Japanese stories to be staged at Huntington Library’s family day program, Oct. 11

Momotaro by Grateful Crane

Japanese American musical troupe The Grateful Crane Ensemble will be featured at “A Celebration of Stories” one-day family program celebrating all things literary in the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino on Saturday, Oct. 11. Books will be brought to life through performances in the gardens along with reading, children’s craft activities, and more. Music and storytelling by the Grateful Crane will take place in 15-minute presentations at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. in The Huntington’s Chinese Garden. The stories will include “Momotaro:  The Peach Boy,” “Tanabata,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare,” directed by...
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Efforts to bring songs to Tohoku video to be screened, Oct. 4

Grateful Crane in Ishinomaki

Forwarded for the Grateful Crane Ensemble The Grateful Crane Ensemble’s 2014 Goodwill Tour to Japan DVD Community Screening Saturday, October 4, 2014, 2 pm to 4 pm Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin Temple 815 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Lotus Rooms, A, B & C (Downstairs) Free admission. To RSVP, call the Grateful Crane hotline at (310) 995-5841. + For many of us, our goodwill tour to Tohoku and Hiroshima, Japan earlier this year was a deeply moving and life-changing experience. Words alone cannot describe the wonderful people we met, the incredible challenges they face and the...
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Annual bazaar for Okinawan to bring the community together, Oct. 12

Okinawan Annual Bazaar

  Forwarded for the Okinawa Association of America On Sunday, Oct. 12, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host their Annual Bazaar at the OAA Center, Gardena. This is the only annual event in Southern California that celebrates Okinawan culture, bringing the community together for an afternoon of delicious food and soulful entertainment. The OAA, a cultural non-profit organization formed by Okinawan immigrants over 100 years ago, also uses the bazaar as their annual fundraiser for events, classes, and facility maintenance. Food booths include tasty favorites such as fresh sātā andāgī (the best “Okinawan dango” in town), Okinawa...
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Annual Japanese themed bazaar to be held at Pasadena community center, Oct. 5

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Forwarded for Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute The Pasadena Cultural Institute was founded in 1962 to support Japanese cultural events and organizations in the greater Pasadena Community, with the purpose to preserve and promote the awareness of and appreciation for Japanese Language and Culture. Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute’s Annual Bazaar Sunday, October 5, 2014 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute 595 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91103 (Cross Street Orange Grove Blvd) http://www.pjci.org/ Opportunity Drawing, Prizes, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Booths, Crafts, Games, Food and Fun! 1st Prize – iPad Retina 2nd Prize – 10 cup Electric Rice Cooker...
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Museum’s volunteers to host 50+ craft and gift vendors in Little Tokyo, Oct. 5

JANM Kokoro Craft Boutique

Forwarded for “Friends of the Museum” of the Japanese American National Museum On Sunday, Oct. 5, “Friends of the Museum” will host the 6th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique at the Japanese American National Museum from 10 am to 4 pm. Don’t miss this free showcase and sale of distinctive artisan-quality times. There will be 50+ vendors in the craft show selling unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, woven & silk scarves, origami, handbags, cultural t-shirts, pottery, ceramics, bronze & glass art, stationery, and more. This boutique will also feature crafts from Asian American pop culture juggernaut, Eric Nakamura of Giant...
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Culture center hosting bamboo sculpture exhibition from Oita prefecture, Sept. 20 – Oct. 19 at Little Tokyo

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Oita’s Art Moment September 20 – 19, 2014 George J. Doizaki Gallery Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012   Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, noon – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm. Closed Monday and Holidays.   For the first time in the U.S., JACCC and Tai Modern are exhibiting bamboo artists from the Oita prefecture of Japan. More than fifty works of bamboo baskets from traditional to experimental works will be at the JACCC. Support provided by the Oita Bamboo Industry and Culture Association and...
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USC to present the 8th–12th century music and performance of Japan, Sept 30

USC Shirabyoshi by Maiko sakurai

Forwarded for University of Southern California, Center for Japanese Religion and Culture Japanese Buddhist Chanting (Shōmyō) and Shirabyōshi Performance by Sakurai Makiko Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm University Park Campus, University of Southern California The Rosen Family Screening Theatre Sakurai Makiko performs Japanese Buddhist chanting (shōmyō) and shirabyōshi dance in a live performance at the University of Southern California.  This two-part performance offers a rare look at music and dance of Japan’s Heian and Kamakura periods (794-1185). Shōmyō, associated with the Tendai school of Buddhism, is performed at Buddhist services, generally by monks.  It has...
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One-man Kabuki storyteller to come to Little Tokyo, Oct. 10

Kunitoshi Kineya

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents Kunitoshi Kineya’s “One-Man Kabuki Storyteller” at David Henry Hwang Theater in Little Tokyo on Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm. Admission free, reservation required at www.jflalc.org Veteran Nagauta shamisen player Kunitoshi Kineya will present a shamisen demonstration and perform classical Kabuki piece “Kurozuka” in which English subtitles will be provided. Kunitoshi Kineya has been active for nearly 40 years performing and composing pieces on the shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument. He began playing Nagauta shamisen when he was just eighteen years old, after being captivated by its fascinating tone and rich history. It was...
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Japanese American National Museum / Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty / Opening Oct 11

Hello Kitty 40th Ann JANM

The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will present a first-of-its-kind exhibition in honor of the 40th anniversary of pop icon Hello Kitty, beginning October 11, 2014. Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty will combine a product-based historical and sociological examination of Hello Kitty, including rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives, with an installation of mixed media works by artists demonstrating Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, will serve as curator for the retrospective component of the exhibition. Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner...
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Getty Center’s photo exhibition / In Focus: Tokyo / August 5 – December 14

Mikiko Hara

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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Playwright Velina Hasu Houston to speak at University of Southern California, Oct. 21

Velina Hasu Houston

Velina Hasu Houston Literary Retrospective : Provost’s Writers Series October 21, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Doheny Library, USC, 240 Velina Hasu Houston is the only American playwright to amass a body of work that explores the U.S.-Japan relationship through a bilateral, global view of identity. She has written more than 30 plays as well as opera, musical theatre, poetry, essays, a novel and works for film and television. Her work is produced around the world and nationwide as well as studied globally at universities in Japan, China, Egypt, India, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Canada, the United...
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Okinawan dance-drama to be staged by Majikina LA school with artists from Okinawa and Hawaii, Nov. 2

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On Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 pm, Okinawan dance group Majikina Honryu Ryubu Dojo Aigen no Kai Los Angeles will present, “Nufa Gukuru – My Spirit Dances” at the Aratani/Japan America Theater of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center located at 244 South San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo. Led by artistic director, Aiko Majikina, the show’s main focus is to highlight the original creations of their founding grandmaster, the late Iemoto, Yuko Majikina. Dancers and musicians from Okinawa and musicians from Hawaii will also be joining the Los Angeles cast of dancers. A free pre-show lecture by...
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