Seasonal greetings from Cultural News: Book give away

Tuttle Clueless in Tokyo

Seasonal greetings from Cultural News. We hope readers will have nice holidays and a happy new year. With the sponsorship of Tuttle Publishing, Cultural News will give away each copy of the following Tuttle books to paid readers of monthly Cultural News newspaper including past and future subscribers. Please send your entry including your choice of the book, and your postal mailing address to by Dec. 24. Only winners will be notified by receiving the book. Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher   Clueless in Tokyo: An Explorer’s Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful Things in Japan By Betty Reynolds...
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Ise Shrine photography exhibition to open in Los Angeles, Dec. 6 – 27

Sanjiro Minamikawa Ise Shrine

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles presents Photo Exhibition by Sanjiro Minamikawa  “The Heart of Japan” 62nd Jingu Shikinen Sengu at Ise from Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 at its Doizaki Gallery, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Opening reception will be held on Dec. 6, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Doizaki Gallery. Open to public. Admission free. Jingu, also known as Ise Jingu, is located in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture. It is a Shinto shrine complex composed of 125 sanctuaries including Naiku, where Amaterasu-Omikami (the deity of...
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Japanese Chamber of Commerce to showcase annual New Year’s celebration in Little Tokyo

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In order to introduce Japanese way of celebrating the New Year of 2015 to the people of Southern California, “Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo” will take place on Jan. 1, 2015 in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, Japanese Village Plaza and the Francis Hashimoto Plaza from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission free. The event will feature traditional Japanese food, entertainment and cultural activities such as mochi making demonstration, a kimono fashion show, sumo wrestling and the list goes on. The New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo is organized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California and the Japanese...
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“Samurai: Japanese Armor” exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, thru Feb. 1

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will exhibit two shows exploring  the subject of samurai art this fall. In October, LACMA presents the Southern California premiere of “Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Anne and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection,” a major presentation of battle gear worn by samurai from the 12th through the 19th centuries. Examining the evolution of samurai accoutrements through the centuries, this exhibition features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, including eighteen full suits of armor, elaborate helmets and face guards, and life-size hore-clad armors. The Samurai Collection, one of the most comprehensive private holding of...
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“Art of the Samurai” exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, thru Mar. 1

LACMA Art of Samurai Yoshitoshi

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles Pavilion for Japanese Art, East Wing and The Helen and Felix Juda Gallery November 1, 2014–March 1, 2015 “Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles,” showcases Japanese swords, samurai robes, battle screens, and woodblock prints depicting legends and battles. This installation in the Pavilion for Japanese Art complements the exhibition “Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection” from Oct. 19 through Feb. 1, 2015 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The East Wing features paintings and textiles...
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Exhibition of watercolor painting responded to Japanese American wartime incarceration, thru – Dec 16

Manzanar Paint Out 2003 Henry Fukuhara

Artists Can Move Mountains: Creative expressions from the Eastern Sierra A group show by the 2014 Henry Fukuhara Painting Group September 2 to December 16, 2014 Open: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 am – 3 pm California State University, Dominguez Hills, University Library Gallery, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747, (310) 243-2127 Henry Fukuhara (1913 – 2010) was a watercolor artist and art teacher. Fukuhara was an internee at the Manzanar concentration camp with his family from Los Angele. After the end of World War II, Fukuhara and his family moved to Long Island, New York, and were...
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Cultural News December 2014 Issue on sale now

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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, thru April 26, 2015

Hello Kitty 40th Ann JANM

The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will present a first-of-its-kind exhibition in honor of the 40th anniversary of pop icon Hello Kitty, beginning October 11, 2014. Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty will combine a product-based historical and sociological examination of Hello Kitty, including rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives, with an installation of mixed media works by artists demonstrating Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, will serve as curator for the retrospective component of the exhibition. Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner...
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“Shin Hanga” (modern prints) exhibition at USC Pacific Asia Museum, thru April 2015

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USC Pacific Asia Museum A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century April 25, 2014 through April 19, 2015 Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints fell by the wayside in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression. The exhibition presents examples of shin hanga (modern or new prints) and sosaku hanga (creative prints) side-by-side to bring their differences and their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as distinguishing characteristics from the earlier print forms that originally gained popularity in the West....
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“Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma” exhibition at USC Pacific Asia Museum, thru Feb. 15

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USC Pacific Asia Museum Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma The Focus Gallery September 19, 2014 through February 15, 2015   Credited with introducing Chan (Zen in Japanese) Buddhism in China in the 6th century, the Indian monk Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) has become a well-known subject in Buddhist art, frequently depicted in ways that emphasize his non-East Asian origin and iconoclastic persona. As Chan Buddhism gained popularity, various legends associated with the Chan patriarch evolved and artists began to depict those legends alongside his conventional portraits. He is renowned for deeds such as meditating for nine years...
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Nibei Foundation Lecture Series / Jan. 06 / What is authentic New Year’s Japanese dishes?

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+ Nibei Foundation of Los Angeles presents “Powerful Networking Meeting Lecture Series” twice every month. The lecture series is held at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. For information, contact Naoko Okada, coordinator at (310) 479-6101 ext 134, or email Dinner at 6 pm, by pre-order only Presentation from 7 pm – 8 pm  Lectures are free. $10 required for dinner order. For RSVP, visit + Lecture Schedule Feb. 24/ + Feb. 10 / + Jan. 20 / Mr. Yoji Matsumoto, Sake Sommelier, “How to match sake for your dishes?” +...
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Kabuki style music classes at Hollywood / Venice / Oxnard

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Kabuki style music is created by the shamisen string instrument, voice, hand drums, and different type of percussion that interact with each other in a very unique way. Instructor Kimisen Katada is a member of the Katada-Ryu School of Narimono Music, and the Samon-Kai School of Nagatuta Music in Japan. Led by Kimisen Katada, Fuji Japanese Music provides Nagauta Shamisen and Voice Ensemble classes for three times a month at: Hollywood Japanese Cultural Institute, 3929 Middlebury Street, Los Anageles, CA 90004 Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066 Oxnard Buddhist Temple, 250 South H Street,...
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