By Deb Flomberg
California is a rich melting pot of a variety of cultures and ethnicities. It is because of this wonderful diversity that you’ll find many different areas to explore. From officially designated towns to museums, there are a lot of ways to appreciate the diversity in California. The Japanese American National Museum is a truly impressive museum that is dedicated to the promotion, understanding and appreciation of the Japanese American experience.
The Japanese American National Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the United States. Built in 1925 by Japanese immigrants, this museum was also the first structure in Los Angeles that was built to house a Buddhist Temple. The Temple was in use through much of the 20th century until the mid 1970s, when it fell into disrepair and was sold to the city. The museum took over the space and opened in 1992.
You’ll find a variety of different exhibits at the Japanese American National Museum. The exhibits also change frequently, so you’ll want to return to visit often. Through September 22, 2013, you can enjoy “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter.” This stunning exhibit is a huge display of impressive photography showcasing contemporary Asian American identity. Another interesting exhibit that you are sure to want to visit is “Common Ground: The Heart of the Community.” This ongoing exhibit features hundreds of photographs, objects and documents that chronicle more than 130 years of Japanese American history from the very early days through WWII and the present.kk
As you prepare to visit the Japanese American National Museum, make sure to set out in the 2014 E550 Sport Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll arrive at the museum in style, and you’ll be thrilled to have such comfort and elegance as you enjoy a full day learning about the Japanese culture and the Japanese American experience.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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