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Saturday, November 10, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Superheroes!

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FREE ALL DAY

This full day of crafts, performances, and other activities will be inspired by real-life heroes as well as the fictional characters of Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Superhero Capes: Attention all crime-fighting kids and their grown-up sidekicks! Make your own superhero cape and unleash your hidden powers.

  • Superhero Masks: Keep your secret identity under wraps with a handcrafted hero- or kaiju-inspired mask.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold an Ultraman superhero!

  • Superhero Selfies: Grab your cape and mask, strike a powerful pose, and snap a selfie in your new super outfit! Selfie sticks provided by JANM for this activity.

  • Save a Life with A3M: Become a real hero by seeing if you’re a bone marrow donor match. Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M) focuses on recruiting marrow donors in ethnic communities because the odds of finding a match is much more likely within one’s own racial or ethnic group.

  • Veterans Day Letters: Write a letter of appreciation to a veteran, to be delivered by Operation Gratitude. It only takes a few minutes to write a letter, but it will bring lasting joy to the person who receives it!
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES

    11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.: Ukuleles for Little Tokyo Performance
    U4LT engages Japanese and Japanese American seniors while providing free ukulele instruction in Japanese and English. Reserved seating for members.

    11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.: Superhero Training
    Our friends from Terasaki Budokan will help kids transform basketball fun into fantastical feats of physical fitness worthy of free prizes. Run at the speed of light, fly to slam dunk, make jaw-dropping no-look passes, and sink amazing far-away shots.

    12 p.m.–12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.–2 p.m.: Superhero Drawing Workshop:
    Any mild-mannered child can transform into a fantastic superhero by joining artist and art educator Sylvia Lopez for this interactive workshop. Learn how to quickly sketch and draw a basic human form to create your very own hero character. All levels welcome! Reserved seating for members.

    12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Superhero Caricatures
    Watch yourself be turned into a superhero with a caricature drawn by an artist from Taylor Entertainment. For children only. Line ends at 2:30 p.m. Express line for members.

    12:30 p.m.–1 p.m.: Sho Tokyo Kendo Demonstration
    Sho Tokyo Kendo of LA Minobusan Beikoku Betsuin will deliver a captivating demonstration of kendo, a traditional Japanese martial art that utilizes bamboo swords and protective armor. Reserved seating for members.

    3 p.m.–3:15 p.m.: Kizuna Taiko Performance
    Enjoy a performance from Kizuna Taiko, a group made up of children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their parents and siblings from the Japanese Speaking Parents Association of Children with Challenges (JSPACC). Reserved seating for members.

    3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.: WizStars Performance
    Check out WizStars, a hip-hop dance ensemble featuring individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their parents or siblings from the JSPACC. Reserved seating for members.

    Please check back for updates.

    Sponsored by Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.

    Saturday, August 18, 2018
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Natsumatsuri Family Festival

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Please note new date!

    Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

  • Performances by TAIKOPROJECT, San Fernando Valley Taiko, The Grateful 4, Kaulana Ka Hale Kula O Na Pua O Ka Aina, and Asia America Youth Symphony Jazz Quartet

  • Free souvenir photos at our summer-themed photo booth, face painting, and bubble fun

  • Free samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries)

  • Traditional Japanese tea ceremony

  • Basic taiko drumming and bon odori dance lessons

  • Fun crafts including origami and the ever-popular Natsumatsuri paper hats

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • Free admission all day to see hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

  • …and more!

    Visit janm.org/natsumatsuri2018 for complete schedule of performances, activities, and crafts.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Dwight Stuart Youth Fund; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and The Nissan Foundation.

    Saturday, May 12, 2018
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Identity, My-dentity

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Join us for a celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and JANM’s exhibition, hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project. Crafts, performances, storytelling, and other activities will explore themes of identity and personal heritage.

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Koinobori Kite: Color and put together a koinobori (carp kite), a traditional symbol of Kodomo no hi—Children’s Day in Japan.

  • Kabuto (Samurai Hat): Fold a samurai hat—another symbol of Children’s Day—out of newspaper.

  • Identity Bento: Make your own colorful bento box by drawing in foods that are part of your culture or just among your favorites.

  • Diorama: Make a tiny self-portrait diorama that is all about you.

  • Button Making: Design a small button to show off your individuality.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a paper heart to share with someone.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES

    11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.: Storytelling Theater
    Multicultural theater troupe We Tell Stories performs Proud to Be Me, a series of interactive stories geared toward reinforcing self-esteem. Reserved seating for members.

