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Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at Canterbury Museum, New Zealand: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
May 20 - August 13, 2017

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Canterbury Museum
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND

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.

ON THE ROAD at Harvard Medical School—Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images
May 3 - June 26, 2017

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Susumu “Sus” Ito’s WWII photographs were taken while on a tour of duty through Europe as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s 522nd Field Artillery Battalion. While Ito participated in such dramatic events as the rescue of the Lost Battalion, these rare and breathtaking images capture the humble daily lives of a group of young Japanese American soldiers.

By Jamie Noguchi.

New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
March 12 - August 20, 2017

New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei explores the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei. By examining Takei’s diverse experiences and achievements, this entertaining and interactive exhibition creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America.

Photo by Jack Iwata, ca. 1942-1945. Gift of Jack and Peggy Iwata.

Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066
February 18 - August 13, 2017

On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast following Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of this historic miscarriage of justice, the Japanese American National Museum presents Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, an educational and interactive exhibition designed to engage visitors in critical discussions of the Japanese American World War II experience and its continuing relevance today.

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at Newcastle Museum, Australia: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
February 9 - April 30, 2017

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Newcastle Museum
Newcastle, 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.

Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station
December 10, 2016 - April 9, 2017

SPECIAL DISPLAY

Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of prisoners—who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and Japanese Peruvians—to life.

Photo by Takuya Sakamoto

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

SPECIAL DISPLAY

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 are placed in gigantic translucent time capsules. The sculptures of Hello Kitty and Domo, the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, will be on display at JANM through January 29.

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

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

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.

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.

The Artistry of Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience
August 13 - 30, 2016

TEMPORARY DISPLAY IN ARATANI CENTRAL HALL

LAIKA, the award-winning animation studio whose next movie, Kubo and the Two Strings, opens August 19, 2016, is now presenting The Artistry of Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience in JANM’s Aratani Central Hall. Visitors get a behind-the-scenes interactive peek at Kubo and the Two Strings through puppets, sets, props, monsters, origami, and costumes from the production. The display will be on view through August 30.

 

 

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