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Series: Tateuchi Public Program Series

The Tateuchi Public Program Series, organized in partnership between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum, develops presentations that explore the connections between Japan and the United States in the context of politics, art, music, and culture. The program series is created annually with the objective of enhancing understanding between the two countries.

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, September 26, 2015
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Japan: A Reverence for Beauty by Gil Garcetti



During more than 10 trips to Japan over a period of five years, author and photographer (and former Los Angeles County District Attorney) Gil Garcetti captured the stunning images reproduced in this limited edition, hardbound portfolio. The photographs are accompanied by illuminating essays, in both English and Japanese, from such noted authors as Pico Iyer, Kendall Brown, Hitoshi Abe, and Atsuko Tanaka.

Garcetti will discuss and sign his book, which will be available for purchase. This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
2:00 PM

A Samurai’s Life


In honor of Family History Month, UC Santa Barbara Professor of History Luke Roberts will present a lecture on the life of samurai Yoshiki Mori (1768–1807), who was a retainer for the Yamauchi lord of the Tosa domain. The talk will draw from Mori’s diary, his letters, and historical records, and will include a discussion of challenges faced by Roberts while researching samurai family history.

Roberts is a specialist in the history of the Japanese islands from ancient to modern times, with a focus on the period between the 1500s and the early 1900s. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with two members of the Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen). Melinda Yamane Crawford, the daughter of a MIS veteran, founded NikkeiGen in 2013 to help people of Japanese ancestry explore their genealogy through education, research, and networking. Barbara Horiuchi is a third-generation Japanese American writer and artist who creates pictorial, video, and installation work that addresses her own family history as well as sociopolitical issues related to the history of Japanese immigrants in America.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with the Nikkei Genealogical Society.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
2:00 PM

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration


Saturday, December 5 • 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 • 2 p.m.


Hamano Shachu of Urasenke Tea Society presents two ryu-rei style tea ceremonies using a special misono-dana table.

Limited to 160 participants each. First come, first served.

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