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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.


Saturday, March 22, 2014
10:00 AM

Umami and Dashi: The Taste of Japan

events/nishiyama2.jpg FREE

Mamiko Nishiyama, a Kanbutsu Maestro—a master of preserved foods—will share the culture and history of dashi, the dashi artisans, and will also give practical information on how to integrate dashi ingredients in your daily cooking.

Nishiyama is the proprietor of Yagicho Honten, a 300-year-old family owned traditional Japanese grocery shop in Nihonbashi, Tokyo and the leading producer of dashi products like dried bonito flakes, konbu seaweeds, shiitake mushrooms, and bean products. Moderated and translated by Sonoko Sakai. Dashi tastings to accompany seminar. 
Saturday, March 8, 2014
1:00 PM

Japanese Tattoo Live Demonstrations & Lectures


Celebrate the opening of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with live tattooing and lectures led by the artists featured in the exhibition.

Featured artists from the exhibition will be tattooing live, up-close-and-personal, showcasing various forms of Japanese tattooing, including tebori, a traditional Japanese hand tattooing form.

Yokohama Horiken

(located in glass building across plaza)
Artists and contributors will talk about their work in the exhibition and the importance of the art of tattoo in their life.

•1 p.m.: Greg Kimura, President/CEO, Japanese American National Museum
•1:30 p.m.: Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance Designer & Photographer
•2 p.m.: Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura, Perseverance Curator
•2:30pm: Tattoo Model Unveiling, Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura and Kip Fulbeck
•3 p.m.: Junko Junii Shimada
•3:30 p.m.: Chris Horishiki Brand
•4 p.m.: Jill Horiyuki Halpin
•4:30 p.m.: Chaz Bojorquez

The event will conclude with a signing of the exhibition catalogue with all artists. Check back for details on how to purchase your own catalogue.

Regular admission is required for entry. Purchase admission at the front desk of the Museum on event day. No pre-payment accepted. Last entrance to the National Museum will be at 5 p.m.

Lectures will take place in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (glass building across the Courtyard from main building). Admission required for entry. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis, until maximum capacity is reached. Seating is limited so arrive early!

Saturday, February 22, 2014
2:00 PM

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Sado

events/tea_ceremony.png Master Hamano from Urasenke and her “Hamano Shachu” group will perform the Japanese tea ceremony, sado, with authentic teawares, beautiful kimonos, and traditional furniture. Ceremony to be accompanied by an English guide explaining the subtleties of the performance.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
2:00 PM

Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan by Leslie Helm


Leslie Helm’s decision to adopt Japanese children launches him on a personal journey through his family’s 140 years in Japan, beginning with his German great-grandfather, who worked as a military adviser in 1870 and defied custom to marry his Japanese mistress. The family’s poignant experiences of love and war help Helm learn to embrace his Japanese and American heritage.

Yokohama Yankee is the first book to look at Japan across five generations both from the inside and through foreign eyes. Helm draws extensively on primary source material including his great grandfather’s unpublished memoir to bring his family history to life. The book also contains a wealth of photographs, maps, illustrations, postcards and ephemera from the late 19th century to the present day.

Helm will speak about his family’s experiences as mixed-race Japanese and Americans living on both sides of the Pacific across a turbulent century and a half of conflict and cooperation.

Purchase Yokohama Yankee from the Museum Store >>

Saturday, December 7, 2013
2:00 PM

The Military Intelligence Service (M.I.S.) in Occupied Japan



UPDATE: Change in panelists, with Edwin Nakasone, Bruce Kaji, and Ken Akune.

Author, professor, and M.I.S. veteran Edwin Nakasone will moderate a discussion with fellow veterans, Bruce Kaji and Hitoshi Sameshima, about their roles in the rebuilding of Japan after the end of World War II. The M.I.S., or the Military Intelligence Service, was a United States military unit mostly comprised of Japanese American Nisei who provided translation, interpretation, and interrogation services during World War II.

This program is presented by the Japanese American National Museum and the Go For Broke National Education Center.

Saturday, November 16, 2013
2:00 PM

Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful by Yuriko Gamo Romer

events/Judo.jpg This full-length documentary chronicles the life long journey of Keiko Fukuda’s decision to defy thousands of years of tradition, choose her own path, and become judo history’s only woman to attain the pinnacle 10th degree.

A live demonstration of “Ju-no-kata”, a signature form of Fukuda-Sensei, will precede the film screening and will be performed by Robin Fernandez and Charmaine Galvez, with narration by Greg Fernandez Jundokai Judo and Jujitsu Club of La Mirada. Q&A will follow screening with filmmaker and panelists who will discuss the legacy of Keiko Fukuda and the Japanese cultural traditions and relations that continue from Japan to the U.S. through judo.

Yuriko Gamo Romer is a director, producer, editor. Her film Occidental Encounters won numerous awards including The Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award and The Silver Apple. Other filmmaking credits include: Dancing with God, Friend Ships, Reflection, Kids will be Kids, Sunnyside of the Slope, and Fusion. Yuriko is a graduate of Stanford University’s Masters program in documentary filmmaking.

Hal Sharp is associated with the Gardena Judo Club. While serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in Occupied Japan, he became intrigued by the rigorous judo training at the Kodokan headquarters in Tokyo. He returned to Japan in 1952 to study judo, establishing judo clubs at Johnson Airforce Base and Shiroi Airforce Base, participating in 20 goodwill tournaments, numerous competitive tournaments, and several exhibitions.

Kenji Osugi carries on the legacy of the Sawtelle Judo Dojo that was founded in 1927 and remains one of the oldest judo schools in the United States. Inititally established for the small Japanese American farming community in West Los Angeles, the Sawtelle Judo Dojo proudly received a historic visit in 1933 by Kodokan Judo’s founder Jigoro Kano. In addition to his role as head instructor, he provides instruction at UCLA, serves on the U.S. Judo Federation Board of Directors, and as judge and referee for USJF and USA Judo.

Robin Fernandez is associated with the La Mirada Jundokai Judo and Jujitsu Club a 4th degree black belt and has been practicing Judo for 28 years. She is member of the Jundokai Judo and Jujitsu Club in La Mirada, CA. Robin has won several national medals in Kata and won Gold and Bronze medals at the 2003 World Kata Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She has known Fukuda Sensei and competed at her tournament for many years.

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Read an interview with director Yuriko Gamo Romer on Discover Nikkei>>



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