Virtual Programs Past Events
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.
Online Conversation and Q&A—Houses for Peace: Exploring the Legacy of Floyd Schmoe
Wednesday, August 5:
7 P.M. (PDT) | 4 p.m. (HST)
Thursday, August 6: 11 a.m. (JST)
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, join a conversation on what today’s audiences can learn and build on from the story of Floyd Schmoe, a lifelong grassroots activist for peace. The conversation will build on the documentary Houses for Peace (2018), that tells the story of Schmoe, who traveled with a diverse group of volunteers to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima over 70 years ago to build houses for survivors of the atomic bomb and their families.
The panel and Q&A will be moderated by Dr. Gail Nomura, Professor at the University of Washington, and feature 75-year-old atomic bomb survivor Koko Kondo, who spent time with Schmoe as a young girl, as well as Kumiko Ogoshi Takai, the documentary’s director. They will be joined by Clement Hanami, VP of Exhibitions and Art Director at JANM, Takuo Takigawa, Director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and Mike Carr, CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
The documentary is available to stream now on NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s video on demand service.
This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the Zoom link below. The program will be available in with simultaneous audio interpretation in both English and Japanese. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.
This program is presented in partnership with NHK WORLD-JAPAN, and with cooperation from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
Image: Donated by Tomiko Y. Schmoe. Entrusted by the Group for Learning from Floyd Schmoe. Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
JANM Digital Film Festival: Big Drum: Taiko in the United States Q&A
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 (Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble), Kay Fukumoto (Maui Taiko), Teddy Yoshikami (Soh Daiko), PJ Hirabayashi (Artistic Director Emeritus, San Jose 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.
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.
7th Annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest: A Virtual Celebration
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 email@example.com 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:
The Art of Movement and Coalition Building: Learning from Yuri Kochiyama
This discussion centers on the inspiring force of activist Yuri Kochiyama (1921–2014), whose work to build community and solidarity across racial and generational lines in the decades after World War II is a timely model for today’s movement building and efforts toward meaningful allyship.
In the 1960s, the Harlem apartment of Yuri and Bill Kochiyama was a hub of community service and social justice mobilization. During her sixty years of activism, Yuri was involved in Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity, the Republic of New Africa, Puerto Rican nationalism, Japanese American redress and reparations, and countless actions supporting human rights.
Dr. Karen L. Ishizuka, filmmaker and chief curator at the Japanese American National Museum, moderates a discussion about Yuri’s life, influence, and legacies with singer-songwriter Nobuko Miyamoto, public artist Tomie Arai, and writer Kai Naima Williams.
The Q&A will be streamed live on Smithsonian Folklife’s YouTube channel and Facebook page at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday, July 23. Participants will be able to chat and ask additional questions live (you will need to be logged in to YouTube or Facebook to participate in the chat).
This program is co-presented by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
Image: A Mural for Yuri & Malcolm, created by artists/activists inspired by the legacies and deep friendship of Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X. Photo courtesy of Nobuko Miyamoto.
Steeping History: Tea Across Generations
Tea has a long history of bringing families together, providing comfort after a long, hard day of work, or grounding traditional ceremonies and practices.
Come learn from Maria Kwong, JANM’s Director of Retail Enterprises, about Japanese American tea culture and the unique JANM Generations Teas, created in collaboration with Chado Tea Room. Each of the teas in this collection was created with a specific generation of Japanese Americans in mind and help tell the story of the museum. Chado Tea Room will also do a tea tasting demonstration.
The Q&A will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 19. 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).
This program is part of Go Little Tokyo’s Delicious Little Tokyo virtual festival that runs June 26–July 26, 2020.
Healthy Japanese Home Cooking Workshop with Azusa Oda
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.