Japanese American National Museum
Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Laborers in sugar beet fields outside of Shelley, Idaho. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-073809-E.

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II
September 27, 2016 - January 8, 2017

During the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many Nikkei working in the sugar beet industry. Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II introduces their story.

Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter. Photo by John Agcaoili.

Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
July 30, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Tatau: Marks of Polynesia will present the 2,000-year-old origins and current practices of Samoan tattoo tradition in the land of its inception, with particular emphasis on the influential Sulu‘ape family and their disciples.

Sadako’s Crane


Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. When she was twelve, she contracted leukemia and was hospitalized. One of her roommates at the hospital told her about the Japanese belief that anyone who folds one thousand cranes would be granted a wish, so Sadako began folding cranes with the hope of recovering from her disease. Sadly, although she folded 1,300 cranes, she died on October 25, 1955.

Common Ground: The Heart of Community

Incorporating hundreds of objects, documents and photographs collected by the National Museum, this exhibition chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, beginning with the early days of the Issei pioneers through the World War II incarceration to the present.


Traveling Exhibitions

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at The Japan Foundation, Sydney: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
September 28 - November 12, 2016


The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Chippendale, AUSTRALIA

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition that explores the master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattoos and their enduring influence on modern tattoo practices.



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