Egenolf Gallery to display ukiyo-e and shin hanga at Los Angeles Fine Print Fair, Feb. 3-5

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Los Angeles Fine Print Fair February 3-5, 2017 Bohmans Los Angeles 7601 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA Original 18th – 20th century ukiyo-e and shin hanga, including Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi, Hasui and other blue-chip print artists at: Egenolf Gallery. Friday, February 3: Opening Reception: 6-8:30 pm ($30) Saturday, February 4: 10 am to 6 pm (Free Admission) Sunday, February 5: 12 noon to 6 pm (Free Admission)  
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LACMA displaying Maruyama Okyo’s “Canes” (1772) at Japanese Pavilion

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Maruyama Okyo’s screens of “Cranes”was acquired in 2012 by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Maruyama Okyo (1733-95) is pivotal to Japanese art history for being one of the first artists to paint directly from nature rather than from paintings and sketches. Of his five most famous pairs of screens, four are registered National Treasures by the Japanese government and may therefore never leave Japan except on lone. Only these legendary screens remain unregistered, and on Feb. 22, 2011 after two-year campaign by LACM’s Curator of Japanese Art, Robert T. Singer, the Ministry of Culture of Japan granted...
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group / ongoing

Tani Buncho “Tiger Family and Magpies” 1807 (Bunka 4). Hanging Scroll: ink and color on silk. Image: 61 15/16 x 33 ¾ in. (Courtesy of the LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art The Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) was established in 2008 to support the acquisition efforts of the Japanese Art department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The group was founded by an important and long-time donor to LACMA and major supporter of the arts in Los Angeles, and is made up of like-minded individuals who share a desire to bring the beauty of Japanese art to the...
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LACMA / Lord Tokugawa Nariaki’s Calligraphy displayed at “10 Years of Acquisition” exhibit

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24, 2016 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Lord Tokugawa Nariaki Japan, 1800 – 1868 Snow, Moon, Flower Calligraphy, c 1840 – 60 Set of three hanging scrolls, ink and pigment on paper Gift of the 2008 Japanese Art Acquisitions Group M. 2008.11.1-.3 This calligraphy triptych bears the character for “snow” on the right scroll, “moon” on the central scroll, and “flower” on the left scroll. “Setsugetsuka” (snow, moon, flower) is a timeless Japanese poetic phrase...
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LACMA displays an oil painting of World War II Internment barracks at American Art galley

Taneyuki Dan Harada “Barracks, Tulu Lake, 1945” displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Taneyuki Dan Harada was born in Little Tokyo in 1923, but at age of seven, he move to Japan with his mother following the death of his father. In 1938, when Harada was fourteen, the family returned to the U.S. when his mother remarried and settled in Oakland, California. In 1942, he and his family were incarcerated at the Tanforan Assembly Center, where he began painting at the Tanforran art school founded by Issei artists Chiura Obata and George Matsusaburo Hibi, along with other Nisei artists such as Mine Okubo and Frank Taira. In January 2017, Cultural News editor...
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LACMA /1960s-70s era Japanese graphic design exhibition at Japanese Pavilion, on view

Awazu Kiyoshi, “The 5th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture” 1973, offset lithograph. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Marc Treib Collection. © Awazu Kiyoshi Estate, photo ©Museum Associates/LACMA

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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Japan Foundation Screening “Miss Hokusai” Jan. 25 at 7:00PM

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Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 “Miss Hokusai” (2016, 90 mins) In Japanese with English subtitles From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. Wednesday, January 25, at 7:00PM Admission free. Reservation is not required Trailer:
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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix to host Annual Ikebana Exhibit, Jan. 27, 28, 29

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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix The 8th Annual Ikebana Exhibit Celebration the 90th Anniversary of Sogetsu Founding in Tokyo January 27, 28 and 29, 10 am – 4 pm Ikebana Guided Tour, $3 + admission, reservation required Group Tour, $7 per person, reservation required Ikebana Information Booth and Market – Pottery Booth Large structure demonstration at 11 am and Live Ikebana Performance at 2 pm on Saturday Tea Service, Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm Chamber and Japanese Music Concert, Sunday at 2 pm For reservation, call (602) 274-8700
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Shikishi – New Year Greeting Card – Exhibition in Little Tokyo, through Jan. 29

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The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 19th Annual Shikishi Exhibition Sunday, January 8 – Sunday, January 29, 2017 Free admission The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents its 19th Annual Shikishi Exhibition with artwork based on the theme of Year of the Rooster. In celebration of the New Year, JACCC welcomes community members from across the globe and of all ages to participate in this unique exhibition by contributing artwork to express hope for 2017.
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Jazz dance, ballet and hip hop stages to embrace Japanese themes: Kojiki, Genji, & Asura / “Genesis of Yamato” at Armstrong Theatre, Feb. 3 at 8:00PM

Ken Dance Company Genesis of Yamato

Under the direction of Kenji Yamaguchi, the Ken Dance Company has brought major stages to the public since 2007. In February 2017, the company will present a three-act stage with more than 10 dancers in Torrance to introduce itself to the Japanese American community. Supported by Jazz Dance L.A. Foundation and veteran dancer and instructor Takeshi “Hama” Hamagaki as the producer of the event, “Genesis of Yamato” (Yamato Kokoro) will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 at 8:00 pm at James Armstrong Theatre. “Genesis of Yamato” consists of three acts: Japanese misology “Kojiki,” the Heian-era noble character “Genji,” and...
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World renowned taiko troupe KODO to perform at Disney Concert, Feb. 7 at 8:00PM & Orange County’s Segerstrom Center, Feb. 8 at 8:00PM

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Kodo — the world’s foremost professional taiko company who have singularly played the most important role in popularizing modern taiko drumming — will present their program DADAN in North America for the first time, visiting 22 U.S. cities between January and March 2017. Forging new directions for the traditional Japanese drum, Kodo will bring a display of their raw athleticism and rhythmic mastery back to the U.S. with this cutting-edge and ever-evolving production featuring the men of Kodo in a bold portrayal of the essence of drumming through this vibrant living art form. 2017 tour highlights include stops at...
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Japanese Chamber’s 2017 Officers’ Installation and Awards Luncheon set for Jan. 29, from 10:45 am

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The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California (JCCSC) will install its new officers at the 2017 Officers’ Installation and Awards Luncheon on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Almansor Court in Alhambra. Tickets are $55 per person, and $550 per table for 10 guests. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 17. Jeff Yamazaki will be installed as President along with officers: Senior Vice Presidents: Ryu Kato, Toby Mallen and Tomoko Omura; Vice Presidents: Angela DeGroot, Brian Ikeda, Takashi Iida, Carl Kawata, Kaz Kishita, Keiji Kobayashi, Howard Miyoshi, Akihiro Sano, Yuriko Shikai and Lena Yoneyama; Secretary: Toby Mallen; Treasurer: Thornton Dickerson;...
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