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Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

Kokoro Craft Affair

events/kokoro_craft_logo100__1.jpg Sponsored by Friends of the Museum
10 am to 4 pm

Free admission to museum exhibitions with craft show purchase.
(Oct. 2, 2011 only)

Showcase and sale of unique, discriminating, high quality, handcrafted, artist designed merchandise. Craft items for sale include: Origami Art, Unique Jewelry, Kimono Fabric Clothing, Handbags, Silk/Yarn Scarves, Ceramic and Miniature Bronze Sculptures, Cultural T-shirts, Stationery, Glass Art, and much more! Shoppers can take the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo Arts District~1st & Alameda. (Cash or Checks please)

For more information, email:

Saturday, March 12, 2011
4:00 PM—5:00 PM

OMAYUMI: FLAT RED with special guests Lady Noise

Osaka-based movement artist Omayumi, visual artist Steven M. Irvin and sound artist Alan Nakagawa will collaborate in a multi-media performance titled FLAT RED. What if you could hear everything in the City at once? The artists set a framework based on the senses and improvisation to create a series of "tone poems."

Their work can be viewed at:
In conjunction with the exhibition Xploration Lab
Saturday, February 14, 2009
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

A Conversation with Brian Y. Sato

Come hear photographer Brian Y. Sato talk about his newest exhibition Gokurosama: Contemporary Photos of the Nisei in Hawaii.

Reception to follow.

FREE all day!

Saturday, December 6, 2008
1:00 PM

Dreams to Dreams Custom Vinyl Show - Artist Reception


Join us to celebrate the opening of the special engagement of Dreams to Dreams, the first custom vinyl toy show in a museum presented by the Japanese American National Museum in association with Dacosta of Chocolate Soop.

Just in time for the holidays, over 40 artists will customize Chocolate Soop’s DCTO (Dream Come True Object), a futuristic vinyl version of a traditional Japanese New Year’s folk toy. Artwork will be on display and on sale at the Museum from December 1, 2008 through January 4, 2009. Pieces from this show will also be available for sale online in December.

Meet Dacosta and other artists participating in the show!

In conjunction with the exhibition Dreams to Dreams
Friday, November 14, 2008
8:00 PM—10:00 PM

Vaudeville Night


A night of performances and videos by a selection of CCF fellowship recipients in one of LA's historic theaters, now converted into an arts center that is home to CCF fellow Sara Velas' recently completed panoramic painting installation, The Efflugence of the North.

Please note, Vaudeville Night will take place at The Velaslavasay Panorama, which is located at: 1122 W. 24th St. Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Sunday, October 19, 2008
12:30 PM—2:30 PM

Dr. Gordon Sato: The Manzanar Project

Come hear Dr. Gordon Sato from The Manzanar Project speak about his work fighting global poverty around the world.

The Manzanar Project is named after the concentration camp Dr. Sato was in during World War II and is dedicated to the eradication of poverty and hunger and to relieving global warming. The approach adapted comes from my long experience as a scientific researcher and my experience in the Manzanar Desert trying to relieve the tedium of meal after meal of canned spinach and spam.

The Manzanar Project has won two prestigious awards: the 2002 Rolex Award and the Blue Planet Prize of 2005 in Tokyo. It was very gratifying to win these awards and they have given the Project credibility in the wider world but my ambition is not to win awards but to achieve the objectives of the Manzanar Project.

For more information about Gordon's work, visit



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