Fundraising event “Love For Kumamoto in LA” to be held at Gardena, May 28, 10 am – 10 pm

NHK news about Kumamoto earthquake aired on April 27. (Cultural News Photo)

People from Kumamoto and Japanese organizations in Los Angeles are striving for collecting donation to send to the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake. Fundraising event “Love For Kumamoto in LA” will be held at a business entity in Gardena by an ad hoc committee on Saturday, May 28, from 10 am through 10 pm. Kumamoto-born flamenco instructor Michiyo Ando initiated the fundraising upon hearing about the powerful earthquake occurred in Kumamoto. Responding to Ando’s call, Mazak Corporation offered its space for the charity event, and numerous professionals such as acupuncturists, massage practitioners, foods and drink venders, musicians, yoga instructors,...
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All USA High School Japanese Speech Contest at UC Irvine, May 28, 12:30 – 6 PM

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Forwarded for Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation The 13th Annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest Saturday, May 28, 2016 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm Humanities Instructional Building (HIB) University of California, Irvine The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation, in conjunction with Consulate General of Japan in Los Ange­les and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, will host its “The 13th Annual All USA High School Japanese Speech Contest” on May 28. This year, we celebrate our 18th Anniversary of the Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation and we would like to invite you and your high school...
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Japanese garden in Pasadena chosen home of Hiroshima Camellia

Over 100 guests honor a sapling planting ceremony at Storrier Stearn garden on May 8. (Photo by Richard Fukuhara)

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena has been chosen as the home of a sapling that descended from one of the trees considered lost after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. When an atomic bomb destroyed the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it was predicted that nothing would grow in the ruins of Hiroshima for 75 years. The trees were scarred and blackened, like all of the landscape in and around Hiroshima. When green shoots were found on the burned trunks of some 170 trees, the people were encouraged beyond measure, gaining hope and strength for recovery....
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Cultural News May issue will come May 25

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2nd Revised: New Publishing Date is Wednesday, May 25 . Thank you for your patience for subscribing Cultural News. After I returned from Kumamoto to Los Angeles on May 8, I am catching up the publishing schedule of the May issue at the same time I am visiting local groups to present a slideshow of Kumamoto Earthquake. The earthquakes on April 14 and 16 destroyed numerous buildings and left numerous building to unsafe. At this moment, more people chose to sleep at their cars outside of their home than people stay at shelters in Kumamoto area. As good side...
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Updated / Kumamoto in one month after quake: over 10,000 in shelters

Updated / Kumamoto in one month after quake: over 10,000 in shelters

Two major earthquakes in Kumamoto, center of Kuryu region, on April 14 and 16 forced over 180,000 people for seeking shelters and left a total of 49 people dead. As of May 15, roughly 87,000 buildings had been recorded as damaged and or destroy, with some 10,000 people having yet to return home. In Kumamoto prefecture, over 14,000 buildings were declared as unsafe to enter, and numerous people stay over nights at their own cars due to fears of the aftershock which has been recorded more than 1,400 times for one month. More people died after the second quake...
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Call for 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Donation

NHK TV News about Kumamoto Earthquake aired on April 26, 2016

Address Correction: Kumamoto Kenjinkai, c/o Mr. Yoshikuni Okita 19135 South Poseidon Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703 . The Government of Kumamoto Prefecture is currently taking donations to help those affected by the earthquakes that started on April 14. Donations will be accepted until June 30. The Kumamoto Prefecture is requesting donations to be sent by bank transfers using the information listed below: Bank Name: The Higo Bank, Ltd SWIFT Code/BIC Code: HIGOJPJT Branch Name: KENCHO BRANCH Transfer Account Number: 1639261 Account Holder: Kumamotojishingienkin No fee will be occurred on receiving side of the Higo Bank, however, transfer fee at sending...
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Kumamoto Earthquake Photo by Cultural News

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Cultural News editor and publisher Shige Higashi accomplished the fact-finding tour of  Kumamoto Earthquake from April 29 through May 3. With helps of Ms. Miki Futagoishi, Ms. Emi Kakinoki, Mr. Junya Futagoishi, Toshihiro and Noppawan Iida, Mr. Kei Fukunaga, Mr. Yoshihiro Chiba and Ms. Nobue Kunizaki, the Cultural News editor could take a look at the devastated areas where he could not visit by himself. Higashi visited Kumamoto city, Masiki machi, Mifune machi, and Aso area. Cultural News also thanks Dr. Kazuhiko Nakahara for interviewing local people.              
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Higashi’s Report: Kumamoto is still shaking

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May 8, 2016 – After two major earthquakes struck the city of Kumamoto and its vicinity areas in Southern Japan on April 14 and 16, numerous aftershocks are continuing and tens of thousands people are still forced to stay at evacuation centers and sleep at their own cars. Cultural News editor and publisher Shige Higashi visited Kumamoto from April 29 – May 3 for fact finding. Higashi visited Numayamazu district of Kumamoto’s Higashi-ku, Mashiki-machi and Mifune-machi, and interviewed more than 20 people. Kumamoto reports and photos will be appeared in the May issue of Cultural News soon.
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LACMA’s new exhibition “Paths through Modernity” opening May 21

(Left Photo) Toshio Shibata, Hirota Village, Tokyo, 1994, printed 1995. Gelatin silver print. Frame 48 1/4 x 40 3/6 x 1 7/16 in. LACMA, Ralph M. Parsons Fund. © Toshio Shibata. © 2016 Museum Association/LACMA
(Right Photo) Kawase Hasui, Evening Shower, Teradomari, August 27, 1921. Color woodblock print. Image: 14 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. LACMA, Gift of Carl Holmes.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Prints and Photographs: Paths through Modernity May 21–September 25, 2016 Pavilion for Japanese Art, Juda Galley Prints and photographs share a basic quality: each form involves transferring an image to paper, whether through the impression of an inked plate or the projection of light through film. Japanese Prints and Photographs: Paths Through Modernity opens up the relationship between these media by presenting prints and photographs from Japan that span almost 100 years, from 1917 to the present. Though modern prints and photographs developed in different directions, the exhibition explores several points of...
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Author Naomi Hirahara to reveal “American Hibakusha: A Mystery” May 24, 7:00PM

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Nibei Foundation Lecture Series Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 – 8:00 pm “American Hibakusha: A Mystery” Author Naomi Hirahara The Nibei Foundation will feature Naomi Hirahara, a an award winning author, on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Ms. Hirahara will discuss the evolution of her Mas Arai mysteries. Novel protagonist Mas Arai is “American Hibakusha” (atomic bombing survivor) For your preparation, Ms. Hirahara picks latest “Sayonara Slam” and inaugural “Summer of The Big Bachi” to read. On event day, Ms. Hirahara’s books are available for sale. Due to popular of germinated brown rice, Ms. Novinger will come...
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Short film about Hiroshima paper crane story to be shown from May 27 – June 2 at West Los Angeles

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A 25-minute film depicting the real life of Hiroshima girl after the atomic bombing in 1945 and a fictitious World War II American veteran of Pearl Harbor will be screened from May 27 through June 2 at Laemmle Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025. “Orizuru 2015” was directed by multi-talented Miyuki Sohara of Los Angeles and played by professional actors such as Richard Burner, Toshi Toda and James Kyson. The film is spoken in English, and does not contain any images or description of war. Orizuru means fold paper cranes, symbol of peace movement after...
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Go For Broke National Education Center to present free film screenings as launching event of new exhibition on Memorial Day Weekend May 28

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