“The Harimaya Bridge” screening at Music Hall 3, from March 26 to April 8

“The Harimaya Bridge” screening at Music Hall 3, from March 26 to April 8

Film distributor Eleven Arts of Santa Monica presented  The Harimaya Bridge at Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills from March 26 to April 8. The Harimaya Bridge Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 478-3836 Show time Friday:     5:30 PM   8:15 PM Saturday: 12:00 PM  2:45 PM  5:30 PM  8:15 PM Sunday:   12:00 PM  2:45 PM  5:30 PM  8:15PM Monday – Thursday: 5:30 PM  8:15PM Excerpt from Director Aaron Woolfolk interview The Harimaya Bridge has been a fascinating journey because you had two different film aesthetics – American and Japanese – kind of competing...
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Lecture Note: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Lecture Note: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club Screening Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki Presenter:  Mr. Junichi Suzuki, movie producer and directorApril 6, 2010 at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, West Los Angeles Japan Study Club Lecture Note is complied by Cultural News Mr. Junichi Suzuki is a movie producer and director. He was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.  In 1975 he received a B.A. from the University of Tokyo University and started working at Nikkatsu Studio, one of major studio companies in Japan. Toyo’s Camera is a documentary film that shows the real-life events of the people who were...
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Nibei’s Japan Study Club: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Nibei’s Japan Study Club: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club April 6, 6:00 pm, Reception and dinner 7:00 pm, screening of  Toyo’s Camera, followed by a presentation of film director/writer Junichi Suzuki (This month’s program will start 30 minutes earlier due to the film screening) Nibei Foundation is located at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90064 japanstudies@nibei.org      (310) 479-6101 Film: Toyo’s Camera: Japanese American History during WWII (98 mins) Directed by Junichi Suzuki Produced by United Television Broadcasting (UTB), Film Voice Inc, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, and Day-Lee Foods Inc. Using archival photographs which late Toyo Miyatake took...
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Phoenix’s Japanese Garden to celebrates Children’s Day with Kites and Koi Festival, Apr 3

Phoenix’s Japanese Garden to celebrates Children’s Day with Kites and Koi Festival, Apr 3

ARIZONA — The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix will host a Children’s Day and Kite Festival on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park. The festival is free. In its sixth year, the Children’s Day Festival will feature an anime-manga (Japanese animation and comics) drawing booth, hands-on origami paper folding art, calligraphy or stylized Japanese writing techniques, Japanese shiba inu dogs, storytelling, stage entertainment, and an aikido martial arts practice space. Drama students from Goldwater High School will present Kabuki – traditional Japanese theater on stage. Kites will be flying all day....
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Taiko artist Kenny Endo to celebrate 35 years of artistry, Apr 3

Taiko artist Kenny Endo to celebrate 35 years of artistry, Apr 3

Los Angeles — Legendary Taiko Artist Kenny Endo celebrates 35 years of artistry with a star-studded cast of drummers and musicians “In Concert” on Saturday, April 3 at 8 pm at the Japan America Theatre in downtown Little Tokyo. At the forefront of the taiko movement for the past three decades, Endo is most notably the first foreigner to receive a natori (stage name and master’s license) in classical Japanese drumming. With a background in jazz drumming and world music, Endo spent 10 years in Japan studying and performing kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming), Edo bayashi (festival music of Edo), and...
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Japan Behind the News >> The Guam Concession: Why Japan Is Helping Pay to Move the Marines out of Okinawa

Japan Behind the News >> The Guam Concession: Why Japan Is Helping Pay to Move the Marines out of Okinawa

Cultural News, April 2010 Issue By Motoaki Kamiura, Military Analyst Translated by Alan Gleason  The controversy over where to move the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station from its current location in central Okinawa continues to rage in Japan. For years Okinawans have been upset about the hazards posed by Futenma, which lies in the midst of a densely populated district of the island. When the United States decided to shift a sizable portion of the Marines’ Okinawa presence to Guam, plans were also drawn up to move Futenma. However, the U.S. requested that Japan provide land to replace...
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Sushi cooking demonstrations are in great demand

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 April Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda Our sushi chef training class starts at 8:00 a.m. and wraps up at 1:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. In the current class of March – April 2010 (photo), we have nine students from the Los Angeles area, Northern California, Massachusetts and France. Despite busy weekday schedules, I often go to sushi demonstrations on weekends upon request. On the April 17 and 18 weekend, Sushi Chef Institute will have a sushi booth at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival at Barnes Park,...
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Enka singer “Jero in Concert” at Aratani Theatre, Mar 31, 8PM

Enka singer “Jero in Concert” at Aratani Theatre, Mar 31, 8PM

Jero in Concert Wednesday, Mar 31, 8:00PMAratani / Jana America Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012Tickets: $100, $80, $60, $50     www.jaccc.org   Box Office (213) 680-3700 Jero aks Jerome Charles White, Jr. makes his long-awaited U.S. concert debut in celebration of the JACCC’s 30th Anniversary. As the first professional African American enka singer in the history of Japanese music, Jero has single-handedly reignited interest in the musical ballads that emerged in Japan’s post-war ear. Critics have lauded the way this meteoric talent has managed to mold an...
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2010 / California Bonsai Society’s exhibition at Huntington Library, Mar 27, 28

2010 / California Bonsai Society’s exhibition at Huntington Library, Mar 27, 28

The 53rd Bonsai Exhibition by the California Bonsai Society Bonsai – Images of Spring’s Promise Bonsai – a living art which reflects in miniature the beauty and diversity of nature’s changing seasons. The California Bonsai Society proudly and cordially invites you to enjoy a most noteworthy Bonsai exhibition. Exhibition dates: March 27 – 28, 2010 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day Demonstrations both days at 1:30 Free admission Friends’ Hall Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA www.huntington.org Discover the fascination of this ancient horticultural art as the California Bonsai Society presents its 53rd...
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Consul General of Japan to lecture at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Mar 24

Consul General of Japan to lecture at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Mar 24

As part of a continuing practice of celebrating cross-cultural relationships, California State University, Dominguez Hills College of Arts and Humanities is hosting a lecture by Mr. Junichi Ihara, consul general of Japan in Los Angeles on March 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Loker Student Union. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Consul General Ihara will discuss current political, economic and social conditions in Japan and how they play important roles in the United States and the global community. CSU Dominguez Hills has been committed to Asian-Pacific...
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Living jewels – carp – show at Gardena civic center, Mar 20, 21

Living jewels – carp – show at Gardena civic center, Mar 20, 21

More than 300 show quality koi (carp) will be on view at the 36th annual koi show sponsored by koi enthusiast association Zen Nippon Airinkai (All Japan Carp Association) Southern California chapter at the Gardena Civic Center complex on March 20, 21.
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Japanese court music to be featured in public funded performance event for inter-religious understanding, Mar 19, 20, 21

Japanese court music to be featured in public funded performance event for inter-religious understanding, Mar 19, 20, 21

The Wheel and The Cross Meditation on suffering and redemption www.thewheelandthecross.org A performance work for music, film/art installation, interactive video, and dance. Japanese court music will be prominently featured in a performance at Senshin Buddhist Temple located at 1311 West 37th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007-3960, (213) 731-4617, on Friday, March 19. “The Wheel and the Cross” is a artistic collaboration that includes the wind and percussion instruments of gagaku (Japanese court music) in combination with Western string instruments. Kinnara Gagaku rehearsing The work integrates these musical resources with dancer that includes ritual as well as modern choreography, film...
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