Stan Sakai appears at the Japanese American National Museum on July 9th!
For over 25 years, fans around the world have been enjoying Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Sakai and includes original drawings and paintings that bring to life the adventures of his samurai rabbit from 17th century feudal Japan.
Usagi Yojimbo is based on the historical figure Miyamoto Musashi and inspired by Japanese folklore, literature, and film. Heavily researched and rich in detail, Sakai’s storylines mix both humor and drama to tell adventures that include authentic Japanese history and culture in the form of a distinctly American comic book.
With translations in multiple languages, Usagi Yojimbo’s popularity spans many countries and has earned Sakai several awards including the National Cartoonists Society Award, Parents Choice Award, and numerous Eisner Awards.
A new short documentary about Sakai is being developed for the exhibition by the Museum’s award-winning Watase Media Arts Center.
Help us celebrate The Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo with a day of comics, anime, and stories for the whole family. Keep checking back for more information!
Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.
ALL DAY CRAFT ACTIVITIES:
Have your picture taken in a special cutout designed by artist Stan Sakai and decorate a picture frame to go with it!
Hop to it! Make some fun rabbit ears to wear then check out the Museum’s galleries to see if you can find all of the rabbits on display!
Decorate a sketchbook to capture your imaginative stories and drawings.
Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Taking inspiration for Usagi Yojimbo, learn how to fold a samurai helmet.
11 AM – Doors open
11 AM – 5 PM – Visit our newest exhibition and celebrate the opening of The Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo
12 – 4 PM – Special continuous screening of vintage anime films from the 1920s and 1930s, the Golden Age of Japanese silent film
1 PM – We Tell Stories performs “Let Them Eat Books” — Classic literature & poems by Sandburg, Carroll and Twain
1 – 4 PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen is happy to show how to make a broccoli carrot slaw fit for a bunny, a prince or princess or just a hungry chef
2 PM – Stan Sakai, author and artist of the graphic novel Usagi Yojimbo, gives a talk, demonstration, and signs copies of his latest compilation book, Usagi Yojimbo Volume 25: Fox Hunt.
3 PM – Storytelling Tea Party! Come listen! Come Tell! A storytelling tea party with tasty treats, tea, art, movement, and telling stories with each other!
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012