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Series: Special Events

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 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.


Sunday, November 25, 2018
1:00 PM

Museum Store Sunday—Ishiro Honda Book Signing


November 25 is the second annual Museum Store Sunday! We join over 700 museum stores from all fifty states, ten countries, and three continents to provide a special shopping experience.

Author Steve Ryfle will be at JANM to sign copies of his book Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa. Join us for some kaiju-themed refreshments!

Ishiro Honda was arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, with an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide. With Godzilla (the first kaiju), Mothra, Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and many others, Honda’s films reflected postwar Japan’s real-life anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that appealed to audiences around the globe and created a popular culture phenomenon that spans generations. Authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski shed new light on Honda’s work and the experiences that shaped it—including his days as a reluctant Japanese soldier, witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, and his lifelong friendship with fellow filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

In addition to the book signing, select JANM products and publications will be 25% off on 11/25/18, on-site only. (Discount cannot be combined with existing discounts and applies to applicable merchandise only.)

Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa is available at the JANM Store.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction



Join us at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown for JANM’s 2019 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction.

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