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Saturday, January 9, 2016
10:00 AM—12:00 PM

GRB4 Girl Scout Program


By popular demand, JANM is continuing to offer occasional programs just for Girl Scouts.

Current, active Girl Scouts of middle-school age and older will enjoy a private viewing of the Giant Robot Biennale 4 exhibition before the museum opens to the public. They can then participate in a zine-making workshop with artist Yumi Sakugawa, whose art is featured in the exhibition. Participants will receive a special JANM patch at the end of their visit.

Free for JANM members; $10 for non-members (scouts and accompanying parents/troop leaders). Limited to 35 attendees. Advance reservations required.

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:00 PM—4:30 PM

NUNO Textiles Trunk Show


Saturday, November 21–Sunday, November 22
12 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

“Nuno” is the Japanese word for fabric. Since launching in 1984, NUNO Textiles has worked exclusively with weavers and dyers in Japan, combining old practices with new technologies to create textiles that are original, distinctive, and fresh. Today, NUNO designs are highly acclaimed and reside in the collections of major museums around the world.

Just in time for holiday shopping, NUNO presents a trunk show of their world-renowned scarves, shawls, and accessories—perfect gifts for the special people in your life.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
6:00 PM

Giant Robot Drawing Party



Bring your sketchpad and favorite drawing instruments for a special drawing party with live music by Goh Nakamura.

Giant Robot Biennale 4 curator Eric Nakamura will lead themed drawing exercises with live demonstrations and discussion by GRB4 featured artists Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, and Yoskay Yamamoto, and other Giant Robot artists. Get inspiration from these exercises, or just hang out and work on your own projects in the company of others.

Beer will be available for purchase (cash only). This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Please check back for updates.

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
Saturday, October 10, 2015
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Giant Robot Biennale 4 Opening Party



The public is invited to celebrate the opening of Giant Robot Biennale 4 with a party!

    • First 500 guests will receive a limited edition Giant Robot pin. Limit one pin per person; guests must be present to receive a pin.

    • Special souvenir buttons will be available for customizing with a design started by a Giant Robot artist and completed by you.

    • Take a GRB4 commemorative photo on a special set designed by Nerdbot Photo Booth.

    • Enjoy complimentary Japanese American foods catered by Mama Musubi.

    • Drinks will be available at our no-host bar.

    • Deejay music provided by Dublab.

    • Remarks and artist introductions by JANM President and CEO Greg Kimura and exhibition curator Eric Nakamura at 8 p.m.

    • Live set by electronic musician Daedalus at 8:15 p.m.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 4
Sunday, October 4, 2015
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

7th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique



Organized by JANM’s volunteers, the seventh edition of this annual boutique will feature dozens of vendors selling unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, handbags, ceramics, origami art, Giant Robot products, and more! Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko at 1 p.m.

Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. Make a boutique purchase of $10 or more and receive free same-day museum admission plus 10% discount at participating Little Tokyo restaurants. For more information, email

Presented by Friends of the Museum.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
7:00 PM

JANM Summer Night Concerts



JANM’s new series of summer evening concerts featuring Asian American performers continues. Tonight’s showcase focuses on electronic music. The featured artist is Paul Dateh, a multi-talented musician, host, and educator who is well known for his contemporary take on violin playing.

Also appearing are noted composer, producer, and “professional music technologist” Mike Gao and experimental producer and guitarist Go Yama.

Event hosted by Will Pacarro (YELLOWPACO) with deejay music provided by TRAKTIVIST.

Frach’s Fried Ice Cream will be on site, along with a beer garden sponsored by JANM’s Young Professionals Network.




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