Japan in Their Own Words: A Proposal for Final Reconciliation of World War II

Japan in Their Own Words: A Proposal for Final Reconciliation of World War II

Cultural News, 2010 March The following text was published at website column “Japan in Their Own Words” by the English-Speaking Union of Japan on November 12, 2009. www.esuj.gr.jp By Fumio Matsuo in Tokyo The Japanese people’s decision in September 2009 to elect the DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) into government has opened up significant possibilities for Japan’s foreign policy. It is possible to contemplate a grand undertaking that will bring closure to the long-festering issue of history by realizing, all at once, historical reconciliation with the United States as well as with China, Korea and other neighbors. Unlike Germany,...
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Sushi promotions taking palces everywhere

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 May issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting Board talk Hello, my name is Andy Matsuda, and I am the chief instructor at Sushi Chief Institute in Los Angeles. I offer sushi chef training classes everyday at our school in Little Tokyo. And I often go out to promote Japanese food and culture at public venues and events. I will fly to Denver on May 18 to attend the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference to be held on May 19 to provide a presentation about Sushi Safety  Study. This is the first time that such an...
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Cultural News 2010 May Issue Japanese Summary

カルチュラル・ニュース2010年5月号の日本語要約(今回はスペースの関係で1ページとなりました) ●パサデナのノートン・サイモン美術館で、6月4日から「広重」の版画展(P1からP5へ) 西洋美術館として全米に知られているパサデナのノートン・サイモン美術館には、日本の版画や仏像も所属されている。6月4日から2011年1月まで「広重:日本のビジョン(風景)」展が行われる。歌川広重の名作「東海道五十三次」「富士三十六景」など、約200展が展示される。ノートン・サイモン美術館の広報には、広重が、江戸の町火消同心の家に生まれた下級侍で、歌川豊廣の門下となり、その後、歌川広重と名のるようになったという解説が掲載されている。 ●曹洞宗の国際布教総監に初のアメリカ人僧侶が任命される(P1からP2, P6へ) 曹洞宗宗務庁は、ハワイ、北アメリカ、南アメリカ、ヨーロッパに国際布教総監を任命しているが、2010年4月1日付けで、アイオワ州生まれのアメリカ人僧侶を北アメリカ総監に任命した。北米総監になったのは、ルメー大岳老子で、1976年から27年間にわたり、福井県小浜市にある、曹洞宗の修行寺・発心寺で、原田雪渓老子の下、修行経験を積んでいる。 大岳老子は、アイオワ州のルーテル教会牧師の家に生まれ、父親が宣教師として東京に渡った1961年、11歳の時に、日本に来ている。東京では、高校(アメリカン・スクール・イン・ジャパン)まで、過ごし、大学入学のため、アイオワ州に戻っている。アイオワ州内のルーテル大学を卒業後、1974年に再び、来日し、以後日本で生活している。2003年からサンフランシスコにある曹洞宗国際禅センターに勤めていた。 北アメリカには、曹洞宗のアメリカ人僧籍者が約350人いて、全米に禅センターが開かれている。曹洞宗北米総監部は、リトル東京にある禅宗寺内におかれており、総監は、禅宗寺の行事も担当している。 ●「あぜみちジャンピンッ!」がジャパン・フィルム・フェスティバル・ロサンゼルスで上映される(P1からP4, P5へ) 東京の芸能プロダウション・チャーム・インク制作、西川文恵監督の映画「あぜみちジャンピンッ!」が4月のジャパン・フィルム・フェスティバルで上映され、好評を得た。新潟県魚沼市と南魚沼市で撮影され、田園風景の中で、聾唖の女子中学生がヒップポップ・ダンスに打ち込んでいくようすを描いている。 聾唖者は、振動を感じて音を体感することができる。主人公の優紀(ゆうき)はスピーカーの音量を上げて音楽を体感し、ダンスができるように、なっていく。2009年の制作。シカゴ子供国際映画祭、ニューヨークBAM子供映画祭、ソウル女性映画際、子供映画祭インドネシアで上映されている。 ●第二次大戦中の日系人収容所で、三味線、日本舞踊など、伝統日本文化を伝え続け日系人師匠を称える初めての記念公演が、リトル東京の高野山別院ホールで行われ、約200人が参加した (P2からP6へ) ●フロリダを拠点にしている山本久仁子さんの日本の昔話を英訳しパントマイムを織り交ぜた舞台、5月15日。ロサンゼルス・カウンティーが運営するミュージック・センターの「ワールド・シティー」プログラムの一環。共演は、和太鼓を使うフュージョン・グループ「オン・アンサンブル」。(P3) ●ロサンゼルス立教会(立教大学の校友会)と日系大学夫人協会が、創立記念行事として「舞と朗読の平家物語」イベントを開催、6月13日(P3) ●クラーク・センターの図案展(20世紀前半のモダン・デザイン)に、アムステルダムから借用した竹久夢二作品が展示されている(P4) ●グリーンブラット静子さんの「漢字キャラクター」と「フュージョン・イケバナ」がパシフィック・アジア美術館で展示、5月6日から6月27日(P5) ●アートスケープ・ジャパン(東京在住のアラン・グリーソン氏の美術館レポート)小金井市にある市立「はけの森美術館」。武蔵野の面影が残る自然の中に、画家・中村兼一の残したアトリエが美術館として使われている。(P5)
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Film Review – The Azemichi Road: Silent music ignites dance movements of an adolescent girl

Film Review – The Azemichi Road: Silent music ignites dance movements of an adolescent girl

