Art, Culture & Identity Past Events
Asian American Writers' Workshop Readings Series
Thursday Evening at the Museum
The third in the series presented by the New York-based literary collective features writers from the Japanese American community. Writers Jeff T. Matsuda, Denise Uyehara, and Amy Uyematsu will read from their works. Besides organizing readings, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop publishes the Asian Pacific American Journal, explanAsian, and anthologies by Asian American writers. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Little Tokyo Guided Tour
Historic Tour Series
PART A: Walking Tour
9:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Once a thriving residential, business and cultural center, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles was one of the largest Japanese American communities in the United States until World War II. Take a walking tour, relive history, and learn about present day Little Tokyo with Museum docents at this very popular program.
PART B: The Historic Nishi Building
1 p.m.–3 p.m.
In Part B of the Historic Little Tokyo Series, James McElwain, AIA, Preservation Architect, will conduct an architectural history tour of the Museum building, formerly the Nishi Hongwanji, the first Buddhist temple built in the Los Angeles area. Learn about the building’s history through its architectural features and about Edgar Cline, the architect who designed the temple. In 1993, the Museum received the National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of his historic building. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and the California State Historic Register.
Fees: Full day program: Members $8, non-members $15. Individual programs (Part A or Part B only): Members $5, non-members $9. Reservations for this day-long program are required by September 1, 1997. Limited space available. Bring your own lunch or enjoy lunch at one of several Little Tokyo restaurants. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Japanese American Funerals: Christian and Buddhist
Featuring: Rev. Grant Hagiya of Centenary United Methodist Church, Rinban Noriaki Ito of Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Michael Motoyasu of Kubota Nikkei Mortuary
What is the meaning behind the rituals performed at Japanese American funerals? What is koden and is it still appropriate? What are the responsibilities of family members and friends? Learn the answers to these and other questions about Japanese American funerals. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.
Cold Tofu Improv: More Soy of Sex
Cold Tofu looks at love & relationships, the expanded version! This talented, energetic, multicultural comedy improv group has an amazing assortment of entertainment techniques that will keep you laughing all night. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating.
Taisho Koto Concert
Special Performance Featuring: Kotohime Kai
Taisho Koto is a Japanese musical instrument that developed during the Taisho period (1911–1925) of Japan. Unlike the traditional koto (Japanese harp-like instrument) which has 13 strings, the taisho koto has 5 strings and is electronically amplified. The Kotohime Kai members include Kaoru Domon, Kiyoko Ando, and Etsuko Yamanoshita. The trio which is based in Los Angeles, has performed in numerous recitals and Japanese cultural programs in Southern California. The group will perform classical koto pieces as well as popular Japanese songs. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Fresh Off the Page Series presented by AT&T / East West Players
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
Writers from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute read from their own works—the very latest selections from their new poetry and plays—and perform original monologues, songs, plus a special comic feature: Angry Haiku.
Artists slated to appear include: Luisa Cariaga, Edgar Cayago, John Cho, Doug Cooney, Jason Fong, Leslie Ishii, Mark Jue, Soji Kashiwagi, Eddy Kim, Euijoon Kim, Lucy J. Kim, Wes Mann, Steve Park, John Song, Janice Terukina, and Lisa Yu. This program is funded in part by AT&T. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission. Limited seating available.