Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum to present Japanese tea demonstration, June 24, 3:30 – 5:00PM

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA Learn the significance of traditions, kimonos, and the tea itself that embody Japanese culture Japanese Tea Demonstration Sunday, June 24, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 pm Tickets: $50 RSVP at info@santaynezmuseum.org or (805) 688-7889 Seating is limited.
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West Covina Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, June 23

West Covina Buddhist Temple’s 2018 Obon Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center, 1203 W. Puente Ave, West Covina, CA 91790. https://www.facebook.com/WestCovinaBuddhistTemple The festival lasts all day, starting from 2:00 pm and lasting until 9:00 pm. Japanese culture, cuisine, and the exciting and spiritually meaningful Bon Odori Dancing. 2018 Demonstration Schedule 3:00 pm Shinkendo 3:30 pm Hoshun Kai Minyo Dance Group 4:00 pm Eibukan Goju Ryu Karate 4:30 pm West Covina Kendo 5:00 pm West Covina Judo 5:30 pm Martial Arts Innovations 6:00 pm Kishin Daiko Manto-e Service (a...
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San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, June 23, 24

San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival Obon Festival June 23 – 24, 2018 www.sfvhbt.org Obon Festival Hours Sat: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sun: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Bon Odori Dancing Saturday: 7:00 pm Sunday: 6:30 pm Taiko Drum Performances will precede Bon Odori (Japanese Folk Dancing) each evening Community Center Demonstrations Obon Festival now features demonstrations by SFV Japanese American Community Center Clubs. Visit the gym and dojo to watch our talented community perform, and then head to the yagura for taiko and obon dancing. Admission: Free Festival Location: San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima,...
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Annual Long Beach Japanese Festival at Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, June 23, 24

2018 Annual Japanese Festival Saturday, June 23, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bon Odori at 7:00 pm Sunday, June 24, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bon Odori at 6:30 pm Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center 1766 Seabright Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813 https://www.lbjcc.org
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Venice Japanese Community Center to present annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) June 23, 24

The Venice Japanese Community Center will present its annual Natsu Matsuri, or summer festival, on Sat., June 23, 12 pm – 9 pm, and Sun., June 24, 11 am – 8 pm. As an annual schedule, Miss Western Los Angeles, VJCC/WLA JACL Nisei Week Candidate will be announced during the Natsu Matsuri Fest. www.vjcc.com  
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Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Matsuri, June 23, 24

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Matsuri Saturday, June 23, 12 noon to 8:00 pm Sunday, June 24, 12 noon to 6:00 pm Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247 www.jci-gardena.org
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Garage and bake sales for Aug. 2018 Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, June 23, 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2018 August 18 (Sat) and 19 (Sun) Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles https://www.jffla.org/screenings The Last Garage and Bake Sales for the JFFLA June 23, Saturday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Chanoma House: 305 Indiana Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 Phone: (310) 819-7736 Everything must go: Accessories, Bags, Clothes, Furniture, Books, DVDs and more. Our famous yummy baked goods will be there again. Food Truck “CreativEats” will also come on the site. You can taste a mini-Alexander Technique session (for a donation base). All profit goes to the expenditure to run the film festival.
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Benefit stage “Nihonmachi” for goodwill tour to Japan, at Aratani Theatre, June 23, 2:00PM

Nihonmachi: The Place to Be, the Grateful Crane Ensemble’s musical journey about Japantown as told through the eyes of three generations of a local manju (sweets)-making family, will be returning to Los Angeles on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Aratani Theatre in the heart of Little Tokyo. Proceeds from this one-show only performance will benefit Grateful Crane’s 2018 Goodwill Tour to Tohoku, Japan, and the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association or Koban. Presented by the Grateful Crane Ensemble and the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association, Nihonmachi: The Place to Be tells the fictional story of Alan...
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Ford Theatres to host “Rhythmic Relations 2018” — Japanese taiko meets Bollywood, June 23 at 8:00PM

Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT returns to the Ford Theatres in Hollywood with its thrilling, heart-pounding and joyous blend of percussion and choreography, joined by youth performing group Kitsune Taiko and special guest Blue13 Dance Company. The show opens with new and favorite taiko songs, followed by an exhilarating, fun and inspiring mix of percussion and contemporary Indian dance. Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m.  The grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. In addition to a variety of food and beverages available on site, patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink (wine and beer are...
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Arizona: Phoenix-based taiko master Ken Koshio to present “Taiko Extravaganza 2018” June 23, 7:00PM

Scottsdale, AZ – Ancient Sounds of Peace and K2 Enterprise present “Ken Koshio TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – The Tree of Life” at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2ndz Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Taiko Extravaganza 2018 is the 4th annual show of Ken Koshio and his groups in Arizona. Tickets: $30 – $50 https://www.kenkoshio.com/show
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Art Club of San Diego to present 16th annual exhibition of Japanese art and sumi-e painting at Balboa Park, June 23, 24

The Art Club of San Diego The 16th annual exhibition of Japanese art, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, in Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California. The exhibition will feature sumi-e paintings, nihonga, byobu, ceramics, and Sogetsu School of Ikebana floral arrangements. For more information, contact: Joseph Crosss  sumijoe@gmail.com  (619)584-7727 For information about the Balboa Park, the general public can...
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Opening reception of Fukui Echizen Paper Exhibition at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, June 24, 1:00 – 3:00PM

Paper (Kami) and Paper (Kami):  Fukui Echizen Paper Exhibition June 24 – July 29 Gorge J. Doizaki Gallery Japanese American Cultural & Community Center 244 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.jaccc.org Opening Reception: Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Echizen in Fukui Prefecture is known for its 1,500 year history of washi papermaking. Twenty artisans from the region will present their handmade paper installations, both functional and decorative, including an exquisite paper teahouse. Supported in part by Hiromi Paper, Inc. and Fukui Washi Kogyo Kyodo Kumiai.
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