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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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
12:00 PM

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.

To find out more about the Legacy Society, visit or contact Charlien Church at 213.830.5676 or

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

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.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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 for more information and to purchase tickets.




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