Japan America Society to honor MLB baseball player Shohei Ohtani and Netflix star Marie Kondo at its 110th Anniversary Dinner & Gala, July 11

The Japan America Society of Southern California will be honoring MLB baseball player Shohei Ohtani, and Netflix star Marie Kondo from the hit TV series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” at its 110th Anniversary Dinner and Gala on Thursday, July 11 at Angels Stadium. Reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 pm and dinner and gala celebration at 7:00 pm. Shohei Ohtani, also known as the “Babe Ruth of Japan” was the 2018 MLB Rookie of the Year and is currently the pitcher/hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He will be honored with the JASSC’s Kokusai Shimin...
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Okinawa Association to present 5-day summer program for middle school students to explore Okinawan culture, family roots

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA)’s “Camp Warabi” is a five-day summer program for middle school students to learn about Okinawan culture, arts, and identity. College-age counselors will be selected and trained to lead campers as each day will be filled with fun learning and connecting with one’s Okinawan roots. The program is set for July 8 (Monday) – 12 (Friday), 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the OAA Center in Gardena, California. Registration is required to participate. Immersive learning – From traditional music to folk crafts, campers will have the chance to learn about Okinawa. Activities include eisaa (traditional...
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Godzilla-Thon, 6-film marathon of Godzilla, at Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, May 25, 1:00PM

Forwarded for American Cinematheque GODZILLA-THON Co-presented by Beyond Fest 6-Film Marathon (8 hours 27 min)! More than 60 years after a nuclear explosion roused him from the depths of the ocean, GODZILLA still reigns asking of the many kaiju (“strange creature”) films from Japan. Join us for a full day with the giant reptilian monster with rare 35mm prints unseen in L.A. for more than a decade http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/godzilla-thon Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90028 Sat, May 25, 2019 1:00pm GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (GOJIRA), 1954, Janus Films, 96 min. Dir. Ishirô Honda. In the first of countless kaiju (“strange creature”) films...
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USC Pacific Asia Museum “Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited” Feb. 8 – July 14

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of this contemporary artist’s first solo show—held at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in spring 1989—it displays 77 prints by this artist widely celebrated as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. The British Museum lauded Kōkei for producing Japan’s “most notable Kabuki prints” in the post-war era. Known for his bold, even disturbing, portraits of Japan’s leading actors in a dynamic theatrical form, Kōkei responds to the idiosyncratic late-18th century kabuki prints by the great Sharaku. A master in his own right, Kōkei captures the intense color, movement and emotion of kabuki. Yet Kōkei...
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Japan House exhibition “Contemporary Japanese Ceramic” April 17 – June 9

Japan House Los Angeles Exhibition KESHIKI: The Landscape Within Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Brodfuehrer Collection April 17, 2019―June 9, 2019 Monday – Saturday: 10AM – 8PM Sunday: 10AM – 7PM Location: Hollywood & Highland Center, Gallery Level 2 Fee: Complimentary japanhousela.com After the twelve-year collecting journey in Japan, Gordon Brodfuehrer of San Diego brings  more than 60 pieces of his Japanese contemporary ceramic collection to Hollywood for public viewing. On April 17, Japan House Los Angeles opens the ceramic exhibition with the title of “KESHIKI: The Landscape Within – Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Brodfuehrer Collection ” at Hollywood...
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Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition “Manga Hokusai Manga” May 2 – Aug. 3

Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics Thursday, May 2 –  Saturday, August 3, 2019 Hours:  Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm Closed on Sundays & Holidays (Memorial Day: May 27 & 28, Independence Day: July 4 – 6) Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Admission: FREE www.jflalc.org In light of Japan’s contemporary comics and their global proliferation, the 19th-century Hokusai Manga is attracting increasing interest. Fans worldwide tend to even regard this pictorial compendium by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai as the origin...
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Japanese American National Museum “KAIJU VS HEROES” exhibition extended to July 7, 2019

