Okinawa Talk / An Iejima-island pastor from Okinawa, Aug. 26 at 7 pm

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Forwarded for Okinawa Association of America Okinawa Association of America presents a talk by Rev. Megumi Enomoto on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 pm at Room 103, Okinawa Association of America building, 16500 South Western Ave, Gardena. Rev. Enomoto spent 20 years in remote island Iejima. The Okinawan phrases “nuchi du takara” (healthy life is our treasure) and “ichariba choodee” (once we meet, we’re family) will be prominent themes in his talk. He will speak in Japanese, but live English translator will be present. Free admission. RSVP is required by call the OAA at (310) 532-1929 or email ...
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Japan Foundation screening / True story on Sado Island in 1946 “Fly, Dakota Fly” on Aug 27, 7 pm

Japan Foudnation "Fly, Dakota Fly"

JAPANEMA / Free Japanese Cinema Screening Series The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday of month at 7:00 pm. All movies are in Japanese with English subtitles. Venue: JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free to attend. Reservation is not required. Street Parking is available. August 27, 2014, 7:00 pm “Fly, Dakota Fly” (109 mins, 2013) Directed by Seiji Aburatani January 1946, a plane makes a crash landing on the beach in a small village on Sado island, Niigata prefecture. It is a British airforce Dakota...
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Japanese fabric dyeing workshop, Aug. 24 in Gardena

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The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute presents Japanese Fabric Dyeing Workshop by Setsuko Hayashi on Sunday, August 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Workshop fees are $25 per person. Fabric dyeing has been an art form since ancient times in Japan. There are many technics used to dye fabric, one of these is Roketsuzome, or Roketsu dyeing. Roketsu dyeing is a wax-resist textile dyeing method. Wax is painted onto the fabric using stencils or by freehand, then the fabric is dyed. One the dye sets, the wax is removed. Master artist, Setsuko Hayashi, will join the class in the...
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Elders’ memories inscribed at “Ruin Map,” Aug 23 opening at JACCC, Little Tokyo

JACCC Kosaka Ruin Map

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles presents its newest exhibit “Ruin Map” by Hirokazu Kosaka at tis George J. Doizaki Gallery from Saturday, Aug. 23 – Sept. 14. Gallery Hours are: Tuesday – Friday, 12 pm – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm; Closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission is free. The opening reception will be held on August 23 from 1 pm – 3 pm. For this exhibit, JACCC’s Artistic Director, Hirokazu Kosaka, has elders draw their childhood community which are then converted into woodcut prints that are displayed together,...
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Photo Essay / Dance masters introduced as official choreographers for 2015 Nisei Week

Bando Ryu Nisei Week Ondo

In the closing ceremony of the 2014 Nisei Week Japanese Festival on Aug 16 at Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, dance masters were given certificates of appreciation by the Nisei Week Foundation. In Bando Ryu’s turn, from left, Bando Hidesomi, Bando Kohiro, and Bando Hirosuzu were introduced to the public. The Nisei Week Foundation also announced the Los Angeles Bando Ryu will be the official choreographer for the 2015 Nisei Week Grand Parade.
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Noh theatre to come to Japanese garden in Little Tokyo, Sept. 7

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Noh: Moon viewing and Sake James Irvine Japanese Garden Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:30 pm $35 General Admission $30 JACCC Member For more information visit or call (213) 628-2725 Noh is the theatrical art originated from the medieval period of Japan. Full of intrigue and mystery, it features rhythmic musicians, choral chanters, and masked actors as they tell the stories handed down over generations. Master Motonori Umewaka of the Kanze school of Noh will perform two works, Hagoromo and Mayflower. In addition to...
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Art Center College of Design to present origami exhibition, thru Aug 20

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  Art Center College of Design Williamson Gallery Folded: The Origami Art of Robert J. Lang Opening reception: Thursday, June 19, 7 to 9 pm Exhibition Dates: June 17 – August 20, 2014 After 30 years of studying of origami as his passion, Robert J. Lang gave up his day job as a laser physicist to focus on both the art and science of origami. He is now recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, and his work has been exhibited at numerous museums, is included in private and public collections, and featured in documentary...
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For a research project, Japan’s students seeking descendants of Issei picture brides

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A team of three students from the University of Tokyo are searching for second to fourth generation descendants of Japanese-American “Picture Brides” for the filming of a documentary for the purpose of an university summer program. The documentary will focus closely on “picture brides,” of the first generation, to explore generational views on romance and marriage. These picture brides refer to women who crossed from Japan to the shores of America to meet their husbands for their first time, in the early 20th century. Now in America, marriages are scarcely arranged, and have greatly changed amongst the Japanese American...
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Getty Center’s photo exhibition / In Focus: Tokyo / August 5 – December 14

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Forwarded for the Getty Center Photo Exhibition In Focus: Tokyo August 5–December 14, 2014 the Getty Center Drawn from the Getty Museum’s collection, this one–gallery exhibition of photographs presents four responses to the dense, hyperreal megalopolis that is Tokyo. Although a kaleidoscopic vision would seem to be required to represent this stratified, vertical capital, the Japanese photographers featured in this show have found a way to portray their city at human scale. Shigeichi Nagano observes the interactions of community within a perpetually rebuilt environment, as he has since the 1950s. Masato Seto focuses on the hard–won leisure of local...
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LACMA’s Japanese Art / Kimono for a Modern Age, thru Oct. 19

LACMA Kimono for a Modern Age

Forwarded for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Kimono for a Modern Age The Pavilion for Japanese Art July 5, 2014–October 19, 2014 A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired...
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LACMA / Zuan: Japanese Design Books / thru Oct 12

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  Los Angeles County Museum of Art Zuan: Japanese Design Books The Pavilion for Japanese Art, Level 3 July 5, 2014–October 12, 2014 Zuan, a form of elaborately printed Japanese design book, reflect an evolution in textile design that influenced the art of kimono in the 20th century. For example, the exhibition includes zuan design books produced in Kyoto that display startling color combinations, large-scale patterns, and edgy abstracts that pushed kimono fabric designers to new considerations that influenced both formal and informal kimono. Zuan were also referenced by decorative artists for media whose designs were more graphic in...
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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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