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San Diego Comic Con Interview with Stan Sakai
YouTube, August 2, 2011
Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, is interviewed at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego.
The Bunny Pages
The Daily, August 3, 2011
Meet Miyamoto Usagi--rabbit, samurai, comic hero--and his creator.
Journalists Ponder Past, Future of Nikkei Newspapers
Rafu Shimpo, April 28, 2011

There once was a time when, according to Japanese American National Museum CEO and President Akemi Kikumura Yano, if you got three Issei together, they’d start a newspaper.

Yano’s quip was made Saturday, April 2 at the JANM and Discover Nikkei-sponsored conference and panel discussion titled "From Newsprint to New Media: The Evolving Role of Nikkei Newspapers," held at JAMN’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo.

How Ethnic Museums Came About
New York Times, April 26, 2011

America has a vibrant mix of art, natural history and history museums, and at least a dozen other categories recognized by the sector’s professional organization, the American Association of Museums.

One of the types to emerge over the past 40 years is the culturally specific museum. These range from the Museum of the American Indian in New York and Washington and the Arab American National Museum in Michigan to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

'Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo" Part of Little Tokyo Design Week
Little Tokyo Design Week, April 27, 2011

The Big 3 Cultural Institutions located in Little Tokyo (JANM, MOCA, and JACCC) will feature open houses and ancillary programming around their respective exhibits on view at that time. A short description each exhibition is presented below.

George Takei on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Gaman
YouTube, March 15, 2011
George Takei comments on the disastrous earthquakes and tsunami that have devastated Japan.
2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Services
Institute of Museum and Library Services, November 16, 2010

"Congratulations to the winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Each of you is making your community a better place for learning, working, and living." --First Lady Michelle Obama

Institute of Museum and Library Services, December 22, 2010

The Japanese American National Museum was one of 10 recipients for the 2010 National Medal, presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is the highest honor bestowed on a museum in the United States. To learn more, go to this pdf to see the profiles of the medal recipients.

Threads of 'American Tapestry' Displayed at JANM
Rafu Shimpo, November 22, 2010

The Japanese American National Museum unveiled a new exhibition, "American Tapestry: 25 Stories from the Collection" on Nov. 13 as part of the celebration of its 25th anniversary.

The 25 items were chosen from more than 80,000 artifacts, documents, photographs, oral histories and works of art currently in the museum’s collection.

Clement Hanami, JANM director of programs and curator of the exhibition, said that each object has a link to Facebook and other websites so that visitors with iPhones or PDAs can instantly access further information. "Technology changes things. It also changes how people, especially young people, engage with information … We’re part of a network of a lot of information sources."

L.A.'s Hidden Hot Spots
Detour Destinations, November 2, 2010

Another "find" of ours is the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. I like it because it’s small enough to feel intimate and large enough to contain significant and meaningful exhibits.

Japanese American National Museum Spotlights Clothing
Los Angeles Story Blogspot, March 15, 2010

On Saturday, CC and I drove downtown (or "down-a-town," as she calls it) to visit the Japanese American National Museum, which was offering free admission courtesy of Target's Free Family Days.

In addition to complimentary access to museum exhibits such as "Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from the Plantations of Hawai'i," there were all sorts of clothing-related activities for the kiddos, including sock-puppet making, . . . .

Oshogatsu Family Festival rings in the New Years
Los Angeles Daily News, January 4, 2010

Hundreds descended on the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday for the Oshogatsu Family Festival - a celebration of the New Year and the biggest holiday in Japan.

Banging drums, folding origami and cooking traditional New Year's dishes, participants shared old customs and learned some new ones at the free event built around the Japanese custom of bringing family together for the holiday.

Engaging Diverse Audiences by Margaret Kadoyama
Western Museum Assn. WEST MUSE, November 6, 2009

I was fortunate enough to attend the recent WMA conference in San Diego. The conference provided at least one significant outcome for me — the discovery of a new report on engaging diverse audiences from the Japanese American National Museum, published in August 2009.

I attended a session on programming for Latino audiences. The session, Museum Mission and Audience: Tips from Collaborations with Latino Communities, was moderated by Elizabeth Morin from Youth Arts and Education for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.The presenters were Lisa Sasaki from the Japanese American National Museum, . . .

