2023 April: Japanese American Event Listing

Let’s Make Little Tokyo Sparkle!
Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at JACCC Plaza, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Annual Memorial Day Service to honor all Japanese American Veterans
Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m. at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sponsored by Veteran Memorial Court Alliance, Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Japanese American National Museum, Keiro, and Little Tokyo Service Center

Sawtelle Japantown Association presents Children’s Day Celebration
Saturday, May 20, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at West Los Angeles Buddhist Tempe, 2003 Corinth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest Hybrid Award Ceremony
Saturday, May 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Japanese American National Museum


Downtown Los Angeles JACL and the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California
2023 Women of the Year: Kyuka Kanesaka (AKA Yukari Kanesaka), Matsutoyo Sato, Fumiyo (Fumi) Stark and Margaret Nitta Takimoto

Sunday, May 7, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m at Quiet Cannon – Crystal 1 & 3, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA  90640


Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
42nd Anniversary Celebration & Award Dinner
Honoring Terasaki Family Foundation, IW Group Inc., JACCC’s Master Artist in Residence Hirokazu Kosakai
Thursday, June 22, 6:00-9:30 pm at Isamu Noguchi Plaza at JACCC


Nichi Bei Foundation
Wakamatsu Pilgrimage on October 7, 2023
This program will bring members of four Japanese American community to visit the site of the first sizeable Japanese settlement in the United States.


Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
Book Talk: Transborder Los Angeles – An Unknown Transpacific History of Japanese-Maxican Relations by Yu Tokunaga, Associate Professor of Kyoto University, Japan
Saturday, March 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Free to attend
Gardena Valley JCI Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall, 1964 W 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247


Tanaka Farms
Celebrating 25 years at University Drive in Irvine, Cultivating Memories
Saturday, March 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Japanese American National Museum
Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps
March 4 – October 1, 2023

Japanese American National Museum
Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese
American World War II Incarceration

February 26, 2022—February 19, 2023


University of Southern California (USC) Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture Programs

Wed. Jan. 18 | 12-1:30 PM PST |DML 110C
New Approaches to the Study of Premodern Japan Project
Reaching the Poor and Preaching Poverty: A View of Ninth-Century Japanese Buddhism from Below
Bryan D. LowePrinceton University

Fri. Jan. 27 | 4-5:30 PM PST | SOS 250
Morale on the Home Front from Europe to Japan: Its Transnational Construction and Destruction, 1914-1945
Sheldon GaronPrinceton University


Sat. Feb. 11 | 2-3:30 PM PST | JANM (100 N Central Ave)
Voices of Japanese American Incarceration

–  Readings from When Can We Go Back to America? 
–  Art from the exhibit “Resilience – A Sansei Sense of Legacy”
–  A performance of “Citizen 133660: Vignettes” for string and clarinet quintet composed by Chad Cannon
–  Poetry reading by artist tracy kato-kiriyama


Wed. Feb. 15 | 12-1:30 PM | DML 110C
Japanese Food Culture and Culinary Traditions Speaker Series
Story of Sushi: How a Fermented Dish Became a Global Fast Food Eric RathUniversity of Kansas


Wed. Mar. 29 | 12-1:30 PM  | DML 110C
Environmental Humanities Speaker Series
Local, National, Regional, or Planetary?: Analyzing Island Chains as Biotropes and the Poetics of Ishimure Michiko 
Christine Marran, University of Minnesota


Apr. 28 | 3-5 PM | Location TBD
Film Screening of Before They Take Us Away: Untold Stories of Japanese American Self-Evacuees of World War II
Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Producer
Patrick Glenn, Producer
Antonia Grace Glenn, Writer, Producer, and DirectorCo-sponsored by the USC East Asian Studies Center, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the USC Department of History, and USC Libraries