Godzilla-Thon, 6-film marathon of Godzilla, at Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, May 25, 1:00PM

Forwarded for American Cinematheque GODZILLA-THON Co-presented by Beyond Fest 6-Film Marathon (8 hours 27 min)! More than 60 years after a nuclear explosion roused him from the depths of the ocean, GODZILLA still reigns asking of the many kaiju (“strange creature”) films from Japan. Join us for a full day with the giant reptilian monster with rare 35mm prints unseen in L.A. for more than a decade http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/godzilla-thon Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90028 Sat, May 25, 2019 1:00pm GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (GOJIRA), 1954, Janus Films, 96 min. Dir. Ishirô Honda. In the first of countless kaiju (“strange creature”) films...
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YouTube / Shige talks about the May 2019 issue of Cultural News

Cultural News editor Shige Higashi talks about the May 2019 issue on YouTube video. Cultural News seeks 1,000 subscribers Let us help to grow our subscriptions to 1,000 Visit http://www.culturalnews.com/subscription
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May 2019 issue of Cultural News on sale now

Cultural News 2019 May Issue on sale now Table of Contents: the May 2019 Issue: Cultural News Manzanar National Historic Site is open daily Mamada Butterfly sings in Japanese Japan Foundation to present a major art exhibition from Haniwa to contemporary art in Washington DC and Los Angeles Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition: Manga Hokusai Manga Japan House’s exhibition – KESHIKi: The Landscape Within – Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Life in a wartime concentration camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming Statesman Norman Mineta’s documentary made be two westcoast producers and to be premiered nationally on PBS Book: Enemy Children – The only...
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UC Berkeley Professor to Join Conversation on Literature of a Changing Little Tokyo, May 14, 7:30PM

Andrew Leong Translated Writings of 1920s Rafu Shimpo Serialist Shoson Nagahara UC Berkeley Professor Andrew Leong, the translator of 1920s Issei writer Shoson Nagahara, will join former L.A. Times reporter Lynell George and poet Amy Uyematsu in a conversation about a changing Little Tokyo. Part of the Bull & Puppy book series hosted by Naomi Hirahara, “Stepping Out: Walking Through Our Past and Present” will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 PM at at 341 FSN, 341 E. First Street, Los Angeles. The May 14 conversation is one of many “Centering the Masses” free pop-up events held...
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KCET television to premiere “Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience” May 15 at 9:00PM

KCET, a producer of award-winning and diverse original content for public media, announces the return of the KCET Original Emmy award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND. The tenth season of the series examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. KCET in Southern California will premiere the series on Wednesday, May 15 at 9 p.m. PT. Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience ARTBOUND Season 10, Episode 1 From the iconic typeface of “The Godfather” book cover to Herman Miller’s Noguchi table, the...
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Community cleanup event “Little Tokyo Sparkle/Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day” May 18, 9:00AM – 12:30PM

Little Tokyo Sparkle/Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day, a community cleanup, will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9 am to 12:30 pm on the streets of Little Tokyo. Volunteers will pick up trash, remove graffiti and sweep sidewalks as part of an effort to clean up Little Tokyo and continue the process of building the community. Participants will meet at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center  Plaza, 244 South San Pedro Street, at 9 am. Participants are asked to bring gloves, hat, water bottle and sunscreen. Light lunch will be provided afterwards. For more information or to sign...
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Van Nuys’ Japanese Garden to present Japanese dance shows and bonsai exhibition, May 19, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Japanese Garden in Van Nuys A Celebration of Japanese Arts Join the Japanese Garden as we celebrate the Art of Japanese Dance and Bonsai. Genchi Minyo Kikuta Kai and Classical Japanese Dance Group will demonstrate a variety of classical and contemporary Japanese dances in traditional dress. Sansui Kai of Southern California will demonstrate the art of Bonsai and exhibit their best bonsai of various style and tree species. Good for all ages! Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:00AM until 4:00PM (Last Gate Admission at 3:15PM) Genchi Minyo Kikuta Kai – 11:30 am (20 minutes) Classical Japanese Dance Group – 12:30...
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Okinawa Association of America to present biennial concert of Ryukyu Island spirits at Armstrong Theatre in Torrance, May 19. 2:00PM

Let’s sing and dance! Okinawan concert in Torrance On Sunday, May 19, 2:00 p.m., the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will bring the sights, sounds, and spirit of the Ryūkyū Islands to the James R. Armstrong Theatre in Torrance, CA. Titled “Utayabira, Wuduyabira” – which means “let’s sing, let’s dance” in Uchinaaguchi (the native Okinawan language) – this biennial concert is one of the only recurring events in Los Angeles that focuses on the performing arts of Okinawa. The Okinawa Association of America oaamensore@gmail.com (310) 532-1929  
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Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition “Manga Hokusai Manga” May 2 – Aug. 3

Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics Thursday, May 2 –  Saturday, August 3, 2019 Hours:  Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm Closed on Sundays & Holidays (Memorial Day: May 27 & 28, Independence Day: July 4 – 6) Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Admission: FREE www.jflalc.org In light of Japan’s contemporary comics and their global proliferation, the 19th-century Hokusai Manga is attracting increasing interest. Fans worldwide tend to even regard this pictorial compendium by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai as the origin...
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Japan House exhibition “Contemporary Japanese Ceramic” April 17 – June 9

Japan House Los Angeles Exhibition KESHIKI: The Landscape Within Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Brodfuehrer Collection April 17, 2019―June 9, 2019 Monday – Saturday: 10AM – 8PM Sunday: 10AM – 7PM Location: Hollywood & Highland Center, Gallery Level 2 Fee: Complimentary japanhousela.com After the twelve-year collecting journey in Japan, Gordon Brodfuehrer of San Diego brings  more than 60 pieces of his Japanese contemporary ceramic collection to Hollywood for public viewing. On April 17, Japan House Los Angeles opens the ceramic exhibition with the title of “KESHIKI: The Landscape Within – Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Brodfuehrer Collection ” at Hollywood...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum “Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited” Feb. 8 – July 14

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of this contemporary artist’s first solo show—held at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in spring 1989—it displays 77 prints by this artist widely celebrated as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. The British Museum lauded Kōkei for producing Japan’s “most notable Kabuki prints” in the post-war era. Known for his bold, even disturbing, portraits of Japan’s leading actors in a dynamic theatrical form, Kōkei responds to the idiosyncratic late-18th century kabuki prints by the great Sharaku. A master in his own right, Kōkei captures the intense color, movement and emotion of kabuki. Yet Kōkei...
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Japanese American National Museum “KAIJU VS HEROES” exhibition extended to July 7, 2019

Japanese American National Museum Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Kaiju VS Heroes Sep 15, 2018 – July 7, 2019 janm.org/kaiju-vs-heroes Kaiju-Con June 15, 2019 Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys, which features hundreds of contemporary and vintage Japanese vinyl toys, has been extended on view at the Japanese American National Museum through July 7, 2019. The exhibition is included in regular admission to the museum. In conjunction with the exhibition’s extension, the museum will host a day-long separately ticketed Kaiju-Con on June 15, 2019. Kaiju-Con will include a vendor hall, workshops, panel discussions, and...
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