FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 20, 2018
Leslie Unger - email@example.com - 213-830-5690
JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM ANNOUNCES THEME FOR 2019 GALA DINNER
The Japanese American National Museum will hold its annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on April 13, 2019, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The evening’s theme will be Vision and Commitment: Our Journey of Renewal. It will pay tribute to the museum’s charter members—the first individuals and families to see and believe in the importance of the museum and its enduring role in our democratic society.
The event is co-chaired for the museum by Ernest Y. Doizaki, Kansas Marine Company; JANM Trustee Leslie Furukawa, Esq., Gomez & Furukawa; and JANM Governor Gene S. Kanamori, Keiro.
The Gala Dinner evening will include JANM’s popular Lexus Opportunity Drawing, for which a new 2019 Lexus RX 350L vehicle will be the prize. Opportunity Drawing entries are $25 each, $100 for five entries, and $500 for entries. They can be requested by calling 213.830.5641, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or downloading an order form from janm.org/dinner2019.
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for the Gala Dinner are available. Send an email to email@example.com for details. Individual tickets for the event will go on sale in mid-February; the event is expected to sell out. Information is also available at janm.org/dinner2019.
NOW ON VIEW AT JANM:
Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys
Through March 24, 2019
In California in the 1970s, Mark Nagata was living an all-American childhood when an aunt and uncle serving on a US military base in Japan sent him a box filled with some of that country’s most popular toys. They were kaiju and heroes, and these gifts inspired him to zealously collect vintage Japanese vinyl toys over the course of his entire life. Kaiju translates to “strange creature” in English but has come to mean “giant monster” referring to the creatures like Godzilla and Mothra that inhabited the postwar movie and television screens of Japan. The advent of these monsters brought about the creation of characters to combat them—hence the emergence of pop-culture heroes like Ultraman and Kamen Rider. Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys showcases hundreds of dazzling vintage and contemporary Japanese vinyl toys, providing a feast for the eyes and the imagination.
Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit
Through April 28, 2019
Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit features modern and historical photographs documenting the stories of Japanese Americans who were forcibly incarcerated during World War II. Large-format contemporary photos taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. are displayed next to images shot 75 years ago by such noted photographers as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others; each pairing features the same individuals, or their direct descendants, as the subject matter. Inspired by the Japanese concept of gambatte—to triumph over adversity—the exhibition chronicles the strength and legacy of a generation of Japanese Americans who persevered over unimaginable hardship.
Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Incorporating hundreds of objects, documents, and photographs collected by JANM, this exhibition chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, from the early days of the Issei pioneers through the World War II incarceration to the present. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the final section of Common Ground has been reimagined to further emphasize the redress movement, the landmark passage of the Act, and its relevance today.
About the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
Established in 1985, the Japanese American National Museum promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Located in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, JANM is a hybrid institution that straddles traditional museum categories and strives to provide a voice for Japanese Americans as well as a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. Since opening to the public, JANM has presented over 80 exhibitions onsite and traveled 20 of its exhibitions to locations around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Ellis Island Museum in the United States, and several leading cultural museums in Japan and South America.
JANM is located at 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. General admission is $12 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for members and children under age five. Admission is free to everyone on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from noon to 8 p.m. General admission prices and free admission times may not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Closed Monday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information visit janm.org or call 213.625.0414.