Cultural News 2010 May Issue “The Azemichi Road” is the heartfelt tale of an adolescent girl living with the handicap of being hearing-impaired, who realizes the ability to communicate her feelings to others through dance. The film depicts the life of a hearing-impaired girl, giving viewers a true sense of what a world without sound is like.  But it also creates a sense of great empathy for the girl, and viewers easily feel the excitement of her hip hop dances. This film was shown at Japan Film Festival Los Angeles in April. The Azemichi Road (85 min) (2009, Japan)...
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American-born and Japan-trained Zen monk Appointed as Head of Soto Zen North America

The article is appeared in the Cultural News, 2010 May Issue By Shige Higashi For the first time in 90 years, the Japan-based Soto Zen Mission in North America receives an American-born and non-Japanese monk as head of the organization. Born as David Rumme into a Christian family in Iowa, Daigaku Rumme Roshi, who spent 27 years at one of most rigid Zen monasteries in Japan, was appointed the General-Director, or Sokan in Japanese, of the Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office, located at Zenshuji Soto Mission in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. His appointment was officially made as...
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Arts & Culture of Okinawa & Japan at Suiho En Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, May 2

Arts & Culture of Okinawa & Japan at Suiho En Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, May 2

Suiho En Japanese Garden inside the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys presents the Arts and Culture of Okinawa and Japan on Sunday, May 2 at 12:00 pm at its location, 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Sunday, May 2 Program starting at 12:00 PM – Entrance to garden including show admission $5 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (818) 756-8166 www.thejapanesegarden.com Music Groups– Nomuraryu Koten Ongaku Kyokai; Nomuraryu Koten Ongaku Hozonkai; Okinawa Geino Shinkokai Wado-kai Dance Groups – Miyagi-ryu Nosho-kai – Miyagi Nosho Ryukyu Dance School; Miyagiryu Noshokai – Numata Michiko Ryuku Kenkyusho...
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Film: Mari Kawade’s short “Park” at Asian Film Festival, May 1, 2

Film: Mari Kawade’s short  “Park” at Asian Film Festival, May 1, 2

New York-based independent filmmaker Mari Kawade’s short film “PARK” will be screened at the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 1 and 2. Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Program 40  “Where the He(art) is” May 1 (Saturday) 5:30 PM May 2 (Sunday) 7:30 PM Directors Guild of America, 920 Sunset Blvd (at Hayworth, One block west of Fairfax), West Hollywood Ticket: $12 (for with other 4 shorts) A Japanese banker, who was just sent to New York discovers something important for his life at Central Park. It’s a peaceful comedy of the cultural differences between...
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Nostalgic Japanese enka songs to be featured at Japanese American’s show, May 1, 2

Nostalgic Japanese enka songs to be featured at Japanese American’s show, May 1, 2

Nostalgic Japanese enka songs and entertaining impressions of famous Japanese singers will be featured at “Natsukashi no Kouhaku Uta Gassen,” on Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. (sold out) at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles. Presented by the Grateful Crane Ensemble and the Japanese American National Musuem, this version of “Kouhaku” is a spoof of Japan’s famous “Kouhaku Uta Gassen” broadcast nationally every New Year’s Eve on NHK. Sponsored in part by Tomiye Sumner, Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki, Ernest Doizaki, Hiroshi & Sadako Kashiwagi...
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Young koto players from Japan at Pasadena, April 30 at 6:30 pm

Young koto players from Japan at Pasadena, April 30 at 6:30 pm

Young koto players from Japan will perform at Japanese Culture Night sponsored by Rice of Life, at Fuller Psychology Lounge in Pasadena on Friday, April 30 from 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Admission free. Nobuhiro Kaneko of Sumida-ku, Tokyo Shinobugaoka High School, 9th grade He started playing koto at 5th grade and has since won the following awards: 2006 Children national koto competition 2nd 2007 Children national koto competition 1st 2008 Children national koto competition 1st 2009 Koto Pop competition special award 2010 Sensoku Hougaku national competition, junior age group 1st Tomoki Tamashige of Onoda city, Yamaguchi prefecture Onoda High...
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2010 / Phoenix’s civic leader Masako Takiguchi to be awarded Japan’s medal

Medal takiguchi Masako

(April 29, 2010)  The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decoration. Mrs. Masako Takiguchi of Phoenix, Arizona, former Chairperson of the Himeji City Committee of Phoenix, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays. Mrs. Masako Takiguchi was born in Seattle, Washington. She is 78 years old currently. She stayed in Seattle until age nine, when her parents took her and moved to Wakayama Prefecture, Japan in August 1941. After World War II, in September 1956, she came back to the United States. In Los Angeles, she began working at a...
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2010 / Japanese American community leader Paul Kunio Shiba to be awarded Japan’s medal

Medal Shiba Paul Kunio

(April 29, 2010) The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decoration. Mr. Paul Kunio Shiba of Los Angeles, President of the Seinan Senior Citizens Club, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays Mr. Shiba was born in California.  He is 80 years old currently.  During his early years, he moved to his parents’ hometown in Shizuoka prefecture. After graduating from high school in Japan he returned to the United States and worked in the agricultural, gardening, and manufacturing fields.  While his children were enrolled in the Japanese Language...
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2010 / Guitarists of The Ventures to be awarded Japan’s medals

The Ventures

April 29, 2010 The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decorations. Mr. Nokie Edwards of Scottsdale, Arizona, Lead Guitar of The Ventures, and Mr. Gerry McGee of Granada Hills, Lead and Bass Guitar of The Ventures, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Mr. Edwards is 74 years old. Mr. McGee is 72 years old. Tacoma’s young guitar duo, Don Wilson and late Bob Bogle, formed the nucleus of The Ventures in 1958. In 1960, the band forever changed the sound of rock and roll with their legendary...
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