Special Events Past Events
George Takei Hikaru Sulu Ornament Signing
Get the perfect gift for the Star Trek fan in your life—a Hikaru Sulu ornament signed by George Takei!
Takei will be at the JANM Store to sign these special Hallmark ornaments depicting him as the legendary Star Trek character. Featuring dialogue from the unforgettable Star Trek episode “The Naked Time,” the ornament shows a bare-chested Sulu with a fencing foil as he challenges Captain Kirk and other crew members. $29.99 (Note: This product is available for purchase in-store only; no online or mail order sales are permitted.)
Please note that George Takei is making this appearance in support of the Japanese American National Museum, so he will be signing only items purchased at the JANM Store. Photos with Takei are available only with store purchase.
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.)
Visit museumstoresunday.org to find other participating museums.
Mark Nagata Kaiju Painting and Signing
11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Signing
1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Kaiju Painting
In conjunction with the Kaiju vs Heroes exhibition, artist Mark Nagata will be coming to JANM to continue painting an Eyezon kaiju sculpture made by Toy Art Gallery. He will also sign books and other items.
On that same day, the JANM Store will release three new limited edition Nagata designed toys! A Captain Maxx, a glow-in-the-dark Tripus hand-painted by Nagata, and a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Tripus variant. These will only be available on-site on a first come, first served basis. (No discounts are available on these items.)
10th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique
FREE ADMISSION TO BOUTIQUE
Vendors will be on hand with unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, cultural t-shirts, handbags, ceramics, origami, bronze and glass art, Giant Robot products, and more! Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko at 1 p.m.
Admission to the boutique is free. A $20 purchase gets you free museum admission (10/7/18 only) and a 10% discount at local participating Little Tokyo eateries during the month of October (some restrictions apply). Early entry to the boutique for JANM members at 9:45 a.m.
Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213.625.0414, ext. 1883.
Brought to you by Friends of the Museum.
3-D Crafts & Shadowboxes • A Touch of Glass • Ahiozawa Pottery • Alyson Iwamoto Ceramics • Alpha Omega • Emily Anderson • Bizu • Boy Cherie Jewelry • Color Conscious • Clarine Commins Fiber Art • Creative Handcrafted Gifts • Shigeko Da Silva • Daliano Designs • Datojos • Department of Yarn • E. Martinez Photography • Eileen Ekinaka • Fat Rabbit Farm • Feb 5 Designs • Flat Cat Media • Sharon Uyeda Fong • Fugetsu-Do • Giant Robot • Tracie Gilman • Graphic Inks • Happy Shirts / Omiyage • Helena’s Asian Designs • Homie Wear • HSK Creations • It’s Sew Ann • Kaz Ota Clayworks • KHA KIDS • Kelley’s Kookies • Kotas Kreations • Madame Sakura Crafts • Maithai Creations • Mi So Happi • More Than Flour • Reiko Niwa-Berg • Suzye Ogawa • Papermum Press • Parasol Paperworks • Pomegranate Designs • Pontigo • Pretty in Gingham • Riley & Co. • Roxanne Kakiuchi Antiques • Sakata Designs Los Angeles • SewKimono • Splat Workshop • Studio Engravers • Sweettoof Studios • Christine Takahashi • Touch of Nature
A Celebration of Life: Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga
Join family and friends as they gather to celebrate the life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga: warrior, activist, researcher, friend, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.
Special Activity: Pledge Your Commitment to Equal Justice!
Friday–Sunday, August 10–12
Admission on Friday, August 10: Pay What You Wish
On the 30th anniversary weekend of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, publicly proclaim your commitment to democracy and equal justice by adding your name to our Commitment Banner!
All JANM visitors may do so during regular museum hours, and guests are encouraged to take and share photos with the banner.