Free Japanese Film Screening: “A Story of Yonosuke” at Japan Foundation, Feb. 10 at 7:00PM

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JAPANEMA The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free to attend. Reservation is not required. Street Parking is available. http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking February 10 @ 7PM Heartfelt Movie that Sings the Song of the Unheroic Hero A Story of Yonosuke (160 min, 2012) Directed by Shuichi Okita Yonosuke arrives at university in the late 1980s, a time when Japan is booming and the economy is raining cash. Hopelessly naive, and hopelessly self-confident, he comes to the big city and annoying...
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Japan Foundation/ UCLA screening of high-definition Kabuki film at Billy Wilder Theater, Feb. 11 at 7:30PM

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Forwarded for the Japan Foundation Los Angeles Japan Foundation to screen high-definition Kabuki films for free on Feb. 6, 11, 13 The Exotic Vibrancy of Kabuki Coming to a Theater near You! Three separate works, three separate theaters throughout L.A. Come join us for an unforgettable experience. Kabuki Theatre, with origins dating back to the 1600s, has remained steeped in tradition while constantly innovating. Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in theatres around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound. WHAT IS CINEMA...
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UCLA Screening Seijun Suzuki Retrospective at Billy Wilder Theater, Feb. 12, 13 at 7:30PM

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UCLA Film & Television Archive; the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution; Japan Foundation; and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies present ACTION, ANARCHY, AND AUDACITY: A SEIJUN SUZUKI RETROSPECTIVE Friday, February 5 – Sunday, March 13 - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - VENUE  The Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90024 (corner of Wilshire &...
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Pianist Fuzjko Hemming back to Los Angeles to commemorate 5th anniversary of Japan disaster, March 13, 7:30PM

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Fuzjko Hemming Piano Recital with Cellist Marek Szpakiewicz Sunday, March 13, 7:30 pm. Zipper Hall (inside the Colburn School) 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets: $35, $25 ($15 for seniors and students) http://hemming.brownpapertickets.com  (800) 838-3006 Having sold more than 2 million copies of her debut CD, “La Campanella,” Fuzjko Hemming is one of the most beloved pianists among Japanese and European audience. Recently, Catalunya Radio, the largest classical music radio station in Spain, chose her latest CD as the best CD by listeners’ votes. Hemming will be back to Los Angeles for a special recital to...
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5th Anniversary Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial Week, March 6 -11

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Sunday, March 6, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, at Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters Auditorium in Downtown: Love to Nippon 2016 -The 5th Annual 3.11 Memorial Event - Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial: Keynote speaker, Mr. Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation “Remembering 9.11 & 3.11.” Tuesday evening, March 8 at Nibei Foundation, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90064: Screening “Joy of Man’s Desiring,” film of earthquake orphans of Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. March 10 at 9:46 pm in Los Angeles Time (2:26 pm, March 11 in Tokyo Time): Public Prayers at the...
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Cultural News has raised $24,200 so far

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$30,000 fund is needed by March 31, 2016, for 2015-2017 campaign of “Come to Japanese Art and Cultural Places” Cultural News’ Mission: to introducing the best of Japanese art exhibitions and cultural events to the public in Los Angeles Cultural News is published for Enthusiasts of Japanese art and culture Seekers for their Japanese heritage Japan’s natives rediscovering their culture outside of Japan   The standard budget of the Cultural News operation in past five years is $35,000 annually. The standard annual revenue consists of donations for $10,000, subscriptions for $15,000, and advertisement supports for $10,000. Cultural News would...
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February issue just published

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The February 2016 issue of Cultural News is just published. 12 issues per year costs only $30. Send your check to Cultural News, P.O. Box 48678, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Let’s start your subscription of Cultural News. For inquiries, contact higashi@culturalnews.com  
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Little Tokyo Library Program “Bronzville Presentation” Feb. 13, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

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Forwarded for the Little Tokyo Library The Little Tokyo Historical Society and the Robey Theatre Company have teamed up with the Little Tokyo Library to do a presentation on Bronzeville on Saturday, Feb. 13, 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the Little Tokyo Library (corner of 2nd and Los Angeles St.). When the Japanese-Americans were forcibly moved out of Little Tokyo during WWII, the African-Americans moved in and Little Tokyo became known as Bronzeville. Late night “breakfast clubs” and Jazz became the norm.  Three productions of a play written by Tim Toyama and Aaron Woolfolk entitled, “Bronzeville” were done between...
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Little Tokyo Library Programs for February, 2016

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 203 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA 90012 – (213) 612-0525 http://www.lapl.org/branches/little-tokyo Event Name: Teen Game Nights! (NEW!) Date/Time:  Every Tues & Thurs, 4:00-6:00 pm Description: Join us for some great Xbox One action featuring Halo 5. You are welcome to bring additional Xbox One disks to play. We also have the following board games: Risk, Sorry, Battleship, Uno, Chess, Monopoly, and Stratego. Tell your friends!   Event Name: Black History Month Celebrates Bronzeville Date/Time: Sat, 2/13  – 1:00-2:30 pm Description: Join us for a presentation on Bronzeville.  Bronzeville was a community that came into being in Little Tokyo...
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Tribute to Dr. Takeo Uesugi (1940 – 2016)

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Renowned landscape architect – Japanese garden designer Dr. Takeo Uesugi passed away at 75 Renowned landscape architect – Japanese garden designer Dr. Takeo Uesugi passed away at the age of 75 on Jan. 26. Dr. Uesugi, professor emeritus of California State Polytechnic University Pomona and Japan’s government medal recipient, had designed and overseen major projects such as Huntington Library’s Japanese Garden renovation project, Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, and James Irvine Japanese Garden of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles. Cultural News articles about Dr. Takeo Uesugi 2015...
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Tribute to Dr. Paul Terasaki (1929 – 2016)

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*Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th Street, Santa Monica, California 90403. *A memorial service is planned for Sunday, March 6, 2016 at UCLA Royce Hall starting at 11:00am. World renowned scientist and benefactor for Japanese American community, Dr. Paul Tersaki passed away at the age of 86 on Jan. 25 The Announcement of Terasaki Foundation Laboratory/Terasaki Research Institute on January 25, 2016 It is with great sadness and regret that we inform our global HLA & Transplant colleagues that Dr. Paul I. Terasaki,...
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JACCC 18th Annual Shikishi Exhibition in Little Tokyo

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18th Annual Shikishi Exhibition January 3 – February 21, 2016 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Doizaki Gallery, Closed Monday and Tuesday Opening Reception: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 2:30PM JACCC presents its 18th Annual Shikishi Exhibition with artwork submitted by the community based on the theme Hatsu-Yama (First Mountain) and/or the Year of the Monkey. Shikishi paper-boards have been used in Japan since the 12th century for traditional painting or to inscribe poetry. Today, shikishi are given as a gift to mark a memorable or special occasion. In 1998, JACCC fused traditional and contemporary notions of the shikishi by...
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