Pacific Standard Time LA/LA : “Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora” at Japanese American National Museum, Now – Feb. 25

Japanese American National Museum TRANSPACIFIC BORDERLANDS: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo September 17, 2017 – February 25, 2018 Transpacific Borderlands will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. By looking at the work of Japanese Latin American artists, the exhibition will show how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. Transpacific Borderlands is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a...
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Musical “Allegiance” starts at Aratani Theatre, Little Tokyo

Musical Allegiance February 21 – April 1, 2018 Starring George Takei Aratani Theatre 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 For Tickets Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken. Rejoice in one family’s triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness in the new musical Allegiance, presented by the nation’s premiere Asian American theatre company, East West Players, with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave...
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Phoenix – based taiko master Ken Koshio and his troupe to perform at Arizona Matsuri Festival, Feb. 24, 25

Arizona Matsuri Festival 2018 Heritage & Science Park, 115 North 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (South West corner of 7th Street & Monroe Stree) Saturday, Feb 24 &d Sunday, Feb. 25 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. FREE ADMISSION http://www.azmatsuri.org Arizona Matsuri Festival is featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on 4 stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in Downtown Phoenix. Opening Parade and Awaodori Dance Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Meet at 9:30am in front of Science Museum The opening...
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Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute to host “Day of Remembrance” Program, Feb. 24, 2:00 – 4:00PM

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute invites the public to the annual Day of Remembrance event to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which caused the mass removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. This year’s theme will be centered on women of the camps and will feature Marlene Shigekawa’s For The Sake of the Children. Afterwards, a panel discussion with Marlene Shigekawa as well as a few other representatives including those featured in the film, a representative from American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. DAY OF REMEMBRANCE...
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Okinawa Association seeking homestay program host families: Information session to be held on Feb. 25, 1:00 – 3:00PM

Information Session: FEBRUARY 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Okinawa Association of America Center, 16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena, California 90247 Interested families are invited to attend this information session to get more details about the tentative program and ask questions. Attendance does not require any commitment to participating in the program; this session is mainly to spread the word and gauge availability/interest. Due to the short timeframe, attendance at this info session will help determine whether or not the Okinawa Association of America will participate in this program. RSVP is not required, but appreciated: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com More Information: On...
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Studio Ghibli animation screening of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Princess Mononoke” Feb. 25 at Aero Theatre in Santa Monica

Kiki’s Delivery Service Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 3:00PM Aero Theatre Princess Mononoke / Pom Poko Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 7:30PM Aero Theatre American Cinematheque presents STUDIO GHIBLI IN 35MM http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/studio-ghibli-in-35mm Founded in Tokyo in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli is one of the most successful and respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators and storytellers under the leadership of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli makes films that are praised for their originality, dazzling visuals and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese...
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Screening: In This Corner of the World, at UCI campus, March 2, 4:30PM-7:30PM

In This Corner Suzu with drawing pad

UCI Japanese Anime Night Friday, March 2, 4:30PM – 7:30PM “In This Corner of the World” Japanese language with English subtitles Howard Schneiderman Lecture Hall (100A) University of California, Irvine Admission: Free
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Cultural News’ 20th anniversary to be remarked at Pasadena garden event, March 3, 5:00 – 8:00PM

Forwarded for Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden A Taste of Japan  A Delicious Fundraiser to Support the Garden Whisky and Sake Tasting Culinary Delights    Saturday, March 3 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (valet parking included) Celebrate Japan’s rich culture of dining and drinking traditions. Enjoy the beautiful evening light in the garden while sampling delicious treats from food and drink stations. Traditional and contemporary Japanese music will be provided by the CalArts Japanese Music Ensemble–DJaying provided by Paul Nnoaji. Japanese works of art, clothing, and gift certificates for fun services will be for sale in our Silent Auction. Culinary...
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Only two-hour installation by contemporary artist at sacred space of Buddhist temple in Little Tokyo, March 10, 5:00 – 7:00PM

Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Wakana Kimura will install her seminal work on Saturday, March 10, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the sacred mediation room of the Koyasan Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. An installation with the title of MOMENT is deliberately calculating the perception of an approach from a common ground to the sacred. The audience is intentionally moved and shifted without warning from seriousness to the bazaar can be traced through infinite range of subject at the space in-between. This installation is part of Kimura’s ongoing series of works that deals with combine collaboration...
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Aurora Foundation accepting applications for $5,000 scholarship until March 30

Aurora Challenge Grant (CG) will be awarded to a citizen of the USA who resides in California and has a unique dream, in any field of endeavor, which is related to Japanese culture and which would never be possible to realize without traveling to Japan between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. There is no age limit and no GPA/Scholastic achievement requirement. The award will go to an individual with a creative dream or challenge that, if fulfilled, would contribute to global goodwill and intercultural appreciation. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship which can be used to...
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Buddhists to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, April 8 at 1:30 pm

“Hanamatsuri” – the Commemorative Service of Buddha’s Birth – Gathering of Traditional Japanese Buddhist Temples Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation, consists of 8 local temples (Higashi Honganji, Jodo Shu, Koyasan, Long Beach Buddhist Church, Nichiren Shu, Nishi Hongwanji, Senshin, and Zenshuji), annually observes the special service called “Hanamatsuri” to celebrate the Buddha’s birth. According to several legends, Buddhist followers celebrate the birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, by pouring sweet tea upon the top of the baby-Buddha statuette, ornamented by colorful flowers, and the special service featuring this ritual is called “Hanamatsuri,” which means the flower festival...
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Los Angeles Japanese Community

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California Business Mixer Thursday, Feb. 22, Little Tokyo, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center March 22, South Bay, Rinri Club, Nadeshiko-Kai April 26, Orange County, Tea Ceremony, Ikabana, Martial Arts May 24, Little Tokyo, Little Tokyo merchants, Thai Chamber of Commerce, Korean Chamber of Commerce
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