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Saturday, July 8, 2006
11:00 AM

Target Free Family Saturdays: I am ... I can be ...


This summer the National Museum debuts four wonderful days created especially for families. Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

I am ... I can be...
How do you perceive yourself in your imagination? How do you communicate those perceptions to others?

Drop-in and discover fun ways of drawing self-portraits in a special workshop designed to show the world what makes you, you. Bring along your creativity and spirit for a day of storytelling and art.

Join us for our other Target Free Family Saturdays

September 9 - More than Crayons
October 14 - Family Folktales: Rabbits, Roosters, Monkeys, Oh My!
November 11 - A World of Percussion: Shake, Rattle & Bang!

In conjunction with the exhibition kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
Sunday, January 8, 2006
11:00 AM

Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival



Learn about New Year's symbols and traditions and join us for our annual celebration of culture and community.

Arts and crafts for children of all ages - 11:00 AM?4:00 PM

Instrument Making: Make a rain stick or den-den daiko and go home with your very own percussion piece.

Taiko Drum Master: Try your skill at this special taiko electronic game created by PlayStation? 2.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll: Created especially for our very youngest audiences—play with percussion instruments from around the world.

Mochitsuki - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Kagami Kai Taiko travels from San Francisco to present this dynamic performance of traditional rice cake pounding.

Storytelling - 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Actor Rodney Kageyama will enthrall listeners of all ages with The Ten Oni Drummers.

Concert - 3:00 PM
Zampa Ufujishi-Daiko's final Southern California performance is a mini-concert especially for families.

Please check back for updated information regarding the schedule of events.

In conjunction with the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States
Saturday, August 13, 2005
1:00 PM

7th Annual Courtyard Kids Family Festival -- Ribbits & Rhythms: Kaeru's House of Hop


The National Museum celebrates the long-awaited return of our favorite kaeru at the Ribbits & Rhythms: Kaeru's House of Hop. All Courtyard Kids and their family and friends are invited to a day of whimsical workshops, dynamic storytelling, and lively music and dance.

This year's festival's concert begins with a ceremony welcoming new Courtyard Kids at 4:00 p.m., followed by a concert showcasing youth performing arts ensembles. The event is free to the general public.

Sunday, January 2, 2005
11:00 AM

Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival


  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Learn about New Year's symbols and traditions with arts and crafts classes for children of all ages.
  • 11:00 AM - Let's Read! Story Time: How the Years Were Named, retold by Chizuko Kamichi
  • 12:00 PM - Let's Read! Story Time: A Hawai`i Japanese New Year with Yuki-Chan by Tokie Ching
  • 2:00 PM - The Pasadena Cultural Institute Kendo Dojo will showcase principles and techniques of kendo or "the way of the sword." The dojo is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
  • 3:00 PM - Let's Read! Story Time: A Hawai`i Japanese New Year with Yuki-Chan by Tokie Ching
Saturday, August 7, 2004
4:00 PM

Courtyard Kids Family Concert


This year's family celebration features an afternoon of music, movement, and workshops on the National Museum's courtyard. The concert will begin with a ceremony welcoming new Courtyard Kids. HULA HALAU O KEALI`I O NALANI will delight kids and adults with ancient and modern-style hula. Also performing are ASHA'S BABA, who combine West African and African American storytelling, poetry, music, and song, and ZENSHUJI ZENDEKO, a taiko ensemble consisting of second, third, and fourth generation Japanese Americans. Co-produced by Community Arts Resources, Inc. (CARS).

Courtyard Kids Family Concert coincides with Nisei Week. For more information about Nisei Week in Little Tokyo, visit For information about Courtyard Kids, visit

Sunday, January 4, 2004
1:00 PM

Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival

  • 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Arts and Crafts Classes for Children of All Ages—Learn about New Year’s symbols and traditions

  • 1 p.m. Oshogatsu Storytelling with the improv troupe Cold Tofu.

  • 1 p.m. New Year’s Craft Class with Ryosen Shibata

  • 2 p.m. Mochitsuki, traditional rice cake pounding performance with Kodama Taiko

  • 3 p.m. Aikido & Iaido Martial Arts demonstration by the Aikido Center of Los Angeles. Aikido is the traditional martial art of harmony emphasizing the principles of non-resistance, balance, and the cultivation of “ki” energy. Iaido is the art of Japanese swordsmanship.



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