National Museum Presents! Past Events
Cold Tofu Improv
Cold Tofu presents a special for the New Year. This multi-talented, multicultural group promises laughs for the entire evening.
An Afternoon of Christmas Songs
Join the Japanese choral group Floral Harmony as they present Christmas songs that will evoke your holiday sprit. This is the third year that this South Pasadena based group will perform at the Museum. Floral Harmony will also sing popular Japanese songs for the program. Bring the entire family. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
An Evening with Saachiko and Dom Magwili and Friends
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
Long-time East West Players artists, Saachiko and Dom Magwili will present a selection of music and drama performances along with their friends. Saachiko is a noted film and television actress, writer, and director. Dom Magwili was recently seen in the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dangerous Minds, and L.A. Heat. Together, this husband and wife team presented the popular A Jive Bomber’s Christmas for the past three years at the Museum. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Artists in Residence Performance Series
Featuring: Lillian Nakano, Glenn Horiuchi and the Museum Shamisen Ensemble
The Museum presents the fourth in a series of shamisen (Japanese, three-stringed instrument) performances by California Arts Council recipients and Museum resident artists, Lillian Nakano, shamisen instructor and Glenn Horiuchi, Asian Improv recording artist.
Joining the pair will be the Japanese American National Museum Shamisen Ensemble, the students who have been learning the art of shamisen in the class offered at the Museum through funding from the California Arts Council. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Koto and Shakuhachi Concert
Master musicians, Masakazu Yoshizawa on shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and Hiromi Hashibe on koto (stringed harp-like instrument), perform sokyoku (traditional classical) and contemporary music in this special concert.
Woodwind specialist Masakazu Yoshizawa is a multifaceted musician, composer, and studio and concert performer who has played and recorded with Henry Mancini, John Williams, the Jazz Crusaders, Berlin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Osamu Kitajima. His many movie soundtrack credits include: Jurassic Park, Joy Luck Club, and Dragon—The Bruce Lee Story. Hiromi Hashibe is a certified grand teacher of the famous Miyagi School of Koto in Japan and is the leader of her own koto group, Wakana-Kai. She has played in numerous concerts and recitals in the U.S. and Japan and her music can be heard on several movie soundtracks such as The Setting Sun and Man Trouble. Masakazu’s recordings Kyori—a solo shakuhachi work and Sorin with his group Kokin Gumi, are featured in the Museum Store.
Members $5, non-members $10 includes Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Hibari Children's Chorus from Japan
The hibari is a skylark bird that sings so beautifully it lifts your spirits to soaring heights. The Hibari Children’s Chorus, an internationally renowned group led by founder, Kazuko Minagawa, celebrates its 50th anniversary, by making its first concert appearance in the U.S. at the Japan American Theater on March 30.
Many well-known speakers and movie stars in Japan including Sayuri Yoshinaga, Saori Yuki, and Tomoko Matsushima are former members of Hibari. The Museum hosts the group in a special performance by these remarkable children. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.