Nagauta Shamisen and Voice Ensemble at Hollywood Japanese Cultural Institute

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Forwarded for Fuji Japanese Music Fuji Japanese Music is a California based Kabuki Style music troupe. We invite you to join us in learning about the unique rhythm and melody of traditional Japanese music. Our music is created by the Shamisen string instrument, voice, hand drums, and different types of percussion that interact with each other in a very unique way.  Join us as we explore the secrets of this beautiful musical style that has been part of Japanese tradition for centuries! Instructor Kimisen Katada is a member of the Katada-Ryu School of Narimono Music, and the Samon-Kai School of...
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Kabuki music and dance classes in Oxnard

Kimisen Katada Kabuki Music Class

Instructor Kimisen Katada is currently teaching Kabuki music in Oxnard. Kimisen’s instructions include Japanese drumming such as kotsuzumi, okawa, taiko, and shamisen /voice. Oxnard Class: Oxnard Buddhist Temple, 250 South “H” Street, Oxnard, CA 93030 For more information, call Kimisen Katada at (805) 620-7287 or
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USC to present the 8th–12th century music and performance of Japan, Sept 30

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Forwarded for University of Southern California, Center for Japanese Religion and Culture Japanese Buddhist Chanting (Shōmyō) and Shirabyōshi Performance by Sakurai Makiko Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm University Park Campus, University of Southern California The Rosen Family Screening Theatre Sakurai Makiko performs Japanese Buddhist chanting (shōmyō) and shirabyōshi dance in a live performance at the University of Southern California.  This two-part performance offers a rare look at music and dance of Japan’s Heian and Kamakura periods (794-1185). Shōmyō, associated with the Tendai school of Buddhism, is performed at Buddhist services, generally by monks.  It has...
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Japanese American National Museum / Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty / Opening Oct 11

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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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One-man Kabuki storyteller to come to Little Tokyo, Oct. 10

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The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents Kunitoshi Kineya’s “One-Man Kabuki Storyteller” at David Henry Hwang Theater in Little Tokyo on Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm. Admission free, reservation required at Veteran Nagauta shamisen player Kunitoshi Kineya will present a shamisen demonstration and perform classical Kabuki piece “Kurozuka” in which English subtitles will be provided. Kunitoshi Kineya has been active for nearly 40 years performing and composing pieces on the shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument. He began playing Nagauta shamisen when he was just eighteen years old, after being captivated by its fascinating tone and rich history. It was...
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Zen Study Group at Zenshuji Temple to start, Oct 9 –Nov 12, every Thursday, 7:30 – 8:50 pm

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Forwarded for Zenshuji Soto Mission From Daigaku Rummé, Head Priest of Zenshuji Dear Friends, Greetings. I trust this finds all of you in good health and spirits. We are getting ready for another Study Group at Zenshuji which will be held on six Thursday evenings, 7:30- 8:50 p.m., from October 9th through November 13th, 2014. My plan is to finish reading The Essence of Zen by Sekkei Harada, starting where we left off at the end of the last Study Group on p. 125. All of you who participated in the Introduction to Zen courses as well as the...
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Nibei Foundation Lecture Series / Documentary film screening “Storeis from Tohoku” Sept. 23

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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 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 + Lecture Schedule Oct. 28 / Dr. Koichi Mera + Oct. 14 / Ms. Sashiko Yoshimura, JETRO Los Angeles CEO + Sept. 23 / Documentary film...
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Japanese Garden Association – North America / 2014 Conference to be held in Chicago, Oct 16 -18

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North America Japanese Garden Association “New Pathways: The Role of the Japanese Garden for Society and Self”   2014 NAJGA Biennial Conference  at Chicago Botanic Garden from Oct 16-18, 2014 Early Bird discount by July 11 Keynote speaker: Japanese garden creator Hoichi Kurisu The animating force behind Hoichi Kurisu’s body of work is the restorative power of nature. Twice honored  with the National Landscape Award by the White House. Kurisu has been building uniue gardens in the U.S. and abroad that open us “inner spaces for inspiration and healing” since 1972. Find out more at  
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Bonsai Fest to feature Japanese programs at Bowers Museum, Sept 23-28

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Dubbed as “Bonsai Fest,” Bowers Museum in Santa Ana presents Japanese cultural programs to coincide with the annual bonsai display by Kofu Bonsai Kai in Orange County. The Bonsai Tradition: Cultural Arts of Japan / Bowers Museum in Santa Ana Sept. 23 through Sept. 28, 10 am – 4 pm, at John M. Lee Court Celebrating the traditions and cultural arts of Japan, Bowers Museum presents annual bonsai and viewing stone display in partnership with Kofu Bonsai Kai. The harmonious display consists of 28 trees selected from private collections who are devotees to the living, natural art form of...
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Exhibition of watercolor painting responded to Japanese American wartime incarceration, Sept 2 – Dec 16 at University Library Gallery of Cal State Dominguez Hills

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Artists Can Move Mountains: Creative expressions from the Eastern Sierra A group show by the 2014 Henry Fukuhara Painting Group September 2 to December 16, 2014 Open: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 am – 3 pm California State University, Dominguez Hills, University Library Gallery, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747, (310) 243-2127 Henry Fukuhara (1913 – 2010) was a watercolor artist and art teacher. Fukuhara was an internee at the Manzanar concentration camp with his family from Los Angele. After the end of World War II, Fukuhara and his family moved to Long Island, New York, and were...
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Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute to hold Annual Bazaar, Oct. 5, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

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Forwarded for Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute The Pasadena Cultural Institute was founded in 1962 to support Japanese cultural events and organizations in the greater Pasadena Community, with the purpose to preserve and promote the awareness of and appreciation for Japanese Language and Culture. PJCI Annual Bazaar Sunday, October 5, 2014 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute 595 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91103 (Cross Street Orange Grove Blvd) Opportunity Drawing, Prizes, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Booths, Crafts, Games, Food and Fun! 1st Prize – iPad Retina 2nd Prize – 10 cup Electric Rice Cooker 3rd Prize –...
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Okinawan dance-drama to be staged by Majikina LA school with artists from Okinawa and Hawaii, Nov. 2

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On Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 pm, Okinawan dance group Majikina Honryu Ryubu Dojo Aigen no Kai Los Angeles will present, “Nufa Gukuru – My Spirit Dances” at the Aratani/Japan America Theater of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center located at 244 South San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo. Led by artistic director, Aiko Majikina, the show’s main focus is to highlight the original creations of their founding grandmaster, the late Iemoto, Yuko Majikina. Dancers and musicians from Okinawa and musicians from Hawaii will also be joining the Los Angeles cast of dancers. A free pre-show lecture by...
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