Glendale Shoseian Teahouse: Holiday Tea & Japan Culture Day, Dec. 16, Noon – 4:00PM

Forwarded for Friends of Shosean Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Teahouse Brand Library Park, 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201 Holiday Tea & Japan Culture Day December 16th, 2018 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM This year’s annual Holiday Tea and Japan Culture Day at the Shoseian Tea House will feature a very special guest from Japan.  Zen Master Enko Sakai will share with us his insights on how zen meditation can improve your daily life experiences. Come say hello to him and enjoy all of the other great events  on Sunday, December 16. Please RSVP for one of the two...
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Japanese American National Museum – Play “Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition)” by Velina Hasu Houston, Dec. 15 at 5:00PM

Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.janm.org Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 5:00 PM Play—Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) by Velina Hasu Houston Inspired by the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Velina Hasu Houston’s play Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) follows the Mayeda sisters as they move from an incarceration camp to an uncertain, changing future for Asian Americans. Told from the perspective of Josephine Mayeda, the second oldest daughter of Marmee Chang Mayeda and Makoto Mayeda, we follow her journey from adolescent dreamer to professional writer. All the while, the family’s...
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Aratani Theatre – A Little Tokyo Christmas, Dec. 15, 2:00PM

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.jaccc.org A Little Tokyo Christmas Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00PM Aratani Theatre in the JACCC campus Come and enjoy holiday music, dancing, laughter and a little Xmas shopping at the return of this holiday event in Little Tokyo. Don’t miss all the talented performers and community celebrities performing on stage and selling their crafts at the Holiday Gift Boutique. Proceeds to benefit free public programs at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. General Admission: $25 www.jaccc.org
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Getty Museum “A Queen’s Treasure from Versaille: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer” ongoing

The Getty Center A Queen’s Treasure from Versaille: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer January 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019 Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am-5:30 pm Friday, Saturday, 10 am-9 pm Closed Mondays The Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049 Parking is $15; $10 after 3pm. Admission is free This exhibition showcases Japanese lacquer from the private collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette. Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest in Europe, and she considered it to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate works reveal the queen’s personal taste and demonstrate...
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art “Paths of Gold: Landscape and Narrative paintings from the Collection” ongoing

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative paintings from the Collection November 10, 2018  – February 10, 2019 The malleable interior of traditional Japanese houses could be redecorated to suit particular purposes — at times adorning with glistening screens and objects of color and gold. This exhibition explores the aesthetics of these public and private interiors by featuring folding screens, scrolls, and examples of lacquerware. https://www.sbma.net/exhibitions/pathsofgold
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Pasadena Ceramic Exhibition: Shumei Hall Gallery hosting Shigaraki collection, ongoing

Crafted from the Earth: The Rugged Beauty of Shigaraki Ceramics Exhibition at the Shumei Hall Gallery, Pasadena November 3, 2018 to January 13, 2019 Curated by Meher McArthur Shumei Hall: 2430 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 http://www.shumei.us Galley Hours: 9:30 am – 6 pm, Monday – Saturday Opening Reception: Nov. 3, 2 pm – 5 pm This exhibition is supported by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. As part of the Pasadena-wide Art and Science (AXS) Festival 2018, the Shumei Arts Council will present Crafted from the Earth: The Rugged Beauty of Shigaraki Ceramics, an exhibition that explores Japan’s...
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2019 Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest accepting submissions

The Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks fictional short stories for its sixth 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, 2019. 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. The short story committee will be specifically looking for stories that capture the spirit and sense...
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Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” playing in Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Encino

Shoplifters: Cannes Palme d’or winning film and Japan’s submission for the 2018 Foreign Language Film Competition of the 91st Academy Award Story: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them… Director: Hirokazu Koreeda...
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December 2018 December Issue: Cultural News’ Table of Contents

Cultural News 2018 December Issue Table of Contents Gagaku in Los Angeles: A Heian Evening program at Senshin Buddhist Temple Koto and Shakuhachi: Miyagi Michiyo’s pieces performed at Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute Santa Barbara Museum of Art  – Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative Paintings from the Collection Portland Japanese Garden – Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from Perspective of Contemporary Comics Coming Exhibition at The New York MET – The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated Mater traditional dancer’s 100th birthday celebration attended with several hundred Unprecedented in Japan: Strong earthquake causes blackout in...
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Japanese American National Museum – “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit” Photo exhibition depicts triumph over adversity, ongoing

View: Nov. 17, 2018 – April 28, 2019 Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, going on view at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, presents large-format contemporary photos taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. next to images shot 75 years ago by such noted photographers as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others. Each pairing features the same individuals or their direct descendants as the subject matter and brings to light the stories of Japanese Americans who were forcibly incarcerated during World War II. Inspired by the Japanese concept of gambatte — to...
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Portland Japanese Garden to host Japan Foundation’s traveling exhibition “Manga Hokusai Manga” Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019

Portland Japanese Garden Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019 The Pavilion and Tanabe Gallery Portland Japanese Garden 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205 https://japanesegarden.org Exhibition admission is included with garden ticket, $16, 95. By introducing some of the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, which now enjoy worldwide popularity, and Hokusai Manga, a collection of sketches by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), this exhibition sets out to introduce the charms of this unique field of Japanese culture. Focusing on pictorial storytelling and...
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Textile dye art class by Setsuko Hayashi, every Wednesday in Little Tokyo, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Textile dye art class is held every Wednesday, 10 am – 2 pm, at St. Francis Xavier Church Japanese Catholic Center, 222 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For information, email info@culturalnews.com or call (213) 819-4100. Chiba Prefecture- born Setsuko Hayashi graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo in design major in 1953. Meeting with fashion designer and cultural advocator Sueko Otsuka changed Hyashi’s life. From 1954 to 1973, Hayashi was a chief instructor of the textile dyeing course at Sueko Otsuka’s institutions, Otsuka Sueko Kimono Gakuin and Otsuka Textile Design Institute in Tokyo. Hayashi’s...
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