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Tateuchi Public Program Series Past Events

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.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Panel Discussion—What Does the Japanese American Experience Tell Us About the Proposed Muslim Registry?


In advocating for a registry to track all Muslims living in or immigrating to the US, President-elect Donald Trump and his followers are raising the specter of the World War II incarceration, without due process, of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most of whom were US citizens and all of whom were innocent of any crimes. Even though President Ronald Reagan formally apologized for the incarceration and authorized reparations for the former prisoners in 1988, the incident is still being cited as a “precedent” for a Muslim registry.

Do such registries actually make the nation more secure? What is their history in the US and under what circumstances do they lead to detention of large groups of people? What specific lessons can we draw from the Japanese American incarceration as we ponder Trump’s intentions and the best means to combat them?

Join Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, UCLA’s George and Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community; Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum; Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA’s Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law and author of the award-winning books Immigration Outside the Law (2014) and Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (2006); and moderator Ann Burroughs, JANM’s Interim President and CEO, for this important panel discussion.

A Zócalo Public Square/UCLA event, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
2:00 PM

Memories of Five Nisei


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.




Five second-generation Japanese Americans will share significant memories of their lives, with a focus on the World War II camp experience. The Nisei speakers, who are all in their 80s and 90s, will also compare their camp experiences with the present-day detention centers in Texas for Central American refugees.

    Lead presenter Sam Mihara is a former executive at Boeing Company and a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of the WWII imprisonment of Japanese Americans. His most recent work is a study of the immigrant detention facilities in Texas.

    Retired biologist Dr. Takashi Hoshizaki resisted the draft while he was in camp, and was subsequently sent to federal prison for three years. After his rights were restored, he joined the military and served in the Korean War to prove his loyalty to the US.

    Toshi Ito is the wife of James Ito, the leader of the agriculture team at Heart Mountain that developed the farms that produced food for all camp residents. Toshi’s father committed suicide as a direct result of racist treatment following WWII.

    Award-winning Disney animation artist Willie Ito is a well-known spokesperson for the Topaz prison camp for Nikkei, where he was incarcerated.

    Shig Yabu is the noted author of Hello Maggie, an illustrated book that tells the story of the magpie bird that he raised as a pet in camp. Yabu is now an executive at Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

For anyone interested in the subject of the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII, this is an event that should not be missed.

This program is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email

Saturday, August 6, 2016
1:00 PM

Sadako and Her Origami Cranes


In May 2016, JANM received the gift of an original paper crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, the young Hiroshima-born girl who died in 1955 of complications resulting from radiation poisoning. Before her death, Sasaki folded over 1,000 paper cranes in hopes of recovering from her illness. Because of her efforts, which touched many people, paper cranes have since become a universal symbol of peace, hope, and recovery.

The museum is honored to be the only West Coast recipient of one of Sasaki’s cranes, joining such global institutions as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York.

On the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Above the Fold curator Meher McArthur will speak about Sasaki, who was only two years old when the bomb struck, and how her actions influenced the spread of origami practice.

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

In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
Saturday, June 18, 2016
10:30 AM—11:30 AM

A Conversation with Dave Roberts


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.



Join us for a conversation with Dave Roberts, the first minority manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moderated by Scott Akasaki, the Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel, Roberts will discuss his history and future with the Dodgers; how his half-Japanese, half-African American background has informed his perspective; his current role as manager of a storied franchise; and opinions on his players including Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda. Roberts will be available to sign items after the program, limit one item per person.

Admission is free for members and $9 for non-members. Seating is limited; RSVPs are required for members and pre-payment is required for non-members. Museum admission included.

This program is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email

Saturday, December 5, 2015
2:00 PM

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration


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


The Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu or sado) is a highly choreographed ritual of preparing and serving green tea (matcha) with traditional sweets to balance the bitter taste of the tea.

In the early Meiji era, Kyoto Prefecture held the first tea exposition in Japan. The governor of Kyoto asked the 11th Urasenke Grand Tea Master, Gengensai, to create a new tea ceremony style, so that foreign guests could experience the most sophisticated Japanese culture comfortably. The ryu-rei style of tea ceremony was born, in which the host and guests are seated in chairs instead of the traditional tatami mat; this ceremony could be conducted almost anywhere, even outdoors. It was a great success and since then, this type of tea ceremony has been enjoyed all over the world.

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

Limited to 160 participants each. First come, first served; no RSVP is necessary. Early arrival recommended.

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, co-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.

Read about the Nikkei Genealogical Society on Discover Nikkei: The Journey to Discovery




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