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Saturday, December 16, 2017
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Jewelry Workshop—The World of Washi: Introductory Class


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 9, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Wreath and Cards


Get ready for the holidays and make cards and a wreath using origami techniques.

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

From Moth to Cloth: Two-Day Silk Workshop


Saturday–Sunday, December 9–10
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

Glennis Dolce leads this two-day exploration of the Japanese tradition of silkworm rearing.

On day one, learn to reel thread from cocoons with a traditional silk reeling device (zakuri) and try your hand at making silk handkerchiefs (mawata) from the cocoons. On day two, learn to process the silk cocoons into other usable fiber, thread, and jewelry applications. Some silk dyeing will also be done using the cocoons.

Included will be video documentation of a trip to a modern and a traditional sericulture farm and filature mill in Japan, as well as video highlights of Dolce’s recent Silk Study Tour to Japan.

Bring small, sharp scissors. $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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Sushi Graze


Listen to stories of the neighborhood while grazing on sushi made by Little Tokyo’s talented chefs.

$64 members; $80 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Transpacific Borderlands Art Workshop—Paper Flowers from the Camp Archives


Japanese Americans living in the World War II American concentration camps did not have access to fresh cut flowers. Instead, they used patterns from sources like the Woolworth’s catalog to make paper flowers. Camp excavations have revealed that these makeshift flowers, with wires for stems, were placed in glass jars and laid on top of caskets at funerals.

Join Transpacific Borderlands artist Shizu Saldamando and learn how to make paper roses using a flower pattern from the Manzanar camp archives. For ages 11 and up. Limited to 20 participants. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour


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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