Japan Foundation: Treasure Island for cultural enthusiasts / Workshop: Making Sushi in Japanese, Aug. 25, 7 pm – 9 pm

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The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides library services, Japanese language courses, lecture series, workshops, and Japanese film screening regularly. The JFLA library has approximately 10,000 volumes of Japan-related print and audio-visual materials in its collection, including books on Japanese language, art, culture, literature, manga, history, Japanese magazines, and newspaper. The Japan Foundation is funded by an endowment from the Japanese government, annual government subsidies, as well as private sector donations. www.jflalc.org + JF Nihongo Fall 2016 Sept. 10 – Nov. 15 (9 weeks) Registration deadline: Sept. 2. Early bird 10% discount by Aug. 26. The courses are designed for...
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Little Tokyo museum to host pop-up exhibit of newly released anime “Kubo”, Aug. 13 – 30

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LAIKA in Portland, Oregon, the award-winning animation studio whose next movie Kubo and the Two Strings will be released nationwide on Friday, Aug. 19, will feature the pop-up exhibit “The Artistry of Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience” at the Japanese American National Museum to coincide with the start of Nisei Week, the annual festival celebrating Japanese American culture and history in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles. www.janm.org Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes interactive peek at Kubo and the Two Strings through puppets, sets, props, monsters, origami, and costumes from the production presented in JANM’s George & Sakaye Aratani...
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Japanese antiques warehouse show in Alhambra, Aug. 27 – 31

Itchy Knee Japanese Antiques Warehouse

Forwarded for Itchy Knee Japanese Antiques Japanese Antiques Warehouse Show!! Aug. 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 - 3:00 Aug. 29 – 31, Monday to Wednesday, 12:00 – 6:00 We’re having another Japanese Antiques Show at our warehouse in Alhambra.  Everything in our warehouse was bought by us in Japan and shipped here just for you. We have pretty much everything you didn’t know you needed, until you came down and saw it! We’re looking forward to seeing you! Carl and Tomoko Warehouse address:  612 S. Palm Ave., Alhambra, CA 91803 Call   :  323-447-3071 E-mail:   Itchyknee_japaneseantiques@yahoo.com http://www.yelp.com/biz/itchy-knee-japanese-antiques-alhambra https://www.facebook.com/Itchy-Knee-Japanese-Antiques-179569758756632/
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Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden to host Balinese Gamelan Music Aug. 28, 7PM

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Forwarded for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden   Experience An Evening In The Garden and Balinese Gamelan Music Special Extended Hours   This Month for Open Day Last Sunday August 28, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Join us for a multi-cultural experience as we invite the Gamelan musicians of Sanggar Tujunga to perform Balinese music for the first time in our Japanese garden as part of Open Day. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. “Gamelan” refers to various types of percussion ensembles found in Indonesia with gongs, kettles, drums, bamboo flutes, and metallophones. The Balinese gamelan is known for...
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Manzanar hosts 100th National Park Service birthday celebration Aug. 25, 27

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Forwarded for Manzanar National Historic Site August 25, 2016 marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The public is invited to join Manzanar National Historic Site in celebrating the centennial year on Thursday August 25, 2016 and Saturday August 27, 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the visitor center lobby. There will be free cake, fruit, and activities for all ages to enjoy! “As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary, I think it is critical for us to remember sites like Manzanar that tell the stories of civil rights which are part of...
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Nisei Week, Second Weekend: Bonsai and Sword exhibitions at Little Tokyo, Aug 20-21

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Weekend 2: August 20-21 August 20 (Saturday) Bonsai exhibition by Nampu-kai (JACCC Doizaki Gallery) Furoshiki exhibition (JACCC Tea House, 10 am – 5 pm) Japanese Calligraphy exhibition by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu-Kai (JACCC Garden Room A, 10 am – 4 pm) Kimekomi Dolls exhibition by Yukari-kai (JACCC Garden Room B, 11 am – 5 pm) Japanese Sword Exhibition by Tetsugendo (JACCC Garden Room C, 10 am – 5 pm) Sashiko Needlecraft exhibition (JACCC Room 311, Pioneer Center, 10 am – 4 pm) 2015 Nisei Week photo exhibition by U.S. 101 Photo Club (Little Tokyo Towers Community Room, 10 am –...
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Japanese sword exhibition to be organized by specialist during Nisei Week Aug. 20-21

