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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. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). 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, December 16, 2017
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Jewelry Workshop—The World of Washi: Introductory Class

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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, wisteria, and hemp. The intertwining of fibers results in 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, learn about the history of washi and how to apply it onto a variety of shapes to create jewelry. Make a souvenir washi pendant necklace using plumbing hardware like washers; in the process, learn techniques of looping and wrapping, how to make an adjustable knot, and how to lacquer your washi projects.

Bring a shoebox or plastic case to hold materials, a pair of sharp scissors, and a lunch or snack. $32 members, $40 non-members. Museum admission included. Fee for materials has been graciously covered by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Limited to 12 participants.

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Saturday, December 23, 2017
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, December 30, 2017
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour en Espanol

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Learn about Little Tokyo and its history on this special walking tour conducted in Spanish by a JANM volunteer.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Jewelry Workshop—Continuing to Work with Washi

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Saturday–Sunday, January 27–28
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

Designed for students who have completed one of our introductory washi classes, this workshop will continue exploring the unique properties of washi paper and various methods of working with it to create jewelry. Each student will produce a necklace and matching earrings.

Bring a shoebox for supplies and a snack/lunch. $64 members, $80 non-members. Materials and museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

$25 materials fee has been graciously covered by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 3, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Shibori Mandalas Workshop

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Saturday–Sunday, February 4–5
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Explore the endless possibilities of mandalas in this contemporary shibori workshop, in which you’ll use colorful dyes to create eye-catching patterns for pillows, quilts, and other projects.

Please wear studio clothing and bring rubber gloves, scissors, and a seam ripper. All other materials will be provided.

$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.

Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour en Espanol

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Learn about Little Tokyo and its history on this special walking tour conducted in Spanish by a JANM volunteer.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

CANCELLED: Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Markets, Then and Now

THIS TOUR HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Please check back for updates.

Explore the history and foods of the markets of Downtown Los Angeles, from the Little Tokyo neighborhood markets to the bustling Grand Central Market.

$40 members, $50 non-members; lunch and museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Hinamatsuri Cards

Make a Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) greeting card for your friends and family.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, March 3, 2018
12:00 PM—3:00 PM

Hinamatsuri Workshop: Kokeshi Doll Art with Mari Inukai

In celebration of Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day), paint your own prince and princess kokeshi doll set with artist Mari Inukai. Bring pictures of your favorite flowers and textile samples as reference material to paint your doll’s kimono. All generations welcome!

$20 members, $25 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, March 24, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Shibori On! Continuing Explorations in Shibori and Indigo

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Saturday–Sunday, March 24–25
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

In this two-day workshop, 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.

Please wear studio clothing and bring rubber gloves, scissors, and a seam ripper. All other materials will be provided.

$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.

Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, March 31, 2018
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Discover Your Japanese American Roots

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This comprehensive workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume will teach you to identify your ancestral Japanese hometown, uncover the meanings behind family crests and surnames, learn about conducting research in Japan, and much more.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Materials and museum admission included. Limited to 16 participants.

Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, April 14, 2018
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Kodomo no Hi Cards

Make a Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) greeting card for your friends and family.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

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