Jordyn Adachi of San Fernando selected as 2017 Nisei Week Queen

Jordyn Keiko Adachi, 23-year old (center in the photo) sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center was selected as the 2017 Nisei Week Queen at the Coronation event at Aratani Theatre on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Yurika Kristy Yoneda, 24-year old (left side of the queen) sponsored by the Japanese Restaurant Association of America was selected as the First Princess, and Kelly Akiko Sera, 21-year old (right side of the queen) sponsored by the East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center was selected as Miss Tomodachi. Related article: 7 Queen Candidates nominated by Japanese American organizations, July...
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Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, Aug. 19-27

. Jordyn Adachi of San Fernando selected as 2017 Nisei Week Queen . Entire 2017 Nisei Week event schedule is available at www.culturalnews.com/nw2017 . The Nisei Week festival was established by the Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) in 1934 during the Great Depression. It was originally created to attract business to the Little Tokyo area and to promote goodwill. . This first festival included a poster contest, an essay contest, radio broadcasts, a fashion show, various cultural exhibits and demonstrations and an “ondo” or “traditional Japanese street dancing” parade. . A queen pageant was added in 1935 with Alice...
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LACMA: “Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from Gerber Collection” ongoing

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from the Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry Pavilion for Japanese Art May 28, 2017–February 4, 2018 The 1830s marked the beginning of a renaissance in Japanese cloisonné production. Though small objects incorporating enamels were produced in Japan prior to the 19th century, a new generation of artisans developed techniques that enabled the creation of three-dimensional vessels, greater flexibility in surface design, and a number of different enameling styles. During the “golden age” of Japanese cloisonné production (approximately 1880–1910), intricate decorations, sophisticated use of color,...
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LACMA: “Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature” ongoing

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature May 13–September 10, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Whereas European art often depicts nature as something to be feared—a place of wolves and specters—nature in Japanese art is respected, even revered, as an ideal retreat for those needing meditation or tranquility. Beginning in the Heian period (794–1185), nature developed into one of the most common themes in Japanese painting. ​​​Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature features 24 paintings on scrolls and screens spanning four centuries (16th to 20th), which depict nature painted from observation or from memory...
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Film “In This Corner of the World” opening in Southern California, Arizona, Hawaii

Film “In This Corner of the World” opens at the following theaters in Southern California, Arizona, and Hawaii from Aug. 18: Pasadena: Playhouse 7 Cinemas Santa Monica: Monica Film Center Cerritos: Harkins Cerritos 16 Huntington Beach: Century 20 – Bella Terra Irvine: Irvine Spectrum 21 Megaplex Cinemas North Hollywood: Leammle NoHo 7 Ontario: Ontario Plaza 22 Cinemas Orange: Century Stadium 25 Theatre – Orange San Diego: Angelika Film Center & Cafe Arizona Tempe: Valley Art 1 Theatre / 1:00 pm, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm 509 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 Tucson: The Loft Cinema 3 Hawaii...
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Nisei Week: Aug. 27 from 4 pm / Ondo and Closing Ceremony on 1st Street

2017 Ondo & Closing Ceremony, Sunday, Aug. 27 from 4 pm The Nisei Week Japanese Festival will conclude with the Ondo and Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 27. This event will begin at 4 p.m. and is held on 1st Street, between San Pedro Street and Central Avenue. The public is welcome to come enjoy the live entertainment and participate in the Ondo “traditional Japanese street dancing”, followed by the Closing Ceremony. All 2017 Nisei Week Event Listing at www.culturalnews.com/nw2017 Go Metro to Nisei Week www.golittletokyo.com
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Nisei Week: Aug. 27 at 4:00 pm / Fusion styled Japanese folk music group at Nisei Week Closing Ceremony and Ondo