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In celebration of the 2016 Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a special exhibition of fine Japanese swords and fittings will be organized by sword specialists Mike Yamasaki, Darin Furukawa and Cyrus Chan. “Japanese Sword Appraisals & Exhibition” will be held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in little Tokyo, Aug. 20-21 in Garden room “C”.  Exhibition hours are 10 am -5 pm on Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 am – 3:30 pm on Sunday, Aug. 21. On display there will be blades from over 700 years ago to present day. A very rare blade owned by the Maeda Clan...
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2016 Nisei Week Queen title goes to San Fernando Valley’s 24-year old Jaclyn Hidemi Tomita

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The 2016 Nisei Week Queen title which represents greater Los Angeles Japanese American community, went to 24-year old Jaclyn Hidemi Tomita who was supported by San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center at the Coronation event on August 13 in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The 2016 Nisei Week Queen and Court will appear at the Nisei Week Grand Parade on Aug. 14 in Little Tokyo. The parade will start at 4:00 pm. The Nisei Week Queen and Court program, 15-month long goodwill ambassador activities, begins in May every year when names of the Nisei Week Queen candidate are...
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Overview: 76th Nisei Week Festival in Little Tokyo, Aug. 13–21

Los Angeles Bando Ryu dancers at the 2015 Nisei Week Grand Parade. (Cultural News Photo)

The Nisei Week Foundation announces that the 76th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival will take place from August 13 – 21 at Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The Niei Week Festival showcases free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits, including music and entertainment, food and fun games spanning two weekends. The Nisei Week is one of the nation’s longest running ethnic festivals of its kind. The 10th annual free Tanabata Festival (August 13-14) will color Little Tokyo’s Central Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA between Temple and First streets with large, assorted streamers (kazari). Individuals, families, community groups,...
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Japanese American National Museum “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami” closing Aug. 21

Robert Lang, Pentasia, 2014, 500 squares of paper. Photo courtesy of the artist. (Japanese American National Museum)

Japanese American National Museum Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami May 29 – August 21, 2016 With this inventive exhibition, the traditional Japanese art of origami is transformed from a childhood pastime into a sophisticated international art form. Nine contemporary artists, working in six different countries and ranging in age from 29 to 71, present a bold and innovative group of folded-paper works that include sculpture, large-scale installation, and conceptual pieces. + Origami—the Japanese tradition of folding paper into recognizable objects—dates back at least 1,000 years, with possible roots in Shinto purification rituals and gift exchanges among the...
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 – 2015″ closing Aug. 21

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 – 2015 April 10 – August 21, 2016 Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Level 2 This is a specially ticketed exhibition. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of “fashion” with “femininity.” Beginning with the 18th century, the male aristocrat wore a three-piece suit conspicuous in make and style, and equally as lavish as the opulent dress of his female counterpart. The 19th-century “dandy” made famous a more refined brand of...
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LACMA “Alternative Dreams” 17th-century Chinese painting exhibition ongoing

Dong Qichang (1555 – 1636) Landscape in the Style of Wang Meng (ca. 1308 – 1385) The Tsao Family Collection. Photo by Michael Tropea.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Resnick Pavilion New Exhibition Alternative Dreams: 17th –Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection August 7 – December 4, 2016 www.lacma.org Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection presents one of the finest existing collections of the 17th century Chinese paintings in the U.S., formed over a period of 50 years by Bay Area collector and dealer Jung Ying Tsao. The 17th century witnessed the fall of the Chinese-ruled Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) and the founding of the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911), and was one of...
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