Image of hourglass diary scene in A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami

Current Exhibition

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami

Frequently Asked Questions

 

There are three versions of the video. What is the difference between the Virtual Reality (VR) version; the interactive, 360-degree video; and the non-interactive video shown in the Terasaki Orientation Theater?

  • Virtual Reality is a three-dimensional (3-D) immersive audio visual experience in which a person can interact within an artificial 3-D environment using special goggles.
  • The interactive, 360-degree video allows the user to navigate the environment by moving your mobile device to look around in all directions. Or you can drag your finger across the screen to explore.
  • The video shown in the theater does not allow the viewer to actively explore the environment.

 

How do I view this 360-degree video in the exhibition?

The video can be viewed on a mobile device. Visitors will scan a QR code to watch the video. 

  1. Download the YouTube app if you do not have it on your mobile device.
  2. If your screen is locked in portrait orientation, unlock it for a horizontal view.
  3. Scan the exhibition QR code. (There are four video chapters, located at four QR stations)
  4. Watch the video, move your mobile device or drag your fingers to explore the environment.
  5. Please be considerate of others and use earbuds or headphones while listening to the 360-degree video, or keep the volume low.

 

How can I view the VR video?

The VR video is available on Saturdays. Reservations recommended, limited walk-ups available. A signed liability waiver is required.

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What if I don’t have a mobile device to view the 360-degree video?

You can view a non-interactive version in the Terasaki Orientation Theater on the Museum’s first floor. The video will replay every 18 minutes.

 

What mobile operating system do I need to view the 360-degree video?

The interactive video can be viewed on any current mobile operating system (Android or Apple). You will need to download the YouTube app. 

 

How long is the 360-degree video?

The video is divided into four chapters, each is three to six minutes long. Or you can view the entire video, playing time 18 minutes, in the Terasaki Orientation Theater.

 

This experience creates an immersive virtual reality audio visual experience.  Some people may experience nausea, disorientation, vertigo, seizures, motion sickness, general discomfort, headaches, eye strain, anxiety, or other physical, mental, or health-related issues and symptoms.

July 09, 2021 - January 09, 2022

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Los Angeles native, Stanley Hayami is an ordinary American teenager from Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra writing in his journal about school and his dreams of becoming an artist or writer. But this is 1942, and his Japanese American family is imprisoned at Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming. The young teen’s words and sketches are a window into his everyday life and feelings. Stanley opens up about his family’s incarceration, the military draft, and the importance of serving his country. 

In 1944, Stanley is drafted into the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the segregated, Japanese American unit that would become the most decorated unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service. Stanley’s letters home to his family reveal the hardships from the European front lines, while also keeping a positive outlook, so as not to worry his parents. At the age of 19, Stanley is killed in Italy while trying to rescue a fellow soldier during combat. His legacy lives on through his diary, art, and letters donated to JANM by his family.

In A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami, his writings from camp and wartime letters are brought to life with an interactive, 360-degree video that can be viewed on a mobile device and a non-interactive version that can be viewed in the Terasaki Orientation Theater. A virtual reality (VR) version is available with limited time slots, reservations recommended (Get Tickets). His artwork, journal entries, artifacts, and letters will also be on display. 

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami was created by Nonny de la Peña of Emblematic and Sharon Yamato in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum. It had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Festival 2021 in the Immersive category on June 9.

See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more details. FAQ

 

 

Sponsored by:

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program 
  • The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program 

Additional support provided by:

  • The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation
  • Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • California Humanities
  • The Kosasa Foundation
  • Pasadena Arts Alliance

 

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

July 09, 2021 - January 09, 2022

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Los Angeles native, Stanley Hayami is an ordinary American teenager from Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra writing in his journal about school and his dreams of becoming an artist or writer. But this is 1942, and his Japanese American family is imprisoned at Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming. The young teen’s words and sketches are a window into his everyday life and feelings. Stanley opens up about his family’s incarceration, the military draft, and the importance of serving his country. 

In 1944, Stanley is drafted into the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the segregated, Japanese American unit that would become the most decorated unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service. Stanley’s letters home to his family reveal the hardships from the European front lines, while also keeping a positive outlook, so as not to worry his parents. At the age of 19, Stanley is killed in Italy while trying to rescue a fellow soldier during combat. His legacy lives on through his diary, art, and letters donated to JANM by his family.

In A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami, his writings from camp and wartime letters are brought to life with an interactive, 360-degree video that can be viewed on a mobile device and a non-interactive version that can be viewed in the Terasaki Orientation Theater. A virtual reality (VR) version is available with limited time slots, reservations recommended (Get Tickets). His artwork, journal entries, artifacts, and letters will also be on display. 

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami was created by Nonny de la Peña of Emblematic and Sharon Yamato in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum. It had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Festival 2021 in the Immersive category on June 9.

See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more details. FAQ

 

 

Sponsored by:

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program 
  • The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program 

Additional support provided by:

  • The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation
  • Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • California Humanities
  • The Kosasa Foundation
  • Pasadena Arts Alliance

 

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

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