The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) will present its annual Natsumatsuri (“Summer Festival”), on August 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the yearly celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities is free all day, and all current exhibitions will be available for viewing.
Highlights of the day will include a performance by East LA Taiko, a karaoke contest, face painting for children, and the presence of Hello Kitty for photos.
All Day Activities:
Visitors can find out what their future holds through omikuji, a Japanese fortune-telling method.
Attendees can don a traditional happi coat and have their picture taken against a faux fireworks-filled sky, a common sight during Japanese summer festivals. (One print per family. A Members’ Express Line will be available for JANM members.)
Baseball fans can design a button showing off team spirit and celebrating JANM’s exhibition
Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game.
Supplies will be available to make colorful paper hats to wear while enjoying Natsumatsuri.
Visitors can also create strings of paper lanterns, a popular festival decoration.
At Ruthie’s Origami Corner, a staple of JANM family festivals, visitors can learn to fold a festive origami kimono.
Kids can get in the spirit of JANM’s Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World exhibition with face painting by Party Face Magic. (For children only. Line ends at 4:30 p.m. A
Members’ Express Line will be available for JANM members.)
Toddlers can have fun or relax with an adult who brought them in our Toddler Room.
Prizes will be awarded to those who follow the clues and locate items in a scavenger hunt within the museum. (While supplies last.)