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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.
Thursday, January 1, 2004
11:00 AM

Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo

To celebrate the New Year, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California will host a day of fun family activities including a lion dance, sake barrel breaking, and a samurai action show following the opening ceremony at 11:00 AM. Traditional New Year's food booths and select restaurants will be open. The first 300 children to arrive will receive a gift. For more information visit Program is subject to change without notice.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Family Day: Activities, Films, and Family Fun!

This may be your last chance to explore new lands and oceans as Nakahama Manjiro did in the nineteenth century. Bring your family for special gallery activities related to Drifting: Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery (including a time to put your own collection together) and Object Lessons: Exploring the Permanent Collection.

Sunday, April 13, 2003
12:00 PM

finding family stories Festival

Self-Help Graphics & Art and the National Museum celebrates La Familia with a day of cultural activities for the entire family

12:00-2:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival begins at the Japanese American National Museum. Share family stories through art. Hands-on art workshops with artists Dominique Moody and Patrick "Pato" Hebert. Special tours of the finding family stories exhibition, storytelling, and much more!

2:00-4:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival continues at Self-Help Graphics. Learn about the art of printmaking during hands-on workshops where participants will make family scrapbooks and other keepsake treasures. A special print demonstration by artist Jose B. Ramirez at 2:30 pm. Meet and support Los Angeles' most recognized Latino craft artists while savoring an array of ethnic delicacies from East L.A. A traditional Mexican pinata-breaking ceremony will be one of the highlights of the afternoon. In addition, a special selection of Self-Help Graphics' most recognized print artwork will be for sale during the festival. For more information, please call 323.881.6444.

A round-trip bus shuttle will be in operation between the Japanese American National Museum and Self-Help Graphics between 2:00-4:30 pm.

In conjunction with the exhibition Finding Family Stories



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