WA-SHOKU: Film to explain whole world of Japanese cuisine / Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena

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<April 10 – 23, 2015> Near two-hour long documentary film about Japanese cuisine will be screened in Pasadena from April 10 – 16. “WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi ~” (107 min) will be shown at Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena at 1:50 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:20 pm, and 10:00 pm. The film is spoken in Japanese language with English subtitle. www.laemmle.com “WA-SHOKU” also will be available on iTune from April 10. The film begins with a story of sushi and evolves into the whole world of Japanese cuisine. The documentary also features renowned restaurateurs in Kyoto, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York,...
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Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century, Closing April 19

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    USC Pacific Asia Museum A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century April 25, 2014 through April 19, 2015 Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints fell by the wayside in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression. The exhibition presents examples of shin hanga (modern or new prints) and sosaku hanga (creative prints) side-by-side to bring their differences and their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as distinguishing characteristics from the earlier print forms that originally gained popularity in...
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Monterey Park to present 18th annual cherry blossom festival, April 18-19

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Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival Performance Schedule Saturday, April 18, 2015   Field Stage 11:00 am: Yoki Daiko 11:30 am: Mark Keppel High School Aztec Singers Noon: Opening Ceremony 12:45 pm: Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko 1:00 pm: Garvet Ranch Dojo 1:30 pm: Halau Hula ‘a’ala Anuhea 2:00 pm: June Kuramoto 2:45 pm: TaikoProject 3:30 pm: Fujima Kansei 4:00 pm: David Torres Kempo Karate 4:30 pm: Local Mojo   Indoor demonstration Stage (located inside the Gym) 11:00 am: Origami Demonstration by Michael Sanders 12:00 pm: Koto Group 1:00 pm: Kotobuki No Kai 2:00 pm: Sushi Demonstration by Andy Matsuda of the...
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Japanese antiques sale in Alhambra, April 18-22

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Japanese Antiques Warehouse Show 5 days only, April 18 – 22 Saturday – Sunday, April 18-19, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday – Wednesday, April 20-22, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 612 South Palm Ave, #1, Alhambra, CA 91803 (one mile north of FWY 10 & 710) (323) 447-3071 lsjapan.ants@yahoo.com    
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Nibei lecture to focus on “Today’s Japan” by Consul General Horinouchi, April 21

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April 21, 2015, Consul General Hidehisa Harry Horinouchi, “Today’s Japan” + Nibei Foundation of Los Angeles presents “Powerful Networking Meeting Lecture Series” twice every month. The lecture series is held at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. For information, contact Naoko Okada, coordinator at (310) 479-6101 ext 134, or email nibei@nibei.org Dinner at 6 pm, by pre-order only Presentation from 7 pm – 8 pm Lectures are free. $10 required for dinner order. For RSVP, visit http://nibei.org + Lecture Schedule May 19, 2015, Harp and Koto Music by Ms. Saeko Kujiraoka & Ms....
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Japanese cinema free screening “Tokyo Sonata” April 22, 7:00PM

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JAPANEMA Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free to attend. Reservation is not required. Street Parking is available. http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking April 22, 2015,  7:00 PM Every family has its secrets TOKYO SONATA (119min, 2008) Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles. From internationally-renowned director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, this film hauntingly tells the story of a contemporary Japanese family torn apart after its patriarch Ryuhei (Teruyuki Kagawa) unexpectedly loses his job. Ashamed, Ryuhei keeps the truth of...
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Public forum set for promoting major project by Japanese government in Los Angeles, April 23

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Shige Higashi, editor and publisher of Cultural News, calls the public to attend “Forum to Promote ‘Japan House’ in Los Angeles” on Thursday, April 23, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the auditorium of the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. The Japanese government recently announced the creation of Japan House in Los Angeles to promote positive relations and understanding of Japanese culture. Japan House will be a center for Japan to enrich public information and cultural activities and will be expanded to the rest of the world. Los Angeles was...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum to host chamber music with violinist Ryu Goto, April 24

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Asia / America New Music Institute presents “Pacific Mirrors: New Music from Asia and the US,” a chamber orchestra concert at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. This is the last in a series which has seen presentations in Beijing, New York, Bangkok, Hanoi, and Singapore. Date: April 24, 2015, 8pm (galleries open at 6:30pm) Location: USC Pacific Asia Museum Courtyard, 46 N Los Robles, Pasadena Tickets ($30-100): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-mirrors-new-music-from-asia-and-the-united-states-tickets-15767113862 Ticket prices include admission to the museum galleries. It will be a beautiful evening – the Chinese-style courtyard of the museum will be lit up dramatically. Sponsors include the...
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Japanese film “The Vancouver Asahi” April 25, 2:00PM

The Vancouver Asahi

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival www.vconline.org/festival THE VANCOUVER ASAHI Directed by Yuya Ishii, 2014, 132 min. Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2:00 PM Aratani Theatre, Little Tokyo Synopsis Vancouver, Canada, the 1930s —This is the true story of the Vancouver-based Asahi baseball team that consisted of second-generation Japanese immigrants. In the beginning, the Asahi were routinely crushed by their opponents. But, when the team regrouped to change their strategy and game play, they soon started winning games. They grew very popular because of their “fair play” spirit, and the fact that these baseball players were physically diminutive compared to their...
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Japan Foundation’s language courses to start, April 25

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JF Nihongo Spring 2015 The Japan Foundation Los Angeles is now accepting registrations for its popular Japanese courses which will begin on April 25. JF Nihongo courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners, as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills. Courses are following: Everyday Japanese: Mastering Kana Everyday Japanese: Making Friends 1, 2, 3 Everyday Japanese: Fun with Friends 1, 2 Business Japanese Don’t miss the 10% off discount chance! Receive a special Early Bird Discount (10% off) if you register by April 12, 2015. Past students always receive the Past Student Discount...
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Manzanar opens long-awaited barracks exhibits

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Manzanar National Historic Site News Release, April 16, 2015 During World War II, more than 10,000 Japanese Americans coped with spartan living conditions at Manzanar. They were from cities and farms, young and old, rich and poor, extended families and single people. All were forced from their pre-war homes to live in crowded apartments in identical barracks in Manzanar. Beginning today, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the personal experiences of individuals, families, and communities incarcerated at Manzanar through new permanent exhibits installed in two reconstructed barracks. The exhibits feature extensive photos, documents, and quotes illustrating the...
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Torrance to present “Bunka Sai” Japanese Cultural Festival, April 25, 26

Torrance Sister City Association 2015 Bunka Sai

  Just one more week until the 43rd Annual Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival presented by the Torrance Sister City Association on Saturday/Sunday, April 25 & 26 from 11-5 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center (3341 Torrance Blvd.). Free admission and parking. The performances on Saturday include: Okinawa taiko, Anime contest winners, Urasenke Tea Ceremony, South Bay Judo, Torrance Naginata, Dance by Mai no Kai, Torrance Kendo, Kimono by Toshiko Okawa and L.A. Taiko. Sunday performers are: Beikoku Shodo, Prota Taiko, Torrance Aikido, Koto by Awaya-kai, Dance by Bando Hidesomi, Shakuhachi by Shoshi Kanokohata, Music by Matsutoyo-kai and L.A. Taiko Center. Tasty...
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