Documentary film screening: “OKINAWA: The Afterburn” June 24, 25, 27

Okinawa The Afterburn Urizun no Ame

Film   OKINAWA: The Afterburn (Okinawa: Urizun no Ame) Directed by John Junkerman Produced by YAMAGAMI Tetsujiro 148 minutes/Color/HD 16:9/Stereo 5.1 ch © 2015 SIGLO http://okinawa-urizun.com/   (Japanese only) Trailer: https://youtu.be/0rErr6jCx10 Screening Schedule Saturday, June 24, 7PM OAA Center, Yamauchi Building 16500 South Western Ave., Gardena, CA 90247 Screening with Director John Junkerman Free for Okinawa Association of America members, $5 for the public RSVP before event: (310) 532-1929, or oaamensore@gmail.com Sunday, June 25, 3PM The Terasakai Nibei Foundation 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 Screening with Director John Junkerman Free admission RSVP before event: (310) 479-6101 ext. 134, or...
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Funeral: Hiroshima survivor and peace advocator Kaz Suyeishi, at Gardena Buddhist Church, June 23, 2pm

According to her family, Hiroshima Atomic-bombing survivor and peace advocator Kaz Suyeishi of Torrance passed away at her home at the age of 90 on Monday, June 12. Her funeral is schedule on Friday, June 23 at 2:00 pm at Gardena Buddhist Church, 1517 166th Street, Gardena, CA 90247. The funeral service is arranged by Fukui Mortuary of Los Angeles.
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Japanese “Enka” song concert at Aratani Theatre for fundraising Terasaki Budokan project, June 24, 1PM & 4:30PM (two performances)

Stars for Budokan 2017

Stars for Budokan June 24, 2017, 1PM & 4:30PM (two performances) Aratani Theatre at JACCC Campus, Little Tokyo 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Tickets: VIP for $50, General for $35 https://www.terasakibudokan.org/enka-2017/ Co-sponsored by the All United States Kendo Federation and LTSC (produced by Eiko Fujino). This variety show will feature some of the most popular enka singers from Japan—Sasa Midori, Nyc Nyusa, Yuji Matsuoka, Misao and Masaru Fujimoto.  All proceeds from this enka concert will benefit Budokan of Los Angeles (a multi-sport and activity center to be built in Little Tokyo).
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Bon Odori 2017 at San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, June 24 at 7pm, June 25 at 6:30pm

2017 Obon San Fernando Valley

June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 9450 Remick Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331 Carnival Location: San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima, CA 91331 Sat / Open: 4:30PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 10:00PM Sun / Open: 4:30PM, Odori: 6:30PM, Close: 9:00PM www.sfvhbt.org/obon   June 24 / Sat West Covina Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 1203 West Puente Ave, West Covine, CA 91790 Open: 1:00PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 9:00PM June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center 1766 Seabright Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813 Sat: Open: 3:00PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close:...
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Bon Odori at West Covina Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, June 24 at 7pm

West Covina Obon Carnival by HIgashi Honganji at East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

June 24 / Sat West Covina Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Festival Location: East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center 1203 West Puente Ave, West Covine, CA 91790 Open: 1:00PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 9:00PM https://livingdharma.org/index.php/obon-festival/   June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 9450 Remick Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331 Sat / Open: 4:30PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 10:00PM Sun / Open: 4:30PM, Odori: 6:30PM, Close: 9:00PM June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center 1766 Seabright Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813 Sat: Open: 3:00PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 9:00PM Sun: Open: 3:00PM, Odori:6:30PM, Close:...
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Japanese Festival at Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, June 24-25

Japanese Festival at Long Beach Community Center 2017

June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun  “Japanese Festival” Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center 1766 Seabright Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813 Sat: Open: 3:00PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 9:00PM Sun: Open: 3:00PM, Odori:6:30PM, Close: 8:00PM www.lbjcc.org   June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun Garden Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Matsuri 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247 www.jci-gardena.org/gvjci-matsuri.html June 24 / Sat West Covina Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Festival Location: East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center 1203 West Puente Ave, West Covine, CA 91790 Open: 1:00PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 9:00PM https://livingdharma.org/index.php/obon-festival/ June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun San Fernando Valley Hongwanji...
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Community events at Garden Valley Japanese Cultural Institute “Matsuri” June 24-25

June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun Garden Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Matsuri 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247 Saturday: 12:00 – 9:00pm Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00pm www.jci-gardena.org/gvjci-matsuri.html   June 24 / Sat West Covina Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Festival Location: East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center 1203 West Puente Ave, West Covine, CA 91790 Open: 1:00PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 9:00PM https://livingdharma.org/index.php/obon-festival/ June 24, 25 / Sat, Sun San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 9450 Remick Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331 Sat / Open: 4:30PM, Odori: 7:00PM, Close: 10:00PM Sun / Open: 4:30PM, Odori: 6:30PM, Close: 9:00PM June 24,...
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Pasadena Artists to show work at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, June 25, 10am – 4pm

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Correction: the date in the June/July issue, page 8 is not correct. The Art Fair will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2017. On Sunday June 25, for the second year running, members of the Pasadena Society of Artists (PSA) will be showing their work at an Art Fair at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden (SSJG) in Pasadena. The traditional Japanese stroll garden, which was originally designed in the 1930s by Japanese designer Kinzuchi Fujii as part of the estate of Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns, was recently restored by the talented landscape architect Takeo Uesugi under the direction...
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LACMA / “Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from Gerber Collection” ongoing

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from the Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry Pavilion for Japanese Art May 28, 2017–February 4, 2018 The 1830s marked the beginning of a renaissance in Japanese cloisonné production. Though small objects incorporating enamels were produced in Japan prior to the 19th century, a new generation of artisans developed techniques that enabled the creation of three-dimensional vessels, greater flexibility in surface design, and a number of different enameling styles. During the “golden age” of Japanese cloisonné production (approximately 1880–1910), intricate decorations, sophisticated use of color,...
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LACMA “Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature” ongoing

LACMA Japanese Painting

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature May 13–September 10, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Whereas European art often depicts nature as something to be feared—a place of wolves and specters—nature in Japanese art is respected, even revered, as an ideal retreat for those needing meditation or tranquility. Beginning in the Heian period (794–1185), nature developed into one of the most common themes in Japanese painting. ​​​Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature features 24 paintings on scrolls and screens spanning four centuries (16th to 20th), which depict nature painted from observation or from memory...
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“New Frontiers” exhibition exploring life and career of actor George Takei at Japanese American National Museum, ongoing

JANM New Frontiers The Many Worlds of George Takei

A new exhibition exploring the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei opens at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on March 12. New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America. The exhibition features numerous never-before-seen personal items through which visitors learn not just about Takei but also about the constantly evolving fabric of America’s cultural identity, political outlook, social mores, and media landscape. It is on view through August 20,...
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Go For Broke National Education Center presents “Defining Courage” exhibition in Little Tokyo, ongoing

Go For Broke Defining Courage

Go For Broke National Education Center 355 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Defining Courage Exhibition www.goforbroke.org In May 2016, the Go For Broke National Education Center opened the interpretive exhibition to the public. The interpretive Defining Courage Exhibition is a hands-on and participatory learning center in the heart of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo historic district. The exhibition explores the concept of courage through the lives of the young Japanese Americans of World War II, and asks modern visitors to act with similar courage in their own lives. The exhibition is one-of-a-kind in its dynamic, hands-on, and experience-based...
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