Watase Media Arts Center

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The award-winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center produces documentaries, exhibition media, and video life histories in support of JANM’s mission and work.


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nobuko miyamoto singing

Nobuko Miyamoto: A Song in Movement

The story of a changing community told through one of its most beloved storytellers.

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Featured Productions

wakaji fishing


(2022 / 3 minutes each)

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mine okubo portrait

Sincerely Miné Okubo

Rhythm and Rice

Rhythm and Rice

(2020 / 8 minutes)

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Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience

Masters of Modern Design

  • The Art of the Japanese American Experience
    (2019 / 56 minutes)
  • Kay Sekimachi
    (2019 / 8 minutes)

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In the Clutches of Kaiju

Kaiju vs Heroes

  • In the Clutches of Kaiju
    (2018 / 7 minutes)
  • Nagata 360: A Collecting Mind
    (2018 / 4 minutes)

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Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

(2018 / 18 minutes)

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About MAC

About the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center

The Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center is committed to promoting thoughtful exploration, understanding and appreciation of America’s pluralistic society through an innovative program of media documentation and preservation, production and presentation. By integrating theory and technology with community service and collaborating with peoples and institutions in diverse communities and regions, the Media Arts Center works to advance JANM’s role as a leading international institution.

Watase Media Arts Center

Life History Interviews

Part of the Media Arts Center’s work is recording video life history interviews with second and third generation Japanese Americans, in an effort to preserve the memories of those who experienced unjust incarceration during World War II and its aftermath. The recordings are made available to family members and researchers, and for the purpose of building a collective archive at the Japanese American National Museum.

If you would like to recommend an individual for recording, please contact us at mac@janm.org.

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