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Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Photo by Takuya Sakamoto

Time After Time Capsule
November 1, 2016 - January 29, 2017


Time After Time Capsule was created by Sebastian Masuda, a Japanese artist and a founder of 6%DOKIDOKI, a boutique and a central hub of kawaii culture in Harajuku, Japan.

Time After Time Capsule is an ongoing art project which invites the public to contribute cherished personal items to fill 10 translucent sculptures that will travel around the world. Each community is invited to offer or create colorfully decorated items of personal value, which will be then be placed in a nine-foot-tall translucent Hello Kitty time capsule.

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 22, 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.



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