Cal State Long Beach’s EBM Japanese Garden to present New Year Festival with Koto music, Jan. 27, 12:30 -3:30PM

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden California State University Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840 New Year Festival Sunday, January 27 12:30 – 3:30 P.M. This wonderful event will set Japanese Garden members on a positive course for 2019, the year of the boar (piggy)!  Enjoy a beautiful, live koto harp performance by renowned local artist Madame Yoko Awaya and a mini-workshop on how to paper marble handheld-fans. Traditional Japanese New Year decorations, art activities, games and Japanese tea & treats will round out the experience. Admission: $10 per adult for Garden Members & their guests/Garden Member,...
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Okinawa Association of America to present “Finding Okinawa: Conversations with three artists” symposium, Jan. 27, 1PM

On Sunday, January 27, 1 p.m., the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Gardena will host “Finding Okinawa,” a mini symposium featuring conversations with three artists of Okinawan descent: author/playwright Jon Shirota from Hawai‘i, local filmmaker/educator Gena Hamamoto, and illustrator Flor Kaneshiro from Argentina (short biographies below). In addition to talking about their work, they will touch upon their experiences as third- and fourth-generation Okinawans and how their identity inspired certain projects. The event’s title, “Finding Okinawa,” reflects the journey that many Okinawan descendants have in the search for their familial roots and cultural identity. The event also aims...
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Japanese Garden in Pasadena: Koi and Bamboo Paintings, opening Jan. 18, 5:50pm – 7:30pm

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Events at A Glance 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 www.japanesegardenpasadena.com The garden is closed to visitors from Jan. 1 through Jan. 8 and will reopen Wednesday, January 9. En Gallery Exhibitions En Gallery Opening Reception Swimming and Swaying: Koi and Bamboo Paintings by Suemae Lin Willhite Friday, January 18 5:30pm to 7:30pm Wine and Cheese with Complimentary Admission On view through Friday, March 15 During garden open hours Free with garden admission Lectures California Designer in a Japanese Garden Apprenticeship A Talk and Booksigning Friday, January 25 7pm to 8:30pm Landscape designer, consultant and author, Leslie...
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Japan Foundation to provide Japanese language courses from Jan. 19 for 9 weeks

Forwarded for the Japan Foundation Los Angeles Learn Japanese language this winter! The registration for the JF Nihongo Winter 2019 term is still available. People interested in learning Japanese at JFLA will have three beginner-level Japanese-language courses to choose from called: Everyday Japanese 1: Saturdays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Jan. 19 – Mar. 16 Everyday Japanese 1: Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Jan. 24 – Mar. 21 Everyday Japanese 2: Saturdays, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Jan. 19 – Mar. 23 Everyday Japanese 3: Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Jan. 19 – Mar. 23 Each course is offered...
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Glendale’s Shoseian Teahouse to present Talk by Leslie Buck, author of Japanese garden book, Jan. 20 at 11AM

Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Teahouse and Friendship Garden Brand Library Park, 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91021 Talk by Leslie Buck, Author of “Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Garden of Kyoto” Sunday, Jan. 20, 11:00 am – 1:00pm The Friends of Shoseian invites the public to a talk by Leslie Buck who will describe her three seasons of experience living in Kyoto, Japan and working for one of the oldest landscaping companies in Japan. She will share a slideshow presentation of the gardens she worked in, and share some stories about black pines she worked on similar to...
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Japan Foundation Lecture Series “Secret Garden of Kyoto from Cutting Back” Jan. 22 at 7:00PM

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture Series 57 Secret Gardens of Kyoto from Cutting Back Lecturer: Ms. Leslie Buck Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7pm The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Auditorium 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Admission: FREE (Registration Required) Click Here to Register About Event: Ms. Leslie Buck is the author of the New York Time’s reviewed Japanese garden memoir “Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship In The Gardens Of Kyoto” (Timber Press) about a California gardener who works with traditional garden craftsmen of Kyoto in private homes, monasteries and an emperor’s villa. Leslie will talk about her experience being employed by one of the most historic landscaping...
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Japan House exhibition “This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA” opening Jan. 23

Japan House Los Angeles Exhibition This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA January 23 – March 28, 2019 Mon – Sat: 10AM – 8PM Sun: 10AM – 7PM Closed: Feb. 24 for Academy Awards Japan House Gallery (Level 2) Hollywood & Highland Center 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Level 2, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Fee: Complimentary (800) 516-0565 www.japanhouse.jp Since his professional debut in 1983, Naoki Urasawa has continually pushed the limits of the manga medium, engaging readers with his innovative compositional techniques and versatile drawing prowess, as he creates highly engrossing works that are both introspective and philosophical....
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art “Paths of Gold: Landscape and Narrative paintings from the Collection” thru Feb. 10

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative paintings from the Collection November 10, 2018  – February 10, 2019 The malleable interior of traditional Japanese houses could be redecorated to suit particular purposes — at times adorning with glistening screens and objects of color and gold. This exhibition explores the aesthetics of these public and private interiors by featuring folding screens, scrolls, and examples of lacquerware. https://www.sbma.net/exhibitions/pathsofgold
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Manzanar National Historic Site Closed during Government Shutdown

Manzanar Enterance Adams

Independence, CA (Dec. 22, 2018)  – Due to the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, Manzanar National Historic Site is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources. Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, trails and open-air memorials will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. Please visit www.nps.gov  and select “Find a Park” for additional information about access to other parks and sites in this area. However, note...
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2019 Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest accepting submissions

The Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks fictional short stories for its sixth annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language and youth (18 and younger). The deadline is January 31, 2019. The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of Little Tokyo through a creative story that takes place in Little Tokyo. The story has to be fictional and set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California. The short story committee will be specifically looking for stories that capture the spirit and sense...
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Cultural News 2019 January Issue on sale now

Cultural News 2019 January Issue on sale now Cultural News 2019 January Table of Contents Shinsei Kai: Emerging stars perform showcases of Japanese arts Shamisen and Hayashi concert in Torrance Edo Senke tea master visits middle school in Santa Clarita annually Portland Japanese Garden – Coming in 2019: The Year of Hokkaido San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum explores impact of kimono on global fashion Academy Museum of Motion Picture to grand-open with retrospective exhibition of anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki in late 2019 Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden in Brand Park, Glendale, CA Book – Barbed Voices: Oral History,...
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Protected: 2019 / Japan and Asia’s Short Shorts Film Festival at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, Jan. 17

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