Minyo Station August 27 (Sunday) 4 pm, Nisei week Closing Ceremony & Ondo 1st street in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles on 1st street between South Central Ave & South San Pedro Street + August 18 (Friday) 4:40-7 pm, Tatabata Festival Opening Ceremony in front of Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 August 19 (Saturday) 4:30 – 5:00pm, Natsu Matsuri Family Festival – Free Family Day Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 + Minyo Station is one of a kind, especially,...
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Nisei Week: Aug. 27 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm / Taiko Gathering at JACCC Plaza

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The 24th Annual 2017 Taiko Gathering at the Plaza of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles Sunday, August 27, 2017 Southern California taiko groups will perform at the JACCC stage all day on August 27. Open to the public. Free admission. 10:30 am – Kodama Taiko 11:00 am – Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko 11:30 am – Hanabi Taiko 12:00 pm – Makoto Taiko 12:30 pm – Yuujou Daiko 1:00 pm – Togen Daiko 1:30 pm – Koshin Taiko 2:00 pm – L.A. Taiko Ichiza 2:30 pm – Kishin Daiko 3:00 pm – Crespi Taiko 3:30 pm – Senryu Taiko 4:00 pm – Open 4:30 pm – Open
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Nisei Week: Aug 26-27 / US 101 Photo Club Exhibition at Little Tokyo Tower

US 101 Photo Club Exhibition during the Nisei Week Japanese Festival James Shimozono Bldg. , Little Tokyo Tower, 455 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 August 26 – 27, 2017 Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Open to the public – Admission Free US 101 Photo Club: We are an artists’ group composed of amateur and professional photographers. From film photography to the forefront of digital photography we are in pursuit of excellence in each filed. We have a deep seescape specialist, a worldwide ports-of-call specialist, as well as landscape and celebrity...
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Nisei Week: Aug. 26 – 27 / Stage, Booth, Food at JACCC Plaza, 10 am – 5 pm

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Saturday & Sunday, August 26, 17, 2017 at the Plaza of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 JACCC LAPD New York Life Metro Union Church A3M Azusa St. Foundation Tamiko Creations Armando & Kimiko Dance Heads (Elder Law) Lei Arts and Craft (NW) Los Angeles Anime Film Festival Soft Drinks Miriam Yu Banzai Jerky Nisei Week/Ski Club Cropsticks Co. Japan Airlines California Bank & Trust FOOD: Kabuto Gentaro Soba Day-Lee Foods Shave Ice Tokyo Doggie Style ENTERTAINMENT: Day-Lee Foods GYOZA EATING COMPETITION Kempo Shindo Spirit Keldon and Friends Thrill the World LA CitysideAnthony Francisco SUNDAY,...
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Nisei Week: Aug. 26-27 / Showcase: Bonsai, Calligraphy, Dolls, Embroidery, 10 am – 5 pm

Bonsai Exhibition presented by Nampu-Kai JACCC Doizaki Gallery Japanese Calligraphy exhibition presented by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu-kai JACCC Garden Room A, 10 am – 4 pm Kimekomi Japanese Dolls exhibition presented by Hirofumi-Kai JACCC Garden Room B, 11 am – 5 pm Sashiko Embroidery exhibition with demonstration Sashiko is a form of Japanese needlecraft JACCC Room 311, Pioneer Center, 10 am – 4 pm Kawai Sumie exhibition JACCC Garden Room B U.S. 101 Photo Club exhibition Little Tokyo Tower’s Community Room (1st floor) 10 am – 5 pm Nisei Week Shigin presented by Minami California Shigin Renmei Quiet Cannon, Montebello,...
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Go For Broke: “Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veterans” exhibition

Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran Defining Courage Exhibition Go For Broke National Education Center 355 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. “Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran,” a special exhibition will be on display from Aug. 15-Sept. 17, 2017, in GFBNEC’s “Defining Courage” exhibition, located in the historic Buddhist temple on the west side of the plaza at First Street and Central Ave. in Little Tokyo. The exhibition explores how second-generation Japanese American soldiers of World War II preserved and exemplified the samurai spirit–not only through the heroism of the 442nd Regimental Combat...
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