Play: “Little Women” by Velina Hasu Houston / Chromolume Theater, Oct. 27 – Nov. 20

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Playwrights’ Arena presents the world premiere of LITTLE WOMEN by Velina Hasu Houston directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera Inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s novel, it is 1949, Josephine Mayeda and her sisters Meg, Amy, and Beth are emerging in the midst of the history of Japanese Americans who found a place for themselves in Los Angeles African American neighborhoods after WWIIs forced incarceration camps. STARRING: Jeremiah Caleb, Jennifer Chang, Nina Harada, Karen Huie, Rif Hutton, Ken Ivy, Jacqueline Misaye, Ken Narasaki, Rosie Narasaki, Sharon Omi and Peter Pasco PRODUCER: Joan Marie Hurwit DRAMATURG Adrian Centeno SCENIC...
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Karate: Okinawa Prefecture to send Karate masters to Los Angeles for exchange demonstration, Nov. 21, 7:00PM

Okinawa Karate

Karate Performance Exchange in Advance of the 1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament Sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Society for the Advancement of the Traditional Okinawa Karate Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:00 PM Centenary United Methodist Church 300 South Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013 Hosted by Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu of Little Tokyo For more information and to reserve: budoish@gmail.com (323) 533-2669 Performers: Mr. Naonobu Ahagon, Chaiman, Hanshi 10 Dan Mr. Meitatsu Yagi, Hanshi 10 Dan, Goju-Ryu Mr.Minoru Nakazato, Hanshi 10 Dan, Shorin-Ryu Mr. Masanari Kikugawa, Hanshi 9 Dan, Goju-Ryu Mr. Harukichi Shimabukuro, Kyoshi 8 Dan, Uechi-Ryu
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San Diego: 42nd annual Sumi-e Japanese brush painting exhibition at Balboa Park, Nov. 25, 26

The annual exhibition, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th, 2017. The exhibition will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California. Visitors to the exhibition will see Japanese paintings in monochrome ink (suibokuga/sumi-e), paintings using both monochrome ink and color (nihonga and bokusaiga), and hanging scrolls (hakejiku). The spiritual foundation of the monochrome ink painting technique suibokuga (sumi-e) originated in China by Ch’an (Zen) monks. The artistic technique was brought to Japan where the Japanese Zen “artists...
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LACMA: “Atmosphere in Japanese Painting” ongoing

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Atmosphere in Japanese Painting Pavilion for Japanese Art September 15, 2017 – February 4, 2017 Atmosphere in Japanese Painting, presenting a span of techniques for evoking atmosphere, features the artist Yoshio Ikezaki (Japan, active United States, born 1953), who makes his own paper and sumi, which he applies with his ki (氣), energy, to reveal the natural forces within the elements of water and air impelled by the flow of ki. An entire level of the East Wing in the Pavilion for Japanese Art will be devoted to works of Yoshio Ikezaki. Three...
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LACMA: “Atmosphere” exhibition features Yoshio Ikezaki

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Atmosphere in Japanese Painting September 15, 2017–February 4, 2018 http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/atmosphere-japanese-painting In the Japanese language, there are about 50 words for rain, but also an equivalent surfeit of terms for snow, mist, and fog. Relatively simple painting tools are available to the Japanese artist—paper (washi), ink (sumi), water-based or mineral pigments, which, in formal situations, are applied to silk. Only the most skilled artists can convey the rush of water, rising mist or humidity, the chill of a frosty winter evening, and snow laced decoratively through an environment. Atmosphere in Japanese Painting, presenting a...
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LACMA: “Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from Gerber Collection” ongoing

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from the Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry Pavilion for Japanese Art May 28, 2017–February 4, 2018 The 1830s marked the beginning of a renaissance in Japanese cloisonné production. Though small objects incorporating enamels were produced in Japan prior to the 19th century, a new generation of artisans developed techniques that enabled the creation of three-dimensional vessels, greater flexibility in surface design, and a number of different enameling styles. During the “golden age” of Japanese cloisonné production (approximately 1880–1910), intricate decorations, sophisticated use of color,...
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Pacific Standard Time LA/LA : “Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora” at Japanese American National Museum, ongoing

Japanese American National Museum TRANSPACIFIC BORDERLANDS: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo September 17, 2017 – February 25, 2018 Transpacific Borderlands will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. By looking at the work of Japanese Latin American artists, the exhibition will show how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. Transpacific Borderlands is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a...
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Little Tokyo Exhibition: Renowned photographer Toyo Miyatake’s pre-war art photography, ongoing

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Exhibition TOYO: Behind the Glass Eye George J. Doizaki Gallery at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, (213) 628-2725 October 5, 2017 – December 10, 2017 Opening reception: Thursday, October 5, 4pm-7pm Admission: Free TOYO: Behind the Glass Eye juxtaposes selected examples of Miyatake’s pre-war art photography with his images of life in Manzanar camp—some photographed secretly before he was caught. Miyatake was eventually allowed by the authorities to serve as camp photographer. www.jaccc.org
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The Broad – “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” ongoing

The Broad Yayoi Kusama

The Broad Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors October 21, 2017 – January 1, 2018 Advanced tickets for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors are sold out. A limited number of same-day, onsite $30 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each day that the exhibition is open.  The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms. This exhibition will embark on the most significant North American tour of her work in nearly two decades, and The Broad will be the only California museum to host the exhibition. Yayoi...
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Contemporary Art: Yayoi Kusama related film series at The Broad, selected Thursdays and Saturdays

Kusama Film Screening Thursday, October 26, 2017, 12:00 p.m. to Saturday, December 30, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Included with museum admission The Broad, Oculus Hall In conjunction with Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, The Broad will present a screening of short films capturing several of the artist’s iconic 1960s performances, as well as more recent short films of Kusama singing, performing and reciting poems on multiple dates throughout the course of the exhibition. Included in these programs is Kusama’s Self-Obliteration, 1967, a film (22 min. 30 sec.) that relates themes of nature and sexuality to the artist’s concept of “self-obliteration.” The...
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Contemporary Art: Keiko Fukazawa & Ben Sakoguchi at Brand Library exhibition in Glendale, Nov. 18 – Jan. 12

One Year

ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles November 18, 2017 – January 12, 2018 Brand Library & Art Center 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201 Opening Reception:  Saturday, November 18, 6 – 9pm Brand Library & Art Center is pleased to present ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles a group exhibition of over 20 Los Angeles-based artists who have been addressing issues like immigration, race, gender and environment as an integral part of their practice. Conceived and organized by Joey Forsyte, Lawrence Gipe and Alex Kritselis, the selected artists are diverse in culture, identity and age. They...
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20 participants enjoy “Delicious Little Tokyo” at sushi-making workshop

Mamoru Hanamure Mitsuru Sushi & Grill

“Delicious Little Tokyo: A weekend of Culinary Experiences in the Heart of L.A.” was presented by Little Tokyo Community Council from July 21-23. As part of the “Delicious” marketing campaign, Mitsuru Sushi & Grill on 2nd Street hosted a sushi-making workshop with 20 participants on Saturday, July 22 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm The most participants were young women, very enthusiastic to learn tip of making sushi, and enjoy to eat their own hand-roll sushi. Over a sushi bar, owner chef Mamoru Hanamure of Mitsuru restaurant explained how to make hand-rolling of: classic California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon...
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