Cultural News 2019 July issue on sale now

Cultural News 2019 July issue on sale now   + One-year subscription of Cultural News eNewspaper version is $45, and regular paper subscription is $36. To start your subscription, visit https://www.culturalnews.com/subscription + The PayPal paying box in the following is not automatic. Your purchase order or subscription order will send to Cultural News Editor Shige Higashi’s mail box. Shige will send you eNewspaper within 24 hours. + eNewspaper monthly “Cultural News” delivered through the Internet One time purchase of the current issue: $4.00 If you want a back issue, please let us know in the comment field. Comment 12...
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Nisei Week Street Dance: On July 16, public practice to be held at JACCC Noguchi Plaza

From Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher of Cultural News Nisei Week Ondo and Closing Ceremony Chair Miles Hamada announces the schedule of the public dance practices on June 21 through his email to Japanese dance teachers in Los Angeles area. The teacher demonstration will be held on Monday, July 1 in Little Tokyo. But this is an invitation only event, not open to the public. 2019 Nisei Week Parade on August 11 features “Hiroshi no Sakura Ondo” and “Santaro Ondo by Kenta Kiritani.” The designated 2019 Nisei Week Ondo Choreographer was Sanjo Kangiku who passed away in last April....
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Japan House Los Angeles exhibition, July 17 – Oct. 06, “BAKERU: Transforming Spirits”

BAKERU: Transforming Spirits is a participatory exhibition inviting visitors to step into the supernatural world of Japanese folk traditions through a process of transformation (bakeru means ‘transform’ in Japanese). It is also a space of connection in various ways—the connection between the long-lasting folk traditions and the fast advancing digital technology, between the northern region in Japan and the world, and between the everyday space and the space of festivities. July 17 – October 06, 2019 Monday – Saturday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM Sunday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM Location: JAPAN HOUSE Gallery. Level 2 Fee: Complimentary Presented and organized by: JAPAN...
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Delicious Little Tokyo: Los Angeles’ largest annual Japanese culinary weekend, July 19-20

Forwarded for Delicious Little Tokyo Go Little Tokyo for Los Angeles’ largest annual Japanese culinary weekend at the 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo Discover all NEW culinary experiences, live cooking and mixology demonstrations, craft beer and chicken wing pairings, traditional miso ball making and MORE! Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 LOS ANGELES – Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles for two days on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th and features over 20 exclusive events including all-new interactive workshops, tastings, and demonstrations curated for first-time foodies...
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Southern California Local: Orange County Buddhist Church to sponsor 2019 Obon Festival, July 20-21

Forwarded for the Orange County Buddhist Church On the weekend of July 20 – 21, 2019, the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim is sponsoring a festival of outdoor folk dancing. The two-day event will feature a variety of foods, games, boutique and craft items, taiko performance. The obon odori dancing will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the public is invited to join in. Admission is free. Event: Orange County Buddhist Church Obon Festival Dates:  Saturday, July 20, 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. / Sunday, July 21, 2:00 – 8:30 p.m. Address: 909 S. Dale Ave. Anaheim, CA 92804 www.ocbuddhist.org...
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Japanese antique show at Alhambra, July 27 -28

Luna Sea Japanese Antiques (formerly Itchy Knee Japanese Antiques) July 27 – 28, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Warehouse address: 612 S. Palm Ave., Alhambra, CA 91803 Call : 323-447-3071 E-mail: Itchyknee_japaneseantiques@yahoo.com
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Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition “Manga Hokusai Manga” Now – Aug. 3

Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics Thursday, May 2 –  Saturday, August 3, 2019 Hours:  Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm Closed on Sundays & Holidays (Memorial Day: May 27 & 28, Independence Day: July 4 – 6) Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Admission: FREE www.jflalc.org In light of Japan’s contemporary comics and their global proliferation, the 19th-century Hokusai Manga is attracting increasing interest. Fans worldwide tend to even regard this pictorial compendium by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai as the origin...
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Anaheim / MUZEO Museum: installation of black and white ink works, Now – Aug.11

MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim Carnegie Gallery, Complimentary Admission Japanese Black & White Artist Soho Nakano May 25 – August 11, 2019 “Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)” is an installation of 40 tapestries, each measuring 700x1950mm (approx. 27.5 x 77in), depicting the tree’s transformation through Japan’s four seasons. Using just a single seiboku ink, Shizuoka-based black & white artist Soho Nakano masterfully presents an illusion of color in her paintings through a vivid array of shades. The mashi paper, hand-crafted by traditional Japanese paper artisans in Fukui Prefecture, is utilized to its full potential with beautiful ink bleeds and...
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Washington DC / National Gallery of Art presenting “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art” Now – Aug. 18

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art” June 2 – August 18, 2019 https://www.nga.gov/press/exh/4874.html?utm_source=Real%20Magnet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=140845281 As the first devoted to the representation of animals in Japanese art, this major exhibition covers 17 centuries (from the fifth century to the present day) and a wide variety of media – sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textile, and the woodblock print. More than 300 works will be spread across 18,000 square feet in the East Building’s Concourse galleries. Artists range from Sesson Shukei, Ito Jakuchu, Soga Shohaku, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, to Okamoto Taro, Kusama Yayoi, Issey...
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San Francisco / Asian Art Museum “Tattoos in Japanese Prints” Now – Aug. 18

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Tattoos in Japanese Prints May 31 – August 18, 2019 http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions/tattoos-in-japanese-prints The colorful dragon you saw writhing on the arm of your barista this morning. The bold lion surrounded by peonies inked on the torso of that guy at the gym. Maybe the snake circling your own ankle. Did you know tattoos like these can be traced back to a famous series of 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints, which was itself inspired by a popular 14th-century Chinese martial-arts novel? Tattoos in Japanese Prints recounts how large-scale, densely composed pictorial tattoos — what we now recognize...
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Sacrament: Crocker Art Museum to present “Chiura Obata: An American Modern” Now – Sept. 29

Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street, Sacrament, CA 95814 “Chiura Obata: An American Modern” June 23 – Sept. 29 Born in Okayama, Japan, Chiura Obata (1885–1975) emigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a sevendecade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. He nevertheless emerged as a leading figure in the Northern California art scene and as an influential educator, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, for nearly 20 years and acting as founding director of art schools in two of the internment...
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Santa Barbara’s world-famous Lotusland reopens Japanese Garden

Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara reopens the Japanese Garden on June 15 to the public after the $6 million renovation project which began in February 2017. The extensive renovation project honors the original 1960s garden and viison of Ganna Walska, founder of Lotusland, and Frank Fujii. Lotusland’s Japanese Garden is reminiscent of an authentic Japanese strolling garden with its large central pond, using the design technique called shakei, to “borrow” a view or element of the larger landscape and incorporate it into the garden. The view of Montecito Peak framed by the Torii Gate is a perfect example....
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