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“Do Not Miss” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
213 625 0414
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Ranked #37 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.
Santa Monica
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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“Do Not Miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Should be required for all those under age 50. Wonderful, informative, factual, easy to get to, safe neighborhood and a friendly, competent staff. Young persons need to understand how badly our culture and society treated Japanese-Americans during WW II.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
97 attraction reviews
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“Japanese Art and History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The Museum is in Little Tokio, near a branch of MOCA. There are several galleries with art and history. On one visit we came across an exhibit telling us how to make origami swans for, I don't remember what, but the idea was visitors would make thousands of these to commemorate something. I've forgotten the details, but remember help my wife to make the swan.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Don't miss CHADO, the Tea Room in the Terasaki Garden Cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

The museum provides an incite into 20th-century American history that is often swept under the carpet. A must see.
Afterward stop and have tea in Chado; outstanding food served by a knowledgable wait staff, in a delightful garden.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Interesting Art and Exhibitions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

JANM is in a great location, and has interesting artwork. I went for the Giant Robot Biennial and the show was amazing! I went back several times. Japanese culture is a major influence, especially in pop culture, and when you're in DTLA, and roaming little Toyko, Koreatown, etc. a stop at JANM is a must.

Visited November 2012
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“Giant Robot Exhibit, But No Robots”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

When we first heard about the annual giant robot exhibit at the JANM we thought our son would enjoy seeing all the robots. However, the name is a misnomer. The exhibit is named after the kids store, nearby and there are no large, "actual" robots. There are cases and cases of robots on exhibit, but these are hand-made robots, anywhere from one inch to 12 inches tall, handmade, without any moving parts--they are not robotic. Their robots are models of robots. They do represent the cultural interests of Japanese American kids/teens, however, but they do not move, and they are not giant--by any means. From an adults perspective, you are invited into the post modern view of very creative people. You can see the influence of 'Japanese Anime:' Japanese Animated products, TV and film figures. But there are no large (giant) robots anywhere to be found. On the other hand, you are introduced to up-and-coming LA artist, you get a glimpse of what goes on inside the minds of people influenced by Japanese Anime, and there are some very good works of art displayed. You can also experience life of a Japanese immigrant to the US around the turn of the century, and during World War II. There is a reconstructed living quarters that gives you an idea of life in concentration camps. There is a pile of suitcases and some artifacts showing how little the immigrants brought with them and how much of the life they are used to living is left behind. The experience is very well done and adults or more advanced teens will learn much from their visit to the JANM, but our 4 yo was thoroughly bored and disappointed. He really wanted to see a giant robot!

Visited January 2013
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