JACCC to open world renowned Japanese paintings exhibition, Aug 30

JACCC Price Collection

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 George J. Doizaki Gallery August 30 – September 27, 2015 The Price Collection: Heart of Beautiful Japan Sakai Hoitsu and Suzuki Shuitsu Admission free Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 1- 3pm This special exhibition is envisioned by The Etsuko and Joe Price to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. “The Price Collection” will be featuring the masterpiece of late Edo period painter Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) and Suzuki Shuitsu (1823-1889). In Doizaki Gallery, Ikebana flower...
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19th century samurai drama with swordplay in English at Aratani Theatre, Aug. 28, 29, 30

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For the first time in downtown Los Angeles, a live action stage play evokes the dramatic style and excitement of Japanese samurai films when the curtain rises on Burai: Standing All Alone at the Aratani Theatre Aug. 28, 29, and 30. The remarkable production features powerful sword-fighting scenes staged by Keiya Tabuchi, one of Japan’s leading film and TV stunt choreographers, and will be performed by a cast of 24. Written and directed by Naoki Fujiyama, Burai is an original story set in the 19th century Japan when political power was becoming more centralized, and the samurai class was...
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Obon in Okinawa: Lecture and Bon Dance in Gardena, Aug 29

Obon in Okinawa

Forwarded for OKINAWA ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. Still in the Obon Festival mood? The Okinawa Association of America  invites you to a special lecture and Bon Odori on August 29th, 2PM, at the OAA Center in Gardena. This event is part of an ongoing series of educational/cultural programs at the OAA and will focus on Obon traditions in Okinawa. A Skype video lecture will be presented by members of Ukwanshin Kabudan, a Ryukyuan performing arts troupe based in Hawai`i. Collin Hoo, a young OAA member who studied in Okinawa for one year, will share his Obon experiences and pictures....
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Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Open House to feature “Gagaku”, Aug. 30

Storrier Stearn Japanese Garden

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena CA 91105   Special Hours for Open Day Enjoy the Garden in the Cool Hours of Twilight Sunday, August 30 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A Special Performance Tenri Gagaku Music 6:30 p.m. The word Gagaku means “Elegant Music” and is considered the oldest continuing music in the world, dating back to 700 AD. Its roots are from China and Korea but due to political and social change, the Gagaku tradition in those countries has been lost, whereas in Japan, it has remained unchanged. Gagaku is performed at Japanese Imperial events...
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Japan Foundation Lecture at Otis College / Japanese Design Today, Sept 03, 4:00 PM

Japanese Design Today

Lecture Event by Japan Foundation Thursday, Sept. 3, at 4:00 pm Otis College of Art and Design The Forum, Kathleen Holser Ahmanson Hall, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Free Admission Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless Lectures by Hiroshi Kashiwagi, professor of Musashino Art University, and Yoshifumi Nakamura, architect and furniture designer The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles has invited two design experts to delve into design issues  in Los Angeles and New York this September. In their lecture, Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi of Musashino Art University, Tokyo, and Yoshifumi Nakamura, an architect and furniture designer, will discuss the evolution,...
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Kyogen master Manzo Nomura IX to give performance and workshop, Aug 25

Manzo Nomura IX

Kyogen Performer Manzo Nomura IX will give a special one-night-only performance and workshop at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm. $35 advance ticket must be purchased through the JACCC’s website: www.jaccc.org. This program is organized by the Japan Foundation Los Angeles. Audiences will have the rare chance to see this classical comic form of Japanese theatre in a Japanese garden of the JACCC. In the workshop portion, Manzo Nomura IX will explain some of the fundamental aspects of Kyogen and will teach the audience how...
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Japanese American National Museum / Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art August 1 – 30, 2015  Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art looks at the weaponry and armor of the samurai—Japan’s elite warrior class. Assembled from collections in the greater Los Angeles area, Jidai features rare and historically significant samurai artifacts dating as far back as the Kamakura Period (AD 1185–1333) in Japan. Jidai contains many notable highlights, including a tsuba (sword guard) made by Japan’s most famous swordsman, the legendary Musashi Miyamoto. One very special piece was made in the modern era: a tanto (dagger) secretly forged at Manzanar...
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Historical Society places monument for Issei civil right activist Sei Fujii in Little Tokyo

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Organizers from the Little Tokyo Historical Society have announced a special “Sei Fujii Day” to take place on Saturday Aug. 1 in Little Tokyo. Though forgotten by many in the community, Sei Fujii will be remembered on this day for his many works on behalf of the Nikkei community and for two landmark court cases which changed our society for the better. There is scheduled at 12:30 pm a program to unveil a steel lantern that stands 8 feet tall which will be dedicated in a ceremony to the memory of pioneer civil rights activist Sei Fujii. The lantern...
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Little Tokyo Historical Society 2016 Calendar on Sale

Patty Nagano introduces 2015 Calendar

“Jumpin’ in J’Town:  Little Tokyo Live!!!” — the Little Tokyo Historical Society’s 2016 calendar is now on sale throughout Little Tokyo: the Japanese American National Museum store, Bunkado, Rafu Bussan, and Kinokuniya bookstore. Online orders can be made at www.littletokyohs.org.   The calendar is LTHS’ annual fundraiser that supports the mission of researching and discovering the historical resources, stories and connections of sites, buildings and events related to Little Tokyo as an ethnic heritage neighborhood. For information about the Little Tokyo Historical Society, please visit the website.
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University of Tokyo students seek interviewees of Japanese Americans, Aug 24-28

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Forwarded for an University of Tokyo student project Searching for Three Generations of Japanese-Americans A pair of students from the University of Tokyo are searching for families with three generations of Japanese-American descendants for the filming of a documentary, for an university summer program. The documentary will focus on the cultural education of each generation of Japanese Americans, especially on language education. We would like to research views from each generation on what culture they want to learn or what culture they want their children to learn. We believe that this will be a window into to exploring Japanese-Americans’...
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Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary June 28 – Sept​ember 20, 2015 Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary commemorates the museum’s 50th year as well as the individuals and groups who have shaped the museum’s collections of Japanese paintings and prints. Included are: Nigh Festival of Tsushima Shrine, early Edo period, eight-panel screens; Maruyama Okyo (1733 – 1795), Cranes, 1772, pair of six-panel screens; Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons, pair of six-panel screens; Imanaka Soyu (1886-1959)  Birds and Flowers (Taisho period, 1912-1926), pair of...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum / The View from a Scholar’s Studio

Pacific Asia Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art The View from a Scholar’s Studio:  Japanese Literati Paintings from Tiezudingzhai Collection May 15, 2015 through May 15, 2016 Part 1: May 15- Sept. 13, 2015 Part 2: Sept. 23, 2015- Jan. 17, 2016 Part 3: Jan. 27- May 15, 2016 This exhibition participates in the literati cultures of collection, study and display. It presents Japanese paintings from the private Tiezudingzhai Collection, complemented by works from the USC PAM collection. In three rotations, it explores how Japanese artists engaged with Chinese-inspired landscape and bird-and-flower subjects over two...
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