Cultural News editor leaving Los Angeles for Japan to attend family matter

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Cultural News editor Shige Higashi is leaving Los Angeles from Nov. 13 through Nov 24. He attends his father’s funeral at Kure, Hiroshima on Nov. 15. During Higashi’s Japan visit, his phone contact is 090-4820-7065.
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art to exhibit two shows of samurai art, opening Oct. 19 and Nov. 1

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will exhibit two shows exploring  the subject of samurai art this fall. In October, LACMA presents the Southern California premiere of “Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Anne and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection,” a major presentation of battle gear worn by samurai from the 12th through the 19th centuries. Examining the evolution of samurai accoutrements through the centuries, this exhibition features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, including eighteen full suits of armor, elaborate helmets and face guards, and life-size hore-clad armors. The Samurai Collection, one of the most comprehensive private holding of...
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Los Angeles version of “Takarazuka” to be performed by East West Players, Nov. 6 – Dec. 7

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East West Players, the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, continues its 50th Anniversary Season, Golden, with TAKARAZUKA!!!, by Susan Soon He Stanton, directed by Leslie Ishii and choreographed by Cindera Che. This production is presented with community partners the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and AARP. The production features Fiona Cheung, Michael Hagiwara, Joseph Lim Kim, Klarissa Mesee, Joy Regullano, Janelle Toyomi-Dote, and Grace Yoo. Yuko is the Top Star of the Takarazuka, an all-female Japanese performance troupe, that has put on lavishly staged...
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Tribute concert to Nisei generation set for Nov. 16

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The Stonebridge Entertainment presents “The Great Nisei Reunion” concert at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:00 pm. The concert, featuring The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and The Mills Brothers, with special guests, The Island Crooners, will be a tribute to the Nisei Generation. Emcee will be Brittany Ishibashi.   Gerald Ishibashi of Stonebridge Entertainment says “This is the music of Nisei generation… a walk down lane for our Nisei parents and relatives. What a great way to share a moment in time with these special folks.” For every ticket purchased until Nov. 1, an...
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Clark Center’s calligraphy exhibition “33 Dances” thru Dec. 6

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Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture 33 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy from the 16th to the 19th Century Sept. 2 – Dec. 6, 2014 The exhibition is organized under the auspices of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.   In East Asia, calligraphy has been hailed as the highest of all art forms for more than 15 centuries. It’s not hard to understand why: With more than 80,000 Chinese characters and infinite graphic variations, the expressive potential is unlimited. The results, as seen in 33 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy from the 16th to the 19th Century, speak for themselves. From hanging...
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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, thru April 26, 2015

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The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will present a first-of-its-kind exhibition in honor of the 40th anniversary of pop icon Hello Kitty, beginning October 11, 2014. Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty will combine a product-based historical and sociological examination of Hello Kitty, including rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives, with an installation of mixed media works by artists demonstrating Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, will serve as curator for the retrospective component of the exhibition. Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum / Shin Hanga (modern prints) exhibition / on going thru April 2015

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USC Pacific Asia Museum A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century April 25, 2014 through April 19, 2015 Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints fell by the wayside in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression. The exhibition presents examples of shin hanga (modern or new prints) and sosaku hanga (creative prints) side-by-side to bring their differences and their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as distinguishing characteristics from the earlier print forms that originally gained popularity in the West....
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USC Pacific Asia Museum / Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma / ongoing thru Feb. 15, 2015

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USC Pacific Asia Museum Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma The Focus Gallery September 19, 2014 through February 15, 2015   Credited with introducing Chan (Zen in Japanese) Buddhism in China in the 6th century, the Indian monk Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) has become a well-known subject in Buddhist art, frequently depicted in ways that emphasize his non-East Asian origin and iconoclastic persona. As Chan Buddhism gained popularity, various legends associated with the Chan patriarch evolved and artists began to depict those legends alongside his conventional portraits. He is renowned for deeds such as meditating for nine years...
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Nibei Foundation Lecture Series / Dr. Koichi Mera / Nov. 25

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+ Nibei Foundation of Los Angeles presents “Powerful Networking Meeting Lecture Series” twice every month. The lecture series is held at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. For information, contact Naoko Okada, coordinator at (310) 479-6101 ext 134, or email nibei@nibei.org Dinner at 6 pm, by pre-order only Presentation from 7 pm – 8 pm  Lectures are free. $10 required for dinner order. For RSVP, visit http://nibei.org + Lecture Schedule Nov. 25 / Dr. Koichi Mera, “Verify the Japanese historical fact during World War II” + Nov. 11 / Ms. Leslie Ito, Executive...
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Film screening about effort to save vulnerable Buddhist art, Nov.13 at Getty Center

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Getty Conservation Institute to screen “Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance” at the Getty Center Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance  / November 13, 2014 /7:00p.m. (Running Time: 54 minutes) / Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center / Free; visit event site to make a reservations The diffusion of Buddhism from India throughout Asia has left a legacy of great art. Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance, a new film screening Nov. 13 at the Getty Center, tells the story of Buddhist art through the treasures of Bhutan and Ladakh in the Himalayas and through the Mogao Grottoes on the Silk Road...
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Experimental performing arts festival to be presented in Venice, Nov.15-16

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Electric Lodge presents Alternate Currents The new theatre and dance festival at Electric Lodge Nov. 7-9th   &   Nov. 15-16th,  2014 “Alternate Currents,” a curated experimental performing arts festival, will be presented at the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center in Venice, CA for two weekends in November:  November 7 – 9, and November 15 – 16. Featuring new work by recognizable local and international artists including:  Genevieve Carson, String Theory, Kevin Williamson, Gracie Whyte, No)one Art House, and  Oguri with Body Weather Laboratory. This interdisciplinary festival provides a platform venue for new audiences to discover Los Angeles’ most cutting edge...
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Exhibition “The Curious Art of Origami” at the Shumei Hall Gallery, Pasadena, thru Nov. 19

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Pasadena – The exhibition “The Curious Art of Origami” will feature art works by three of the most renowned origami artists in the country and will highlight the diversity of contemporary origami art. The exhibition will be held at the Shumei Hall Gallery in Pasadena (2430 E. Colorado Blvd. Tel: 626 584 8841) from September 19 through November 19 as part of the Pasadena-wide A X S Curiosity Festival (http://axsfestival.org/2014/). Origami is the Japanese word for “folded paper.” For over 1,000 years, the Japanese have been folding paper, first to create decorative gift wrappers and Shinto ceremonial objects, and...
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