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Saturday, July 12, 2014
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Print-astic!



Celebrate JANM’s groundbreaking exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo and printmaking-inspired activities for the whole family!



  • Kids’ Print Shop: Etch fun designs into plastic foam and make prints out of them.

  • Kids’ Tattoo Parlor: Use our special paper to create temporary press-on tattoos.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to make an origami fish!

  • Kids’ Coloring Lounge: Ukiyo-e Heroes, created by artists Jed Henry and David Bull, are ukiyo-e-style prints inspired by Japanese comics and video games. Make your own ukiyo-e heroes with our coloring pages, and enter your work in a contest to win a $10 JANM Store gift certificate! See below for contest rules. For inspiration, videos of Bull demonstrating his woodblock printing process will be on display.


    11:30 a.m./1 p.m.: Mark Langill, Los Angeles Dodgers Team Historian and Publications Editor, and Koji Steven Sakai, JANM Programs Manager, will lead a family-friendly gallery tour of Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game. The two curators will share the inside story of how the exhibition was put together.

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Watch a live screen printing demonstration by Grow Your Own Media, Atwater Village’s community print shop, as they print special JANM-designed posters for you to take home. Posters available while supplies last.

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Get a fun temporary henna tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 1:30 p.m. Please note henna tattoos generally last 1–4 weeks.)

    2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Go deluxe with a realistic temporary airbrush tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 3:30 p.m. Please note airbrush tattoos generally last 2–7 days.)

    3 p.m.: Samurai warrior imagery, which plays a significant role in the Perseverance exhibition, comes to life in a demonstration of Shinkendo, the Japanese art of swordsmanship. This exciting live display is presented by Honbu Dojo, the world headquarters of Shinkendo instruction.



  • There will be two age groups for the coloring contest (ages 0-11 and ages 12-18)

  • Contestants should fill out a contest form with their name, age, and contact information, which will be taped to the back of their page.

  • Entries will be taped to a wall where the public can view and vote for their favorites from each age group. One vote per person.

  • Voting closes at 3 p.m., with winners announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Museum Store.

    Sponsored by Target.


    Saturday, June 14, 2014
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Imagination Storytime



    Transport yourself into magical and faraway worlds through storybook readings and exciting performances!

    Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and receive a prize! (see below for rules)



  • If you could build an imaginary place to live, what would it look like? Get creative with our construction materials and create your own dream home!

  • Make and decorate a secret “book” to hide your treasures.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a Father’s Day card with Ruthie!

  • Help us write a silly and unique tale at our community storytelling corner.

  • Book Swap: Bring a book to donate and take one of ours with you.

  • Relax in the Book Lounge and read from a selection of children’s books.



    12 p.m.: JANM staff members read from Marissa Moss’s Barbed Wire Baseball.

    12:15 p.m.: Brian Won reads from his book, Hooray for Hat!

    12:30 p.m.: Interactive reading of the classic Japanese tale Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, with JANM volunteer Rodney Kageyama.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Live storybook characters will be on-hand for mingling and picture taking.

    1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Have your picture taken (while film supplies last) and share a story about your name. Submissions will be published on the Discover Nikkei website in conjunction with the Nikkei Names stories project. For more details, please visit:

    2 p.m.: Katie Yamasaki reads from her book, Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp.

    2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m.: Join Claire Mills for two unique performances that blend classic folk tales, popular songs, and interactive costumes.

    3 p.m.: Loriene Honda reads from her book, The Cat Who Chose to Dream.


    *Prizes will be given while supplies last. Costumes with masks, sharp objects, toy guns, or other weapons are not allowed.


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    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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    Bring out the whole family for baseball-themed fun that will sure to be a home run! In celebration for the new Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition.

    11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Join Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game curators, Mark Langill (Dodgers Publications Editor & Team Historian) and Koji Steven Sakai (JANM Programs Manager) on a family-friendly gallery tour. Sign up early! 30 participants max.

    •11:30 a.m./1 p.m./2:30 p.m.: We’re screening the The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) where Jackie Robinson plays himself in this biographical film of his journey to becoming the first African American Major League Baseball player in the "modern era."

    2 p.m.: Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and Mother’s Day weekend with a poetry reading about mothers, family, community, and history. In partnership with Kundiman and Kaya Press. Program will take place in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.

    All Day Activities:
    •Try your arm at baseball carnival games like Milk Can Toss and other fun games.

    •Dust off your old (and new) baseball cards and memorabilia and bring them in to be appraised by Valley Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Picture Framing to find out what they’re worth! They will also accept submissions for Beckett Grading or Global Autograph Authentication at an additional price. See below for details. Baseball items will be available for sale.

    •Decorate a baseball cap to wear to your next game!

    •Make a baseball paper puppet to cheer for your favorite team.

    •Ruthie's Origami Corner: Learn how to make a Mother's Day card with Ruthie!

