Lani Kume Nishiyama selected Nisei Week Queen

Lani Kume Nishiyama selected Nisei Week Queen

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue Lani Kume Nishiyama, acting school student and representing the West Los Angeles Japanese American Citizens League and the Venice Japanese Community Center, was selected as the 70th Nisei Week Queen on Aug. 14 at the Nisei Week Coronation held at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Downtown. The 2010 Nisei Week Court members, who also participated in the coronation, are: First Princess Kelli Toshie Teragawa, Miss Tomodachi Jamie Joyce Hagiya, Princess Brynn Akemi Nakamoto, Princess Christy Kimiko Sakamoto, Princess Lauren Terumi Weber and Princess Erin Reiko Yokomizo. Nishiyama is 24 years...
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Atomic bombing survivors’ story by Japan’s leading playwright brought to Los Angeles by American producer

Atomic bombing survivors’ story by Japan’s leading playwright brought to Los Angeles by American producer

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue The play “The Face of Jizo,” depicting a young survivor’s agony three years after the atomic blast destroyed the city of Hiroshima, was brought by Benjamin Pohlmeier, managing artistic director of the Junction Theatre, to a space on the second floor of the Barbarella Bar in Silver Lake for six weekend nights between August 6 and August 15. The original title “Chichi to kuraseba” (Living with my father) written by Japan’s leading playwright Hisashi Inoue, was translated by American born Australian playwright Roger Pulvers who is currently living in Tokyo, and  premiered in English...
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New Youth Program at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute

September 2010 Gardena Valley JCI, 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA  90247 (310) 324-6611, fax (310) 324-3223 Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Children’s Classes Every Wednesday, 5:30pm-6:30pm beginning September 1, 2010 JCI Nisei Vets Hall $30/month Contact: Mark (310) 200-6407 Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu is a Japanese martial art that first became widely known in the early 20th century from the influence of Sokaku Takeda.  It is best known as the technical foundation of modern aikido.  Primarily it is an empty-handed system featuring throws, pins, control holds and other self-defense techniques. The program for children instills the fundamentals of Daito-ryu techniques, etiquette and discipline. Kids...
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Japanese virtuoso Nobuyuki Tsujii to appear in his Los Angeles premiere under a UCLA Live program, April 3, 2011

Japanese virtuoso Nobuyuki Tsujii to appear in his Los Angeles premiere under a UCLA Live program, April 3, 2011

Pianist and composer Nobuyuki Tsujii who won the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will appear in his Los Angeles premiere under a UCLA Live program on April 3, 2011. Tsujii will perform Schumann’s Piano Quintet as a guest soloist for the Takács Quartet, world-renowned string ensemble. Takács Quartet delivers classic repertoire with drama, warmth and humor. The programs of the Takács Quartet include Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 74 No. 3 and Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1. Born blind, the 22-year-old prodigy began his study at the age of 4 and won the gold medal in the 2009 Van...
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10th annual US Sumo Open at Sheraton Park Hotel, Aug 22

10th annual US Sumo Open Sunday, August 22, 2010 11 AM – 3 PM Sheraton Park Hotel 1855 South Harbor Boulevard Anaheim, CA 92802 (The venue has been changed from the Anaheim Convention Center which is a block away) Tickets are $20 at the door. Cash only. Ages 12 and under are free. www.usasumo.com
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Culture Center in Little Tokyo to showcase Japanese tradition, Aug 21-22

Culture Center in Little Tokyo to showcase Japanese tradition, Aug 21-22

As part of the 70th Annual Nisei Week celebration, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center hosts cultural exhibits on August 21-22. Exhibition Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Free Admission Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 628-2725  www.jaccc.org 1st Floor Bonsai: Nampu-kai: George J. Doizaki Gallery Garden Level/Basement Calligraphy: Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai: Garden Room A Textile: Akane-kai: Garden Room B 2nd Floor Kimekomi Doll: Yukari-kai: Room 200 Sumie Brush Painting: Kawai Sumie: Conference Rooms B&C 3rd Floor Sashiko Embroidery: Pioneer Center Sashiko: Room 311 4th Floor Samurai Armor...
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Japanese American soldiers’ documentary “442” released in Southern California in July and August

Japanese American soldiers’ documentary “442” released in Southern California in July and August

August 2010,  San Diego: Museum of Photographic Arts, August 21 (Saturday) and August 22 (Sunday) “442” will be playing with “Toyo’s Camera.” “Toyo’s Camera” at 11 AM, 3:20PM. “442” at 1:10PM, 5:30PM, www.mopa.org, (619) 238-7559 Museum of Photographic Arts is located at 1649 El Prado, in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. July 25, 2010 – The veteran film director Junichi Suzuki’s latest film 442 – Live with Honor, Die with Dignity is  released on July 25 at Aratani/ Japan America Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, and followed by South Bay, Irvine, San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego....
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Sawtelle Stories Forum to feature former “Girls’ Kabuki” star in 1930s, Miyoko Watanabe, Aug 28

Sawtelle Stories Forum to feature former “Girls’ Kabuki” star in 1930s, Miyoko Watanabe, Aug 28

Miyoko Watanabe is slated to be one of the featured speakers at the Sawtelle Stories Forum on August 28, Saturday, 2 pm to 4 pm, at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, 2014 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles (between La Grange and Mississippi). Parking at rear of the center. Enter from Beloit Street. (No parking in stalls 12-21). No charge for admission. Donations are welcome to Japanese Institute of Sawtelle’ Sawtelle Stories Fund. After living in Sawtelle in the 1930s and studying in Japan, Miyoko Watanabe was given the natori name (professional stage name), Nishiki Fujima, after Japan’s National Living...
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Pacific Asia Museum appoints Interim Executive Director

August 19, 2010 – Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena announces the appointment of Katherine Murray-Morse as Interim Executive Director. Ms. Murray-Morse was recently a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo and has over 30 years of professional banking experience. She also served as Vice Chair of the museum’s board of trustees and has served on the board for the last three years. Ms. Murray-Morse was born in Bronxville, New York and raised in White Plains, New York. She lived a number of years in Boston, where she received a degree in philosophy from Wheaton College and an MBA from...
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Funeral service of Mrs. Kazuko Ito, Aug 27, 7PM, Higashi Honganji Temple

The funeral service of Mrs. Kazuko Ito Friday, August 27 from 7:00 pm The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 505 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, (213) 626-4200, www.hhbt-la.org Mrs. Kazuko Ito passed away on August 17, 2010 at the age of 90. Mrs. Ito was the wife of the Late Rinban Horyu Ito of the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple and mother of Hiroko Ito, Motoko Ito, Rinban Noriaki (Janet) Ito, and Shin Ito; grandmother of Mika, Gaku and Kisa Ito, Martin (Christina) and Melissa Mune, Nicole (Chris) Nomura; great-grandmother of Jason and Jessica Nomura; aunt of Rev. Kenjun (Jeanne) Kawawata and Kevin Kawawata....
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Gold Fish Nebuta by Los Angeles Elementary School students – Photo essay of Nisei Week Grand Parade

Gold Fish Nebuta by Los Angeles Elementary School students – Photo essay of Nisei Week Grand Parade


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Driving force of Nebuta Parade – Photo essay of Nisei Week Grand Parade

Driving force of Nebuta Parade – Photo essay of Nisei Week Grand Parade


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