May 5th is celebrated annually in Japan and in Nikkei communities around the world as Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day). The day is celebrated by displaying koinobori—carp-shaped windsock with the carp arranged from largest to smallest in different colors to denote the father, mother, and children. Other traditional symbols and special foods include samurai dolls, kabuto (helmet), and kashiwa mochi (azuki-filled rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves).

Marvel at the amazing and creative ways that writers can imagine Little Tokyo and expand the fictional boundaries of the Japanese American experience. Each year, the Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest heightens awareness of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo by challenging both new and experienced writers to write a story that captures the spirit and essence of Little Tokyo and the people in it. Noted theatre artists (to be announced) will showcase the winning stories with dramatic readings from the three contest categories—Adult, Youth, and Japanese language.

Edwin Ushiro is a visual artist who captures the essence of Hawaii, youth, and nostalgia in his work with a technique that’s uniquely his own. His work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the “slow town” of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination.

Join us for our second annual virtual poetry reading with a powerful lineup of poets previously featured in Discover Nikkei’s Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column, hosted by author, poet, and performer traci kato-kiriyama. This year, we reached out to pairs of poets who will be reading works in conversation with each other. Each pair has their own unique relationship that will bring depth of conversation and insight into their poetry.

FREE on Discover Nikkei YouTube

¡Únase a nosotros para nuestro primer episodio en idioma español! Sepa sobre nuestro colaborador de Descubra a los Nikkei, Juan Alberto Matsumoto, mientras es entrevistado por nuestra anfitriona invitada, Mónica Kogiso. Alberto y Mónica son ambos nisei, originalmente de Escobar, Argentina. Ellos hablarán sobre las comunidades argentinas japonesas y los nikkei latinoamericanos en Japón.

Join Us at Reunited—the 2021 Gala & Auction!

Celebrate JANM at a joyous evening of song, music, and special guests. This year, be Reunited with friends at our COVID-safe, virtual Gala & Auction—and support our largest annual fundraiser. The announcement of the winner of the 2021 Lexus Opportunity Drawing will also be online. Bid on unique items reflecting diverse Asian culture.

New for our 2021 Gala is a video variety show, featuring many special guests including:

“Transcendients” combines two words, “transcend” and “transient.” To me the word speaks to those individuals who have honed their inner beings to find a core of strength—a power they use to muster the support and solidarity needed to make a difference. I think of these “Transcendients” as elegant and spiritual examples of the human spirit who will move us forward to the brilliance of humankind.”  —Taiji Terasaki

To commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese American National Museum presents Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, organized in partnership with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Through March 1, 2020, the exhibition will include a special display of artifacts belonging to atomic bomb victims.