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Sunday, November 26, 2017
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Silent Days, Silent Dreams Book Signing with Allen Say


On the first annual Museum Store Sunday, we welcome noted children’s book author Allen Say for the launch of his new book, Silent Days, Silent Dreams. It is an imagined look at the childhood of James Castle, who was born deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. Despite countless obstacles and challenges, Castle persevered in creating his art. Today, his works are featured in major exhibitions and collected by museums all over the world.

Say will be signing copies of Silent Days, Silent Dreams which will be available for sale at the JANM Store. Since it’s Member Appreciation Days, members will receive a 20% discount!

Saturday, November 25, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Citron Trunk Show



In conjunction with Member Appreciation Days, JANM hosts a Citron Trunk Show. Citron Clothing makes elegant, timeless apparel for all body types using the finest fabrics, vintage motifs sourced from Asia and Europe, and artisanal techniques from around the world.

The trunk show is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum. Members’s discount does not apply to Citron products.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Pre-Holiday Trunk Show



Saturday–Sunday, November 18–19
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit at this trunk show featuring products from acclaimed Japanese textiles company NUNO and noted LA-based jewelry designer Hisano Shepherd. JANM members receive a 10% discount!

The trunk show is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
5:00 PM—9:30 PM

Transpacific Musiclands Outdoor Concert



Join us for an exciting outdoor concert event with performers from Latin America, Japan, and Los Angeles, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

Featured acts will include Quetzal and El Haru Kuroi, two Afro-Latino jazz-rock fusion bands from East Los Angeles; La Chamba, a Los Angeles–based band with Peruvian and psychedelic roots; and members of Conjunto J, a group from Japan that plays Mexican border music.

Also joining in throughout the evening will be Maceo Hernandez of East LA Taiko; Tex Nakamura, formerly of WAR; LA’s 2014 Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez; and Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara, formerly of Ruben and the Jets. DJ sets by Gomez Comes Alive and Shin Miyata.

This event is curated by Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based music promoter, record label owner, and cultural ambassador. For over 20 years, Miyata has introduced authentic and diverse Chicano artistic expressions to the Japanese public by distributing Chicano music and organizing shows by East LA bands. Transpacific Musiclands showcases the artists that Miyata has worked with, celebrating the Japanese/Latino cultural collaborations that are at the heart of his work.

Okamoto Kitchen food truck and beer garden by Angel City Brewery will be on-site. Galleries will be free and open to the public from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Check back for updates.

Transpacific Musiclands is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, which is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

9th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique



More than 50 vendors will be on hand with unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, handbags, ceramics, origami, bronze and glass art, dog fashions, 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 and a 10% discount coupon good at local participating restaurants.

Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. For more information, email

Presented by Friends of the Museum.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Opening Day: Transpacific Borderlands



Transpacific Borderlands examines the work and experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Join us for our exciting opening day program:

11:10 a.m.–1:05 p.m.: Curator-Led Gallery Tours
(limit 25 participants each; first come, first served.

  • 11:10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Miho Hagino (Mexico)
  • 11:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m.: Michiko Okano (Brazil)
  • 12:30 p.m.–1:05 p.m.: Kris Kuramitsu (Los Angeles); Clement Hanami and Claudia Sobral (Peru)

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Performance

  • Multidisciplinary artist collective Ghost Magnet Roach Motel, whose members include exhibiting artist Shinpei Takeda, will present a “punkformance.”

3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Conversation with the Artists

  • Featuring Madalena Hashimoto (Brazil), Ichiro Irie (Los Angeles), Erica Kaminishi (Brazil), Yuriko Rojas Moriyama (Mexico), Kiyoto Ota (Mexico), Shizu Saldamando (Los Angeles), Kenzi Shiokava (Los Angeles), Shinpei Takeda (Mexico), and Taro Zorrilla (Mexico). Moderated by exhibition curator Clement Hanami and project manager Claudia Sobral. Translations will be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese.

4:30 p.m.–5 p.m.: Catalog Signing

Mariscos Jalisco food truck will be on the JANM plaza at lunchtime.

Free admission thanks to Bank of America.




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