Special Events Past Events
Legacy Society Tea
Each year, JANM hosts an exclusive luncheon for the Legacy Society, a group of donors who have included JANM in their will or other estate documents. This year’s event features noted author and law professor Lorraine K. Bannai, who will speak about her work on the landmark Korematsu v. United States coram nobis case. Invitations will be mailed in April.
Citron Trunk Show
Citron Clothing creates elegant, timeless apparel for all body types using the finest fabrics, artisanal techniques from around the world, and vintage motifs sourced from Asia and Europe.
On the day before Mother’s Day, bring Mom in to peruse these wearable works of art!
Does not include admission to the museum.
2017 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction
Reconnecting with the Past, Forging Our Future
Irene Hirano Inouye, Lifetime Achievement Award
Bruce T. Kaji, Legacy Award
Tom Ikeda, Founders’ Award
Join us for the 2017 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles on Saturday, May 6.
Reconnecting with the Past, Forging Our Future will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Japanese American National Museum opening its doors to the public by looking back at key visionary individuals and foundations that have provided support for JANM, especially in its early days. The evening will also articulate the museum’s role in today’s complex world in which civil rights and social justice are still not equal for all, and how JANM sees itself continuing to effect positive change 75 years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, ultimately leading to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
Win a 2017 Lexus RX 350
Enter the 2017 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Visit janm.org/dinner2017 for more information and to purchase tickets.
March 23 – August 11, 2017
Daily from sunset to midnight
In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, JANM presents Moving Day, an outdoor public art installation. The work consists of a series of projections of the Civilian Exclusion Orders that were publicly posted during World War II to inform persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal and incarceration.
On the evening of March 23, Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1—issued to residents of Bainbridge Island, WA, on March 24, 1942—will be projected onto the façade of the museum’s Historic Building, the site of Los Angeles’s first Buddhist temple and a pickup point for Japanese Americans bound for concentration camps during World War II. Subsequent exclusion orders will be projected on the dates coinciding with their original issue dates. The installation will end on August 11, the date of Civilian Exclusion Order No. 108 for Tulare County, CA.
For a schedule of related programs, visit janm.org/instructions-to-all/movingday.
Little Tokyo Service Center is a community partner and supporter of Moving Day.
8th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique
Organized by JANM’s volunteers, the eighth edition of this annual boutique will feature dozens of vendors selling unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, Giant Robot merchandise, handbags, ceramics, origami and glass art, dog fashions, and more! Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko at 1 p.m.
Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. Admission to the boutique is free. Museum admission is “Pay What You Wish.” Make a boutique purchase of $10 or more and receive a 10% discount at participating Little Tokyo restaurants. For more information, email email@example.com.
Presented by Friends of the Museum.
JANM Summer Night Concerts—Electronic and Hip Hop Night
Join us for an evening of electronic and hip hop music with Asian and Pacific Islander American performers. The featured headliner tonight is Dumbfoundead, a Korean American rapper straight out of LA’s Koreatown. Called a “walking bag of charisma” by genius.com, Dumbfoundead has appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and counts Drake among his fans.
The concert kick offs at 7 p.m. with a set from oh my muu, whose electronic music reflects upon the universal experiences of love, reminiscence, and self discovery.
India Jones Chow Truck will be on site, along with a beer garden sponsored by Kirin Brewery of America LLC (cash only).