Speaker Series

Talk by author Naomi Hirahara
Leaving Manzanar for the Great Unknown: Book Talk on Clark and Division
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
To mark the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, mystery author and social historian Naomi Hirahara will present the backdrop of her first historical novel, Clark and Division. The mystery novel follows the Ito family from an agricultural community in Los Angeles to Manzanar to finally Chicago, where the older sister, Rose, has been released early in 1943. When the younger sister, Aki, and the parents arrive in 1944, they discover a tragedy has befallen Rose. It’s up to Aki to discover the truth of what happened while carrying her parents during this chaotic transition from a wartime camp.
7:00PM, Friday, February 18, 2022
Morikami Theater
Join us for a live virtual lecture in our theater!
Discussion led by Filmmaker Akira Boch
Speaker Series: The Underground Scene in LA and Tokyo: Art + Music - Documentary Short Film Screenings
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
Delve into the underground scene of LA and Tokyo through three documentary short films - Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town, Our Man in Tokyo: The Ballad of Shin Miyata, and Giant Robot: Kind of Like Home by award-winning filmmaker Akira Boch. How did a family-owned restaurant in LA’s Japan Town come to be the popular hang-out for the punk rock scene in the late 1970s?
1:00PM, Sunday, March 13, 2022
Morikami Theater
Talk by Alan Scott Pate
Speaker Series: Tango-no-Sekku: Japan’s Forgotten Festival
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Japan is justifiably famous for its many festivals; each one is reflective of a time and a spirit of community. They serve many functions, but most have a religious or spiritual origin and purpose. Purification. Protection. Gratitude. Commemoration. However, even these sacred rituals and celebrations are not immune to shifts in times, politics and, optics. Today, the 5th month of the 5th day is celebrated as Kodomo-no-hi, or Children’s Day. It is a time for parents to gather with their children, make excursions, and celebrate family, particularly the children. But in times past, it had a very different character. As part of the Go-Sekku or Five Festivals, it was celebrated as Tango-no-sekku--a time for the ritual driving away of evil spirits and malevolent forces that affected the health of the family, community, and nation.
1:00PM, Saturday, May 7, 2022
Morikami Theater
Free with paid museum admission

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