For $30 per year, monthly “Cultural News” available for enthusiasts of Japanese culture

Japanese culture is a links to connect more than 100,000 people in Southern California such as enthusiasts of Japanese art and culture, seekers for their Japanese heritage, Japan-born people rediscovering their tradition outside of Japan. This website , and email blast Cultural News Email Update are available for the public for free of charge. To continue our efforts of building the link for the whole community of Japanese culture, Cultural News is seeking 1,000 volunteer subscribers who are willing to pay to read monthly English newspaper. With $30 per year, a volunteer will receive 12 issues of the...
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Torrance Sister City Association seeking applicants for English teacher in Japan: Applications due on April 14

The Torrance Sister City Association is seeking applicants for one experienced English teacher to work at Kashiwa Municipal High School from August 1, 2017. Kashiwa in Chiba Prefecture, is the sister city of Torrance. Applicants must live or work in Torrance, hold a Bachelor’s degree and have a teaching credential/certificate. A minimum one-year contract runs from August 1, 2017, to July 31, 2018. The contract is renewable for a maximum three-year assignment. Compensation: Annual salary of approximately 4,800,000 Japanese yen; One-way airfare from Los Angeles to Japan; National health insurance (deducted from monthly salary); Subsidized housing and transportation allowance; Paid Japanese...
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Japan program for American high school students to visit Tohoku cities affected by the 2011 disaster, and Tokyo, Hiroshima & Kyoto, June 24 – July 9: Applications due on March 27

The Japan America Society of Southern California is accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 6th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program, a two-week people-to-people exchange and learning program in early summer 2017. Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative and sponsored by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), including The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., the exchange program offers a homestay experience with a Japanese family, visits to cities affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as educational and cultural visits to the cities of Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. The...
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2017 Aurora Challenge Grant for Japan projects: Applications due on March 31

2016 Aurora Challenge Grant

  Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation (aka Aurora Foundation) is accepting application of 2017 Aurora Challenge Grant for Japan projects. The grant will be awarded to a citizen of the USA who resides in California and has a unique dream, in any field of endeavor, which is related to Japanese culture and which would never be possible to realize without traveling to Japan between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. There is no age limit and no GPA/Scholastic achievement requirement. The award will go to an individual with a creative dream or challenge that, if fulfilled, would contribute to...
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Japanese garden in Phoenix: Festival Welcoming Spring, March 26

Japanese Garden Phoenix

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix Haru in the Garden: A Festival Welcoming Spring Saturday, March 25 6:00 – 9:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) Advance tickets: $20 member / $25 general Tickets at gate: $25 member / $30 general + Workshop: Creative Ikebana Using Branches by Kika Shibata Sunday, March 26 1:00 – 3:00 pm $35 general / $30 member Instructor: Master Kika Shibata
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Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden to present Festival of Tea in Pasadena, March 26, 12:00 – 3:00PM

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will launch the first ever Pasadena Festival of Tea on Sunday March 26, from 12noon to 3pm, as part of the garden’s regular Last Sunday Open Day program series. The festival, which will be held in the traditional Japanese strolling garden on Arlington Drive, will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike. Visitors can stroll among camellias, azaleas and various fragrant and sometimes drinkable plants as spring works its magic on the beautiful hill-and-pond style garden. Originally designed in the 1930s by Kinzuchi Fujii and recently restored by Takeo Uesugi, the garden is on...
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Fundraising concert to showcase Yukiko Matsuyama’s koto music at South Pasadena Public Library, April 14 at 8:00PM

‘East-West’ Fundraising Concert will be held on the ‘Carnegie Stage’ of the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m. The beautiful, historic Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and seating will be “festival style”—first come, first seated. This concert will present international recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama & her band, and an ‘Unplugged’ performance by Wildwood Highway- a tightknit Classic Rock-styled unit. Yukiko Matsuyama, playing the koto, will infuse Japanese melodies with contemporary jazz, pop, and new age elements.  Wildwood Highway, a tightknit unit mixing original and cover...
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Koto master Yoko Awaya to present 40th anniversary koto concert at Armstrong Theater, April 15, 2:00PM

The Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory (Awaya-kai) will present the 40th Anniversary Awaya-kai Koto Concert on Saturday, April 15 from 2 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance. The concert program is a diverse, international mix of musical genres to be performed by Awaya-kai members and special guest musicians and dancers. Awaya-kai was founded in 1975 by Yoko Awaya, a koto and jiuta sangen performing artist and teacher trained at the famed Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Tokyo. Since then, Awaya-kai has been dedicated to raising awareness of koto and sangen music and fostering cultural appreciation. Awaya-kai...
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Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute to host “Vision of the Japanese American Incarceration 1942-2017” exhibition, April 15, 10AM – 4PM

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute will be having a one day art show called, “Visions of the Japanese American Incarceration 1942-2017.” It will feature a few artifacts created in the camps, a few photos taken at Manzanar by Toyo Miyatake, and art by local artists. It will take place Saturday April 15th from 10am-4pm at the GVJCI. There will be a painting demonstration by local artist Ron Libbrecht in the afternoon around 1:30. Also at the GVJCI Genie Nakano and Alvin Takamori will be doing a book signing for “Colorful Lives.” The book is a collection of tanka...
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Torrance Sister City Association to present annual Japanese Cultural Festival: Bunka-Sai, April 22-23

Torrance Bunkasai 2017

Forwarded for the Torrance Sister City Association What: Torrance Sister City Association (TSCA) presents its 45th annual Bunka-Sai Japanese Cultural Festival When: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Where: Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd. at Madrona Ave. Event Details: This annual event features authentic demonstrations of Japanese dance, koto and shakuhachi music, traditional vocal music, taiko drums, shodo calligraphy, and origami. Enjoy colorful Okinawa taiko & dance exhibition and martial arts performances such as kendo, judo, aikido and naginata and a kimono talk. Beautiful ikebana (flower arranging) and bonsai...
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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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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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