The Japanese American National Museum is the best place in Los Angeles to address your questions regarding all things Japanese. Have you ever wondered what life was like for Japanese Americans in the internment camps? Do you want to know more about Japanese superstitions and beliefs? Or do you just want to delve into the world of anime and Japanese culture? With a plethora of fascinating items that explore the richness and diversity of Japanese American history, a better understanding and cultural appreciation can be gained by all.
One of the most intriguing yet heart-wrenching exhibitions is Sadako's Crane. Sadako was a Japanese girl who was just 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the Americans during WWII. At the age of 12, it was found that she was suffering from leukemia due her exposure to the radiation caused by the bomb. One of her hospital friends told her that “whoever folds 1,000 paper cranes will be cured of their illness.” Sadako set to work endlessly folding paper cranes and, in the end, had folded over 1,300 of them. Sadly, she passed away shortly after. The Japanese American National Museum holds one of the original paper cranes folded by Sadako, which was donated by members of her family. The crane now represents hope and recovery the world over and is a stark reminder of the disastrous effects that the WWII had on civilians.
This exhibition contains hundreds of artifacts spanning 130 years of Japanese American history and features an original, preserved barracks structure from Heart Mountain. The exhibition aims to show life from the Japanese perspective and allow us all to understand about compassion and understanding. While it may be all too easy to look at different people in different ways, our common experience teaches us that we are all human, regardless of where our roots lie.
The museum features a fantastic store filled with interesting and fun trinkets and gifts. Inside you will find plenty of posters, food products, soaps and Japanese beauty products, books, and clothing. Take home a little bit of Japanese culture to enrich your life while helping with the running costs of the museum. You can also shop online at the store via the link at the bottom of the page.
Opening Hours and Admission Fees
The Japanese American National Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Visitors can enter up to 30 minutes before museum closes.
Closed on major public holidays such as Christmas, New Year, and Thanksgiving
JANM Store Opening Times
The museum store is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and on Thursday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.
Closed on Monday.
You can also shop online at the official museum store at janmstore.com
Adult ticket $10:00
Senior ticket (62 and over) $6:00
Student ticket (with ID) and youth ticket (6-17) $6:00
Children aged 5 and below and JANM members are free.
Free admission every Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and all day every third Thursday of the month
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Phone: 213-625-0414
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