Setsuko Hayashi’s textile dyeing workshop at Huntington Library, May 27

Hayashi Textile Dyeing Class 2015

Setsuko Hayashi Workshop at Huntington Library, Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Subject: Aizome, Itazome Setsuko Hayashi Workshop at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, Sunday, June 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Subject: Kusakizome Setsuko Hayashi Workshop at Huntington Library, Sunday, June 28, TBA + Setsuko Hayashi / Textile Dyeing Class Wednesday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Chapel (former Maryknoll) Japanese Catholic Center 222 South Hewitt Street,  Los Angeles, CA 90012  For info, please call 213-880-7725
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Japanese Language School Open House, May 30 & June 6

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Japanese Language School Unified System (a.k.a Kyodo System) invites parents and students to its open house on Saturdays, May 30 and June 6, from 9:30 am through 12:00 pm at five locations of the affiliated schools. Valley Gakuen in Sun Valley Rafu Chuo Gakuen at Boyle Height Pasadena Gakuen in Pasadena Daiichi Gakuen Irvine in Laguna Hills Ko Chu Gakubu at Mid Wilshire district  One day free trail class is available For more information, contact the administrative office at (213) 383-4706 or email
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We like to sell 500 subscription for three months from June to August, 2015. This campaign is designed to raise a fund to realise the following projects by Cultural News: Organizing a tour to attend a folk song festival in Akita on Aug. 23, 24 Organizing a tour to attend a show performed by wheel chair dancers in Hiroshima on Aug. 29 Organizing a tour to attend a 500 Jizo statues and Bach memorial concert in Rikuzentakata, Iwate on Sept. 27 Organizing a tour to attend a memorial concert in Miyako, Iwate on March 11, 2016 —————————————————————————————————- Yes!  I...
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LACMA Talk by 15th Grand Master of the Urasenke tea school, May 24

Dr. Genshitsu Sen

Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents a special lecture “Peace Through a Bowl of Tea” by Dr. Genshitsu Sen of Kyoto, Japan on Sunday, May 24, at 1 pm. This lecture is a part of public program in associated with the current exhibition “Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea bowl” at the Pavilion for Japanese Art. Chado (the “Way of Tea”) is the spirit that underlies a traditional form of Japanese culture, embodied as peace in a tea ceremony. Together the terms “harmony,” “respect,” “purity,” and “tranquility” also express that spirit. Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the 15th Grand Master of...
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Japanese film series at Japan Foundation “The Letter” May 27, 7:00PM

© 2006 "THE LETTER" Film Partners

JAPANEMA Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday, at 7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium located at 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free to attend. Reservation is not required. Street Parking is available. *All movies are in Japanese with English subtitles. May 27, 2015, at 7:00PM What it means to commit a crime? What is punishment through the lives of brothers?  “The Letter” (121min, 2006) Directed by Jiro Shono Based on a novel of the same title by Higashino Keigo, a prestigious Naoki Award winning writer who excels at mystery....
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Nine full samurai suits exhibition at Santa Ynez Valley Museum, Opening Reception May30

Domaru Tosei Gusoku armor from early Edo period (1603 – 1650). The helmet is 
Akodanari Sujibachi Kabuto (melon shaped helmet of 18 muscle) with a Medate of a mythical Shinto daemon called a Oni. (Courtesy of the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum)

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum SAMURAI…THE WARRIOR HORSEMEN OF JAPAN Preview Opening Reception – May 30 / Public Opening – June 6 Locating 35 miles north of Santa Barbara, California, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society and its History Museum was organized in 1961 by a group of dedicated Santa Ynez residents who recognized the need to preserve and to celebrate the local history for future generations. Departing from its local history tradition, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum opens its newest exhibition “SAMURAI … The Warrior Horsemen of Japan” on Saturday, May 30, 5 pm – 8...
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Museum discussion about modern Japanese designer Ikko Tanaka, May 30

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Upcoming Events at USC Pacific Asia Museum USC Pacific Asia Mseum 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101 (626) 449-2742 Open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm CONVERSATIONS@PAM Ikko Style: Modern Japanese History & Design Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 PM The program is included with the museum admission, followed by a reception. Please RSVP to Experts from the fields of Japanese history, design and art history will share their insights about Ikko Tanaka’s influence on shaping and branding modern-day Japan, and examine the social and cultural context during that postwar period. Moderated by...
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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, closing May 31

Hello Kitty 40th Ann JANM

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, the Japanese American National Museum’s hit exhibition celebrating the iconic Sanrio character’s 40th anniversary, has been extended for one month. Hello! will now be on view through May 31, 2015. Hello! is the first large-scale museum retrospective of the pop icon in the United States. The exhibition combines an extensive product retrospective of rare and unique items from the Sanrio archives alongside a selection of innovative contemporary artworks inspired by Hello Kitty and her world. New artifacts have recently been incorporated into the exhibition. These include miniature dioramas depicting a Hello...
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Japan’s famous female character actor to debut in Los Angeles, Aug. 9

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Makoto Matsui and US Friends Show Sunday, August 9 at 1:00 pm at the Aratani Theater To coincide with the festivities of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival in August, Japan’s famous female character actor and dance Makoto Matsui will make his Los Angeles debut on Sunday, August 9 at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo. Makoto Matsui was born to a theater family in 1960 in Fukuoka prefecture. He debuted in a theater as role of an abandoned baby before the age of one. His mother was Chieko Matsui, owner and principal actress of the Matsui Chieko Troupe in...
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Japan Foundation to provide language summer camp for teens in July

Japan Foundation Summer Camp 2015

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides a special annual program, the Summer Camp for Teens: Discover Little Tokyo – from July 20-24 This is a fun and interactive language day camp. Campers will learn Katakana (ex.ア、イ、ウ) and easy expressions in Japanese through fun activities while exploring Little Tokyo. It is a wonderful opportunity for teens to be immersed in the language and the culture both inside and outside of the classroom. Please spread the word to teenagers and their parents who are interested in Japanese and Japanese culture! Dates: Mon., July 20 – Fri., July 24 (5 days) Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (3 hours) Location: Little Tokyo, JACCC (Japanese...
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Elegant Pastimes: Masterpieces from Clark Collection

Clark Center Shibata Zeshin

Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture February 10 – June 30, 2015 Elegant Pastimes: Masterpieces of Japanese Art from the Clark Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Opening Lecture Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm Conducted by Dr. Andreas Marks, Head, Department of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Seats are limited. Call the center at (559) 582-4915. Exhibition dates: Feb. 10 – June 30, 2015 After providing enticing exhibitions for twenty years, the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture will close its doors with its final exhibition Elegant Pastimes: Masterpieces...
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Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Pavilion for Japanese Art / March 29 –June 7, 2015 Raku tea bowls have been revered since their first appearance in 16th-century Japanese tea ceremonies. In the West, the term raku refers to a quick, low-fire technique for making ceramics. Few know that this method traces its history back to a Japanese family of potters or, more specifically, to the originator of the technique, Raku I (Chōjirō), who lived in the 1500s. Since then, a single person named Raku has represented each of the 15 generations, and Raku masters have produced vessels for each generation...
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