Majikina dance school to present Los Angeles show designed to honor legendary Okinawan artist, Nov. 2

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On Sunday, Nov. 2, the Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai dance company, led by artistic director Aiko Majikina, will present “Nufa Gukuru – My Spirit Dances” at the Aratani Theatre in the campus of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Little Tokyo. The show starts at 2:00 pm. The show pays homage to the late founding grandmaster, Yuko Majikina, arguably one of the most influential artists of the traditional Okinawan performing arts in the 20th century. The highlight of the program will be “Chindera nu Turaju“, a musical drama that makes its premiere in the mainland United States....
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Japan Foundation to host “Kiyoto: KIRIE Exhibition” from Oct. 27 – Nov. 8

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The Japan Foundation Los Angeles Kiyoto: KIRIE (paper-cutting art) Exhibition Opening Reception: Monday, October 27, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Exhibition: Tuesday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100 Los Angele, CA 90036 Admission: Free Kiyoto Kuge is one of the most well know artist in the Japanese traditional paper-cutting art. His art work is used as an official postal stamp design. The objects of his art are very traditional Japanese scenery, but still he uses pop and eye-catchy colors and designs. It is mix of tradition and pop. That’s because...
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“Way of Ink and Brush” exhibition – Hirokazu Kosaka’s response to “LA Islam Arts Initiative,” thru Nov. 9

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Japanese American Cultural and Community Center LA Islam Arts Initiative Exploring our city and its many communities with visual arts. Way of Ink and Brush Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:00PM George J. Doizaki Gallery, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 October 25-Nov 9, 2014 Exhibition titled ‘Way of Ink and Brush’ is an anthology of traditional Persian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese calligraphy. The ‘Way of Ink and Brush’ will explore the influences of calligraphy throughout the Silkroad with month long exhibition, demonstrations, and lectures. Workshop/lecture on Japanese, Chinese, andPersian...
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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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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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Sold Out / Hello Kitty Con 2014, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2

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Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary at the first ever official Hello Kitty Convention in the world! Hello Kitty Con 2014 is a global gathering of fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty. Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo, Hello Kitty Con 2014 will offer interactive experiences and events for fans and friends of all ages, including activities, art, exhibits, exclusives, workshops, lectures, panels, sneak peeks, tattoos, food, fun, and many more surprises! Join Hello Kitty and your friends at Hello Kitty Con 2014. As Hello Kitty...
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Community organizations to host “Japan Fair 2014” Nov.1, 2 in Little Tokyo

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Nov. 1, 2 (Sat, Sun) 10 am – 5 pm, JACCC Plaza at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Little Tokyo $3 for advanced tickets: $5 on the day: children under $12 years old are free An event to promote Japanese and Japanese American culture is organized by Japanese Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Orange County Japanese American Association, and Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. The fair presents specialty vendors, entertainment, foods and sake, much of which are imported from Japan just for this event. Cultural program will include: Kendo demonstration, Nihon Buyo, Taiko, Children’s Choir, Kendama and so...
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Entertaining spoof of Japan’s famous “Kohaku” TV program to be performed by Grateful Crane Ensemble, Nov. 2

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Grateful Crane’s Natsukashi no Kouhaku Uta Gassen Returns to Torrance on Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00 pm at James Armstrong Theatre, Torrance Cultural Arts Center The singing showdown is back. “Natsukashi no Kouhaku Uta Gassen,” the Grateful Crane Ensemble’s entertaining spoof of NHK’s nationally televised singing contest, “Kouhaku Uta Gassen,” is returning on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Back again in 2014, this year’s show will once again pit the White Team (men) vs. the Red Team (women) as they sing some of the most famous Japanese songs of all time....
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Los Angeles version of “Takarazuka” to be performed by East West Players, Nov. 6 – Dec. 7

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East West Players, the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, continues its 50th Anniversary Season, Golden, with TAKARAZUKA!!!, by Susan Soon He Stanton, directed by Leslie Ishii and choreographed by Cindera Che. This production is presented with community partners the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and AARP. The production features Fiona Cheung, Michael Hagiwara, Joseph Lim Kim, Klarissa Mesee, Joy Regullano, Janelle Toyomi-Dote, and Grace Yoo. Yuko is the Top Star of the Takarazuka, an all-female Japanese performance troupe, that has put on lavishly staged...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum / Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma / ongoing thru Feb. 15, 2015

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USC Pacific Asia Museum Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma The Focus Gallery September 19, 2014 through February 15, 2015   Credited with introducing Chan (Zen in Japanese) Buddhism in China in the 6th century, the Indian monk Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) has become a well-known subject in Buddhist art, frequently depicted in ways that emphasize his non-East Asian origin and iconoclastic persona. As Chan Buddhism gained popularity, various legends associated with the Chan patriarch evolved and artists began to depict those legends alongside his conventional portraits. He is renowned for deeds such as meditating for nine years...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum / Shin Hanga (modern prints) exhibition / on going thru April 2015

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USC Pacific Asia Museum A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century April 25, 2014 through April 19, 2015 Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints fell by the wayside in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression. The exhibition presents examples of shin hanga (modern or new prints) and sosaku hanga (creative prints) side-by-side to bring their differences and their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as distinguishing characteristics from the earlier print forms that originally gained popularity in the West....
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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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