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2023 JANM Annual Natsumatsuri Family Festival Event Summer Celebration (Performers, Hula, Tea Ceremony, Taiko, Crafts, Origami..) Nisei Week Event
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Date: Saturday, 12 August, 2023       Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Los Angeles, Little Tokyo
100 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA
(213) 625-0414
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Map of Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Los Angeles, Little Tokyo, 100 N. Central Avenue

Join us for our 2023 Natsumatsuri Family Festival, an annual summer celebration featuring free cultural performances, crafts, and activities for families and kids of all ages!

• Performances by TAIKOPROJECT and Yu-ki Project
• Interactive storytimes
• Souvenir photos by Cre8tive Outlets
• Fun summer-themed crafts and origami
• Scavenger hunt for prizes
• Free admission all day to see our exhibitions

…and so much more

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August 12, 2023, Saturday

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Entry Costs


This event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Those who RSVP and show their ticket at the JANM membership table at the Natsumatsuri Family Festival will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership.

Activities Schedule

• 11:30 am - 12:15 pm: TAIKOPROJECT Performance (Taiko drummers hit drums in front of the crowd)
• 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Anzu the Great Listener Book Reading (Anzu the Great Listener book reading by Disney Animator Benson Shum)
• 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Obon Lecture and Community Dance (Learn about Japan's obon festivals and participate in a group bon odori)
• 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm: Kendo Demonstration (Learn about kendo with a demonstration by Sho Tokyo Kendo Dojo)
• 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Los Angeles Public Library Storytime (A fun storytime session by friends from the Los Angeles Public Library)
• 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm: Cold Tofu Improv and Comedy Group Performance (Enjoy a performance by the Cold Tofu Improv and Comedy Group)
• 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Printmaking Workshop with David Horvitz (A printmaking workshop on JANM's plaza with artist David Horvitz)
• 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm: Taiko Workshop (Learn basic taiko drumming with JANM Volunteer Hal Keimi)
• 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Anzu the Great Listener Book Reading (Another session of reading by Disney Animator Benson Shum)
•4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Performance by Yu-ki Project (Enjoy shamisen jazz music with Yu Ooka and Kimo Cornwell)

Activities throughout the event

• Photo Booth: Families can take souvenir photos with fun props from Cre8tive Outlets.
• Paper Hats: Two girls can decorate hats to stay cool and stylish in the summer.
• Scavenger Hunt: Boys can participate in a scavenger hunt in JANM's current exhibitions to win a prize.
• Los Angeles Public Library Table: Visitors can sign up for a library card and enjoy fun crafts perfect for kids.
• Patches Craft: Participants can make summer-themed patches to showcase their style.
• Ruthie's Origami Corner: Learn to fold a jumping frog or a yukata (summer kimono) in honor of JANM Volunteer Ruthie Kitagawa.

Please note that reserved seating for some activities is available for Members. The Anzu the Great Listener book reading has two sessions, and the Printmaking Workshop is in collaboration with Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair with more details available at


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Natsumatsuri is held in conjunction with Nisei Week Festival, Little Tokyo's biggest annual event. Make your plans early!

About the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
Established in 1985, JANM promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Located in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, JANM is a hybrid institution that straddles traditional museum categories and strives to provide a voice for Japanese Americans as well as a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. Since opening to the public in 1992, JANM has presented over 70 exhibitions onsite while traveling 17 exhibits to venues such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Ellis Island Museum in the United States, and to several leading cultural museums in Japan and South America. JANM is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Thursday from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. JANM is free every third Thursday of the month. On all other Thursdays, JANM is free from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit or follow us on social media @jamuseum.

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Japanese American National Museum (, 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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2023 JANM Annual Natsumatsuri Family Festival Event Summer Celebration (Bon Odori, Life Performers, Hula, Tea Ceremony, Taiko, Crafts, Origami..)

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