Downtown Los Angeles: Senshin Obon Festival July 2, 5 – 10PM

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Obon Festival and Bonodori at Japanese Buddhist temples   June 11 (Saturday) Arizona Obon Festival: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Bonodori at 6:45 pm at Arizona Buddhist Temple in Phoenix June 18- 19, Sun Valley Obon Festival: Saturday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Bonodori at 7:00 pm; Sunday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Bonodori at 6:30 pm at  Valley Community Center, 8850 Lankershim Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352. Facebook: Valley Japanese Community Center June 25-26, San Fernando Valley Obon Festival: Satuday, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Bonodori at 7:00 pm; Sunday, 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Bonodori at 6:30...
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Japanese American Cultural and Community Center “Women Printmakers” thru July 17

Hisako Terasaki: Born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in 1928. In 1968, Terasaki studied printmaking at UCLA with John Solem and further studied advance printmaking with David Glines. In 1978, her first exhibition was held at the Framecompany in Los Gatos, California and in 1980 second exhibition at the Montalvo Center of Arts in Saratoga, California.

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 “Women Printmakers” June 26 – July 17, 2016 George J. Doizaki Gallery Featured artists are Tomie Arai, June August, Kimiko Miyoshi, and Seiko Tchibana. The exhibition focuses on exceptional contemporary women printmakers whose works are diverse from traditional stylistic approaches to printmaking to contemporary installations. This exhibition explores the nuanced influences of Japanese printmaking interwoven with the shaping of each artist’s individual expression and experiences within her work. Printmaking, today, holds a unique place in the artistic world, once being on the forefront of...
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Cultural News June 2016 Issue just published

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2016 / USC Pacific Asia Museum is closed for seismic retrofit since June 26

A historic photo of USC Pacific Asia Museum

Forwarded for the USC Pacific Asia Museum Our historic home was built in 1924, so it’s time for some work! USC Pacific Asia Museum will be closed for a seismic retrofit to strengthen the building’s foundations beginning June 27, 2016 until May 2017. We hope all our wonderful visitors will take this month to stop by our building to visit our galleries, exhibitions and courtyard to say farewell (but not goodbye!). We’ll be opening up next year with stronger programming, exhibitions and events! Check out what’s going on this month: June 12, 2016 – Free 2nd Sunday: Celebrate Imperial...
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2016 / USC Pacific Asia Museum “The View from a Scholar’s Studio” May 2015 – June 26, 2016

Ikegami Shuho (1874 -1944): Landscape after Shen Zhou’s (1427 – 1509) “Clearing after Snow over Rivers and Mountains,” (Detail). 1925. (Courtesy of USC Pacific Asia Museum)

USC Pacific Asia Museum Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art The View from a Scholar’s Studio:  Japanese Literati Paintings from Tiezudingzhai Collection Third Rotation: Jan. 27 – June 26 Literati culture — the ideal of the scholar-gentleman — provides a thread connecting East Asia. Developed in China by the 11th century as a kind of “alternative” way of life and expression, it is often visualized in paintings of idealized landscapes and in bird-and-flower subjects that symbolize ideal character traits of the scholar-gentlemen. The View from a Scholar’s Studio illustrates how Japanese literati willfully adapted this Chinese culture...
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2016 / USC Pacific Asia Museum “The Art of Princely Court in 15th-centry China” Feb. 26 – June 26

Hairpins in Phoenix shape, mid-16th century, gold, length 9 1/8 inch, width 2 3/4 inch, weights 146.9 g. Excavated from a royal tomb of the Jing Principality at Wanzuan, Qichun in 2009. Qichun County Museum.

USC Pacific Asia Museum Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China February 26 through June 26 Royal Taste offers a unique glimpse into the luxurious lifestyles of princely courts in early- and mid-Ming China. Featuring more than one hundred fifty works of pictorial, sculptural, and decorative arts, this exhibition sheds light on some lesser-known aspects of the palatial lives and religious patronage of Ming princes. Royal Taste is a special ticketed exhibition: Adult $18, Students & Seniors $15, Children 12 and under free. Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Closed Monday and...
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2016 / Japanese American National Museum “Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920 – 1940″ Feb. 28 – June 26

Asahachi Kono “Pond Fantasy” c. 1930. Gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kono family.