    12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Poetry Writing Workshop
    Spoken word artists and community organizers Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana, together known as Steady, will help you learn to express yourself through poetry. Space is limited; please sign up at the information table.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Amy Tangerine Scrapbook Workshop
    Create colorful pages that save and share your memories in this scrapbooking workshop with Amy Tangerine. Bringing photos from home is optional. Mini booklets will be supplied. Space is limited; please sign up at the information table. Reserved seating for members.

    2 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Improv with Cold Tofu
    Enjoy a performance by Cold Tofu as they improvise scenes and games based on audience suggestions. Reserved seating for members.

    3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Infinite Flow Dance
    Infinite Flow – An Inclusive Dance Company and Infinite Flow Kids will perform and invite families to dance along with them. Reserved seating for members.

    JANM Free Family Day: Identity, My-dentity is presented in partnership with Kizuna. American Sign Language interpreters will be present for select performances.

    In conjunction with the exhibition hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project
    Sunday, January 7, 2018
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    2018 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Dog

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    FREE ALL DAY!

    Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Dog with fun arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and exciting performances!

  • Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko

  • Drawing demonstration and book signing by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai

  • Dog candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman

  • Foster/adopt a dog with Dogs Without Borders

  • Osechi-ryori (Japanese New Year traditional foods) tasting

  • Fun Oshogatsu and Year of the Dog-inspired crafts, origami, and coloring activities

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display (continuing through April 8, 2018, check link for hours)

  • …and so much more!

    Visit janm.org/oshogatsufest2018 for complete schedule of activities.

    Sponsored by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Saturday, November 11, 2017
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: We Love LA

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    FREE ALL DAY

    In conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, JANM presents a family-friendly day celebrating the diverse mix of cultures that make up Los Angeles.

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Springtime in Japan
    Create your own cherry blossom mobile to hang in your home, inspired by Prunusplastus, Erica Kaminishi’s stunning homage to Japan’s famous cherry blossom season.

  • Lunchbox Style
    What pictures or designs would you put on your lunchbox? Take a look at Shizu Saldamando’s cool drawings of her friends’ lunchboxes, then decorate a box that reflects your own style!

  • Coloring Station
    Artists like Eduardo Tokeshi and Yuriko Rojas Moriyama use flags in their work as a commentary on identity. Design a flag that represents your identity while learning more about the flag of the City of Los Angeles.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner
    Learn how to fold a paper shirt and transform it into a jersey for your favorite Los Angeles sports team.

  • It’s Veterans Day!
    Pay tribute to our veterans by writing a note of appreciation, which JANM will deliver to the nearby VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center.
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    ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES*

    11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Kidding Around the Kitchen
    Make healthy fusion lettuce wraps with Lisa Fontanesi of Kidding Around the Kitchen. While supplies last.

    11:15 a.m. • 12:30 p.m.: Story Time
    Listen to traditional tales from Latin America told in a dynamic mix of English and Spanish by Olga Loya. (Each story time lasts 20–25 minutes.)

    11:30 a.m. • 12 p.m. • 1 p.m. • 1:30 p.m.: Ichiro Irie Artist Workshop
    Exhibiting artist Ichiro Irie along with collaborator Aska Irie will lead a 2D mixed-media workshop in which participants will create their own collage and tempera painting. Limit 25 participants per session; first come, first served.

    2 p.m.–3 p.m.: CONTRA-TIEMPO Dance Workshop
    Join multilingual urban Latin dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO for one of their popular Sabor Sessions. Participants will learn Afro-Latin social dance forms such as salsa suelta and Cuban comparsa. No dance experience needed—just come with an open heart and a willingness to move!

    3:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: Musical Performance by Roger Del Norte, Lupita Infante, and MEXICAPAN
    Bring the day to a lyrical close with a mariachi jam session from Japanese singer Roger Del Norte, Downey native Lupita Infante, and the group MEXICAPAN.

     

    Please check back for updates.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Saturday, August 19, 2017
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Natsumatsuri Family Festival

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

  • Musical performances

  • Free souvenir photos at our happi coat photo booth

  • Free samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries)

  • Basic taiko drumming lessons

  • Fun crafts including origami and the ever-popular Natsumatsuri paper hats

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • Free admission all day to see New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

  • …and more!

    Visit janm.org/natsumatsuri2017 for more details.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

     

     

     

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