Art, Culture & Identity Past Events
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.
The Art of Tea Ceremony
Featuring: Ogasawara School of Tea Ceremony
Madam Shuyu Hara of the Ogasawara School of Tea Ceremony will demonstrate the art of tea ceremony which helps to develop concentration and appreciation of beauty. Free with Museum admission. Reservations Required.
Spotlight on Four Angelenos: Illuminating History Through Ordinary Lives
Performance and Discussion
Last of a three-part series co-sponsored by the Playrights Project, the Angeles Plaza, California Afro American Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum. This project features professional theatre artists who will perform monologues based on the lives of Los Angeles area senior citizens. One of the featured Angelenos is Kimi Kawamura, a dance instructor who lived through the atomic bomb in World War II in Hiroshima. Her recollections, as dramatized by Denise Uyehara, crystallize one aspect of the Japanese American experience. Along with Kimi's story, the story of Sam Ortega, a Mexican American Angeleno, will be spotlighted. Sam, a former World War II (?) veteran and former psychology scholar, will be dramatized by Leo Garcia. Associate Curator Glen Kitayama of the Japanese American National Museum will explore the interactions between these two communities of Los Angeles. This project is made possible by a grant from the California Council on the Humanities. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.