Hiroshima atomic bombing theme lecture by author for New York, Aug 1 at 6:30 PM

Kazuko Minamoto

Nibei Foundation presents lecture “Miracles Flying On the Wings” by Ms. Kazuko Minamoto on Saturday, Aug 1 at 6:30 pm at Terasaki Foundation Building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 Ms. Minamoto is the author of “Miracle Flying On the Wings” and Deputy Director of Education Programs of Japan Society in New York. 70 years have past since the end of WWII 14 years since 9/11 Magical connection between Sadako of 1000 cranes and President Truman’s grand son 9/11 families and Pearl Harbor survivors Ms. Minamoto witnessed the love connected by 1000 cranes helping Sadako’s brother with his...
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With Hiroshima children, Los Angeles artists compose a song for A-bomb victims

Hiroshima Inori

https://youtu.be/3p_BkGDloF8 From Keiko Kawashima At long last, our “Inori ~ Sadako’s Prayer” YouTube video has been completed.  It has been a meaningful journey, and labor of love.  I was honored to be a part of this important work, and I hope Sadako Sasaki’s wish for peace in the world, as symbolized by her determination to fold 1,000 origami cranes will continue to grow. This song was composed by Sadako Sasaki’s nephew, Yuji.  Special thanks to Yuji for agreeing to the idea of making a bilingual recording of his song.  I hope it will help non-Japanese speaking individuals understand its meaningful message. The...
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A stage work by conceptual artist Hirokazu Kosaka with Buto dancer Oguri at Downtown Los Angeles, July 31

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Grand Performances at California Plaza 350 South Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rain) Friday, July 31, 8:00PM Grand Performances http://www.grandperformances.org/sea-of-rain Celebrate the Buck Moon (Buck begins to grow new antlers) on the July 31st, 2015 ground of the Grand Performance. Conceived by Hirokazu Kosaka and Oguri, Mare Imbrium performance blends traditional rites of purification and contemporary western sensitivities. Installation: Hirokazu Kosaka Music: Alex Cline Dance: Roxanne Steinberg, Joyce Lu, Michelle Lai, Eric Losoya and Oguri Production of Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Grand Performances
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Japanese summer festival: San Diego Japanese Garden, Aug 1, 10AM -8:30PM

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Buddhist Temple of San Diego and The Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego presents “Gathering of Joy in Balboa Park” at the Japanese friendship Garden on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 am – 8:30 pm. www.btsd.net www.niwa.org  
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Japanese style summer festival: Garden Buddhist Church, Aug 1-2

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Gardena Buddhist Church Obon Festival Saturday, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM Sunday, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM   Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 166th St, Gardena, CA 90247 (310) 327-9400
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Nisei Week Festival to present “Baby Show” Aug. 1, 9 am – 3 pm

Nisei Week Baby Show

The 2015 Nisei Week Baby Show will be held on Saturday, August 1 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Children 1 year to 6 years of age are encouraged to enter this great family event in one of three categories: Tiny Tots – 1 year to 23 months old (check-in 9 a.m/10 a.m. judging); Romper Stompers – 2 to 3 years old (check-in 11 a.m./12 p.m. judging); and Jet Setters – 4 to 6 and 1 month years old (check-in 1 p.m./2 p.m. judging). Price is $60 per pre-entry (application must be received by...
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Historical Society to commemorate Issei civil right activist Sei Fujii in Little Tokyo, Aug. 1

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Organizers from the Little Tokyo Historical Society have announced a special “Sei Fujii Day” to take place on Saturday Aug. 1 in Little Tokyo. Though forgotten by many in the community, Sei Fujii will be remembered on this day for his many works on behalf of the Nikkei community and for two landmark court cases which changed our society for the better. There is scheduled at 12:30 pm a program to unveil a steel lantern that stands 8 feet tall which will be dedicated in a ceremony to the memory of pioneer civil rights activist Sei Fujii. The lantern...
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Third annual family day event for remembering Hiroshima victims in Los Angeles, Aug. 1, 11AM – 2PM

Nobuko Miyamoto SEMBAZURU

Forwarded for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center This year marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and also the third annual JACCC tribute to Sadako Sasaki. Sadako is remembered and honored through the story of a thousand origami cranes, which has now become an international symbol of peace for children.  Remembering Sadako Family Day Saturday, August 1, 11 AM – 2PM at JACCC Campus Free events 11:00AM – 2:00PM   Ongoing Activities • Join a crane folding workshop and fold a crane to contribute to our Sembazuru, 1,000 cranes, which will hang in the Aratani Theatre...
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Moshi Moshi Nippon Japanese culture festival in Downtown Los Angeles, Aug 1, 2

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Moshi Moshi Nippon Japanese culture festival is coming to Downtown Los Angeles for the first time ever on Aug. 1 and 2. Harajuku models, shops from Japan, Photobooths, Cosplay, DJ’s, and of course, Karaoke. If you’ve never been to Tokyo, this is as close to strolling down Takeshita Dori with a cat ears as you can get. Get your Kawaii on. Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015 in Los Angeles Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM – Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM Magic Box The REEF LA 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 Advance one day...
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Japanese American forum on 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bombing to be held at San Fernando Valley, Aug. 2, at 2:00PM

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A Japanese American forum and art exhibition on the Atomic Bombs dropped on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945 will be held on Sunday, August 2, at 2:00 pm at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford St., Pacoima, CA 91331. This event is sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Citizen’s League, Council for Pacific Asian Theology, together with Shadows For Peace (Richard Fukuhara and Robert Horsting). All are welcome to this free event. Junior High and Senior High school students are especially encouraged to attend this rare opportunity to learn about this historical milestone...
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Operetta “Nedeshiko” Letters from the Hiroshima family to their beloved children, Aug 7, Aug 9

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Kuro Productions presents Operetta “Nedeshiko” Letters from the Hiroshima family to their beloved children Monologues and narratives of actual letters between family members at the end of WW II in Hiroshima, Japan.  Presented as an operetta, composed by Yoshiyuki Kodama, interwoven with melodic piano accompaniment.  This operetta never passes judgement or points the finger of blame.  Instead, by portraying the love shared by a family, it passes along the hope for world peace.  Produced and directed by Yukari Black of Kuro Productions. August 7 (Friday) 7PM Irvine Presbyterian Church, 4445 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604 August 9 (Sunday) 3PM...
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Ikko Style: The Graphic Art of Ikko Tanaka, Closing Aug. 2

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USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena April 2 – August 2, 2015 Ikko Style: The Graphic Art of Ikko Tanaka presents the work of Ikko Tanaka, one of the leading graphic designers in Japan in the second half of the 20th century. Ikko Style provides a colorful look into how the artist’s ideas were visualized and transmitted to a broad audience. Over 40 posters will be on view, all of which are part of the museum’s permanent collection. Tanaka’s style is provocative yet timeless, drawing visual idioms from his cultural background and redefining them with the collective imagination of the present time. Born in Nara,...
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