Detroit: Japan Cultural Days set for Nov. 4-5 to celebrate opening of Japanese gallery

Suzuki Kiitsu Crane

DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts will open its newly installed gallery of Japanese art on Saturday, Nov. 4. Traditional masterpieces will be displayed alongside contemporary objects to explore the complementary qualities of stillness and movement inherent in many Japanese artworks. Visitors are invited to imagine the object in their original contexts and spaces, such as tea rooms, Buddhist temples and domestic rooms. To celebrate the opening of the new galley, a major event named “Japan Cultural Days” will be held at Great Hall, Rivera Court and Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium on Nov. 4 and 5 from 10...
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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 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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The Broad – “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” Opening Oct. 21

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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Pacific Standard Time: Mexican mural depicting wartime incarceration at Union Station, Sept. 29 – Oct. 22

Barbara Carrasco’s 1981 portable mural contains 51 scenes depicting the history of Los Angeles, with an emphasis on the experiences of marginalized groups. These vignettes range from the city’s original native inhabitants and the railroad’s impact on the city’s growth to the whitewashing of David Alfaro Siqueiro’s mural “America Tropical” and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The agency that commissioned the mural objected to Carrasco’s frank telling of history from a Chicana perspective and censored the piece. To read more details of the story, pick up the October issue of Cultural News:
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Film – Hirokazu Kore-eda Retrospective: Cinema from the Outside In, Oct. 25-29

Internationally acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda will be in Los Angeles to participate in an exciting retrospective of his films at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater and a other venues across town. The director will introduce some films and engage in Q&A about others. This exciting event is presented by the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, in association with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the USC School of Cinematic Arts; and the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Details about the...
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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.
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Pasadena Garden: Power and Beauty of Japanese Sword, Oct. 27, 5:30 – 7:30PM

Forwarded for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden THE POWER AND BEAUTY OF THE JAPANESE SWORD Friday, October 27 5:30pm to 7:30pm $30 Member discounts apply The Japanese sword is one of the most highly revered objects in Japanese traditional culture. Said to embody the spirit of the samurai warrior, the sword–especially the curved katana blade–is also one of the most exquisitely crafted art forms created in Japan. Please join us at the garden for a unique evening with Japanese sword collectors Yurie Halchek and Richard Suran, who will not only share their knowledge about the history and production of...
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Play: “Little Women” by Velina Hasu Houston / The Attic Theater, Oct. 28 – Nov. 21

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Play: Little Women by Velina Hasu Houston directed by Jon Lawrence Riviera Oct. 28 – Nov. 21, 2017 Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 4 pm, Monday 8 pm The ATTIC Theatre, 5429 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 A world premiere multicultural transposition by Velina Hasu Houston inspired by the Louisa May Alcott novel. In 1955, 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 WWII’s forced incarceration camps.
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Little Tokyo: “Kocarina” special concert at Union Church of Los Angeles, Nov. 14, 7:00PM


Kocarina Special Concert Door-open at 5:30pm, Concert at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Suggested donation: $20 Supported by Love to Nippon Project Union Church of Los Angeles in Little Tokyo presents the Kocarina Special Concert to commemorate the centennial anniversary of its church. Union Church of Los Angeles 401 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 Contact: Ms. Miyuki Namiki at (213) 629-3876 In 1995, Mr. Kurotaro Kurosaka brough back a wooden instrument from Hungry. He had Japanese woodworker improve the musical instrument into a high-precision musical instrument. In 1998 when Winter Olympic Games were held in...
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