Hawaii people with ties of Hiroshima Prefecture call for fundraising for victims of Hiroshima flood and landslide

On July 20, “Hawaii for Hiroshima” fundraising campaign was initiated in Honolulu, Hawaii. “Hawaii for Hiroshima” program is a statewide program with support of all Hiroshima Kenjin Kai including 2 located on Oahu and 2 on the Big Island, and several chambers of commerce, and other organizations with ties to Hiroshima prefecture including rotary clubs and lions clubs. “Hawaii for Hiroshima” campaign will close on August 6. Forwarded for Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai In early July, heavy rains in Hiroshima Prefecture and other western Prefectures caused widespread flooding and landslides, which damaged homes and businesses and caused the deaths...
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Jazz Concert at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, Aug. 11, 7:30PM

Jazz Concert Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Makoto Takenaka, piano with guest artist Peter Hata, guitar Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 Time: 7:30 pm Place: Higashi Honganji, 505 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 Free Parking Fee: $20.00, $10 for 12 & under Info: (213) 626-4200 at temple (626) 824-5580 (cell) revpeterhata@gmail.com Please RSVP by Sunday, August 5 Pay in advance or at the door; walk-ins OK until full Makoto Takenaka was born in Connecticut, and raised in Kyoto, Japan. He acquired a BA and MA in Tokyo, then came to the U.S. to study at the Berklee College...
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Japanese Calligraphy from Shiga Exhibition at Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan, Aug 19 – Oct 13

About the Exhibition The State of Michigan and Japan’s Shiga Prefecture are tied together by the lake connection: the Great Lakes in Michigan and Lake Biwa in Shiga. In 1968, both governors signed a sister-state agreement, and 2018 marks  the 50th anniversary of this special relationship. This exhibit is brought to Michigan by the Shiga Calligraphy Association and will showcase over 140 works of calligraphy produced by members of all ages and skill levels. Exhibition Display,  August 19 – October 13 Downtown Ann Arbor District Library 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Exhibit Opening Reception Meet delegates...
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Discover Nikkei web-based project seeks submissions that explore Japanese descendants’ roots for new journal series

Los Angeles—Discover Nikkei, a web-based project of the Japanese American National Museum, has launched the seventh edition of its Nikkei Chronicles, an annual theme-driven online journal with an open call for writings. This year’s theme is Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage. Nikkei (emigrants of Japanese descent) can be found all over the world, living diverse lives and adapting to a variety of environments. The one thing that binds Nikkei together is their common heritage as people of Japanese ancestry. Previous editions of Nikkei Chronicles have explored the ways Nikkei express their culture, whether through food, language, or tradition....
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Nisei Week Ondo Practice at Centenary United Methodist Curch, July 19, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

2018 Nisei Week Ondo Choreographer: Mme. Fujima Kansuma 2018 Grand Parade Songs: 1) Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020 (this music has been edited) (uchiwa needed) 2) Victory by Exile (this music has been edited) (Tenugui needed) 2108 Grand Parade songs videos on Youtube “TOKYO GORIN ONDO 2020”: https://youtu.be/984Hov-RaY    “VICTORY”: https://youtu.be/Zqi-ZCEioJM 2018 Ondo and Closing Ceremony Songs (not in order) 1.  Aizu Bandai san, 2:24 sung  by MINYO STATION 2. Shiawase Samba, 3:23, RECORDED CD 3. Kagoshima Ohara Bushi, 2:41, sung by MINYO STATION 4. One plus One, 3:35, RECORDED CD 5. Asadoya Yunta, 3:25, sung by MINYO STATION 6. Memanbetsu Bayashi, 3:22,...
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Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden invites the public to fundraiser dinner in support of educational programs, July 21, 5:30PM

Forwarded for Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 Saturday, July 21, 5:30PM Jennie Cook Creates A Menu Honoring A Fusion of Japanese And Californian Cultures A Fundraiser in Support of the Garden’s Cultural and Educational Programs Saturday, July 21, 2018 5:30 Welcome Drinks and Silent Auction 6:30 Dinner in the Garden $100 per person (valet service included) Dining al fresco is one of the great delights of summertime in Southern California. But rarely can we experience the joy of a delicious dinner with friends in the setting of a Japanese garden....
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Japan Foundation Los Angeles to present “World of Washi” lecture, July 26, 7:00PM

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture Series 52 World of Washi: Unfolding Tradition and Innovation Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 pm The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Street parking is available near JFLA. Click here for parking info. Admission: FREE (RSVP required) Click here to RSVP The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and Hiromi Paper, Inc. will present a lecture to meet Japanese papermakers from Yamagata, Saitama, Fukui, and Kochi prefectures, and learn about the 1,300 years history of washi (Japanese paper). The Japanese papermakers will showcase their signature papers desired by artists,...
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Japanese American Cultural and Community Center hosting Fukui Echizen Paper Exhibition, Now – July 29

Paper (Kami) and Paper (Kami):  Fukui Echizen Paper Exhibition June 24 – July 29 Gorge J. Doizaki Gallery Japanese American Cultural & Community Center 244 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.jaccc.org Opening Reception: Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Echizen in Fukui Prefecture is known for its 1,500 year history of washi papermaking. Twenty artisans from the region will present their handmade paper installations, both functional and decorative, including an exquisite paper teahouse. Supported in part by Hiromi Paper, Inc. and Fukui Washi Kogyo Kyodo Kumiai.
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Pasadena Japanese garden hosting “Mirage: Kimono Silk as Pigment by Sumi Foley” at its En Gallery, Now – July 29

Mirage: Kimono Silk as Pigment by Sumi Foley June 8 – July 29 En Gallery at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 http://www.japanesegardenpasadena.com/ Inspired by her grandmother, Japanese artist Sumi Foley has been cutting up pieces of antique kimono fabric and lovingly piecing them together into textile mosaics that speak of a reconstructed connection to her homeland and its traditions and to nature. Sumi was born in Osaka, Japan. Sumi combines traditional Japanese aesthetics and her own unique vision and technique to create her art pieces for more than 30 years. www.sumifabricart.com  
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Nisei Week Baby Show, July 28, 9:00AM – 2:00PM, Centenary United Methodist Church, Little Tokyo

2018 Nisei Week Baby Show Applications Now Available LOS ANGELES – June 5, 2018 – The 2018 Nisei Week Baby Show will be held on Saturday, July 28 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Children 1 year to 6 years of age are encouraged to enter this great family event in one of three categories: Tiny Tots – 1 year to 23 months old (check-in 9 am/10 am judging); Romper Stompers – 2 to 3 years old (check-in 11 am/12 pm judging); and Jet Setters – 4 to 6 and 1 month years old...
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Craft and Folk Art Museum hosting “Bamboo” exhibition, on going

Craft and Folk Art Museum 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 937-4230   www.cafam.org Exhibition: Bamboo May 27 – September 9, 2018 The Bamboo exhibition explores the evolution of Japanese bamboo basketry from a purely functional art form into complicated, distinctly Japanese sculptural forms of variable scale. A major selection of historical and contemporary works from the Los Angeles-based Cotsen Collection are central to the exhibition, as well as a large-scale, interactive bamboo installation by Japan-based artist Akio Hizume. This exhibition is supported by Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, with additional support from the Pasadena Art Alliance and the...
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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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