Japanese American wartime incarceration -themed “Behind Barbed Wire” music performances, May 26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Saxophonist Chika Inoue and pianist Mary Au will commemorate the Japanese American incarceration of 1942-1946 with recital featuring “Behind Barbed Wire.” This multimedia piece by composer Deon Nielsen Price includes poetry and documentary video Two performances are set for Saturday, May 26 in Los Angeles Saturday, May 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Beyond Baroque (theater) 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 $10 per person general admission Sponsored by the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee (www.venicejamm.com ) For tickets, contact Phyllis Hayashibara at phyllishayashibara@gmail.com or (310) 390-1576. Seating is limited. The performance of “Behind Barbed Wire” will be followed...
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Cultural News 2018 May issue on sale: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego and more

Cultural News 2018 May Issue in on sale now. It costs $30 per year for 12 issue. For your subscription, visit http://culturalnews.com/subscription Contents: Minneapolis museum’s permanent display space for Japanese art is largest in Western world Petersen Automotive Museum launching two newest exhibitions withe Japanese automaking theme Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego/ 50 Artists – 50 Fish / Mottainai: Waste Not – Cat Chiu Phillips Craft & Folk Museum: Bamboo Los Angeles County Museum of Art / City and Cosmos: The Art of Teotihuacna / Mexico’s international archaeological project co-research director Saburo Sugiyama visits LACMA Gardena Buddhist Church...
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Bringing Okinawa Home – program with lecture and music performance, May 19 at 1:00PM

The Okinawa Association of America in Gardena will host a cultural lecture and traditional music performance on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. The event will be led by two dynamic guest speakers/musicians from Hawai‘i, Eric Wada and Norman Kaneshiro. Titled “Bringing Okinawa Home,” the goal of this event is to promote a deeper appreciation of Okinawa. Wada and Kaneshiro will explore Okinawan identity and values through the traditional customs, native languages, and music. For attendees who are of Okinawan descent, the aim is to consider ways to embrace cultural heritage in daily life so that it can be...
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Santa Monica Main Library to host an event for recalling Japanese American’s swing dance at wartime incarceration camps, May 19, 2:00PM

Swing dance at a wartime incerceration camp

Barbed Wire to Boogie Woogie: Swing in the Japanese American Internment Camps Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 2:00PM Santa Monica Main Library 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium & North Courtyard During World War II, more than 110,000 Japanese American were incarcerated at makeshift facilities at 10 locations in remote desert in the US. And the makeshift facilities in desert were called “Camp” by interned Japanese Americans. Parents and Japanese American leaders, while they were suffering in the camps, wanted the young people to continue to lead a normal life as possible....
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Japan House Los Angeles “Takeo Paper Show: SUBTLE” now – May 23

Japan House Los Angeles Takeo Paper Show: Subtle Delicate or Infinitesimal April 13 – May 23, 2018 Japan House Los Angeles, 2F Gallery Hollywood and Highland Center Japan House Los Angeles presents SUBTLE, an experimental exploration of the delicate world of paper in contemporary context. https://www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles/events/takeo-paper.html  
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Los Angeles Memorial Day services for Japanese American veterans of all wars, May 26, 28

Los Angeles Memorial Day services for Japanese American veterans of all wars will be held as following: Saturday, May 26 at 11:00 am. Japanese American Cultural and Community Center at All Wars Memorial Monument. 244 South San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo. Monday, May 28 at Evergreen Cemetery, 204 North Evergreen Ave in Boyle Heights. Muen-to at 9:30 am. Irei-to at 10:00 am. Monday, May 28 at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Gate 10. Irei-to at 10:00 am. Japanese American veteran groups and Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation will gather at the above places.  
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Santa Barbara Historical Museum: “Only The Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station” now – May 27

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Only The Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station February 1 – May 27, 2018 Closed Monday and Holidays Santa Barbara Historical Museum 136 East De la Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. www.sbhistorical.org Only The Okas Remain exhibition tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of prisoners — who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and...
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Pasadena Japanese garden to present art exhibition of nature, now – June 1

Forwarded for Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden New Exhibition in the En Gallery Abundant Garden: Recent Works by Kaoru Mansour    April 22 to June 1, 2018 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Second & Last Sundays, 10 am – 4pm Members’ Opening Reception April 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Reservations necessary For our spring exhibition, we are delighted to present the work of Kaoru Mansour, a Japanese artist based in Los Angeles, whose work is a celebration of the abundance of nature and our bounteous spiritual, cultural and artistic connections to it. The opening reception for Abundant Garden will be held at the...
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Educational taiko group to present annual concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, June 2 at 7:00PM

Forwarded for Makoto Taiko Makoto Taiko Annual Concert Saturday, June 2 at 7:00pm Arcadia Performing Arts Center 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 Makoto Taiko presents Gathering Currents! – A powerful concert of Japanese drumming with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura and Guest Artist Grammy Award-winning Daniel Ho and his band, the Kilauea Trio including Randy Drake and Steve Billman Makoto Taiko’s desire in our Gathering Currents Concert is to combine various currents of energy to form a meaningful, true, pure sound. No matter who we are or where we come from, these challenging currents can be united into one. We...
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Buddhist Temple of San Diego to present annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar, June 3, 11 am – 4 pm

Buddhist Temple of San Diego’s Annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar www.btsd.net Sunday, June 3, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm Admission is FREE & Open to the Public! Offering: Sushi Teriyaki Chicken Tacos Chow Mein Games Silent Auction Taiko Exhibits Demonstrations And More     Buddhist Temple of San Diego 2929 Market Street San Diego, California  92102 (619) 239-0896 info@btsd.net  
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Japanese American National Museum “hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project” ongoing

hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project, a new exhibition by artist Kip Fulbeck, will open at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, April 7 and remain on view through October 28, 2018. The installation pairs photographs from Fulbeck’s groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, titled kip fulbeck: part Asian, 100% hapa, with new portraits of the same individuals. The photographs are accompanied by each subject’s handwritten responses to the typically posed question, “What are you?” http://www.janm.org/exhibits/hapa-me/  
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Venice Japanese Community Center to present annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) June 23, 24

The Venice Japanese Community Center will present its annual Natsu Matsuri, or summer festival, on Sat., June 23 and Sun., June 24. As an annual schedule, Miss Western Los Angeles, VJCC/WLA JACL Nisei Week Candidate will be announced during the Natsu Matsuri Fest. Contact: Debbe Watanabe, (310) 822-8885 or office@vjcc.com  
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