Japanese American National Museum Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Kaiju VS Heroes Sep 15, 2018 – July 7, 2019 janm.org/kaiju-vs-heroes Kaiju-Con June 15, 2019 Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys, which features hundreds of contemporary and vintage Japanese vinyl toys, has been extended on view at the Japanese American National Museum through July 7, 2019. The exhibition is included in regular admission to the museum. In conjunction with the exhibition’s extension, the museum will host a day-long separately ticketed Kaiju-Con on June 15, 2019. Kaiju-Con will include a vendor hall, workshops, panel discussions, and...
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Manzanar National Historic Site photo exhibit “Manzanar Pilgrimage 1983 – 2018” April 14 – July 28

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INDEPENDENCE, Calif — Manzanar National Historic Site is hosting a new photography exhibit on the visitor center’s gallery wall. MANZANAR PILGRIMAGE: Photographs from Manzanar National Historic Site 1983-2018 features the works of Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson. The show will run from April 14 to July 28, 2019. It features 35 black and white photographs taken by Mark Kirchner beginning in November of 1983 and ending in 2018. Geri Ferguson will be exhibiting a selection of her portrait photographs taken at the Annual Manzanar Potluck and Pilgrimage from the early 1980’s. The exhibit is featured in honor of the...
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New York Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated” March 5 – June 16

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue in New York The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated March 5 – June 16, 2019 https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/tale-of-genji This will be the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition inspired by Japan’s most celebrated work of literature, The Tale of Genji. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting in the early eleventh-century imperial court, and often referred to as the world’s first psychological novel, the tale recounts the amorous escapades of the “Shining Prince” Genji and introduces some of the most iconic female characters in the...
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Popular taiko ensemble TAIKOPROJECT releases new album, Benzaiten, with live “Rhythmic Relations 2019”’ performance at the Ford Theatres, June 15, 8:00PM

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Popular taiko ensemble TAIKOPROJECT returns to the Ford Theatres on Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. with its exuberant blend of percussion and choreography, to release their third album entitled Benzaiten. “This show will be the public’s first opportunity to hear our new album,” says TAIKOPROJECT Executive Director Bryan Yamami. “We’re playing the album in its entirety and we’re excited to share this new work with our audiences at the Ford.” The evening will open with both new and favorite taiko songs performed by TAIKOPROJECT, Bombu Taiko, and youth performing group Kitsune Taiko. TAIKOPROJECT has been...
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Los Angeles Koto and Shakuhachi Concert at Bridge USA Event Center, June 9, 4:30PM

LA Koto Ensemble Concert Sunday, June 9th, 2019 Doors open 4pm / Start 4:30pm Venue Bridge USA Event Center 20817 S. Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 *Free parking is available behind the buildings. Please use the Western Avenue entrance to enter the venue. http://www.bridgeusa.com/page/map Tickets $8 in advance $10 at the door Children under 12 Free Tickets online: yukiyasuda.com Contact Yuki Yasuda 310-961-7704 koto@yukiyasuda.com About the Event “LA Koto Ensemble Concert” of koto and shakuhachi concert will be held in Torrance on Sunday, June 9th. The LA Koto Ensemble based in Los Angeles. The ensemble was founded by Yuki...
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Taiko master Kristofer Bergstrom’s annual home concert “Arugakki” to return to San Pedro’s Grand Annex, June 8, at 8:00PM

“Arugakki” concert returns to Grand Vision Foundation & Grand Annex in San Pedro. Master drummer Kristofer Bergstrom with GVF’s Team Taiko and friends from Los Angeles Taiko Institute perform their newest works for Japanese drums, including their one-of-a-kind mochi-making extravaganza! *Mochi is a traditional Japanese dessert. Yum. Arugakki at Grand Annex 2019 Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 8:00PM Ticket price: $20~$30 https://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1259 Location: Grand Vision Foundation & Grand Annex 434 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 Kristofer Bergstrom: My annual home-concert at one of my favorite venues. New music in the first half, and mochi-making in the second! Program: (TBD)...
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