Japan Foundation to present Kurosawa film “Seven Samurai” on Oct. 26 at 7PM at Goethe-Institut

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The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents JAPANEMA – Free Japanese Cinema Screenings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday Evening. In October, JAPANEMA screening will take place at Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. Japan Foundation to present Kurosawa “Rashomon” on Oct. 12, at 7PM, and “Seven Samurai” on Oct. 26 at 7PM at Goethe – Institut  Admission Free Reservation is not required. October 12 at 7:00 PM Kurosawa’s Finesse Thriller! Rashomon  (88mins, 1950) Directed by Akira Kurosawa Venue: Goethe -Institut Los Angeles (5750 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036) A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is...
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Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation to present Saori Yuki Benefit Concert at Aratani Theatre, Oct. 29 at 5PM

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The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation in Los Angeles will present the 2016 Aurora Benefit Concert featuring Japan-based singer sisters Saori Yuki and Sachiko Yasuda on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 pm at Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. From Sept. 12, tickets are available to sell for $125, $100, $75, $55, $35. The proceeds of the concert will be used for scholarship fund of Japanese language teachers and students who will become Japanese language teachers in the U.S. For tickets, visit www.jlsf-aurora.org  or call Aurora office at (323) 882-6545. Saori Yuki made her debut in 1969 with...
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Scripps College to present Noh theater-theme day-long program, Oct. 29

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World premiere performance of Japanese Noh theatre at Claremont’s Scripps College introduces American audiences to oldest major theatre art still performed today (Claremont, California) Oct. 20, 2016–On October 29, 2016, Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., celebrates Japanese Noh theatre, the oldest major theatre art still performed in the present-day, with a suite of cultural and artistic events. These events will be the culmination of collaborations between visiting artists and scholars of Japanese culture and students of the Claremont Colleges. The day-long series of performances and exhibits will take audience members on a “progressive artistic feast,” giving guests a unique...
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Orange County Buddhist Church to present rhythm-theme concert by renowned taiko player Kenny Endo, Oct. 30 at 2:00PM

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Orange County Buddhist Church Presents| ENNY ENDO & Friends in Concert Sunday October 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm Orange County Buddhist Church 909 S. Dale Avenue Anaheim, CA 92804 One of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm, KENNY ENDO is at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continuing to carve new territory Japanese drumming. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko, he has received numerous awards and accolades. He has performed for Michael Jackson and Prince, opened for The Who, performed a duet with singer Bobby McFerrin, and is featured on the soundtracks for Kayo Hatta’s film “Picture...
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art “Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind” ongoing


                                Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind June 11 –December 18, 2016 Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind explores various approaches to Zen subjects, from the teachings of Zen and the experience of enlightenment to personal interpretations of Zen masters or paragons. The practice of Zen consists of meditation and direct transmission of knowledge from teacher to pupil, leading through personal effort toward enlightenment. As an active, participatory religion based on discipline, it appealed to military government leaders...
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LACMA “Alternative Dreams” 17th-century Chinese painting exhibition ongoing

Dong Qichang (1555 – 1636) Landscape in the Style of Wang Meng (ca. 1308 – 1385) The Tsao Family Collection. Photo by Michael Tropea.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Resnick Pavilion New Exhibition Alternative Dreams: 17th –Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection August 7 – December 4, 2016 www.lacma.org Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection presents one of the finest existing collections of the 17th century Chinese paintings in the U.S., formed over a period of 50 years by Bay Area collector and dealer Jung Ying Tsao. The 17th century witnessed the fall of the Chinese-ruled Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) and the founding of the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911), and was one of...
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LACMA /1960s-70s era Japanese graphic design exhibition at Japanese Pavilion, on view

Awazu Kiyoshi, “The 5th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture” 1973, offset lithograph. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Marc Treib Collection. © Awazu Kiyoshi Estate, photo ©Museum Associates/LACMA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Awazu Kiyoshi, Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated October 15, 2016–May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Designer and artist Awazu Kiyoshi (1929–2009) devoted his career to political advocacy and collaborations within Tokyo’s artistic community. In stark contrast to the prevailing modernist dogma, which sought universal and impersonal set of symbols, Awazu imbued his expressive, hand-drawn designs with local traditions. He argued that the designer’s mission was “to extend the rural into the city, foreground the folklore, reawaken the past, summon back the outdated.” Awazu Kiyoshi Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated focuses on Awazu’s...
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Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition “Yakishime” at J.F. Los Angeles auditorium, ongoing

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The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition: YAKISHIME / Isezaki Koichiro “drops” 2014. Size (H x W x D) 14 0 diam 18 0 (c) Japan Foundation Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis Oct. 18 – Nov. 18, 2016 Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis, Japan Foundation’s new traveling exhibition, focuses on a ceramic technique, yakishime, firing unglazed ware at high temperatures. While one of the most basic means of producing ceramics, yakishime has developed in distinctive directions in Japan. This exhibition introduces an aspect of Japanese culture by examining yakishime from the earliest example to...
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Descanso Gardens / “Sharing Culture: Creating Community” at Stuart Haage Gallery, ongoing

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Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge Sharing Culture: Creating Community Oct. 15, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017 Stuart Haage Gallery Descanso Gardens will present “Sharing Culture | Sharing Culture” at the Sturt Haaga Gallery in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Japanese Garden. Running from Oct. 15, 2016, through Jan. 29, 2017, the exhibition highlights how the Japanese Garden has brought together people from different backgrounds and cultures and has offered them a new, intimate and soul-nourishing experience with nature. The Japanese Garden has delighted generations of Descanso Gardens visitors with its aesthetic beauty and unique interpretation of...
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Huntington Library / Fl -ORI- legium: Folded Transformations from the Natural World by Robert Lang, Saturday & Sunday only,ongoing

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Huntington Library presents Fl ORI legium:  Folded Transformations from the Natural World by Robert Lang October 22, 2016 – January 29, 2017 Brody Botanical Center Saturdays & Sundays only The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens This exhibition presents original work by internationally renowned origami master Robert J. Lang. Dr. Lang’s work has been exhibited in over 50 museum shows ranging from the Peabody-Essex Museum to the New York Museum of Modern Art; this show brings together a selection of his original designs from the world of nature, both old and recent. “By manipulating the fundamental element –...
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Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Covina, Oct. 26, 7:15 – 8:15PM

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The East San Gabriel Valley Collation for the Homeless will remember the lives of the homeless who have died in Los Angeles County. Between November 2015 and August 2016, 472 homeless persons have died in Los Angeles County many of whom died on our streets from various causes. Because no one claimed their bodies, their remains will be cremated and will be interred in a common gravesite with only a plaque marking the year of their interment. Bishop David O’Connell will preside over a memorial service along with Venerable Hui Dong of Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, Rabbi...
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Cultural News asks readers to subscribe to a package to help maintain and spread Japanese cultural information

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By Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher of Cultural News The mission of Cultural News is to introduce the best Japanese art and cultural events to the public in Southern California. To realize this mission, a monthly Cultural News newspaper has been published since July 1998, an English website was launched six years ago, and a Japanese website “Web Shimbun” was just introduced in last September. We are asking for your support by subscribing to Cultural News, which is a package   including a one-year subscription to the monthly Cultural News newspaper and the English and Japanese websites.  The subscription in...
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