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Series: Lifelong Learning

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing rsvp@janm.org or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

 

Saturday, August 31, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this tour. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi

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Saturday–Sunday, September 14–15
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Washi is a traditional Japanese handmade decorative paper that dates back to the seventh century. Unlike machine-made paper from wood pulp, washi is made from the inner bark of plants such as mulberry, bamboo, and wisteria and hemp. The intertwining of fibers results in a paper that is strong, durable, washable, and acid-free. Its thin, smooth, soft surface can be printed with vivid colors and complex designs.

In this workshop led by Reiko Nakano, create a washi collage necklace in which the designs of two different washi patterns will be integrated onto one set of differently shaped wooden beads. These beads will then be enhanced with commercial components to form a truly unique neck ornament. The second project will be a coordinated washi wood bracelet.

Please bring a pair of sharp scissors, a snack, and a desire to create new designs. Everything else will be supplied. $64 members, $80 non-members, plus $25 materials fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Shibori Plant Dye (Kusakizome)

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SOLD OUT

Saturday–Sunday, September 21–22
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

Learn about Kusakizome, which translates to “plant dyeing,” in a two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce.

Kusakizome has a long tradition in Japan with in-season plant materials collected regionally and used for different purposes. For this workshop, you will use a variety of locally sourced plant materials on a variety of silks with simple mordants. There will be a light indigo vat available to “shift” colors and simple shibori binding techniques will be used to test the plant dye materials. Each participant will also make a test sample notebook for reference during future crafting projects.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email visitorservices@janm.org to be notified if spaces open up.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this tour. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Tanabata

Make Tanabata inspired crafts for your friends and family.

$13 members; $18 non-members, includes museum admission and supplies. Limited to 10 participants.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Indigo, Shibori, and the Making of an Offering Bag

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Saturday–Sunday, October 19–20
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

The first day of this two-day workshop will focus on indigo and shibori dyeing of recycled fabrics and threads. These will then be used the following day to make a replica of a komebukuro, or offering bag. These bags, in which offerings were taken to the local temple, were originally made from either scraps of leftover and reusable household textiles or from unused family kimonos.

As inspiration as well as for construction ideas, we will study several pieces of antique boro (tattered and mended) textiles and both antique and vintage komebukuro bags. Several contemporary pieces will also be on display. Fabrics will include hemp, silk, cotton, and linen.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this tour. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, November 30, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this tour. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Continuing Explorations in Shibori and Indigo

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Saturday–Sunday, December 7–8
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

In this two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce, continue working with indigo and shibori dyeing using a broad selection of beautiful fabrics, both vintage and unique. Shibori techniques of itajime, arashi, nui, and more will be practiced with both new and continuing students, with a focus on combining techniques.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, December 28, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this tour. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

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