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Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2011 March Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School /Cutting board talk By Andy Matsuda Did you know that First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the “Let’s Move” nationwide campaign?  According to her video message, Michelle Obama was a busy mother who did not have enough time to cook for her children before Mr. Obama was elected President of the United States. They used to order pizza often to feed their children instead of cooking. Then Michelle received a warning from their pediatrician that their children’s health was at risk. Michelle is advocating 1) making healthy choices; 2) offering...
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UCLA Japanese literature professor Michele Marra passed away. Funeral to be held on March 3, 9:30 AM in Culver City

Late Michele Marra

UCLA Japanese literature professor Michael / Michele Marra passed away on February 23. He was born on September 3, 1956. He was 54-year-old. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 3, 9:30 am at Risen Christ Chapel, Holy Cross Mortuary, 5835 West Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230, (310) 836-5500. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and on Thursday, March 3, 8:00 am to 9:00 am at Holy Cross Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in his name to the Jonsson Cancer Center...
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Exhibition: Japanese card boards conveying congratulatory messages, Jan 2 – Feb 27

Exhibition: Japanese card boards conveying congratulatory messages, Jan 2 – Feb 27

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents the 13th Annual Shikishi Exhibition at Doizaki Gallery in the JACCC Building, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 from January 2 through February 27.  Admission free. Gallery Hour: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm. Shikishi are Japanese congratulatory cards of standard size, which has been used in Japan since the twelfth century for painting and writing poetry. Today, these shikishi are given as gifts to mark a memorable or special occasion. In 1988, Hirokazu Kosaka, JACCC’s Artistic Director, fused...
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Exhibition:150 years old photos of Japanat Getty Museum, Dec 7 – Apr 24

Exhibition:150 years old photos of Japanat Getty Museum, Dec 7 – Apr 24

Cultural News, 2010 December Issue On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, December 7 – April 24, Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road will present the first survery of Felice Beato’s (British, born Italy, 1832-1909) long and varied photography career which covered a wide geographical area – from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. The exhibition looks closely at the photographs Beato made during his peripatetic career that spanned four decades. Following in the wake of Britain’s colonial empire, Beato was among the primary photographers to provide images of...
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Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints from The San Diego Museum of Art, November 6 – June 5

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints from The San Diego Museum of Art, November 6 – June 5

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue The San Diego Museum of Art, in collaboration with the University of San Diego, is presenting a landmark exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from its permanent collection. This major exhibition unveils one of the museum’s least known, yet significant, collections and pays tribute to San Diego’s unique role in U.S-Japan relations. From November 6, through June 5, 2011, more than 400 Japanese woodblock prints – ranging from some of the earliest examples of Ukiyo-e by Hishikawa Moronobu (ca. 1618–1694) to the work of modern print masters of the 1920s and 30s – will be...
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Pacific Asia Museum – Japan in Blue and White – though March 6, 2011

Pacific Asia Museum – Japan in Blue and White – though March 6, 2011

Japan in Blue and White explores the dynamic pairing of blue and white in Japan’s ceramics, textiles and prints over the last 400 years. The exhibition presents several loaned objects from local institutions and collectors such as the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and private collections. At featured object is the child’s kimono seen here, which was made near Kyoto in the early 20th century. It was decorated using the double ikat, or kasuri, technique in which both warp and weft threads were dyed before weaving, and has auspicious designs of cranes and pine...
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2011 / Internment-themed play “The Betrayed” coming to Torrance, Feb 26

2011 / Internment-themed play “The Betrayed” coming to Torrance, Feb 26

“The Betrayed,” a play by Nisei playwright Hiroshi Kashiwagi, will be performed on Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall, in Torrance. Produced by the Grateful Crane Ensemble, the two-act play deals with the real-life conflict caused by two government-issued “loyalty” questions imposed upon Japanese Americans in February 1943, and how these questions separated individuals—and an entire community—into two opposing factions. “At its core, the play is a love story,” said Soji Kashiwagi, Executive Producer of the Grateful Crane Ensemble, and son of the playwright.  “A country boy from California falls...
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Martial Arts History Museum to relocate to Burbank in April

Mastial Arts History Museum Kendo Outfit 1920

The Martial Arts History Museum, featuring broad aspects of Asian martial arts and Asian culture, will relocate from Santa Clarita, northern suburb of Los Angeles, to Burbank in April. New location is in the heart of the city near Magnolia and Buena Vista. The address is 2319 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank CA 91506, (818) 478-1722. The main purpose of the Martial Arts History Museum is to provide educational information to children and visitors about the cultural, historical and artistry of Asian forms of martial arts. The Martial Arts History Museum, a non-profit organization, is filled with over 500 artifacts...
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Lecture Note: Eastward Movement of Buddhism in the Mid-1950s by Dr. Wako Kato, January 11, 2011

Nibei Japan Study Club Dr Wako Kao

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club, January 11, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Dr. Wako Kato is Professor Emeritus of California State University Los Angeles and Professor Emeritus of  Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Japan. Dr. Kato was born in 1930 in the outskirts of Nagoya, Japan,  in a Zen temple.  This temple was only about 200 years old, which for a Buddhist temple is considered relatively new.  He graduated from Aichi Education University in 1951 and practiced Zen at two Zen monasteries to later become a priest at the Zen temple, Hosenji, In Nagoya. He was sent to...
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Wartime internment: Japanese Americans’ bitter experiences were remembered with Valentine cards.

On February 13, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, actor George Takei best known for “Star Trek” and “Heroes” and star of the Broadway bound musical “Allegiance”, surprised and presented Marge Wada, one of the last elderly survivors of the Japanese American internment camps in World War II with hundreds of Valentine’s cards sent by fans from all over the world. Valentine’s Day recalls to many elderly Japanese Americans the bitterness of the February 19, 1942-Executive Order 9066 which set in motion the internment of 120,000 innocent citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. Mr. Takei’s own experiences during this time...
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”Defiant Gardens in Wartime” focus of Winter Lecture presented by Cal State Long Beach’s Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Feb. 25, 7:00PM

Manzanar Japanese Garden Ansel Adams

Pool in “pleasure park” in Manzanar Relocation Center, California. Photograph by Ansel Adams. (Source: The Library of Congress) The idea of self-empowerment and resistance by way of garden cultivation intrigues landscape historian and architect Kenneth I. Helphand, who explores the universal capacity of humans to endure extreme situations and their powerful responses via the constructed landscape in his book, Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime. During the Winter Lecture presented by the Friends of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Helphand will discuss his historical study on gardens produced under the conditions...
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Japanese tea master is continuing tea demonstration for 10 years at a middle school

Japanese tea master is continuing tea demonstration for 10 years at a middle school

Early February 75 middle school students in Canyon Country, northern suburb of Los Angeles, set aside their texting and twittering to quietly focus on the traditional art of Japanese tea ceremony.  They showed great appreciation of the occasion. This was the 10th year that Mme. Fumi Akutagawa of Moorpark and her students presented an introduction to Japanese culture through o-bontemae tea ceremony at the lunchtime program at Sierra Vista Middle School in Canyon Country. This program has been presented by Lorraine Fulleman, librarian. Mme. Akutagawa is a teacher of the Edo-senke Kansetsu-kai, one of major tea schools in Japan. ...
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