Best Museum Gift Shops
Los Angeles Magazine, October 31, 2009

A rare museum shop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, the Japanese American National Museum Store is filled with playful items like Shiso Fine aprons, sushi-shaped candles, and wind-up dueling sumo wrestlers. . .

Eric Nakamura's blog
Giant, October 27, 2009

I shouldn't have to explain any of this, but there's a strong segment who are very clueless as to how a museum show works, and for good reason, how often does anyone get to do anything at a museum? Not often. So let me try to explain.

I saw a someone addressing JANM not being able to sell the art because it's not for profit. I know there were some of you who were miffed that you couldn't buy the original pieces right out of the case. Sorry! Here's an explanation: imagine if you went to MOCA and saw a price tag on a Picasso, a Renoir, or a Basquiat? Can a museum use their advantage of getting public funds and enjoying the tax benefits of being a non-profit and using their gigantic walls to bring up the value of art in order to sell it and even a higher price? That would be unfair.

Interview: Eric Nakamura-Giant Robot Biennale@Japanese American National Museum, October 23, 2009

The "Giant Robot Biennale - 15 Years" exhibition is set to open tomorrow at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in the heart of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to seeing what looks to be a fantastic show with artists such as David Choe, Jeff Soto (interviewed), James Jean (interviewed), Souther Salazar, kozyndan, Rob Sato, Jack Long and many more.

Also, we had the opportunity to talk with the man behind it all - Eric Nakamura, one of the founders of Giant Robot. Questions and answers after the jump…

Mike Shinoda's Glorious Excess (Dies) at the Japanese American National Museum, August 31, 2009

Mike Shinoda is widely known through his work with the band Linkin Park, although I’m more of a fan of his hip-hop/rap project Fort Minor and his album, The Rising Tied.

He also has a degree in illustration, and is a graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. This past Sunday August 30th, Joz and I had the honor to go see Mike Shinoda at the Japanese American National Museum in LA’s Little Tokyo, where he presented artwork from his previous show Glorious Excess (Born) in 2008. (His other art exhibit, Diamond, Spades, Hearts and Clubs, was presented at Gallery 1988.)

I was totally hyped and anxious — not only go to see Mike Shinoda, but to also see what was in store regarding his art.

Photos from opening of: Glorious Excess (Dies) | Mike Shinoda
Known Gallery, August 30, 2009

Following his highly-successful 2008 show, Glorious Excess (Born), Mike Shinoda returns to the National Museum to unveil his latest collection of paintings and digital works. Larger, broader, and more sensational than before, Glorious Excess (Dies) is the next chapter in his series exploring society’s obsession with celebrity culture, consumer addiction, and fascination with excess.

Seen: Mike Shinoda-Glorious Excess (Dies)
Daily DuJour, August 30, 2009

Mike Shinoda opened his Glorious Excess (Dies) solo at the Japanese American National Museum on Friday to a staggering line waiting for the public reception opening at 8 PM. Dailydujour was fortunate to make the VIP opening which featured several notable guests including Rob Dyrdek, Joe Hahn, Lisa Ling, James Jean, Roger Gastman, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, and more.

The show has been shrouded mostly in secrecy –preview pics have been few and far between. This approach enhanced the impact of the opening. There were quite a few impressive surprises in store for the crowd including a custom Honda motorcycle emblazoned with Shinoda’s GLXS art positioned just in front of the gallery entrance.

Glorious Excess (Dies) - Mike Shinoda, August 30, 2009

Just checked out the preview of Mike Shinoda’s Glorious Excess (Dies) show at the Japanese American National Museum, the follow up to his Glorious Excess (Born) show last year. It’s stunning ~ a definite must see ~ and what’s nice is that besides the fact that the work is technically beautiful and a fun mix of skulls, urban art, "vanitas", mixed media wallpapering with gossip rags, a casket and silver skeleton, video and more… the way it all comes together as a thought provoking look at the life (and death) of celebrity through paparazzi and the consumption engine behind it all is fascinating ~ especially coming from Shinoda who is most known for Linkin Park and Fort Minor, and he is also an Art Center trained graphic artist and illustrator.



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