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Calendar of Events — September 2019

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Please note that general admission rates are increasing as of August 16, 2019. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party.

For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

Sunday, September 1, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, September 7, 2019
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Naomi Hirahara


All members are invited to meet Naomi Hirahara before her author discussion at 2 p.m. about her book, Iced in Paradise.

Space is limited. RSVP by September 3 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, September 7, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Iced in Paradise—Naomi Hirahara’s New Hawai‘i Mystery


Iced in Paradise is the newest book from Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara. In this mystery, follow Leilani Santiago and her family on the island of Kaua‘i as they manage a shave ice shack. When Leilani goes to work one morning, she stumbles upon a dead body, a young pro surfer who was being coached by Leilani’s estranged father. As her father soon becomes the prime murder suspect, Leilani must find the real killer and somehow safeguard her ill mother, little sisters, and grandmother while also preserving a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend in Seattle.

Join Naomi Hirahara for a discussion about her love of shave ice and why she made the Garden Isle the location of her new novel. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo, Hirahara has published several nonfiction books on the Japanese American experience in addition to her mystery novels and books for younger readers.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Iced in Paradise will be available for purchase at the JANM Store.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi


Saturday–Sunday, September 14–15
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Washi is a traditional Japanese handmade decorative paper that dates back to the seventh century. Unlike machine-made paper from wood pulp, washi is made from the inner bark of plants such as mulberry, bamboo, and wisteria and hemp. The intertwining of fibers results in a paper that is strong, durable, washable, and acid-free. Its thin, smooth, soft surface can be printed with vivid colors and complex designs.

In this workshop led by Reiko Nakano, create a washi collage necklace in which the designs of two different washi patterns will be integrated onto one set of differently shaped wooden beads. These beads will then be enhanced with commercial components to form a truly unique neck ornament. The second project will be a coordinated washi wood bracelet.

Please bring a pair of sharp scissors, a snack, and a desire to create new designs. Everything else will be supplied. $64 members, $80 non-members, plus $25 materials fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day


Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Museum Day event.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
9:00 AM—3:00 PM

Making Waves: A Changing Tides Mental Health Conference


This day-long conference will offer a safe space for the API community to address, examine, and understand mental health in its various forms. Conference plenaries will be interspersed with workshops and small group discussions that focus on specific topics related to mental health.

The conversation around mental health within the API community is one that has been and continues to be highly stigmatized due to several external and internal factors. The goal of this event will be to shed a positive light on these topics and allow for a space where open conversations about mental health can be held.

General Admission: $15
JANM members/Students: $12

Lunch will be provided. JANM members—contact or 213.830.5646 for discount code.

Please check for information about Changing Tides.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Shibori Plant Dye (Kusakizome)



Saturday–Sunday, September 21–22
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

Learn about Kusakizome, which translates to “plant dyeing,” in a two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce.

Kusakizome has a long tradition in Japan with in-season plant materials collected regionally and used for different purposes. For this workshop, you will use a variety of locally sourced plant materials on a variety of silks with simple mordants. There will be a light indigo vat available to “shift” colors and simple shibori binding techniques will be used to test the plant dye materials. Each participant will also make a test sample notebook for reference during future crafting projects.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email to be notified if spaces open up.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Hanashi Oral History Pop Up


Come see a selection of Go For Broke National Education Center’s Hanashi (“to talk”) Oral Histories. GFBNEC has been recording interviews of Nisei veterans of World War II as well as their contemporaries in the armed forces for over twenty years. Stay for as many interviews as you like; this day-long opportunity does not have formal presentations or introductions.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour


CANCELLED—Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this tour. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.



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