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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.

All 10 sculptures will be gathered in Tokyo in 2020 to mark the Tokyo Olympics, and will then be fashioned into a monumental art piece for public viewing. In 2035, each sculpture will be returned to its respective city where participants of this project will be able to reunite with the items and messages they contributed years earlier.

Workshops in which members of the public may contribute to the Hello Kitty time capsule at the Japanese American National Museum will be held on November 1, 2016, and January 8, 2017. On all other days, the capsules will be on display only and viewable as part of paid admission to the museum.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and sponsored by NHK World.

Past Events

Sunday, January 8, 2017
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Time After Time Capsule Workshop with Kawaii Artist Sebastian Masuda

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FREE ALL DAY

In conjunction with JANM’s 2017 Oshogatsu Family Festival, help kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda fill two giant time capsules—one shaped like Hello Kitty and one shaped like Domo, the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK! Bring a cherished personal item or write a letter to your future self, which you will work on and decorate at the workshop before adding it to one of the capsules.

Masuda is organizing a total of 10 translucent time capsules as part of a long-term art project that will culminate in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will all be returned to the cities where they were filled and reopened in 2035. Following this workshop, the capsules will be on view through January 29 as part of paid admission to the museum.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and sponsored by NHK World.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
2:00 PM

Talk by Kawaii Artist Sebastian Masuda

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FREE

As part of our Oshogatsu Family Festival, artist Sebastian Masuda, creator of the Time After Time Capsules, will talk about his work.

Masuda is organizing a total of 10 translucent time capsules as part of a long-term art project that will culminate in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will all be returned to the cities where they were filled and reopened in 2035. Two of the capsules—one shaped like Hello Kitty and one shaped like Domo, the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK—will be on view at JANM through January 29.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and sponsored by NHK World.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
3:00 PM—8:00 PM

Time After Time Capsule Drop-Off Day

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FREE

Bring a cherished personal item or a colorfully decorated letter to your future self to be placed in the gigantic Hello Kitty time capsule by kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda. (Masuda will not be here for the drop-off day. If you would like to meet him in person, please join us for a workshop with the artist at Oshogatsu Family Festival on January 8.)

Masuda is organizing a total of 10 translucent time capsules as part of a long-term art project that will culminate in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will all be returned to their cities of origin and reopened in 2035.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
12:30 PM—2:00 PM

Time After Time Capsule Workshop with Kawaii Artist Sebastian Masuda

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FREE (museum admission not included)

Help kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda fill a gigantic Hello Kitty time capsule! Bring a cherished personal item or write a letter to your future self, which you will work on and decorate at the workshop before adding it to the capsule. Masuda is organizing a total of 10 translucent time capsules as part of a long-term art project that will culminate in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will all be returned to their cities of origin and reopened in 2035.

If you’re not able to attend the workshop, you can still bring a personal item to add to the capsule during regular museum hours (11 a.m. to last admission at 4:30 p.m.) on November 1.

After November 1, JANM visitors will be able to view the capsule as part of paid admission to the museum through January 29. There will be another workshop with Masuda on January 8, 2017, in conjunction with JANM’s Oshogatsu Family Festival.

Presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

 

 

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