Room. Each of the teas in this collection was created with a specific generation of Japanese Americans in mind and help tell the story of the museum. Chado Tea Room will also do a tea tasting demonstration.

The Q&A will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 19. 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).

Learn more about the teas on Discover Nikkei.

Purchase the Generation and Museum Tea Collections from the JANM Store.

This program is part of Go Little Tokyo’s Delicious Little Tokyo virtual festival that runs June 26–July 26, 2020.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
9:00 AM—10:00 AM

The Art of Movement and Coalition Building: Learning from Yuri Kochiyama

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This discussion centers on the inspiring force of activist Yuri Kochiyama (1921–2014), whose work to build community and solidarity across racial and generational lines in the decades after World War II is a timely model for today’s movement building and efforts toward meaningful allyship.

In the 1960s, the Harlem apartment of Yuri and Bill Kochiyama was a hub of community service and social justice mobilization. During her sixty years of activism, Yuri was involved in Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity, the Republic of New Africa, Puerto Rican nationalism, Japanese American redress and reparations, and countless actions supporting human rights.

Dr. Karen L. Ishizuka, filmmaker and chief curator at the Japanese American National Museum, moderates a discussion about Yuri’s life, influence, and legacies with singer-songwriter Nobuko Miyamoto, public artist Tomie Arai, and writer Kai Naima Williams.

The Q&A will be streamed live on Smithsonian Folklife’s YouTube channel and Facebook page at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday, July 23. Participants will be able to chat and ask additional questions live (you will need to be logged in to YouTube or Facebook to participate in the chat).

This program is co-presented by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Image: A Mural for Yuri & Malcolm, created by artists/activists inspired by the legacies and deep friendship of Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X. Photo courtesy of Nobuko Miyamoto.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
6:00 PM—7:45 PM

7th Annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest: A Virtual Celebration

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FREE

Each year, the Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest heightens awareness of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo by challenging both new and experienced writers to write a story that showcases familiarity with the neighborhood and the people in it. Writers from three categories—Adult, Youth, and Japanese language—weave fictional stories set in the past, present, or future. Each category winner will be awarded a cash prize and their story will be published in The Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website.

This year’s winning stories captured the spirit and cultural essence of Little Tokyo. Though we are not able to gather in Little Tokyo, Imagine Little Tokyo is bringing the awards ceremony online! Actors Tamlyn Tomita, Derek Mio, and Eijiro Ozaki will perform dramatic readings of the winning stories from each category and the winners themselves will have the opportunity to share brief reflections.

Read the winning stories on Discover Nikkei.

The contest is presented by Little Tokyo Historical Society in partnership with JANM’s Discover Nikkei project.

Read stories from past Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contests:

Friday, July 24, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival: Big Drum: Taiko in the United States Q&A

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FREE

Tune in for a 15th anniversary celebration of the film, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States, and conversation with curator Sojin Kim and featured performers Kenny Endo (Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble), Kay Fukumoto (Maui Taiko), Teddy Yoshikami (Soh Daiko), PJ Hirabayashi (Artistic Director Emeritus, San Jose Taiko), and more!

Featuring America’s pioneering taiko figures, this film documents the development of American taiko and includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.

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, July 24, 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).

 

JANM Digital Film Festival—Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! 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.

 

 

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