Japanese American Community Events
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The Japanese American National Museum will screen Akira Boch and Tadashi Nakamura’s short documentaries, “Benkyodo: The Last Manju Shop in J-Town” and “Atomic Café” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum at 100 N Central Ave. in L.A.’s Little Tokyo. Cost: General: $16, Students/Seniors: $9, Members: free. Includes same-day general admission to JANM. “Benkyodo: The Last Manju Shop in J-Town” (2023), documents Ricky and Bobby Okamura’s decision to close Benkyodo, their family mochi shop, “a landmark for Japanese Americans and Asian Americans in the Bay Area.” “Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town (2020)”. In the late 1970s, “Sansei ‘Atomic Nancy’ with her ‘take-no-prisoners’ punk makeup and demeanor took the (Atomic Cafe) over from her parents and cranked up the jukebox. Infamous for its eclectic clientele — from Japanese American locals and kids from East LA to yakuza and the biggest rock stars of the day — the Atomic Café became an important part of LA’s punk rock history.” Register: (213) 625-0414 or https://www.janm.org/events/2023-09-10/benkyodo-last-manju-shop-j-town-and-atomic-cafe. Info: (213) 625-0414.