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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.

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.

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at Middlebury College Museum of Art: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
June 10 - August 7, 2016

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Middlebury College Museum of Art
Middlebury, VT

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.

Sadako’s Crane
May 31, 2016 - August 31, 2019

SPECIAL DISPLAY

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.

 

 

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