Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti’s photo exhibition “Japan: A Reverence for Beauty” Closing Dec. 11

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The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Gil Garcetti Japan: A Reverence for Beauty Nov. 6 through Dec. 11 12:00 – 4:00 pm Opening reception on Nov. from 1 pm – 3 pm George J. Doizaki Gallery Though his photographs, Gil Garcetti, former Los Angeles County District Attorney (1992 – 2000), explores his observation that the Japanese people are unique in their reverence, respect, and need for beauty. The question he raises is why? His ultimate question is “What can we, an infant nation compared to Japan, learn...
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“Direct Translation” art exhibition featuring a contemporary artist from Japan at Brewery Annex, Opening reception, Dec 11, 1-3PM

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Group show, “Direct Translation” LA ARTCORE GALLERY AT THE BREWERY ANNEX (650A SOUTH AVE. 21, LOS ANGELES CA 90031) Featuring Tomoaki Shibata, Pranay Reddy, Nyguen Ly December 7 – December 30, Thur-Sun, 12-5PM Reception, December 11, 1pm-3pm   (Artist conversation: 2 pm) Closed: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24-25 Direct Translation exhibition By Tomoaki Shibata   According to a guy I talked at the gallery, it is an apocalypse. My art crystallizes Japanese pop culture, Japanese tradition and the street. For this group show, I used black lacquer on my visual art first time. In my designated room at...
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Play “Blood” at The Complex in Hollywood – political thriller based on Japan’s true story, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Sun at 3 PM

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“Blood,” political thriller based on Japan’s true story, playing at The Complex, Hollywood, Oct. 14 – Dec. 18 Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, Mr. Holland’s Opus) and James Kyson (NBC’s Heroes, voted one of “Hollywood’s 25 Hottest” by TV Guide) join the cast when The Garage (productions) re-opens its acclaimed world premiere production of BLOOD. Written and directed by five-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Allan Ackerman, BLOOD returns to the The Complex in Hollywood beginning Oct. 14 and running through Dec. 18. Inspired by true events, BLOOD is a political thriller with music about the 1980s ‘Japanese...
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art “Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind” ongoing

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                                Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind June 11 –December 18, 2016 Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind explores various approaches to Zen subjects, from the teachings of Zen and the experience of enlightenment to personal interpretations of Zen masters or paragons. The practice of Zen consists of meditation and direct transmission of knowledge from teacher to pupil, leading through personal effort toward enlightenment. As an active, participatory religion based on discipline, it appealed to military government leaders...
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LACMA /1960s-70s era Japanese graphic design exhibition at Japanese Pavilion, on view

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Awazu Kiyoshi, Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated October 15, 2016–May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Designer and artist Awazu Kiyoshi (1929–2009) devoted his career to political advocacy and collaborations within Tokyo’s artistic community. In stark contrast to the prevailing modernist dogma, which sought universal and impersonal set of symbols, Awazu imbued his expressive, hand-drawn designs with local traditions. He argued that the designer’s mission was “to extend the rural into the city, foreground the folklore, reawaken the past, summon back the outdated.” Awazu Kiyoshi Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated focuses on Awazu’s...
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Scripps College Williamson Gallery “On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes” exhibition, ongoing

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On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes October 29  – December 17, 2016 Opening: October 29, 7 to 9 pm Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku are all types of theater-each distinct, all indispensable in the Japanese tradition of dramatic expression. With over 400 woodblock prints and vintage photographs on the subject, the Williamson Gallery of Scripps College is well able to feature all three forms of performance in On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes (Kabuki, Bunraku & Noh). Costumes and masks will be included in the exhibition, which opens Oct. 29 and runs through...
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Descanso Gardens / “Sharing Culture: Creating Community” at Stuart Haage Gallery, ongoing

Vintage Postcard: Postcard featuring Descanso Gardens’ Japanese Garden and ladies wearing kimonos, circa 1966. (Courtesy of Descanso Gardens)

Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge Sharing Culture: Creating Community Oct. 15, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017 Stuart Haage Gallery Descanso Gardens will present “Sharing Culture | Sharing Culture” at the Sturt Haaga Gallery in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Japanese Garden. Running from Oct. 15, 2016, through Jan. 29, 2017, the exhibition highlights how the Japanese Garden has brought together people from different backgrounds and cultures and has offered them a new, intimate and soul-nourishing experience with nature. The Japanese Garden has delighted generations of Descanso Gardens visitors with its aesthetic beauty and unique interpretation of...
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Japanese American National Museum: wartime farm labor camp photo exhibition, ongoing

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The Japanese American National Museum Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II September 27, 2016 – January 8, 2017 In the summer of 1942, Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee visited four Japanese American farm labor camps located near the towns of Nyssa, Oregon; and Rupert, Shelley, and Twin Falls, Idaho. He captured the laborers’ day-to-day lives in evocative detail, producing rare images of a little-documented episode of American history. Lee also recorded the forced removal of individuals and families in California, taking a total of nearly 600 photographs of the Japanese American wartime experience. Uprooted:...
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Go For Broke National Education Center “Defining Courage” ongoing

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Go For Broke National Education Center will debut its new facilities and groundbreaking Defining Courage exhibition on Saturday, May 28, with a Ribbon Cutting and Homecoming Festival in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The Defining Courage exhibition will feature free timed-entry during the Homecoming Festival. Exhibition admittance is limited and early reservations are recommended at www.GoForBroke.org. Since its formation in 1989, Go For Broke National Education Center has been committed to educating the public about the responsibilities, challenges, and rights of American citizenship by using the life stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II....
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Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks entries for 2017 short story contest

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The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) seeks fictional short stories for its fourth annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language and youth (18 and younger). The deadline is January 31, 2017. The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of Little Tokyo through a creative story that takes place in Little Tokyo. The story has to be fictional and set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California. Each category winner will be awarded $500 in cash with their short story being published...
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2016 / Japan’s No. 1 film “Your Name.” at Laemmle Music Hall, Dec. 2 – 8

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Film Your Name. Laemmle Music Hall 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Dec. 2 – 8, 2016 http://www.laemmle.com/films/41531 Q&A with Director Makoto Shinkai after the 6:30 pm screening on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Sold Out) Your Name. is the first anime feature outside of Studio Ghibli and Disney to gross more than $96M at the Japanese box office and is the 7th highest grossing film of all time for Japan, surpassing film titans such as James Cameron’s Avatar and J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. + About Your Name. From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices...
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2016 / Documentary film “Mifune: The Last Samurai” at Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts, Dec. 2-8

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Film Mifune: The Last Samurai Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90211 (310) 478-3836 Dec. 2 – 8, 2016 http://www.laemmle.com/films/41433 http://www.laemmle.com/theaters/25 Genre: Bio-pic, Documentary, Films & Filmmakers Runtime: 80 min Language: English, Japanese Director: Steven Okazaki Cast: Keanu Reeves (narrator), Kyoko Kagawa, Takeshi Kato, Wataru Akashi Director Steven Okazaki will participate in Q&A’s at the Fine Arts after the 8 PM screening on Friday, December 2nd (moderated by Michael Lumpkin – Director of AFI Docs Film Festival) and after the 6 PM screening on Saturday, December 3rd (moderated by Abe Ferrer – L.A. Asian-Pacific Film Festival)....
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