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Calendar of Events — November 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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
4:00 PM—5:00 PM

Post Election Discussion for Educators



The Education Unit of the Japanese American National Museum invites teachers and educators to an informal, virtual post-election discussion to respectfully share thoughts, questions, hopes and anxieties. How can we support our students as our democracy looks to the future in a climate of continued uncertainty and division? What does this look like in our teaching practice? These gatherings have no particular agenda except to be a space to find community with your fellow educators after the election. These spaces are open to all educators and all are welcome to join the calls for as little or long as they would like.

Discussions will be held weekly on Tuesdays, November 10th, 17th, and/or 24th. Please RSVP using the link below:

Contact if you have questions or specific access concerns.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Virtual Kokoro 2020


Saturday, November 14–Monday, November 30

The 12th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique is going virtual this year! From November 14–30, shoppers can shop online or by phone with many familiar crafters, plus some new ones.

A video featuring many of our talented crafters talking about their beautiful, hand-crafted products, as well as photos from all our participating crafter/vendors will be posted on starting on Saturday, November 14.

6 Degrees of Hapa • Acorn Works • Alyson Iwamoto Ceramics • Art Mina • BGK Gems • Bizu • Boy Cherie Jewelry • Charming Little Lotus • Color Conscious • Creative Handcrafted Gifts • DaTojos • Ecommshipments • Fugetsu-Do • Happyshirts • imoriknits • JKiyomi • Joan Flax • Kelley’s Kookies • Kiobi Designs • Kirei Cositas • Komodomazo • Lileeku • Madame Sakura Craft • Mi So Happi • N & M Enterprises • Papermum Press • Parasol Paperworks • Pomegranate • Pontigo • Pulp X Stitch • sewKimono • Shibori Girl Studios • Simmisu Paper Co • Solsiss • Some Mo Craft • Stacy Wong • Studio Engravers • Susan Facklam Jewelry • Suzye Ogawa Designs • TABFabric

Vendor contact information will be posted on Nov 14.

Shoppers’ purchases from November 14–30 will support JANM’s education programs. Buy products from vendors directly and write “Kokoro2020” on all of your orders. JANM will receive a portion from each purchase!

Visit or email the JANM volunteers at for more information.

Sunday, November 15, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

A Taste of Home: Building the Flavors of Japanese America



Nothing says “home” like familiar tastes. Throughout time and the Nikkei diaspora, immigrants have learned how to bring the flavors of home to the table through ingenuity and tenacity. In this interactive program, learn how early immigrant communities adapted traditional Japanese cooking in these new environments.

Join foodways scholar Valerie Matsumoto for a dive into JANM’s collection, early Japanese American food history, and how these food trends continue to the present day. JANM Director of Collections Management and Access, Kristen Hayashi, will share some items from the archives that highlight Japanese American resilience in the kitchen. Then, learn how to cook the staples of Japanese American cooking with cookbook author and designer, Azusa Oda, in an easy cooking demo and tutorial.

This program is part of the series “A Taste of Home,” supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
4:00 PM

A Legacy of Healing, Rebirth and Leadership: A Smithsonian Affiliations Virtual Scholar Talk



Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Adriel Luis will present and moderate a lively discussion with panelists, Emily Anderson, Ph.D., Curator, Japanese American National Museum, and Jessica Rubenacker, Exhibit Director, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.  Emily Anderson will speak about the important role that religious institutions and individuals played in providing a sense of security and stability for Japanese Americans during World War II. This includes sharing research she is currently conducting for an upcoming exhibition she is co-curating titled Sutra and Bible: Faith and Japanese American World War II Incarceration. Jessica Rubenacker present the Wing Luke Museum's recent examples of community healing through art with the Chinatown-International Love Letters campaign, mural project collaboration with artist Moses Sun and more generally the Museum's reopening to the public.

Image credit: In Camp Jerome [Oil painting by Henry Sugimoto of a Nisei soldier and a woman with a senninbari, 1943.] Courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum, (Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, 92.97.9)

Thursday, November 19, 2020
5:00 PM

Stronger Together: Black Liberation and Asian Solidarity



The USC Pacific Asia Museum, the Chinese American Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum present Stronger Together: Black Liberation and Asian Solidarity. Join a discussion on this historic moment in the movement for Black lives, and the importance of cross-movement solidarity and coalitional consciousness.

Panelists include Melina Abdullah, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and Professor of Pan-African Studies, Warren T. Furutani, Co-founder of the Manzanar Committee and former California State Assemblymember, and Kai Naima Williams, Author and Executive Director of Eat At The Table Theatre Company. The conversation will be moderated by Sandra So Hee Chi Kim, Founder and Co-Executive Director of Asian American Justice + Innovation Lab. They will reflect on the history of Black-Asian solidarity and what we can learn from the past in order to live in a liberated future. The panel will also offer thoughts on how we move forward following the much anticipated November 3rd presidential election results.

This event is part of “Reimagining ‘Normal’,” a JANM series exploring race and racism in the United States.

Friday, November 27, 2020

2020 Member Appreciation Days


Friday, November 27–Sunday, November 29

Are you a JANM member? Ordinarily we partner with other fantastic museum stores to expand the appreciation of all our collective members. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 shutdown of many of our partner institutions, we are unable to offer you the choice of shopping with our cultural neighbors.

We appreciate the support of JANM members and are thankful for your patronage through this crazy year! To show our gratitude we are offering the usual 20% discount on qualified store purchases from November 27-29. Due to the continuing pandemic restrictions, all sales will take place online only, but we will be offering onsite pick up (please see details here). You must place your orders November 27-29 in order to qualify for the 20% discount.

Click here for details and restrictions

Not a current member? JOIN OR RENEW NOW!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Museum Store Sunday



We are celebrating the fourth annual Museum Store Sunday on November 29 by offering a special gift with purchases over $20!

Get a FREE mixed set of Allen Say’s Tree of Cranes holiday cards. Enjoy six each of his two signature illustrations (a total of 12 cards) from the Caldecott Award-winning artist’s very special holiday book.

On November 29, 2020, when you purchase $20 or more of regular priced merchandise online, just add this special Tree of Cranes card set in your shopping cart and use the promo code CRANES at checkout!

(You must put the cards in your shopping cart in order to use the code. While supplies last. Limited quantity available. One free set per order.)




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