World-renown Japanese art collector Bill Clark passed away on Nov. 22 at 85

Bill Clark on May 22, 2009

According to the Fresno Bee newspaper, world-renown Japanese art collector Bill Clark at Hanford in Central California passed away on Nov. 22 at the age of 85. Excerpt from The Fresno Fee, November 24, 2015: Willard G. “Bill” Clark, the Hanford rancher-turned-export-businessman whose love of Japanese art and canny eye for purchasing priceless objects turned him into a world-renowned collector, died Sunday, Nov. 22 on the Hanford ranch where he lived for all his 85 years. A cause of death was not released by his family. Mr. Clark founded the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford...
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Screens, Scrolls, and Prints: Japanese Art from LACMA’s Collection

“Pleasuring on the Sumida River” Hishikawa Moronobu

School of Hishikawa Moronobu (early –mid – 18th century) “Pleasuring on the Sumida River” (late 17th – 18th century) 6 – panel screen, ink, color, and gold on paper (Collection of LACMA. Acquired in 1965) Hishikawa Moronobu was the founder of the ukiyo-e genre of painting and woodblock printing, which featured images of the “floating world” (ukiyo) of the pleasure district with its licensed brothel quarters and kabuki theaters. A favored topic was the Sumida River in Edo, a gathering place for pleasure seekers en route to Yoshiwara’s licensed brothel quarter. The four social classes in Edo – in...
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Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary thru Nov. 29

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary June 28 – Sept​ember 20, 2015 Painting exhibition remains through Nov. 29 Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary commemorates the museum’s 50th year as well as the individuals and groups who have shaped the museum’s collections of Japanese paintings and prints. Included are: Nigh Festival of Tsushima Shrine, early Edo period, eight-panel screens; Maruyama Okyo (1733 – 1795), Cranes, 1772, pair of six-panel screens; Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons, pair of six-panel screens; Imanaka Soyu (1886-1959)  Birds and...
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LACMA Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection

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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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Getty to bring an extraordinary all-female music project from Japan in conjunction with Japanese photo exhibition, Dec. 5 at 7:30PM


OOIOO – Gamel (Full Album) 2014 OOIOO – Atatawa – 2012.12.22@ Kyoto Kawamura Noh Stage The J. Paul Getty Museum presents OOIOO, part of the Gordon Getty Concert Series A Celebration of Artistically Adventurous Women at the Getty Center On Saturday, December 5, the J. Paul Getty Museum brings the powerful and joyous energy of Japan’s OOIOO to the Getty Center for a rare U.S. performance. The concert is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography, which celebrates recent work by women photographers who rose to prominence in Japan in the 1990s...
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November issue of Cultural News published

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Thanks for the supports from the community, the November issue was able to issue on Nov. 6. For subscription, visit + As of November 11 the total amount of the donation reaches $18,760. Cultural News is published for Introducing the best of Japanese art exhibitions and cultural events to the public in Los Angeles Cultural News is subscribed by Enthusiasts of Japanese art and culture Seekers for their Japanese heritage Japan’s natives rediscovering their culture outside of Japan The standard budget of the Cultural News operation in past five years is $35,000 annually. The standard annual revenue consists...
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Town Hall Meeting to Save Kerio at Aratani Theatre, Nov. 23, 7:00PM

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  <<< Forwarded for the Ad Hoc Committee to Save Keiro >>>   “Gambatte — Don’t Give Up Hope to Save the Keiro Homes” The Ad Hoc Committee to Save Keiro invites the community to the “Save Keiro” Town Hall on Monday, November 23, 2015, 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, 90012. The following will be addressed: Our research that revealed significant details of the sale that were not provided to the public Information discovered about Pacifica’s current facilities for the elderly Acknowledgment...
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Okinawan koto school to celebrate its 50th anniversary with artists from Okinawa and Hawaii, Nov. 28

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Classical Okinawan koto school Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their establishment as the Los Angeles Branch by presenting the concert entitled “Hibiki Wataru” (The Journey of Sound) on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2:00 pm at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Near 100 artists from Los Angeles, Okinawa, and Hawaii will perform koto, sanshin, kucho (a bowed instrument), fwanso (a transverse flute), and taiko. Okinawan traditional dancers will accompany select pieces of music. This program provides an opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to see 17 master musicians and dancers traveling from Okinawa including Choichi Terukina,...
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Veteran Japanese folk song instructor and her students to present their 50th anniversary program, Nov. 29


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese folk song instruction by Mem. Matsutoyo Sato in California, her school Matsutoyo Kai will present the program on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1:00 pm at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Performing will be sixty members of the Matsutoyo Kai from the main studio in Gardena as well as branch studios in Berkeley, Orange County, Lodi, and San Jose.  Students from Thailand will also be participating. The program also will feature beautiful kimono-clad Minyo Station performing minyo, or Japanese folk songs. Local Japanese dance teachers and their students will dance to Matsutoyo...
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LACMA lecture to focus on Utagawa Kunisada, print designer of Ukiyoe, Dec. 6 at 3:30PM

Utagawa Kunisada (Tokyokuni III), “The Monk Mongaku Shōnin,” c. mid-1830s, color woodblock print, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, promised gift of Barbara S. Bowman

Los Angeles County Museum of Art The 28th Annual Michele and Peter Berton Memorial Lecture on Japanese Art Sunday, December 6, 3:30 pm LACMA, Brown Auditorium Free and open to the public, no reservations required Andreas Marks, Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, presents “More Than Just a Moment of Success: Utagawa Kunisada, Japan’s Most Prolific Print Designer.” Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865) was the most sought-after print designer of his day, eclipsing both of today’s favorites Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). Kunisada ascended to...
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Skirball Center exhibiting Manzanar photographs by Anesl Adams & Mine Okubo’s artwork

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The Skirball Cultural Center presents Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, featuring fifty little-known photographs by Ansel Adams (1902–1984) that depict the treatment of Japanese Americans at the Manzanar incarceration camp in central California. Taken during World War II, the black and white works were originally published in Adams’s book Born Free and Equal (1944) in which he protested what he called the “enforced exodus” of a minority of citizens. On view at the Skirball from October 8, 2015–February 21, 2016, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams offers insight into a disquieting period in California and American...
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Getty exhibiting of “Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadow” photography

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The J. Paul Getty Museum will present “Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows” photo exhibition from Oct. 6 through Feb. 21, 2016. Self – taught photographer Miyako Ishiuchi (born 1947) stunned the Japanese photography establishment in the late 1970s with grainy, haunting, black – and – white images of Yokosuka — the city where Ishiuchi spent her childhood and where the United States established an important naval base in 1945. Fusing the personal and political in her work, Ishiuchi interweaves her identity with the complex history of postwar Japan that emerged from “shadows” cast by American occupation. Presenting photographs made...
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