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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, June 30, 2012
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Film Screening: The Power of Two

events/Power_of_two100.jpg Inspired by their 2007 memoir, The Power Of Two offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis, and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Both sisters will be available for a Q&A following the screening.

To RSVP for this event, please call :213-625-0414 ex. 2218

Saturday, March 17, 2012
1:00 PM

They Call Me Mr. Tofu



Product demonstration & free samples!!

When Yasuo Kumoda came to the United States, he was charged with popularizing the Morinaga Nutritional Foods tofu. Kumoda discovered that in 1987, most Americans considered tofu as the least appealing food product, but he persisted. He ran a marathon carrying a product sign, sent tofu products to the White House, and discovered different ways that Americans could consume tofu.

Come hear his story about how he overcame the odds to make tofu popular in the United States.

RSVP to 213.830.5648 or

This program is part of the Tateuchi Public Program Series, organized in partnership between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum.

Saturday, January 21, 2012
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Twice Bombed

events/twice_bombed100.jpg 'The bottom line is, there shouldn't be nuclear in our world'. On his 91st birthday, Tsutomu Yamaguchi said when asked about current nuclear power. He is a survivor of not one, but two atomic blasts at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While he has no physical scars from the attacks, his emotional scars run deep, as he lost his sons and his wife from the after-effects. The picture of the human Jigoku (hell) burned in the memory, he realized his experience 'needs to reach out to the world.' His quiet, but powerful words did just that, as the United Nations and Filmmaker James Cameron were moved by his message. This documentary chronicles Yamaguchi's passionate plea for peace and serves as a reminder of the very human side of an issue facing the world at large.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Ayagoromo - Mindful Transitions

events/Yoko_and_Derek100.jpg Ayagoromo - Mindful Transitions will present traditional Japanese folk songs assimilated within modern world music sensibilities.

Yoko and Derek will be joined by guest artists to perform a selection of Japanese folk songs “framed” with a modern twist of Impressionistic Jazz, Classical and R&B for which Derek is known. The concert will debut new works reflecting the goal of preserving the essence of traditional music with arrangements that make the songs relevant to the present generation.

Yoko Fujimoto (vocals)
Derek Nakamoto (piano)

Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes, percussion)
Abe Lagrimas Jr. (ukelele, vibes & percussion)
Cameron Stone (cello)
Andrew Duckles (viola)

For details & ticket sales, please visit $10 members; $15 non-members. Tickets can be purchased here.

Co-presented by Kodo Arts Sphere America.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

How to Succeed in Baseball

events/Hasegawa100.jpg Growing up in Japan, Shigetoshi Hasegawa was not the most talented pitcher on his high school baseball team. But, he was determined to become a professional player and play in the American major leagues. Likewise, Sansei Scott Akasaki knew he would like to work for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He, too, had a plan that included his moving to Japan in preparation. Hasegawa pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Seattle Mariners before retiring and Akasaki is the traveling secretary for the Dodgers. Learn how both succeeded in this presentation organized as part of the Tateuchi Foundation Public Program series.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Summer Classic Anime Film Series (Part 1)

events/Animedisc100.jpg Pay-What-You-Can!

For four exciting nights, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum will screen vintage anime titles from the 1920s and 1930s, the Golden Age of Japanese silent film.

The anime classics we will be screening:

  • Mighty Taro's Reckless Training (1928)

  • Momotaro the Undefeated (1928)

  • Benshi narration: Midori Sawato

  • The Tiny One Makes It Big (1929)

  • The Black Cat (1929)

  • The Stolen Lump (1929)

  • Taro’s Toy Train (1929)

  • The Bat (1930)

  • The Monkey Sword Masamune (1930)

  • Harvest Festival (1930)

  • Taro Urashima (1931)

  • Our Baseball Match (1931)

  • The National Anthem Kimigayo (1931)

  • In conjunction with the exhibition Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo



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