Japanese American National Museum
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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.


Saturday, April 20, 2019
3:00 PM—5:00 PM

Behind Barbed Wire Book Signing and Reception with Paul Kitagaki Jr.



To commemorate the upcoming release of his new book, Behind Barbed Wire, and in celebration of his highly regarded exhibition, Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, join photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. for a special reception with several of the exhibition’s subjects. Kitagaki will also be signing copies of his forthcoming book, which has an official publication date of September 2019, but he will be offering a pre-publication sale and signing at this event.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

Read our interview with Paul Kitagaki Jr. about Gambatte! on Discover Nikkei.

In conjunction with the exhibition Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit
Saturday, June 15, 2019




In conjunction with Kaiju vs Heroes, JANM will host a day-long ticketed event. Kaiju-Con will include a vendor hall, workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations all related to kaiju and Japanese toys. It will culminate in a special free outdoor screening on JANM’s plaza of one of the many Godzilla films that have been produced over the years.

Kaiju-Con tickets, which will include same-day museum admission, go on sale May 1. Early bird pricing will be available through May 31.

For more information about Kaiju-Con tickets and vendor applications, visit

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