Natsumatsuri Family Festival 2017

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2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival

About the Event

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FREE ALL DAY

Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

…and more!

See below for complete schedule of performances, activities, and crafts!

Special perks available for JANM members! Be sure to check in at the front desk to get a member sticker so you can take advantage of the perks highlighted below.

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

About this Exhibition

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FREE ALL DAY

Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

…and more!

See below for complete schedule of performances, activities, and crafts!

Special perks available for JANM members! Be sure to check in at the front desk to get a member sticker so you can take advantage of the perks highlighted below.

 Los Angeles Arts Commission 

Media Sponsor: Rafu Shimpo 

Activities

Happi Coat Photo Booth

Take home a souvenir photo of yourself in a traditional happi coat, courtesy of Nerdbot.

Express Line for members!

Natsumatsuri Pinwheels

Put a colorful spin on your summer by making a JANM pinwheel.

Natsumatsuri Hats

It wouldn’t be Natsumatsuri without JANM’s signature paper hats! Make one that shows off your personal style.

Ruthie’s Origami Corner

Learn how to fold a jumping frog!

Paper Cranes for Peace

Help us fold paper cranes for Harvest for Hope, a project that aims to collect 1.5 million cranes in memory of children who died during the Holocaust. This activity is inspired by Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who folded over 1,000 paper cranes in hopes of recovering from illness caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. One of Sadako’s original cranes is on display now in JANM’s Hirasaki National Resource Center.

Okinawan Treats

Sample freshly made saataa andaagii—delicious deep-fried pastries—while supplies last. Limit one per person.

Museum Scavenger Hunt

While exploring JANM’s exhibitions, find all of the items on our scavenger hunt list and win a prize.

Toddler Room

Bring your toddlers here to relax and play with other toddlers.

Note: all children must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.

Schedule

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kaeru and Friends Petting Zoo

See several different varieties of kaeru (frogs) along with snakes, tortoises, and lizards—up close! Brought to JANM by Reptacular Animals.

Express Line for members!

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Kaeru Balloons

Watch The Balloon Guy make frog-shaped balloons for you to take home. Limit one per family.

Express Line for members!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Koshin Taiko Performance

Get the day off to a great start with Koshin Taiko, known for their rousing kumi-daiko (ensemble taiko) performances using okedou (rope-tightened) drums.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Bon Odori Community Dance

Join our group bon odori (traditional dance), led by Elaine Fukumoto.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Yuujou Daiko Performance

Keep the energy going with San Gabriel’s Yuujou Daiko, a taiko troupe whose name means “friendship.”

Reserved seating for members!

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Taiko Workshop with Yuujou Daiko

After an inspiring performance, you can try your own hand at taiko drumming with the help of members of Yuujou Daiko.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Build a Superhero with Jeff Yang and Friends

Join New Frontiers curator Jeff Yang and guest artists for this interactive comic book workshop. The audience will be asked to help the artists create an ORIGINAL superhero comic book character, who will be drawn by the artists in real time.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Martial Arts Demonstration by Aikido Cultural Institute

Aikido is Japan’s nonviolent, non-competitive martial arts form. A variety of instructors from the institute will demonstrate elements of aikido, iaido (swordsmanship), and classical weapons arts. The audience will be invited to participate at the end.

Reserved seating for members!

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Letters to Eve Performance

Letters to Eve is an epic World War II musical about the power of music and literature, centered on the stories of an incarcerated Japanese American family and a black jazz musician captured during Germany’s occupation of France. Join select cast members as they perform songs from their hit production.

Reserved seating for members!

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Minyo Station Performance

Bring the day to a close with Minyo Station’s unique blend of traditional Japanese folk music and contemporary Western influences.

Reserved seating for members!

Support the understanding and appreciation of the Japanese American experience.

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