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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Moving Day


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


Little Tokyo Service Center is a community partner and supporter of Moving Day.

Sunday, October 2, 2016
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

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

Presented by Friends of the Museum.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
7:00 PM

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, Dumbfoundead has appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and counts Drake among his fans.

Also featured are Year of the Ox, an APIA rap duo from Virginia, and Meishi Smile, an LA–based experimental noise and pop group.

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).

Saturday, July 30, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Tatau Opening Day Celebration


Join us for the opening day of Tatau! Our daylong celebration will include:

12 p.m.: Traditional Samoan ‘ava ceremony

1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Live tattooing demonstrations by exhibiting artists Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter, Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau, Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Mike Fatutoa, and Sulu‘ape Steve Looney

1:30 p.m.–2:10 p.m.: Remarks by Ann Burroughs, JANM Interim President and CEO; exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura; exhibition photographer and documentary film director John Agcaoili; expert tattooist and television personality Chris Nunez; and artists Sulu‘ape Steve Looney and Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo.

2:20 p.m.–3 p.m.: “Tattooed Lines: Histories of Connection and Disconnection,” a lecture by author and curator Sean Mallon

3:15 p.m.: Live viewing of tattooed models, with introductions by Chris Nunez

4 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Catalog signing with curator and artists

4:30 p.m.: performance by Measina a Samoa

Polynesian acoustic music by Tui Letuli and others throughout the day

Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter. Photo by John Agcaoili.

In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
Thursday, July 21, 2016
7:00 PM

JANM Summer Night Concerts—Viva La Taiko: From Tokyo to Los Angeles



JANM’s summer evening concert series featuring Asian American performers is back! Tonight’s focus is on taiko, with featured performers East LA Taiko and Asano Taiko UnitOne.

Asano Taiko UnitOne boasts some of North America’s most exciting performers and a world-class taiko repertoire. The group has performed at the 2015 North American Taiko Conference and the 2015 Extasia festival in Japan.

East LA Taiko, featuring Chicana rockstar Lysa Flores, will continue the excitement with their unique and infectious blend of Latin musical roots, Afro-Cuban rhythms, ska-punk riffs, and driving taiko beats. Join us for a very special evening that will evoke musical traditions from around the globe!

India Jones Chow Truck will be on site, along with a beer garden sponsored by Kirin Brewery of America LLC (cash only).

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2016 Gala Dinner, Silent Auction, and After Party


Moving Images, Telling Stories

Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
(Please note new venue.)

Film and video are powerful tools used for generations to document, reflect, and influence people and culture. The Japanese American National Museum’s 2016 Gala Dinner will focus on the museum’s significant collection of moving images and how these compelling first-person resources have helped portray the Japanese American story as an integral part of the broader American narrative.

Honorees will include Karen L. Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura, who founded the museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center and pioneered its unparalleled collection of home movies and video life histories, and Ken Burns, the award-winning filmmaker who has made extensive use of JANM’s media assets while reaching a mass worldwide audience.

Win an All-New 2016 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT!
Enter the 2016 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

Visit for more details on the Gala, information about sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase Lexus Opportunity Drawing tickets and individual Gala Dinner tickets.




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