Baby Show kicks off Nisei Week 2017 Series, July 22, 9am – 3pm

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2017 Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Los Angeles July 22 (Saturday) Baby Show from 9am – 3pm Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 South Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013 July 23 (Sunday) Opening Ceremony at Japanese American National Museum (Invitation only) August 19 (Saturday) Coronation at Aratani Theatre from 7pm August 20 (Sunday) Grand Parade in Little Tokyo from 4pm Aug. 18-20  Tanabata Festival on Central Ave. Aug. 15 – Sep. 17 “Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and Nisei Veteran” exhibition at Go For Broke National Education Center July 15 – Au. 27 Nikkei Games in Greater Los Angeles Area...
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Delicious Little Tokyo: A weekend of Culinary Experiences in the Heart of LA, July 21-23

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Forwarded for Go Little Tokyo Delicious Little Tokyo 2017 A Weekend of Culinary Experiences in the Heart of LA! Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23 Go Little Tokyo for a weekend of delicious food and drinks harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo! Delicious Little Tokyo invites all foodies to experience the vast area of cuisines that the restaurants of Little Tokyo have to offer. The festivities run from Friday (7/21) to Sunday (7/23), and feature selected Little Tokyo restaurants offering special menu items, giveaways, demonstrations and workshops. Come explore the culinary gems of Little Tokyo with your family...
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Mitsuru Sushi & Grill opens for breakfast at 9:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends

Meet in Little Tokyo / Mitsuru Sushi & Grill opens for breakfast at 9:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends Mitsuru Sushi & Grill has been a fixture in Little Tokyo for 40 years. Mitsuru Sushi & Grill 316 East 1st Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 626-4046 Nearest parking: Aiso Street Parking (Underground) at First and Aiso Streets. Breakfast Menu Gaches (a Little Tokyo Favorite for breakfast!) – Served with toast & hash browns or rice – Your choice of meat scrambled with eggs & vegetables Bacon or Sausage … 8.50 Spam or Hamburger...
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Nearest Parking Lot to Mitsuru Sushi & Grill: Aiso Street Parking

Little Tokyo Aiso Parking Lot

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Little Tokyo Library: Author Recognition Luncheon to feature Naomi Shibata, July 22 at 11:00am

Little Tokyo Library Naomi Shibata

The Friends of Little Tokyo Branch Library will host their 31st Author Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, July 22, 2017. This year’s program features last year’s honoree, author Naomi Shibata (“Bend With the Wind: The Life, Family, and Writings of Grace Eto Shibata”), and the Nisei participants in Ms. Shibata’s “Never Forgotten: A Nisei Writing Workshops”. The Workshops were co-sponsored by the Little Tokyo Branch Library, the Friends and by Poets & Writers, Inc. which generously contributed financial support. Led by Ms. Shibata, the Nisei participants were encouraged to give voice to their generation from their unique personal experiences. These...
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Bon Odori 2017 at Pasadena Buddhist Temple, July 22, 23 at 6:30pm

July 22, 23 / Sat, Sun Pasadena Buddhist Temple 1993 Glen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 Sat / Open: 4:00PM, Odori: 6:30PM, Close: 9:00PM Sun / Open:4:00PM, Odori: 6:30PM, Close: 8:30PM Obon is special moments to commemorate loved ones who passed in traditional Japan.  Obon tradition was brought to Japanese American communities since Buddhism came to America with Japanese immigrants. In 2017, the Pasadena Buddhist Temple presents the Obon Festival on July 22 and 23. Parking and admission are free. Open to the public. Festival Schedule (July 22 & 23): 5:00-6:00 Hondo Open (Rev. Gibbs available for Q&A) 5:50 PM...
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LA Event Link: Telling the Past program at Gardena Valley JCI, July 29, 2:00pm

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Telling the Past: EO 9066 Book Reading for Children Where: The Bridge: JCI Heritage Center (2nd Floor) When: July 29, 2017; 2:00pm-4:00pm Fee: FREE!!! (Donations Welcome) Description: There will be a wide range of books read all about the Japanese American experience during World War II, with a focus on the time spent in concentration camps.  The books include The Bracelet, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, So Far From the Sea, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, Baseball Saved Us, and A Fish for Jimmy.  There will even be special guest reader Stan Yogi, who has coauthored, coedited, and whose works...
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Little Tokyo Event: Learn to Dance Awa Odori at Zenshuji Temple, July 30 at 2:00pm

Awa Odori

Learn to Dance Awa Odori at Zenshuji on Sunday, July 30 at 2:00pm From children to adults, anyone can enjoy Awa Odori. Come join us for this special one day event and learn what make this make this dance so much fun. Location: Zenshuji Soto Mission, 123 S Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 $5 Donation at door. Please RSVP by email:
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Art Gallery Calendar / Yasunari Nakagomi at LA ArtCore in Little Tokyo, July 1 -30

LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts, Little Tokyo 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Lobby Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun. 12-5 p.m.  Phone: (213) 617-3274 Yasunari Nakagomi July 1 – 30, 2017 LA Artcore presents an exhibition of new oil paintings by Tokyo-based artist Yasunari Nakagomi whose renewed investigation of surface conceives of the landscape genre as a product of modernity. The artist begins a painting applying paint to form an initial image or impression. The initial image precipitates a development and changes continuously with each added layer toward a final and crystalized image. The final...
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Award-winning animated feature “In This Corner of the World” to play in Los Angeles, August 11

In This Corner of the World: 2017 LA Film Festival World Fiction Competition – North American Festival Premiere An empowering coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of World War II, In This Corner of the World is a captivating story about the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. Based on the award-winning Japanese manga by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner of the World is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi and produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA. Bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, this acclaimed animated feature recently won the coveted Animation of...
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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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