Torrance Bunka Sai 2017 is This Weekend

Torrance Bunkasai 2017

Forwarded for the Torrance Sister City Association THIS WEEKEND!!!  The 45th Annual Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival presented by the Torrance Sister City Association on Saturday/Sunday, April 22 & 23 from 11-5 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center ( 3341 Torrance Blvd). Asian-themed craft faire with 22 vendors; children’s games, food Japanese cultural arts performances and exhibits This is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Sister City Exchange Program Free and open to the public Event Schedule: All proceeds benefit student cultural exchange program with Kashiwa, Japan. Thank you for your kind support!
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Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, April 22-23, 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

The 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and the City of Monterey Park are pleased to present the 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on April 22-23, 2017. Entry to the festival is free to the public. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754. Take the time to see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of...
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Fullerton Arboretum to present bonsai exhibit, April 22 – May 14, Saturdays and Sundays

JACCC Nsei Week Bonsai

Fullerton Arboretum 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92831 657-278-3407 April 22 – May 14, 2017 Saturdays & Sundays: 12 pm – 4 pm Open to the public. Donations are appreciated The Fullerton Arboretum is pleased to announce the opening of the Bonsai Exhibition on Green Scene Weekend, April 22-23,  and continuing through May14, 2017. Exhibit will be in the outdoor display area adjacent to the Orange County Agricultural & Nikkei Heritage Museum. Participating in the exhibit: Orange Empire Bonsai Society Orange County Bonsai Society Kofu Bonsai Kai Viet Bonsai Today Society  
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Tohoku & Kumamoto fundraising event with screening document and panel discussion, April 22, 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Screening Stories from Tohoku

The JET Alumni Association of Southern California & Arizona is hosting a Tohoku & Kumamoto Fundraiser featuring a screening of Stories From Tohoku and panel discussion on April 22, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The panel will include Brian Kito of Fugetsu-Do, Darrell Miho and Megan Ono, moderated by Co-Producer Debra Nakatomi. Tickets are $25. All donations will benefit the Japan American Society’s Relief Funds and support the communities of Tohoku and Kumamoto. Please visit for more information.
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LACMA: Families: Andell Family Sundays—Bright Design: Awazu Kiyoshi, April 23, 12:30PM – 3:30PM

April 9, 23, 30, 12:30PM – 3:30PM Forwarded for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA: Families: Andell Family Sundays—Bright Design: Awazu Kiyoshi, April 9, 23, 30, 12:30PM – 3:30PM Families: Andell Family Sundays—Bright Design: Awazu Kiyoshi April 9, 23, 30 | 12:30 pm L.A. Times Central Court Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays! Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection. Create memories together and have fun! Japanese graphic designer Awazu...
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Screening “Your Name.” at Laemmle theaters, ongoing

Opening at theaters in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017 From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other....
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Little Tokyo Rotary Club to host talk event by daughter of first U.S. diplomat assigned to Hiroshima after the Atomic-bombing, April 25, 6:00PM

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Rotary Club of Little Tokyo will host talk event “My Hiroshima story: Waging peace after the A-Bomb” at Miyako Hotel, 328 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 on Tuesday, April 25 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Costs are $35 per person including refreshments and snack buffet. The event is open to Rotary members and non-members. For RSVP, email to Farida Fotouhi, daughter of American diplomat assigned to Hiroshima, was 6 years old when she arrived at Hiroshima in 1953. And she spent four and half years in Hiroshima and attended an all-Japanese grade school. At age...
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Newport Beach Film Festival to feature “The Long Excuse” (Nagai iiwake) at Japanese Spotlight event, April 24, 7:30PM & April 27, 5:00PM

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach, Calif. – On Monday, April 24, 2017 the 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will present its Japanese Spotlight, an evening celebration of Japanese cinema and culture. The event will feature the U.S. Premiere of the highly anticipated film, The Long Excuse (Nagai iiwake), followed by a festive Pacific Rim Gala. The Long Excuse is based on a book about a widowed writer who lost his wife in a bus crash. He tries to come to terms with her death by taking care of children of a man who also lost his wife in the same...
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48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2017 Manzanar At Dusk Set for April 29

Manzanar Pilgrimage

Forwarded for the Manzanar Committee LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2017 — “Never Again To Anyone, Anywhere! 75th Commemoration of Executive Order 9066” is the theme for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below). This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate 75 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the unjust incarceration of more than 110,000...
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Workshop on Online Security and Identity Theft Prevention to be held in Little Tokyo, June 3

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Forwarded for Little Tokyo Service Center A free educational workshop for seniors and their caregivers will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, located at 505 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 in Little Tokyo. The event is free and open to the public. Both programs will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese. We use technology everyday for entertainment, convenience, staying in touch with families and friends and obtaining news and information. It is often difficult to tell the difference between legitimate websites and malicious...
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2017 / “Ise Shrine” to be discussed at USC Japanese religion program’s screening, April 21

USC Ise Discussion

Forwarded for The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture Film Screening and Panel Discussion Ise: Patterns of Japanese Culture Friday, April 21, 2017 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Part I – Film Screening and Panel Discussion Leavey Library Auditorium (LVL 17), Leavey Library, USC Opening Remarks by Kiyoshi Shimizu (President, Kogakkan University) Keynote Speech by Katsuji Iwahashi (Jinja Honcho, Association of Shinto Shrines) 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Part II – Reception University Club Patio, USC One day in 2013, the photographer and filmmaker Masaaki Miyazawa stumbled upon the Shikinen Sengu, a Shinto ceremony practiced once...
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Manzanar National Historic Site to host Pilgrimage Weekend 2017, April 28-30

Manzanar National Historic Site News Release on March 23, 2017 Manzanar to Host Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 28-30, 2017 INDEPENDENCE, CA—Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 48th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066, ultimately authorizing the US Army to forcibly remove and incarcerate all Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona. The government incarcerated more than 11,000...
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