Earthquake in Kumamoto

Earthquake at Kumamoto Castle (Cultural News Photo)

Earthquake in Kumamoto (Photo by Cultural News, May 2, 2016)
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LACMA / Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 – 2015/ thru August 21

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 – 2015 April 10 – August 21, 2016 Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Level 2 This is a specially ticketed exhibition. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of “fashion” with “femininity.” Beginning with the 18th century, the male aristocrat wore a three-piece suit conspicuous in make and style, and equally as lavish as the opulent dress of his female counterpart. The 19th-century “dandy” made famous a more refined brand of...
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LACMA / Japanese Paintings: Figures from Life, Figures from Allegory thru May 29

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  Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Paintings: Figures from Life, Figures from Allegory Pavilion for Japanese Art, East Wing Dec. 12, 2015–May 29, 2016 This exhibition, featuring 24 figurative works of art, explores feminine beauty in the ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) manner, inspired by fashion trends popular in the entertainment quarters of Edo. As Japan’s shogunal capital from 1603 to 1868, Edo (which is now Tokyo) had a predominantly male population, with a huge contingent of samurai and tradesmen who catered to them; in this male-dominated environment, images of womanly allure became very popular. In...
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Tonko Bakkokutsu (Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, China) Buddhist art to come to Getty, May 7 – Sep 4

Cave 275, view of the interior and sculpture of a bodhisattva, Northern Liang dynasty (420 429 CE), Magao caves, Dunhuang China. Photo by Wu Jian. © Dunhuan Academy

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road May 7–September 4, 2016, Getty Center The Mogao caves, located near the town of Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert of northwest China, comprise some 500 decorated Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. Filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculptures, the caves bear witness to the intense religious, artistic, and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, the trade routes linking East and West. Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road features numerous objects originally from the site—such as paintings and manuscripts that...
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CN Editorial / 1999-made Korean film screening at Little Tokyo would not heal wounds

The screening schedule of “Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women” on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:30 pm at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo already draws strong oppositions from the Japanese-speaking community in Los Angeles. The screening schedule of highly politically motivated film “Silence Broken” was set as a program of the 32nd annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The original and ongoing mission of this film festival is to promote Asian and Asian Pacific American cinema. And the LAAPFF has been successful because the festival becomes the premiere screenings of important new works as well as...
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A film depicting a kaleidoscopic portrait of an unconventional 93-year-old Japanese-American Zen monk, April 27 at 6:30PM & April 29 at 7:00PM

Film Zen and Bones

Film: Zen and Bones  (Henry Mittwer / Zen to hone) Director Takayuki Nakamura, 2016, 123 min   Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 pm at Downtown Independent, 251 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, General admission $14   University of Southern California / Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture  Friday, April 29, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at University Park Campus, Leavey Library Auditorium (Room 17) Free. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Takayuki Nakamura, Henry’s Mittwer’s daughter Gretchen Mittwer, and associate producer Asako Fujioka.
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USC Pacific Asia Museum “The View from a Scholar’s Studio” in third rolation, thru June 26

Ikegami Shuho (1874 -1944): Landscape after Shen Zhou’s (1427 – 1509) “Clearing after Snow over Rivers and Mountains,” (Detail). 1925. (Courtesy of USC Pacific Asia Museum)

USC Pacific Asia Museum Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art The View from a Scholar’s Studio:  Japanese Literati Paintings from Tiezudingzhai Collection Third Rotation: Jan. 27 – June 26 Literati culture — the ideal of the scholar-gentleman — provides a thread connecting East Asia. Developed in China by the 11th century as a kind of “alternative” way of life and expression, it is often visualized in paintings of idealized landscapes and in bird-and-flower subjects that symbolize ideal character traits of the scholar-gentlemen. The View from a Scholar’s Studio illustrates how Japanese literati willfully adapted this Chinese culture...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum presenting fifteen-century China’s royal artifact exhibition, thru June 26

Hairpins in Phoenix shape, mid-16th century, gold, length 9 1/8 inch, width 2 3/4 inch, weights 146.9 g. Excavated from a royal tomb of the Jing Principality at Wanzuan, Qichun in 2009. Qichun County Museum.

USC Pacific Asia Museum Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China February 26 through June 26 Royal Taste offers a unique glimpse into the luxurious lifestyles of princely courts in early- and mid-Ming China. Featuring more than one hundred fifty works of pictorial, sculptural, and decorative arts, this exhibition sheds light on some lesser-known aspects of the palatial lives and religious patronage of Ming princes. Royal Taste is a special ticketed exhibition: Adult $18, Students & Seniors $15, Children 12 and under free. Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Closed Monday and...
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LACMA Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection thru May 1

LACMA Bowman Collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection October 11, 2015–May 1, 2016 Pavilion for Japanese Art, Level 3, and Ahmanson Building, Level 2 + The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection. The exhibition features over 100 prints of transformative promised gifts of Japanese works to LACMA, representing the work of 32 artists. Included are examples of rare early prints of the ukiyo-e genre (pictures of the floating world); works from the golden age of ukiyo-e...
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Bonsai exhibition at the Fullerton Arboretum, thru June 19


The Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92831, will present the Bonsai Exhibition on Green Scene Weekend on April 16-17, and run the exhibition until Sunday, June 19. Exhibitions open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm. Open to the public and donations are appreciated. The exhibition will be in the outdoor display area adjacent to the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. Participants are Orange Empire Bonsai Society, Orange County Bonsai Society, Kofu Bonsai Kai, and Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai.  (657) 278-3407
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Introduction to Zen Mediation to start May 12

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Forwarded for Zenshuji Soto Mission Rev. Kojima will be offering another Introduction to Zen Meditation lecture series starting on May 12th in English. It will be four Thursday evenings from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm. Rev. Kojima would be focusing on individuals and their zazen postures, so the class will be limited to 12 people. Each class includes a Zen/zazen talk and a zazen meditation, beginning with 10 minutes during the first class and working up to 30 minutes at the end of the series. This class series is open to people of all faiths. The cost is $30...
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Japanese American National Museum / Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920 – 1940 / Free All Day, thru June 26

Asahachi Kono “Pond Fantasy” c. 1930. Gelatin silver print. Collection of the Kono family.

In the early 1900s, groups of Japanese Americans formed photography clubs along the Pacific Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle. Their photographs were exhibited and published internationally to considerable acclaim, and admired by other photographers including Edward Weston and László Moholy-Nagy. Through artfully arranged images, the photographers represented the Japanese cultural heritage that they knew and loved; at the same time, their dynamic compositions of abstract forms contributed to the progress of modern art both at home and abroad. Sadly, much of this output was lost or destroyed during the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Making Waves...
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