4th Annual Japanese Heritage Night at the NY Mets Citi Field


If you’re in the New York area, the New York Mets will be having their 4th Annual Japanese Heritage Night on Wednesday, August 28. The Mets will be playing the Philadelphia Phillies.

There will be a special Japanese Heritage Night pre-game show that begins at 6:30pm featuring the Japanese Folk Dance Institute, the Japanese Men’s Choir, taiko and fue master Kaoru Watanabe, and Spirit Award presentations to important members of our community.

Look for fun Japanese activities and games throughout the evening at the special Japanese Heritage Night tables!

A portion of the proceeds of all ticket sales made through the special JHN ticket window at mets.com/japan will be given to the Japanese-American Association’s, JAA Committee on Aging Issues which is an umbrella organization comprised of various New York City area institutions and health care professionals that are involved in caring for senior citizens in the Japanese and Japanese-American Community.

Buy tickets for seating in one the specially designated Japanese Heritage Night sections available at mets.com/japan.

Seats in three price categories will be grouped together:
• Baseline Box Silver $63
• Pepsi Porch $37
• Promenade Reserved $23

Blocks of seats must be purchased in the same transaction. Organizations that sell more than 25 tickets can have their name displayed on the Mets scoreboard.

Visit the Facebook page at: Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field 2013 for updates and images from past JHN events.

The Japanese American National Museum is pleased to support this event as a Participating Organization. JANM President/CEO Greg Kimura will be attending, so if you see him, say “Hi!”

Hitoshi Sameshima throws out opening pitch at Dodger’s JA Community Night

The opening pitch being thrown during the July 12th game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2013.
The opening pitch being thrown during the July 12th game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2013.


In case you didn’t catch it, the Museum’s very own volunteer Hitoshi Sameshima threw the opening pitch for the Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies home game on July 12th! He threw a great pitch alongside two other World War II veterans, James Ogawa and Don Seki during “Japanese American Community Night” at Dodger Stadium.

Sameshima is a familiar face at the Museum as a devoted docent, even giving a tour the day of the game. He was a student at the University of Southern California when the war broke out, and was eventually drafted into the Army while his family was interned at Gila River in Arizona. He served in the Military Intelligence Service as an interrogator and interpreter from 1944 to 1946.

Check out the footage here!

Play ball!

Mori Shimada Collection (92.10.2Z)


I was going through JANM’s on-line collections and came across this image of baseball in camp. Look closely and you can see the iconic Heart Mountain looming in the background, behind the barracks. And in the foreground, did you notice the hats worn by the spectators? With this photo, I can just about hear, smell, and feel summer…

You can browse through the Mori Shimada Collection to see other pictures of life in Heart Mountain. And, in case you haven’t heard, if you want a chance to “feel” summer, there will be a multi-generational pilgrimage to Heart Mountain this August 10-11. Check Heart Mountain’s Web site for details!

Baseball survey–earn a chance to win tickets to a game!

A grad student needs help with her research. She’s seeking Dodger fans to participate in an online survey and paid focus group. She’s been having problems getting enough Asian American representation in her study, so if you qualify, please help her out!

Hello. My name is Jen and I am looking for hometown Dodger fans (22 and up) who are willing to share their thoughts in a paid focus group. The goals of the focus group are to find out what qualities you think make professional athletes successful or unsuccessful in different roles within the sport of baseball and to find out how you describe and tell stories about these baseball players. You don’t need to be a superfan and know every single detail about the Dodgers, but you should be someone who follows the team more or less throughout most parts of the season.  (It is okay if you have more than one favorite team, as long as you also follow the Dodgers). You also need to be living in Los Angeles OR the L.A. metropolitan area.

If you are interested, fill out the form on the attached link. If you are eligible, you will be contacted to participate in one focus group sometime in August. The group will last 1-2 hours. You will compensated $20 cash for time/travel. Furthermore, each participant will be entered into a raffle to win their choice of $200 cash or Field Level seats to a home game in September.  This is a great chance to earn a little cash talking baseball!

LINK TO REGISTER: http://www.tinyurl.com/dodgerfansurvey

Please email jennifer.mcgovern@temple.edu if you have any questions.

**I am an independent researcher interested in sports, sports media, and fan narratives. This research is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or the Dodgers**  This information is approved by Temple University for public display and is associate with project #13468


Museums Matter Night at Dodger Stadium

Go Dodgers! Museums Matter Night at Dodger Stadium

Come celebrate museums & cheer on the hometown Dodgers at Museums Matter Night at Dodger Stadium!

Museums Matter Night at Dodger Stadium

Join JANM and other participating museums at Dodger Stadium on Friday, August 26. Special discounted prices available for variety of stadium seating sections. Click on the link below for prices & to order tickets.

Game against the Colorado Rockies starts at 7:10pm. Stay for fireworks following the game!

Museums Matter Night info & tickets >>

Download the PDF flyer (2 MB) >>


Shigetoshi Hasegawa Baseball fans…we also have a program on Saturday, July 23 at 11am:

How to Succeed in Baseball

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (former pitcher for the Angels & Mariners) and Scott Akasaki (traveling secretary for the Dodgers) will be at JANM next Saturday to talk about how they were able to succeed in baseball. It’s free, so come check it out!