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Free Preview of Japanese programing of TV Japan, Oct 15 – 31, via AT&T U-verse

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Order TV Japan HD and get 1 month free Get AT&T U-verse TV for only $29/per month for 6 month Call the Japanese language line 877-920-0357
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Japanese Garden Association – North America / 2014 Conference to be held in Chicago, Oct 16 -18

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North America Japanese Garden Association “New Pathways: The Role of the Japanese Garden for Society and Self”   2014 NAJGA Biennial Conference  at Chicago Botanic Garden from Oct 16-18, 2014 Early Bird discount by July 11 Keynote speaker: Japanese garden creator Hoichi Kurisu The animating force behind Hoichi Kurisu’s body of work is the restorative power of nature. Twice honored  with the National Landscape Award by the White House. Kurisu has been building uniue gardens in the U.S. and abroad that open us “inner spaces for inspiration and healing” since 1972. Find out more at  
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Jazz pianist and composer Hiroe Sekine to play in “Jazz at LACMA” concert, Oct. 17, 6:00 pm

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will invite jazz composer and pianist Hiroe Sekine and her quintet on Friday, Oct. 17 at 6:00 pm for a “Jazz at LACMA series” concert. Free and open to the public. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Hiroe Sekine, born in Gumman, Japan, is a graduate of Thornton School of Music at USC with a degree in Jazz Studies. She has been performing at various clubs, restaurants and parties, but her acclaim comes from many jazz critiques on her two CD’s she has released, Ame’, and After...
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Free screening of emerging artist’s new film “Crimson Pledge” Oct 18 at 11:10 am at Nuart Theatre, West Los Angeles

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Forwarded for screen writer and actor Kenichi Iwabuchi Free World Premiere “Crimson Pledge” Sat. Oct 18, West LA We hardly think of what love is all about when we’re living everyday life. However, this movie reminds us of the meaning of love in terms of the psychological thriller. Free Japanese movie premiere of “Crimson Pledge” (AKA “Kurenai Yabure”) will be taken place at the Nuart Theatre (Santa Monica Blvd & 405) on Saturday, October 18th. It starts at 11:10 am. The story happens at Dadashi’s (Hiroyuki Watanabe) retirement party in school for being a teacher but one of the rumors about him in the past...
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art to exhibit two shows of samurai art, opening Oct. 19 and Nov. 1

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will exhibit two shows exploring  the subject of samurai art this fall. In October, LACMA presents the Southern California premiere of “Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Anne and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection,” a major presentation of battle gear worn by samurai from the 12th through the 19th centuries. Examining the evolution of samurai accoutrements through the centuries, this exhibition features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, including eighteen full suits of armor, elaborate helmets and face guards, and life-size hore-clad armors. The Samurai Collection, one of the most comprehensive private holding of...
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“Kimono for a Modern Age” exhibition, closing Oct. 19 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Forwarded for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Kimono for a Modern Age The Pavilion for Japanese Art July 5, 2014–October 19, 2014 A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired...
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Bamboo sculpture exhibition from Oita prefecture, closing Oct. 19 at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

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Oita’s Art Moment September 20 – 19, 2014 George J. Doizaki Gallery Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012   Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, noon – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm. Closed Monday and Holidays.   For the first time in the U.S., JACCC and Tai Modern are exhibiting bamboo artists from the Oita prefecture of Japan. More than fifty works of bamboo baskets from traditional to experimental works will be at the JACCC. Support provided by the Oita Bamboo Industry and Culture Association and...
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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, Opening Oct 11 at Japanese American National Museum

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The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will present a first-of-its-kind exhibition in honor of the 40th anniversary of pop icon Hello Kitty, beginning October 11, 2014. Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty will combine a product-based historical and sociological examination of Hello Kitty, including rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives, with an installation of mixed media works by artists demonstrating Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, will serve as curator for the retrospective component of the exhibition. Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner...
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18th annual Japan America Kite Festival to be held at Seal Beach, Oct. 19

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Japan America Society Featured Events 18th Annual Japan America Kite Festival Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:00am to 5:00pm North Side of Seal Beach Pier Seal Beach, CA MAP Download Flyer Free parking and shuttle service from SeaPort Marina Hotel! Download Parking Information Free Admission Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, GIANT Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Martial arts demonstrations, Traditional Japanese folk dancing, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite...
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Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena / Tea Ceremony / Oct 19 at 3 pm

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On Sunday, October 19, celebrate autumn with a special evening at the stunning Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena. Learn about the “Way of Tea,” the sacred Japanese tea ceremony that embodies harmony, respect and tranquility. The skilled host will demonstrate the ceremonial preparation and presentation, and explain the meaning behind these time-honored rituals. Enjoy traditional Japanese green tea and sweets. The tea ceremony will take place at 3:00pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations are $15.00 and can be made on the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden website at on the bottom of the home page.  Children 15 years...
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Japanese American community in West Los Angeles to gather for “Sawtelle Reunion III” Oct. 19

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Forwarded for Sawtelle Reunion 2014 Sawtelle Reunion III Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm West Los Angeles Buddhist Church, at Social Hall 2003 Corinth Ave., Los Angeles 90025 Remember our past, reflect on the future of our Sawtelle neighborhood, and renew friendships. This non-sectarian event is open to all. Registration at the door is $30, which includes light refreshments, beer and wine.  Pre-registration is closed on October 1. For more information, contact: Hank Iwamoto,, (310) 837-6388 Judy Iwamoto Okita,, (310) 473-0188 Lillian Matayoshi,, (323) 633-1595 John Tsukahira,, (310) 390-6198  
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