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Saturday, April 18, 2020

2020 VIRTUAL Gala and Silent Auction—Our Stories in Action


Due to the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 situation, we have made the decision to turn our 2020 Gala Dinner and Auction into a virtual gala. We are planning an online program, auction, and Bid for Education, and invite you and your family and friends to join us online on April 18, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (PDT).

Visit for more information.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders



Immerse yourself in this free one-day celebration of the Transcendients “heroes” and their work. This day of discussion, conversation, music, dance, art, and interactive activities will allow you to learn, to celebrate, to challenge, and to grow. New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to deliver keynote speech.


Plaza Stage

On the JANM Plaza

  • 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—DJ Set: Betto Arcos

  • 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.—East LA Taiko

  • 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.—DJ Set: Betto Arcos

  • 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.—El Santo Golpe

  • 3:30 p.m.–4 p.m.—DJ Set: Betto Arcos

  • 4 p.m.–5 p.m.—FandangObon

Presenter Series

JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—Food & Los Angeles
    Rudy Espinoza, Ron Finley, Evan Kleiman

  • 1:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.—Keynote Speaker
    Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.—Arts Activism & Los Angeles
    Kim Abeles, John Malpede, Nobuko Miyamoto

  • 3:15 p.m.–4 p.m.—Human Rights & Los Angeles
    Lucia Allain, Aziza Hasan, Lisa Watson

  • Reception with light refreshments to follow each session.



On the JANM Plaza

    Get involved! Register to vote! Learn more about local organizations doing groundbreaking work surrounding borders—invisible and visible.


Admission will be free all day to view the exhibitions:

Produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum and Terasaki Exhibitions.

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Museum Store Sunday


December 1 is the third annual Museum Store Sunday! We join over 1,200 museum stores from all fifty states, eighteen countries, and five continents to provide a special shopping experience.

Come to JANM on Museum Store Sunday for the Citron Trunk Show. Citron Clothing brings its elegant, timeless apparel with an Asian flair to JANM. Find a new holiday outfit or a gift for that special someone on your list…or shop at the JANM Store for unique, cultural items for meaningful gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

The Citron Trunk Show is presented in conjunction with Museum Store Sunday and Holiday Members Appreciation Days, so current JANM members will receive the Holiday MADness 20% discount on purchases.

Visit to find other participating museums.

Saturday, November 30, 2019
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Citron Trunk Show


Saturday, November 30 – Sunday, December 1 • 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Just in time for Holiday Members Appreciation Days weekend, Citron Clothing brings its elegant, timeless apparel with an Asian flair to JANM. Find a new holiday outfit or a gift for that special someone on your list!

Current JANM Members will receive the Holiday MADness 20% discount on purchases.

*This event is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum. ALL SALES FINAL.

Saturday, November 23, 2019
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Holiday Trunk Show


Saturday–Sunday, November 23–24 • 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Just in time for holiday splurges! Join us for a trunk show featuring scarves and clothing from renowned NUNO Textiles in Japan, known for combining traditional Japanese fabrics with contemporary styles, and handmade jewelry creations by local designer Serena Kojimoto.

JANM members receive a 10% discount!

*This event is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum. ALL SALES FINAL.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

11th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique



Vendors will be on hand with unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, cultural t-shirts, handbags, ceramics, origami, bronze and glass art, pet accessories, and more! Performances by Yuujou Daiko and harpist Audrey Kato.

Admission to the boutique is free. A $25 purchase gets you free museum admission (10/6/19 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.

3-D Crafts & Shadowboxes • A Touch of Glass • Alyson Iwamoto Ceramics • Art Mina • Bizu • Boy Cherie Jewelry • Charming Little Lotus • Color Conscious • The Creation Cafe • Creative Handcrafted Gifts • Daliano Designs • Shigeko Da Silva • Da Tojos • Ellen Dinerman • Fat Rabbit Farm • February Design • Fugetsu-Do • Giant Robot • Happy Shirts / Omiyage • Helena’s Asian Designs • Homie Wear 4 Dogs • HSK Creations • Imoriknits • Ellen Ing • JAVITA • Roxanne Kakiuchi • Kaz Ota Clayworks • Kelley’s Kookies • KHA KIDS • Ki’obi Designs • Kirei Cositas • Madame Sakura Crafts • Maithai Creations • Miniko2 • Mi So Happi • More Than Flour • Darryl Mori • Suzye Ogawa • Yasuko Ozawa • Papermum Press • Parasol Paperworks • Pomegranate Designs • Pontigo • Real Creations • Riley & Co. • Sakata Designs Los Angeles • SewKimono • Shibori Girl Studios • Simmisu Paper Company • Splat Workshop • Studio Engravers

Proceeds benefit JANM’s educational programs. For more information, email or call 213.830.1883.

Check out the Facebook event page for updates.

Please note that “CicLAvia—Heart of LA” will be taking place on this day. The route passes directly in front of JANM. Street closures will be in place near the museum; traffic and parking in the area will be impacted. Please check for details.

Brought to you by Friends of the Museum.




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