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Saturday, September 14, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_2.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, February 18, 2012
6:00 PM—8:30 PM

Remembrance Project Unveiling Party

Open to all!

Celebrate the public unveiling of the Museums' newest online initiative the Remembrance Project.

In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of E.O. 9066, the Project is a new website featuring stories about those affected by the events surrounding the Japanese American World War II experience. Through written Tributes submitted by individuals, families, and friends, this evovling three-year project will allow the Museum to present these important first-person stories to newer, younger, and more diverse audiences and will continue to make these stories accessible to future generations.

Join us for a special event which will premiere the debut of a PSA video with actor and activist George Takei. Invited guests also include key social media influencers. For more information, call 213.625.0414.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

History & Culture of Japanese Pastries, the Chocolate Alternative

events/Chef100.jpg Free with Admission!

Tokyo based pastry chef Chikara Mizukami and food writer Sonoko Sakai will discuss the healthful aspects of Japanese pastries, perspectives on Japanese pastries and tea, and Japanese influence on Western pastries.

Chikara Mizukami was born in Yamanashi prefecture. He comes from a family of wagashi makers. Traditionally, it is the oldest son who inherits the business and the younger sons will pursue other careers. As the fourth son, Mizukami initially studied accounting but realized that wagashi was his calling. Mizukami began his career as a wagashi maker in Kyoto, where he worked at Shioyoshiken. After leaving Shioyoshiken, Mizukami went to work at Kawaguchiya in Nagoya. He moved to Tokyo and opened his wagahi shop at the age of 29. His wagashi shop, Ikkoan, is visited by people from all over the world. Mizukami is passionate about Wagashi and is interested in promoting and preserving the 1400 year tradition. Mizukami has travelled to Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Montreal to do workshops and lectures. This is his first two-city tour in the U.S. in Seattle and Los Angeles. He has been making wagashi for more than 30 years.

Photo by: Makoto Horiuchi, Kazunori Kawagoshi, Yuta Sato, Ryusuke Nanki

Saturday, November 19, 2011
3:00 PM—5:00 PM

Beginners Wagashi Workshop

events/Sonoko100_1.jpg This is a hands-on wagashi making class. Chikara Mizukami will demonstrate two classics: Nerikiri and Kuzukiri. Nerikiri are hand molded bean cakes made with azuki bean paste and natural vegetable dyes for coloring. You will learn about the seasonal themes in Wagashi and the varieties of wagashi shapes - the abstract and impressionistic designs of Kyoto and the realistic designs of Edo (old Tokyo). We will also make Kuzukiri served with brown sugar syrup. This is a very refreshing and healthy jelly dessert, which can be put together very easily.

The wagashi will be served with green tea. $75 members; $85 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 15 students max.

Photo by: Makoto Horiuchi, Kazunori Kawagoshi, Yuta Sato, Ryusuke Nanki
Sunday, October 23, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Screening of Farewell to Manzanar


In 1976, the TV film “Farewell to Manzanar,” based on the book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, was broadcast on NBC. Rarely seen since, the film will be screened and, for the first time ever, DVD copies will be available through the Museum Store.

Join Director John Korty for a Q&A following the screening.

$25 Members; $30 non-members, includes admission and a complimentary copy of the DVD.

Read about the film on Discover Nikkei >>

Sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM


events/Amy100_1.jpg Sunday: 2 PM & 7 PM

Amy Hill explores how her life has evolved since her daughter became a part of her family. She talks about adoption, single motherhood, multiracial/transracial identity mash-ups and her continuing struggles to figure it all out in a humorous and honest way. Far from her days of flying solo, she has moved into a not so solo world: her daughter may or may not make an appearance. Directed by Anne Etue.

Want to see a teaser of the show? Click here
$15 Members/Students/Seniors; $20 non-members, includes admission.

Buy tickets here.



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