Aaaand we’re back!

We’ve been MIA from the blog for a bit– it’s been quite busy here! So today we’re going to highlight some of the awesome things we’ve been up to lately.

Free Family Festival: Celebrating the Cherry Blossoms of Japan Between the gorgeous kimono show and the epic karate match shown at left, there certainly wasn’t a dull moment at our Free Family Festival at the end of April. As usual, there were a variety of crafts and activities to keep visitors busy in between performances. A full photo gallery is on our Flickr, and if you’re sad about missing out on the kimono fashion show, come visit us on June 10 for a demonstration and a chance to be dressed up yourself!

Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting On April 20, we opened this exhibition of L.A. artist Gajin Fujita, whose eye-popping works combine elements of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e with street art. On August 5, the artist himself will be at Pacific Asia Museum to speak in conversation with curator Bridget Bray.

Free Chinese Culture Sunday Thanks to MetLife Foundation, we presented our first Free Chinese Culture Sunday this past week so we all could “Be A Chinese Scholar For A Day.” With a workshop in calligraphy and flower arranging alongside more children-friendly crafts, everyone left a bit more “scholarly” that day. Pics on Flickr. Our next Free Chinese Culture Sunday is A Day with Kung Fu Masters on June 3!

Keep an eye on our blog in coming weeks for posts on upcoming exhibition Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and the start of Fusion Fridays. Something else you want to learn about? Let us know in the comments and we might post on it in the future! ~CM

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