In the early 1900s, groups of Japanese Americans formed photography clubs along the Pacific Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle. Their photographs were exhibited and published internationally to considerable acclaim, and admired by other photographers including Edward Weston and László Moholy-Nagy. Through artfully arranged images, the photographers represented the Japanese cultural heritage that they knew and loved; at the same time, their dynamic compositions of abstract forms contributed to the progress of modern art both at home and abroad. Sadly, much of this output was lost or destroyed during the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Making Waves...
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2016 / Japanese dance recital by Azuma Kotobuki Kai in Thousand Oaks, June 26

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Forwarded for the Azuma Kotobuki Kai The Azuma Kotobuki Kai invites you to our annual Japanese dance program on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2:30pm at the Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (From 101 Freeway, exit Moorpark Rd, north on Moorpark 2.75 mi.) Doors open at 2:00 p.m. It should be a great program with 61 dancers — age 5 to adult — from Ventura, LA and Orange Counties! We will also have a guest performance by Togen Daiko (a taiko group) who will participate in the finale. Our programs are always followed by...
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2016 / Shakuhachi Master Reidou Konno to perform at charity concert in West L.A. June 26

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Shakuhachi Master Reidou Konno will perform at a charity concert of the West L.A. Holiness Church on Sunday, June 26 at 2:30 pm. In 1969, Konno entered Niigata University, and started to play shakuhachi. He studied Kinko-School Shakuhachi with Living National Treasure Reibo Aoki II. In 2004, he received the highest shakuhachi music title “Kokuuan Daishihan 9 Dan” (the Grand Master, Rank 9). Other artists are: Flamenco Guiter, Jose Tanaka; Piano, Shotaro Matsumoto; Singer, Hiroko Tanaka; and WLA Holiness Choir. One Heart Prayer: Charity Concert for Japan Earthquake Relief Fund West L.A. Holiness Church 1710 South Butler Ave Los...
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2016 / Huntington’s garden director James Folsom awarded Japan’s medal June 16

Conferment Ceremony: Japan’s medal recipient Dr. James Folsom, left, and Japanese consul general Harry Horinouchi. (June 16, 2016. Cultural News Photo)

Dr. James Folsom, director of the botanical garden at the Huntington Library, was selected as a recipient of the Spring 2016 Decoration by Japanese government. On June 16 in Los Angeles, the conferment ceremony to Dr. Folsom was presented by Japanese consul general Harry Horinouchi with invited guests at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan. Dr. James Folsom Conferment videos 1 Consul General Harry Horinouchi 2 Dr. James Folsom 3 Mr. Don Conlan Dr. James P. Folsom, Recipient of Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette Born in 1950 in Alabama,...
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Okinawa Memorial Day to feature WWII documentary screening, June 18 at 1:00PM

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Forwarded for the Okinawa Association of America Irei-no-Hi event: “Okinawa: The Afterburn” documentary screening English and Japanese subtitles Join us as we commemorate Irei-no-Hi (Okinawa Memorial Day for the lives lost during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII) with a special documentary screening on Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm at the OAA Center. Titled “Okinawa: The Afterburn” (Okinawa – Urizun no Ame), this feature-length documentary explores the devastating WWII battle that left Okinawa in ruins. Academy Award nominated director, John Junkerman, interviews both Okinawan civilian survivors and US WWII veterans, presenting a full scope of the conflict. The post-war effects are also...
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Fullerton Arboretum in Orange County “Bonsai Exhibition” thru June 19


The Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92831, will present the Bonsai Exhibition on Green Scene Weekend on April 16-17, and run the exhibition until Sunday, June 19. Exhibitions open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm. Open to the public and donations are appreciated. The exhibition will be in the outdoor display area adjacent to the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. Participants are Orange Empire Bonsai Society, Orange County Bonsai Society, Kofu Bonsai Kai, and Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai.  (657) 278-3407
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