Art, Culture & Identity Past Events
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.
AT&T East West Players New Voices Writers Gallery Series
Thursday Evening at the Museum
New Play Reading
This program features the winners of the New Voices Play writing Competition sponsored by East West Players. The plays of these talented young playwrights were selected from entries collected from throughout the country in a contest that EWP hopes to make international in scope in the near future. Follow the development of these plays that may someday progress to the East West Players mainstage and beyond. The program repeats on Thursday, September 18. Free with museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Series
The first in a year-long series of programs highlighting projects recently funded by the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. Dale Shimasaki, Executive Director of the CLPEF, will talk about the goals of the Board of Directors for the CLPEF, the work that has been completed, and the plans for future programs. In addition, Museum staff members, Gary Kawaguchi, Acting Director of Program Development, and Darcie Iki, Life History Curator, will speak about Museum projects funded through the CLPEF grants. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.