Hapa Japan Festival Day 1, February 22 (Wed)

Hapa Japan Film Screenings: “Born With It” & NHK Series: “Mixed Roots,” Episode 1 (2016) Wed, February 22, 2017 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Born with It (2014) and NHK Series: Mixed Roots, Episode 1 (2016) The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival’s Best Film Award winner, Born with It tells the story of the first day at school for a 9-year-old Japanese-Ghanian boy, Keisuke. At a new school in rural Japan, Keisuke contends with discovering his own identity as well as earning the...
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Hapa Japan Festival Day 2, February 23 (Thu)

Hapa Japan Film Screenings Thu, February 23, 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Rising Sun, Rising Soul (2017) Post-screening discussion with Producer Monique Yamaguchi and Screenwriter and Distinguished USC Professor Velina Hasu Houston. Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides (2015) Post-screening discussion with Co-Director Kathryn Tolbert and Producer Megumi Nishikura Reception Catered by Akira Hirose, Hapa Japan Interview with Marie Nakagawa, and Jam Session Thu, February 23, 2017 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST George & Sakaye...
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Rakugo stage in person, Yanagiya Sankyo from Japan, at UCLA Fowler Museum on Feb. 24, 7:00PM & at Little Tokyo on Feb. 25, 2:00PM

Yanagiya Sankyo

Forwarded for the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Rakugo Storytelling by Rakugo Master Yanagiya Sankyo with English subtitles Yanagiya Kyonosuke also will appear on stage Friday, February 24, 7pm *Opening reception starts at 6pm The Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Click here for parking information. Free admission, No RSVP is required.   Saturday, February 25, 2pm Garden Room A, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012) Click here for parking information. Free admission, Click here to RSVP. Renowned...
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Gardena institute to present 2017 Day of Remembrance to learn WWII incarceration of Japanese American, Feb. 25

2017 Day of Remebrance Gardena

Forwarded for the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute 2017 Day of Remembrance 75 Year Commemoration Resistance at Tule Lake Feb. 25, 2017, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute free admission The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, the order that unjustifiably removed and incarcerated over 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans from their homes, jobs, businesses, and possessions in World War II, with our annual Day of Remembrance event happening on February 25th, 2017 from 2PM to 4PM. This year’s theme will be centered around...
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Arizona Matsuri Festival 2017 at Phoenix, Feb. 25-26, from 10AM – 5PM

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Arizona Matsuri Festival 2017 Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Heritage & Science Park 115 N. 6th Street Phoenix, AZ 85004 (SW corner of 7th St. & Monroe St.) Featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on 4 stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in Downtown Phoenix. FREE ADMISSION http://www.azmatsuri.org
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Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival Expands to Two Weekends – March 4-5, and 11-12

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

Descanso Gardens is pleased once again to welcome springtime with its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Due to overwhelming popularity, the festival will expand to two weekends this year – Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017. Reservations must be made in advance for timed tickets that will go on sale to the public February 17 at descansogardens.org. “Over the last several years, the flowering cherry trees have been stars of the spring show at Descanso Gardens,” said David R. Brown, Descanso Gardens executive director. “Last year, the Cherry Blossom Festival weekend was the single busiest of the entire...
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Screening of documentary film about American POW on Aug. 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, March 4, at 6:00PM in Arizona

Japanese Cultural Club of Arizona and Ancient Sounds of Peace present HIROSHIMA CALLING Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tempe History Museum in Arizona + As a part of “Hiroshima Calling” program at the Tempe History Museum in Arizona on Saturday, March 4, “Paper Lanterns” a documentary about American POW who were killed by the U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. + On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima. Little known is the fact that among the estimated 140,000 casualties of that day were 12 American prisoners of war held at the Hiroshima...
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6th anniversary event for March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake set for March 5, 1:00PM – 3:00PM at LAPD HQs

Forwarded for Love to Nippon The 6th Anniversary of Love to Nippon 2017 Sunday, March 5, 2017 at LAPD HQs Season’s Greetings & wishing you a wonderful holiday season! On behalf of the Love to Nippon Project Committee, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at the 6th Anniversary of Love to Nippon 2017 – 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial Event, which will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the LAPD Headquarters – Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please save the...
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Cultural News February issue is a labor of love for Shige Higashi.

Japanese culture: 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. Cultural News is not only monthly English newspaper but also websites and email blasts to deliver Japanese art and event information to the Japanese cultural community in Southern California and beyond. To support these efforts, 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 monthly newspaper....
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“George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical on the Big Screen” at theaters nationally, Feb. 19 at 12:55 pm

George Takei's Allegiance

North American Screening George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen Sunday, Feb. 19 at 12:55 pm local time Coinciding with 75th anniversary of “Executive Order 9066,” known as the “Day of Remembrance” After an unprecedented cinematic premiere resulting in the highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date for film presenter Fathom Events, George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) Broadway musical Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide for an encore on Sunday, February 19 at 12:55 p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of “Executive Order 9066,” known as the “Day of Remembrance,” which marked the beginning...
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Torrance Sister City Association seeking applicants for English teacher in Japan

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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2017 / Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2017, multimedia program supporting civil rights, to be held Feb. 18

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LOS ANGELES, January 25, 2017 — The Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2017, a multimedia, multicultural program supporting civil rights for everyone, will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The Day of Remembrance is held annually to commemorate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II. “The experience of the...
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