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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.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Learn about Japanese American history and actor/activist George Takei with crafts and activities inspired by our exhibitions, Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.

    Presented in collaboration with Kizuna.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Kizuna Craft Stations
    Get a head start on Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day, May 5) with our partnering organization, Kizuna. They will teach participants to make koinobori (carp streamers) and origami samurai hats.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner
    Learn to fold beautiful origami bird pins, much like the ones that were made by incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II.

  • Drawing Activity
    When Japanese Americans were sent to camps during WWII, they were allowed to take only what they could carry. What would you put into your suitcase? Draw a few of your favorite things onto our paper suitcases.

  • JANM x Kizuna Photo Booth
    What does America mean to you? Tell us by making a slogan or sign and posing with it in our photo booth, brought to you by Nerdbot.

  • Comic Book Education
    Learn about famous Japanese Americans the fun way! Assemble and take home a special mini-comic book created by the Smithsonian Institution about the lives of former US Secretary of Transportation (and current Chair of JANM’s Board of Trustees) Norman Y. Mineta and civil rights activists Fred Korematsu and Yuri Kochiyama.

  • Paper Puppets
    Make a paper puppet of your favorite notable Japanese American, or other personal hero. Templates will be available.

  • Passport Travel
    View New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and complete the passport we give you. Show your completed passport to a volunteer at the survey table to claim a prize! Limit one prize per person, while supplies last.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m. • 1:30 p.m. • 2:30 p.m. • 3:30 p.m.: Story Time
    Throughout the day, volunteers from JANM and Kizuna will read stories that share the Japanese American experience.

    Stories will include:

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Spam Musubi Workshop
    Volunteers from Kizuna will lead a drop-in workshop on how to create this delicious and uniquely Japanese American treat. While supplies last!

     

    Plus, free admission all day to see:

  • Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066

  • New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei

  • Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station

  • Common Ground: The Heart of Community
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    In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
    Sunday, January 8, 2017
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    2017 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Rooster

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    FREE ALL DAY!

    Ring in the Year of the Rooster with food, crafts, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Sample lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the New Year

  • Join author Sonoko Sakai for a hands-on onigiri (Japanese rice ball snacks) workshop. Rice

  • Watch a rainbow mochi demonstration by Brian Kito of Fugetsu-Do Confectioners

  • Get crafty at our various holiday-themed craft stations

  • See several varieties of chickens at our Live Chicken Petting Zoo

  • Watch Kodama Taiko’s unique mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration

  • Japanese drumming performance by TAIKOPROJECT

  • Pick up a fukubukuro (lucky grab bag) at the JANM Store

  • …and so much more!

    Check for janm.org/oshogatsufest2017 for complete schedule.

    Sponsored by NHK World and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Saturday, November 12, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Incredible Inks

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    FREE ALL DAY

    In conjunction with our current exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, join us for a day of crafts, workshops, and performances that celebrate Polynesian culture and the art of tattoos.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Get a cool custom JANM temporary tattoo.

  • Try designing your own tattoos and motifs using traditional Samoan techniques such as the upeti board.

  • Learn to fold origami sharks with patterned paper at Ruthie’s Origami Corner
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Face Painting Station
    Before getting your cool temporary tattoo, be sure to stop by our face painting station for a complete “inked” look, courtesy of Party Face Magic. Line ends at 1:30 p.m.

    11:30 a.m.: Story Time with Tasi’s Gift: A Tale of Samoa
    Join us for an entertaining reading of the children’s book, Tasi’s Gift: A Tale of Samoa. Set on Samoa’s Upolu Island in the distant past, Tasi’s Gift is a touching story about Tuala, a young girl who learns the value of selfless giving from her grandfather Tasi, with the help of a surprising assortment of creative animals.

    12 p.m.–12:30 p.m.: Samoan Slap Dance Workshop
    Learn fa‘ataupati (Samoan slap dance) in a workshop with performer Diamond. This energetic dance is traditionally done by boys only, but the workshop is open to everyone.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Hula Dance and Fire Knife Workshops
    Join Lopati for beginning lessons in hula dance and fire knife dance.
    *Please note we will NOT be using actual fire or knives.

    2 p.m.: Samoan Cultural Performance
    Kanana Fou Church Youth Group will perform traditional Samoan dances.

    3:15 p.m.: Samoan Siva Dance Workshop
    Learn to do the Siva (the Samoan word for “dance”) with Moana Sulu‘ape. This slow dance is traditionally for girls only, but the workshop is open to everyone.

     

    Plus, free admission all day to see Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II, and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    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 by LA Matsuri Taiko, Common Souls, and Shin Kawasaki

  • Basic taiko drumming and bon odori dance lessons

  • Airbrush and henna temporary tattoos

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

  • Museum scavenger hunt with prizes courtesy of Bandai

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

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • …and so much more!

     

    Check janm.org/natsumatsuri2016 for complete schedule.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Bandai Foundation.

     

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
     

     

     

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