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Japanese American National Museum
Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum

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100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
http://www.janm.org/
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As a long time visitor to JANM, I highly recommend this to locals and travelers alike! I think it rounds out the Little Tokyo experience nicely, which is always such a "Japangeles" ... Read more
experience (there is a streetwear brand of the same name, which you can find in the village area at a kiosk cart booth thing!!) - a mix of rich history, traditional culture, and modern Los Angeles, a blend of which is the core of Los Angeles' identity to begin with. The bookstore alone has such great Japanese treasures and a ton of literature to purchase to continue with your education! The exhibits are always a great blend of Japanese innovations both technological and cultural, and the state of Japanese Americans, past, present, and future. The building itself is gorgeous, and there's a traditional tea room that you can have tea at too! :) If you have any interest in history or Japanese American culture, this place is for you, hands down!! :)

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San Francisco, California, USA

Art, artifacts & historical exhibits exploring over 130 years of the Japanese-American experience.

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As a long time visitor to JANM, I highly recommend this to locals and travelers alike! I think it rounds out the Little Tokyo experience nicely, which is always such a "Japangeles" experience (there is a streetwear brand of the same name, which you can find in the village area at a kiosk cart booth thing!!) - a mix of rich history, traditional culture, and modern Los Angeles, a blend of which is the core of Los Angeles' identity to begin with. The bookstore alone has such great Japanese treasures and a ton of literature to purchase to continue with your education! The exhibits are always a great blend of Japanese innovations both technological and cultural, and the state of Japanese Americans, past, present, and future. The building itself is gorgeous, and there's a traditional tea room that you can have tea at too! :) If you have any interest in history or Japanese American culture, this place is for you, hands down!! :)

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This museum is not like other Asian museumZ. It has modern design but still has historic feeling inside I the exhibit. Not a big museum but is well organized . It has a theater room nearby good for film screening band other event. They host a hello kitty exhibit here and was super popular.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This review is mostly in regards to their Hello Kitty Panel Discussion where 4 university professors came and analyzed the icon that is Hello Kitty.

Their interpretations were very interesting as they stated that Hello Kitty doesn't have a mouth and is oppressed. Sometimes Hello Kitty is featured in different things, but usually that of stereotypical "women" roles. The branding of Hello Kitty has really taken off now the popular icon reaches people age 4 to 64! Yes, I'm guilty of also being a Hello Kitty fan.

Anyway, the workshop was very interesting and engaging as the professors presented their viewpoints, then answered questions.

I will be visiting the Hello Kitty exhibit before it ends, but I've been to JANM other times for other specialties. Each time has been a great experience with topics ranging from the Japanese Internment Camp to Japanese Tea Ceremonies. The flow of each exhibit has always been wonderful, engaging, and fun.

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Local from West Covina

I came here to check out the museum, so many things to check out. They also have the tea festival here in the big space. Great event!

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

A great tribute to Japanese American history with an emphasis on the discrimination and internment of the 1940s. An important museum and a topic that deserves more attention. A must visit in Little Tokyo.

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This place has really interesting information about the Japanese culture here in U.S. It was still under construction when i went there so it is now probably in better condition.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Great museum to check out if you're interested in Japanese American history. Make time for this, since they have a ton of content to explore.

Through April, the Hello Kitty exhibit is a nice attraction! $20 per person. Unfortunately no student discounts or anything.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Ever since I was young I've been a huge fan of Hello Kitty. So lucky for me when I came down to LA For the holidays the Hello Kitty exhibit was still going on! The exhibit ends on April 26, 2015 so have no fear there's still time to see it! General admission is $20 and there are no student are senior discounts for this exhibit unless you're a member of the museum, then it's free!

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I recommend a docent tour. Hearing the personal stories the docent led made the experience memorable.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Los of art, and history. A place you want to check out in the near future. This museums is located in the heart of little tokyo and features many new artists that showcase their amazing work. They host a variety of events per year that create local culture from around the area.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Concentrating primarily on Japanese immigration to the United States and the World War II concentration camps, the exhibits provide a moving account of the impact of prejudice on individual people. The museum broadens its scope by also offering stories of how African Americans, Koreans, Chinese and Latinos overcame prejudice.

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Anaheim, California

Ive been to Chado Tea plenty, and had always past by the museum many times. This was my first time actually checking out the stories of what had happened to Japanese American's history!

a quick 3 flights and we were able to browse around and learn a bit, Def was surprised about the comics!

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Local from Los Angeles, California

The best place to experience Japanese-American history and culture through various educational exhibits. Events take place here, as well.

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San Luis Obispo
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In downtown LA's Little Tokyo neighborhood, this modern edifice has intelligent, well-curated exhibits about the history of Japanese immigration to the USA. The WWII period of shamefully unjust Japanese American internment camps is covered unflinchingly, but with a moving human touch and familial perspective. The downstairs gift shop is worth popping by for both traditional and whimsical contemporary souvenirs, from bamboo tea whisks to anime T-shirts.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I have been here when they erected the memorial to honor the veterans.
I have been here when Senator Daniel Inouye was in town
I have been here when George Takei had his wedding here.
http://www.georgetakei.c…
Well...no, I wasn't invited but I was actually walking by.

So I finally had the opportunity to come inside once again for free when they had the Target free days for kids.
http://www.janm.org/even…
I have to say, it was SUPER organized, everyone who was there and especially the volunteers like June Aoki, felt like family. This free day , in conjunction with Asian American Heritage Month, had food galore!

They had:
11 AM - 4 PM - Mighty Boba Truck gave away mini-sized boba milk teas

12 PM A sushi tasting with Toshi Sushi. I had the spicy tuna, it was awesome!

1 PM - A Hawaiian food tasting with Aloha Cafe
It was Spam Musubi , they had enough that I had a second helping, for MYSELF!

1 - 4 PM - Make Asian Fusion Chicken noodle soup with Kidding Around the Kitchen. This was really fun. Lisa, the one who came up with the kids utensils and recipes, really involves the kids in hands on food making.
http://www.kiddingaround….

2 PM - A Korean roti (bread) tasting with Cafe Dulce . Tasted like Pan De Dulce!

3 PM - A Japanese pastry tasting with Mikawaya . Free mochi? Drool...that was really yummy!

We got to make:
Customize a re-useable canvas lunch bag- All the stuff we put on there was great! They even had tacky glue to use for decorations.

Construct & embellish your own decorative paper lanterns-Fun and easy project

Ruthie's Origami Corner: Origami cranes and ballons were being taught.

All this under the comfort inside an air conditioned building.

Of course we got to enjoy what the museum had to offer as well. The exhibits, like the intern camps at Manzanar. (By the way, I was there with Mayor Bradley was there to announce it was declared a national park back in the early 90s. ). For exhibits like this one, check out "Common Ground"

The origami exhibit was out of this world. There was so much you can make from paper, even money paper! They had inspirations from the lines of origami in which designers were able to make a house out of.

For more, visit http://www.janm.org/exhi…

I truly had a great time here, parking at the lot was $7. If you are here for more than 3 hours, it will be cheaper than the meters. There are a lot of history here, I would make it a day here with the family and eat at a restaurant nearby to have the full experience.

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Very interesting museum near Little Tokyo.

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Local from Canoga Park, California

A really interesting place.

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Japanese Cultures :)

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