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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
    Saturday, July 9, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Handy Crafts

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Inspired by Above the Fold, this Family Day will explore origami and other fun handmade crafts.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Learn to fold a paper frog at Ruthie’s Origami Corner—a JANM favorite!

  • Visit our various origami stations to work on projects at the skill level of your choice. There will be beginning, intermediate, and advanced stations available. We will even have a pop culture-themed project to keep things lively!

  • Throughout the day, internationally renowned artist Nori Shirasu will offer drop-in origami classes, in which he will demonstrate a variety of techniques.

  • Create imaginative pencil toppers out of pipe cleaners.

  • Make puffy pom-poms out of yarn.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Andantino String Duo
    Relax and listen to classical and pop music by the Andantino string duo while you work on your craft projects.

    3:30 p.m.: Decades of Rock
    Join 2015 Nisei Week Court Princess Veronica Ota as she rocks out with her band, Decades of Rock. Enjoy their renditions of classic rock and R&B hits from the 1960s through today.

     

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Saturday, June 11, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Celebrating Family

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    FREE ALL DAY

    In conjunction with the Mixed Remixed Festival, JANM presents a day of activities that explore the meaning of family.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Construct a mobile to show what each member of your family means to you.

  • Create a family out of finger puppets.

  • Make a Father’s Day card at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Use our Instax camera to snap instant photos of you with your family or friends. Take these home, or use them in our 3 p.m. Family Scrapbooking Workshop!

  • Let off some steam inside our always-popular bounce house.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Name Art Souvenirs
    Names often hold fun or important family stories. Let one of our artists make a souvenir artwork out of your family name or given name, which you can then take home.

    11:30 a.m.: Reading by Maria Leonard Olsen
    In collaboration with the Mixed Remixed Festival, JANM hosts author Maria Leonard Olsen, who will read from her book, Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown? The book was written for her bi-racial children as a response to people’s confusion over her skin being darker than theirs.

    1 p.m.: Reading by Katrina Goldsaito
    In collaboration with the Mixed Remixed Festival, JANM hosts author Katrina Goldsaito, who will read from The Sound of Silence, her forthcoming book about a child’s experiences with the many sounds that can be heard in the bustling city of Tokyo.

    2:15 p.m.: Luce Puppet Co. Presents The Wizard of Oz
    Enjoy a puppet version of this classic story about a girl who finds herself in a faraway land and then comes home to learn the real meaning of family.

    3 p.m.: Family Scrapbooking Workshop
    It’s time to get going on that scrapbook of family memories! Bring your own family photographs or mementos and we’ll help you decorate a starter page.

     

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    Saturday, May 14, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Fantastic Photography

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Strike a pose, take a selfie, or snap a shot! This day is all about photography.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • In a special activity inspired by the photographers of Making Waves, make a photogram using light-sensitive paper.

  • Visit Nerdbot’s retro photo booth and pose for a short series of impromptu shots with your family and friends.

  • Complete your collection of travel photography by snapping your selfies at our stations designed to represent locales around the world.

  • Get a novelty balloon that’s shaped like a camera! One per child, while supplies last. Line ends at 3:30 p.m. or when supplies run out.

  • Fold your own origami camera at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Decorate a picture frame and take it home to hold a favorite photo.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Making Waves Photo Contest
    With the images in Making Waves as inspiration, create your own abstract photos using materials that we will have available at the end of the exhibition. Visit our printing station to take home a copy of your best composition and enter it in our contest to win a special prize at the end of the day. Prize courtesy of Bandai.

    12 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Photography 101
    Bring your favorite picture-taking device (camera, phone, tablet) and learn the basics of photo composition from JANM’s knowledgeable volunteer photographers. Children only, maximum 10 kids per session, must be accompanied by an adult.

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    NOTE: In addition to street closures in the area, there is a large event in Little Tokyo on the evening of May 14 which may impact parking availability throughout the day. We encourage visitors to the JANM Free Family Day to consider public transportation and/or allow additional time to locate parking.

     

    Saturday, April 9, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Protect Our Planet

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Join us for a day of fun activities to encourage everyone to “think green.”

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Make a Green Pledge stating what you can do to help the environment. Take home an instant photo of you and your pledge to help you remember it throughout the year.

  • Create your own biodegradable planter, then plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow.

  • Learn to fold paper cranes with recycled paper at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Decorate your own reusable shopping bag. For children only; first come, first served.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.: From Trash to Trees with reDiscover
    reDiscover Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes creative conservation through material reuse, presents an art activity for all ages. Using upcycled materials from households and industry, participants will craft tabletop models of the trees that dot our urban landscape. Each child or group will make a tree to add to a miniature forest, and then take home their creation at the end of the day.

    11:30 a.m. / 2:30 p.m.: Bird Feeder Workshop
    Make and decorate a bird feeder out of recycled milk cartons. Seeds will be provided. Limited to 20 children; must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the Survey Table.

    1 p.m.: Art Workshop with My Papel Picado
    My Papel Picado, a family organization dedicated to preserving the Mexican folk art of papel picado (cut paper), presents a fun and educational activity for children. Using recycled materials and brightly colored tissue paper, create your own decorative papel picado. Limited to 20 children; must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the Survey Table.

    3:30 p.m.: Eco-Friendly Tunes and Stories with Claire Mills
    Children’s entertainment specialist Claire Mills will present her unique, interactive mix of music and storytelling, with a thematic focus on the sun and its power.

     

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    Saturday, February 13, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Making Music

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    FREE ALL DAY

    Celebrate the joy of music with us, as we present a variety of musical performances and music-themed crafts and activities for the whole family.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Build a kazoo and make some noise!

  • Shake things up by constructing a pair of maracas.

  • Learn to fold a paper piano at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Hang out in our Jam Space, where kids can play with an array of toys and instruments.

  • Indulge in some virtual fun inside the Big Game Trailer, a custom-built mobile gaming theater with six large screens that can accommodate 24 gamers simultaneously. Featured will be music-themed video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.: Children’s Tunes
    Michal “Peanut” Karmi performs original children’s tunes like “Ooey Gooey Mud” and “Six Little Pickles” on her ukulele.

    12:15 p.m.–1 p.m.: Drum Circle
    Visitors of all ages are invited to join an invigorating drum circle led by Drumtime.

    1:15 p.m.–2 p.m.: Story Time with Violin
    Enjoy a reading of Chieri Uegaki’s delightful children’s book, Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, with musical accompaniment by violinist Megan Shung Smith. A solo performance by Smith will follow. The book is available for purchase at the JANM Store and janmstore.com.

    2 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: UniverSOUL Hip Hop
    UniverSOUL Hip Hop, a community-based K–12 cultural education group, will conduct an interactive deejaying and dancing demonstration.

    2:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.: Mariachi Music
    Listen to traditional mariachi sounds with a modern twist from Grupo Bella, an all-female mariachi band from Los Angeles.

    3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.: Taiko Drumming
    USC Kazan Taiko, the collegiate taiko drumming ensemble of the University of Southern California, brings the day to an end with a dynamic performance.

     

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