    Special Event:
    Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center + Flickr invite all professional and amateur photojournalists and filmmakers to participate in the nationwide event, A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America on May 10th by taking photographs and shooting videos about Asian Pacific American life. Check here for details.

    Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.


    Valley Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Picture Framing Since 1981 Valley Sports Cards has been located at 19640 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana just east of Corbin. Come in for supplies and don't forget about our professional custom framing for your memorabilia! From single cards, complete sets, unopened boxes and packs, vintage & current cards, supplies, and custom framing, Valley Sports Cards has it all. Visit our website at or call 818.705.2255 for any questions about pricing and terms of the Beckett Grading or Global Autograph Authentication services.

    Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American poetry. Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American poets can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively what legacy we will leave for our future generations as individuals and as a community.

    Kaya Press
    Kaya Press is a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. We believe that people’s lives can be changed by literature that pushes us past expectations and out of our comfort zone. We believe in the contagious potential of creativity combined with the means of production.

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
    Saturday, February 8, 2014
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Aloha from Hawaii with KoAloha Ukulele

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    Come and make music with KoAloha Ukulele as they lead performances, workshops crafts, and all things ukulele!

    11am & 1:30pm: Make a special key chain with KoAloha Ukulele staff members.

    11:15am/12:15pm/1:15pm/2:15pm: Learn basic and intermediate skills of how to play the ukulele with Brian Benevente of KoAloha Ukulele and other KoAloha artist partners. (Please bring own ukulele. Limited space so arrive early!)

    11:30am/12:45pm/1:45pm: For the little ones, enjoy these strum-along and sing-along workshops with George "Gibi" del Barrio as “Abba Geebz” (Grandpa Geebz). (Please bring own ukulele. Limited space so arrive early!)

    11:30am/1pm/2:30pm: Solo performances featuring spectacular ukulele performers: Tj Mayeshiro, Jason Arimoto and Ryo Montgomery.

    11:30am: Enjoy a screening of the award-winning documentary, My KoAloha Story, a story of the Okami Ohana, and how a tiny ukulele has the power to change lives and bring people closer together. Q&A with the KoAloha Ukulele team and filmmakers to follow screening.

    1:30pm: Enjoy a screening of the multiple award-winning film, The Haumana, about the journey of a charismatic host of a struggling Waikiki Polynesian lū`au show who tries to make his way back to his hula roots. Film score by KoAloha Ukulele’s artist partner, George “Gibi” del Barrio. Q&A with composer and producer to follow screening.

    2pm: In June 2013, cartoonist Vishavjit Singh dressed up as Sikh Captain America and was photographed around New York City. He will share the reactions—both positive and negative—that he received on his adventure, followed by a cartoon workshop. In conjunction with the Marvels and Monsters exhibition.

    3:30pm: Don’t miss out on this All-Star jam finale featuring Jason Arimoto, Tj Mayeshiro, Ryo Montgomery, and Brian Benevente!

    All Day Activities:
    •Make a candy lei for someone sweet!
    •Send an aloha to someone special by making a valentine with a bit of a Hawaiian touch.
    •Ruthie's Origami Corner: Make a festive Hawaiian canoe.
    •Anacapa Ukulele will be on-site selling ukuleles!

    Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

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    Sunday, January 5, 2014
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Oshogatsu Family Festival

    events/2014-Oshogatsu-HORSE-200px.jpg Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Horse with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, exciting cultural activities, and performances!

  • Onigiri Contest sponsored by Common Grains
  • Candy artist Shan Ichiyanagi
  • Meet & ride real live ponies!
  • Sample traditional Japanese New Year's foods
  • Mochitsuki demonstration by Kodama Taiko
  • ...and more!

    Check for more details.

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    Saturday, December 14, 2013
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Winter Wonderland

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    Join us for winter-themed fun at our Winter Wonderland Target Day!


    11AM - 2PM: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen for a simple, yet delicious, Winter Wonderland cereal mix recipe that will make a delicious snack as well as a fun home-made present the kids will be so proud to give away to family, friends and teachers alike.

    12PM - 2PM: Bring the whole family to take a picture with Asian American Santa Claus. And don’t forget to let him know what you want for Christmas!

    12:30PM & 2:30PM: Join us for a guided tour of the Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts exhibition.

    1PM - 3PM: Take a dash through the snow—or rather asphalt—on a horse-drawn-carriage-on-wheels that will be fun for the whole family!

    1PM & 3PM: Come and watch Star in a Glass Jar, a winter-time story performed through kamishibai (paper drama), a Japanese art form of storytelling. The story is about an incredible adventure of one child’s letter with no address which finds its way to the other side of the world. Paper character craft to follow performance.


    • Decorate a photo frame to hold your picture with Asian American Santa!
    • Construct a tiny winter wonderland to fill with seasonal cheer.
    • Ruthie's Origami Corner: Make a winter reindeer.

    Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

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