Cultural News 2016 July/August issue is just published

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Cultural News 2016 July/August issue is just published. One year subscription fee is just $30 for 12 issues. For free sample issue. contact Shige Higashi via email to and send your postal mailing address.  
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Little Tokyo and West Los Angeles Obon Festivals, July 30-31

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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...
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Nikkei Games Invitational Track & Field: Sport events for Japanese American families at El Modena HS in Orange, July 30, 8:00AM

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Forwarded for 2016 Nikkei Games Nikkei Games Invitational Track & Field July, 30, 2016 Fred Kelly Stadium 3920 East Spring Street, Orange, CA 92869 Check-in: 8:00 am to 8:45 am 50 Meter Dash (1 to 6 years); 50 Meter Dash (50 and older); 100 Meter Dash (7 to 49 years); 400 Meter Dash (13 and older): 1600 Meter Dash (13 and older); Ball Throw (3 to 6 years); Long Jump (5 to 18 years); High Jump (9 to 18 years); Daikon Relays (7 and older) The 2016 Nikkei Games, “games for the generations,” Track and Field Invitational will be...
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Nisei Week free dance classes set for July 19 – Aug. 4

Hanayagi Rokufukumi’s setudents: Marci Asao, Alyssa Asao, Ayako Toma, Jeane Hamabe, Flora Uyehara

Forwarded for the Nisei Week Foundation Ever want to dance in the Nisei Week Ondo & Closing Ceremony or Grand Parade? Join us this year as the Nisei Week Japanese Festival celebrates its 76th anniversary August 13-21. 2016 Ondo Dance: Soran Matsuri (Song by Yoshimi Tendo) Hoshi no mai (Song by Megumi Date) Choreographies by Hanayagi Rokufukumi To help the public prepare for the Grand Parade (August 14) and Ondo street dancing/Closing Ceremony (August 21), free public dance practices are being held from 6:30 – 9 pm on Tuesday July 19, Thursday July 21, Tuesday July 26, Thursday July...
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Kabuki – Behind the Scene: Dance Wig Lecture / Demo, Aug 6 at 2PM

Japanese wig stylist, Tokuo Toyotani

An exciting and informative lecture and demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute  featuring a Japanese wig stylist, Tokuo Toyotani, and his protégé, son Kazuo Toyotani. During the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, event titled, “The Art of Tokoyama: The Japanese Traditional Dance Wig Lecture and Demonstration,” Toyotani, of the renowned Gekidanshinpa Theatrical Group in Japan, will discuss the art of combing Japanese dance wigs used in Kabuki and classical dance. He has been invited to present this educational forum by the Nihon Buyo Kai of California, a nonprofit organization established by...
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Oldest karate demonstration in U.S. to mark 60th anniversary, Aug. 13 from 11AM – 1:30PM

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On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the Shotokan Karate of America will host its 60th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament at the Braun Gymnasium of the California Institute of Technology or Caltech. The Shotokan Karate of America Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament is the oldest karate demonstration in the United States. Fighters and participants will come to Los Angeles from dojos nationwide and abroad to compete and give individual and group demonstrations. The Shotokan Karate America Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament started in 1957 when Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima gave the first official demonstration of karate to the...
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76th Nisei Week Festival set for August 13–21

Los Angeles Bando Ryu dancers at the 2015 Nisei Week Grand Parade. (Cultural News Photo)

The Nisei Week Foundation announces that the 76th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival will take place from August 13 – 21 at Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The Niei Week Festival showcases free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits, including music and entertainment, food and fun games spanning two weekends. The Nisei Week is one of the nation’s longest running ethnic festivals of its kind. The 10th annual free Tanabata Festival (August 13-14) will color Little Tokyo’s Central Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA between Temple and First streets with large, assorted streamers (kazari). Individuals, families, community groups,...
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People and scenery photos of Okinawa exhibition in Redondo Beach July 23-24

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“Origin: The Heart of Okinawa’s Uncommon Charm,” featuring a selection of images from award-winning photographer Shokyu Otsuka, will be on view at the Women’s Club of Redondo Beach, 400 South Broadway in Redondo Beach, on the weekend of July 23 and 24 from 10 am to 5 pm. A series of Otsuka’s photographs are donated to the City of Redondo Beach by Okinawa’s Itoman City, a sister city of Redondo Beach. Otsuka captures everyday scenes of family, colorful festivals, and the breathtaking beautiful world in which they live. Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on...
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Huntington Library Exhibition: Japanese American photographer captures uniqueness of American architectures, ongoing

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Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene & Greene June 18 – Oct. 3, 2016 Huntington Library, at Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art Japanese-American photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s photographs of Greene & Greene architecture are shown for the first time in the U.S. The influential photographer turned his lens toward the work of California Arts and Crafts architects Greene & Greene in 1974, producing a suite of images for the Japanese design magazine Approach. Before his death in 2012, Ishimoto expressed his wish to have these photographs shown in the U.S. Now, more than 40 years...
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First Dialouge of People: Bangladeshi and Japanese, July 29 at 8:00PM

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Cultural News and Global Attorney Service present “Fist Dialogue of People: Bangladeshi and Japanese” on Friday, July 29 at 8:00PM at Bangladesh Academy, 4203 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Admission free. The space is limited.   + By Shige Higashi, Editor and Publisher Cultural News Purposes of the terrorist attacks are to spread fears against religions and cultures which you do not know and to deepen ignorance about other religions and cultures. On July 2 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the worst terrorist attack since 2005 in the country caused the casualties of nine Italians, seven Japanese, four Bangladeshi,...
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Nisei Week: Opening ceremony is a result of one year efforts by Japanese American communities

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In 2016, the Nisei Week Japanese Festival is observing its 76th anniversary. The festivities will take place from Aug. 13 -21 at Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Every year, the Nisei Week is completely planned, organized and run by hundreds of volunteers at large in the Japanese American Community of Los Angeles and Orange counties. With the leadership of Nisei Week Foundation 2015-2016 president David Teragawa, the 2016 Nisei Week Opening Ceremony, a result of one year efforts by numerous Japanese American groups, was held on Sunday, July 17 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo....
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A mayor from Tohoku to address reconstruction update from disaster, July 21 at 2PM

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“Current Status of Reconstruction and Issues of the Devastated Areas of Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture” Address by Mr. Kimiaki Toda, Mayor of Ofunato City Thursday, July 21, 2016, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Mayor Toda will express his personal gratitude to the people of Los Angeles for their enduring support following the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and give a power point presentation on the present situation of Ofunato City. Five challenging years have passed since the catastrophe. Thanks to the great support received from people of Los Angeles and...
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