Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Partnerships & Collaborations

All programs are free for Museum members and free with general admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs (RSVPs not needed for Family Festivals). Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by emailing or calling 213.625.0414. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or purchase tickets online using the links below. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Sunday, March 8, 2015
1:00 PM—7:30 PM

Love to Nippon 2015


JANM is pleased to host the 2015 edition of Love to Nippon, an annual conference commemorating the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Northern Japan. The daylong program will include a memorial program, an interfaith service, a screening of the documentary film Live Your Dreams: the Taylor Anderson Story, and a panel discussion on the state of Tohoku today.

Visit for details.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers’ Gallery Reading of Iyakan Blues (The Criers)



JANM is pleased to host the East West Players’ reading of Iyakan Blues (The Criers), written by Giovanni Ortega and directed by Tim Dang.

Aurora, Remedios, and Eugenia are three of the most sought-after professional criers (individuals paid to cry at funerals) in Monterey Park. They are eager to welcome Aurora’s 14-year-old daughter Ligaya (nicknamed Gaya) from the Philippines into their world and teach her their somber trade. However, they soon realize that Gaya has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead of cry. What ensues is a hilarious and heartwarming story of cultural identity, generational conflict, and finding home in a new country.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
2:00 PM

Shadows of Peace for the Sake of the Children (Kodomo no Tame Ni): The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Experience


The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing approximately 120,000 men, women, and children instantly. Thousands more died from injuries and radiation in the following days and years.

This forum, proudly presented by JANM and the Orange Coast Optimist Club, will address the devastating and ongoing effects of atomic weapons on the people of Japan and the world. A range of internationally recognized speakers will discuss the legacy of the nuclear age and present video interviews with hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors). Doug Erber, President of the Japan America Society of Southern California, will serve as emcee.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Asians on Film Festival


Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29

The Asians on Film Festival grew out of the website, dedicated to promoting under-recognized Asians and Asian Americans working in the film industry.

JANM is proud to host this annual festival, which showcases nearly one hundred of the best short films submitted to over the past year.

Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


Monday, April 27 – Wednesday, April 29

Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to JANM for encore showings of feature-length favorites as well as special programs that offer a focused window on the perspectives of the APA creative community. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in intimate Q&A sessions with audiences.

Celebrating its 31st edition in 2015, the festival brings the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences. $13 general; $11 students, seniors, VC/DGA/JANM members with valid ID.

For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

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