Nikkei Calendar / Kinokuniya Bookstore to host book signing by five Japanese American authors, May 21

May 21 (Saturday) 11 am to 4:00 pm

Second floor patio outside Kinokuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, 123 Onizuka Street, #205, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 687-4480.

Kinokuniya Bookstore to host a book signing by five local authors on subjects of interest to the Japanese-American community.

Stone S. Ishimaru, TecCom Productions (zishi_90039@sbcglobal.net)

“Manzanar Revisited”: Pictorial with historical captions juxtaposing original period images of the Manzanar War Relocation Authority internment camp with haunting contemporary images of the historical site. Privately published. 36  pages, 11 x 8.5 inches.

“Santa Anita Revisited”: Pictorial with historical captions showing original period images of the Santa Anita Racetrack facility and stables converted to house thousands of Japanese-American families until they were assigned to long-term internment camps, juxtaposed with contemporary images taken at the historical site.

“Camp Books”: Collection of period photographs with original captions and information about each of the ten Japanese Internment Camp sites. Privately published. 25 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches.

David Osako & Christy Ishimine, Mixed Arare Productions (mixedarare@gmail.com)

“L.A. Odori: Images of Southern California Japanese-American Festivals &Dance”: Pictorial of Japanese dance images from recitals, Bon Odori and Cherry Blossom festivals in Little Tokyo and other regional venues.  Privately published.30 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches.

“Mixed Arare: Images and words gathered under the influence of Japanese-American culture.” : Pictorial of images of Japanese-American individuals, gatherings and families with captioned with sayings offering comfort and wisdom.  Privately published.24 pages, 8 x 6 inches.

Michael Okamura & Deanna Matsumoto, Little Tokyo Historical Society (www.littleTokyohs.org)

Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo”: Historical images with extended captions and introductory text documenting the development and history of this fascinating neighborhood from its origins in the 1880s to the present. Photographs from the public, Toyo Miyatake Studio, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Japanese American National Museum are included. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages, 9 x 6 inches.

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May 19 (Thursday) 7:30 pm

Pasadena Museum of History, 470 West Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo: Discussion and book signing with authors Michael Okamura and Deanna Matsumoto

Michael Okamura and Deanna Matsumoto of Little Tokyo Historical Society are authors of Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo.

They will share with us the development and history of this fascinating neighborhood – a multicultural, multigenerational community that is the largest Nihonmachi (Japantown) in the United States – from its origins in the 1880s to the present day.

Books will be available for purchase and the authors will sign them following the lecture.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for viewing of the Pasadena Museum History’s two current exhibitions, Mad for Hats! and Pasadena Patron: The Life and Legacy of Eva Scott Fenyes.

Wine and cheese reception with the authors included. For information about the exhibitions, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org.

Tickets: Pasadena Museum of History Members Free; Non-Members $5.  Reservations suggested; call (626) 577-1660, ext. 10.

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May 26 (Thursday) 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

UCLA Kaufman 101

Screening “Dreams Finally Realized” The Untold Stories of California Nisei Forced out of Higher Education

Free admission. RSVP: CANiseiProject@jcccnc.org, (415) 567-5505

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California presents the screening of the Dreams Finally Realized.”

This screening will feature videos capturing the never before told stories of the Nisei by chronicling their educational aspirations. How they felt when abruptly stripped of their college dreams due to Executive Order 9066.

Their life challenges and return to these same campuses some 67 years later to receive an honorary degree as called for by Assembly Bill 37 and the California Nisei College Diploma Project.

The purpose of this project is to educate the people of California and the US about the college experience of the Nisei in 1940s and the prices because of their forced removal into concentration camps.

This program was made possible with funding from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) and UCLA Asian American Studies Center with support from Asian Pacific American Student Development at UC Berkeley, Nikkei Student Union at UCLA and UC Berkeley.

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June 4 (Saturday) Doors open at 11:00 am

Little Tokyo Branch Library, 203 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, 90012

The Friends of Little Tokyo Branch Library 25th Author Recognition Lunch

The Friends of Little Tokyo Branch Library will be hosting their 25th Author Recognition Luncheon on Saturday June 4 at the Little Tokyo Branch Library.

This year, the Little Tokyo Historical Society Book Committee will be honored for their publication of “Images of America: Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.”

Admission with bento lunch is $15 (Non-Members) and $12 (Friends Members). Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Books will be available for purchase from Heritage Source.

For more information, email FOLTBL@gmail.com or visit

https://sites.google.com/site/littletokyobranchlibrary, or call (213) 612-0526 and leave a message for the Friends of Little Tokyo Branch Library.

Little Tokyo Historical Society, a volunteer community organization, was formed in 2006 to commemorate the Japanese American history and heritage of Little Tokyo by researching, discovering and documenting historically significant sites, events and stories and sharing them via archival collections, photos, exhibits, lectures and workshops.
Little Tokyo Historical Society is also currently in production of “Lil’ Tokyo Reporter,” a narrative film about Issei journalist Sei Fujii.

More information about Little Tokyo Historical Society and its programs can be found at www.littletokyohs.org.

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June 18 (Saturday) 3:00 pm

San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima

Reading Manzanar – The Story of an American Family

In 2003, Russell McCoy & Dan Taguchi brought their musical Manzanar- The Story of An American Family to the Japan American Theatre in Little Tokyo.

The San Fernando Valley Japanese American Citizens League presents this musical at the SFVJA Community Center in Pacoima on Saturday, June 18, at 3:00 p.m.

Manzanar – The Story of An American Family is presented as a reading.  It personalizes the experience of upheaval and discrimination that Japanese Americans endured during WWII when the government ordered all people of Japanese decent to be interned.

Twelve-year-old Margaret has dreams of becoming a big band singer, but her hopes are shattered by the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Margaret and her family’s lives are changed forever as they are relocated from their San Pedro home to the Manzanar Internment Camp.

Manzanar shows how one girl’s broken dreams eventually give her the strength and courage to rebuild her life.

Tickets will be $15.  For more information, contact Nancy Gohata at yaiko16@verizon.net or (818) 899-4237.

Bento (meal box) may be purchased after the performance for $10.

Make checks payable to SFVJACL. Send to Nancy Gohata, 14229 Carl Street, Arleta, CA 91331.