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Enjoy public programs and events from JANM from anywhere in the world! Please check the program descriptions for access instructions. Some require an RSVP to participate.

All programs are free for JANM members and included 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 rsvp@janm.org 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. 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.

 

Friday, July 17, 2020

JANM Digital Film Festival: Big Drum: Taiko in the United States

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Fifteen years after its initial release as part of the groundbreaking exhibition at JANM, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States will be available online as part of the JANM Digital Film Festival! Featuring America’s pioneering taiko figures, this film documents the development of American taiko and includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.

Group taiko performance only developed in post-war Japan and the United States and Japanese Americans played a major role in its growing popularity. With few models to follow, the original three Nikkei groups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose built their own drums, created their costumes, and wrote their own music. The result was the original three groups in 1973 grew to over 250 groups throughout North America. In 2005, the exhibition, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States, explored the growing phenomenon of taiko (Japanese drum) ensemble performances through the use of several media presentations, historic photographs, artifacts, and interactive activities.

Among the many groups included in the film are San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kinnara Taiko, San Jose Taiko, Denver Taiko, Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko Group, Soh Daiko, L.A. Matsuri Taiko, Shasta Taiko, Satori Taiko, Kogen Taiko, Kokyo Taiko, Hawaii Matsuri Taiko, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Maui Taiko, Zenshin Taiko, Zenshuji Zendeko, Nen Daiko, Hoh Daiko, Sacramento Taiko Dan, and TAIKOPROJECT.

This film will be released on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, July 17.

Watch the documentary and then join us on Friday, July 24, at 6 p.m. (PDT) for a 15th anniversary celebration and conversation with curator Sojin Kim and featured performers Kenny Endo and Kay Fukumoto (Maui Taiko), and more!

The documentary is also available on DVD at the JANM Store. The DVD also features extras, including historical footage and excerpts from the documentary Taiko: The Music of the Japanese Drums (1977).

Watch clips from interviews recorded for the documentary on Discover Nikkei.

 

JANM Digital Film Festival—Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! Organize a (virtual) screening party with your friends or family or just get cozy and enjoy the JANM Digital Film Festival from the safety of your own home. We will also have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and others involved in the projects.

In conjunction with the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States
Saturday, July 18, 2020
11:30 AM—1:00 PM

Healthy Japanese Home Cooking Workshop with Azusa Oda

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Learn how to cook a basic Japanese menu! In this virtual workshop, cookbook author, food blogger, and designer Azusa Oda will teach you how to cut down food waste and make full use of all the ingredients to make a basic, healthy, and delicious meal.

Participants will start with making dashi (soup stock) then use the leftovers to make katsuo denbu (bonito rice topping). They will then make satsumaimo misoshiru (sweet potato miso soup) using the dashi and, finally, onigiri (rice balls) with the katsuo denbu mixed in.

Please note: the dashi and katsuo denbu are made with bonito flakes (katsuobushi—thinly shaved dried fish).

$20 members, $25 non-members. Limited space available. Workshop will be held via Zoom on Saturday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m. (PDT).

You will be emailed links and instructions to join our workshop on Zoom as well as a list of ingredients if you’d like to follow along with the recipes during the program. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

Azusa Oda comes from a long line of professional and home cooks, and her abilities in the kitchen have been heavily influenced by growing up as her mother’s unofficial sous chef. Raised in both Tokyo and the Bay Area of California, she had a bicultural upbringing that shaped the way she views Japanese culinary traditions and techniques. She created her blog, humblebeanblog.com, in 2008 to share her contemporary variations on simple and delicious Japanese recipes. While cooking is one of her passions, she nurtures an equal interest in design and has an MFA from California College of the Arts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Purchase her book, Japanese Cookbook for Beginners: Classic and Modern Recipes Made Easy, at the JANM Store.

This program is part of Go Little Tokyo’s Delicious Little Tokyo virtual festival that runs from June 26 to July 26.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

7th Annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest: A Virtual Celebration

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FREE

Each year, the Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest heightens awareness of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo by challenging both new and experienced writers to write a story that showcases familiarity with the neighborhood and the people in it. Writers from three categories—Adult, Youth, and Japanese language—weave fictional stories set in the past, present, or future. Each category winner will be awarded a cash prize and their story will be published in The Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website.

This year’s winning stories captured the spirit and cultural essence of Little Tokyo. Though we are not able to gather in Little Tokyo, Imagine Little Tokyo is bringing the awards ceremony online! Actors Tamlyn Tomita, Derek Mio, and Eijiro Ozaki will perform dramatic readings of the winning stories from each category and the winners themselves will have the opportunity to share brief reflections.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join via Zoom.

Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Note: you only need to register once per each device that you will be using to watch the program. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

The contest is presented by Little Tokyo Historical Society in partnership with JANM’s Discover Nikkei project.

Read stories from past Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contests:

Friday, July 24, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival: Big Drum: Taiko in the United States Q&A

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FREE

Tune in for a 15th anniversary celebration of the film, Big Drum: Taiko in the United States, and conversation with curator Sojin Kim and featured performers Kenny Endo and Kay Fukumoto (Maui Taiko), and more!

Featuring America’s pioneering taiko figures, this film documents the development of American taiko and includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.

Be sure to watch the film first on JANM’s YouTube channel, then join us for the Q&A which will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, July 24, from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. (PDT).

Submit questions in advance using this form. Participants will be able to chat and ask additional questions live (you will need to be logged in to YouTube to participate in the chat).

 

JANM Digital Film Festival—Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! Organize a (virtual) screening party with your friends or family or just get cozy and enjoy the JANM Digital Film Festival from the safety of your own home. We will also have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and others involved in the projects.

In conjunction with the exhibition Big Drum: Taiko in the United States

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