US-Japan Diplomacy: Fact Sheet on New Initiatives

November 13, 2010 Yokohama, Japan Released by Office of the Press Secretary, the White House Today, on the occasion of their meeting at the Yokohama APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, President Obama and Prime Minister Kan launched the following new initiatives. The Energy-Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) to support the energy-efficient buildings, transport, and electric power grids that will underpin sustainable development and long-term job creation for the Asia-Pacific region. Energy-Smart Communities are crucial for improving energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and expanding employment.  This initiative led by the United States and Japan establishes a comprehensive package of projects for...
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US-Japan Diplomacy: Remarks by Obama to CEO Business Summit

Remarks by the President to CEO Business Summit November 13, 2010 Royal Park Hotel, Yokohama, Japan Released by Office of the Press Secretary, the White House 9:44 A.M. JST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Good morning.  And thank you to Mr. Yonekura for the kind introduction.  And thanks to everyone at Nippon Keidanren for hosting APEC’s CEO summit this year. I also want to thank my good friend, Prime Minister Kan, and the Japanese people for their generosity and their hospitality in hosting APEC.  It is wonderful to be back in this beautiful country.  And we...
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2010 / Awa Odori Workshop in Phoenix, Nov 13, 14

In order to bring Awa Odori dance to the parade of Phoenix Matsuri event on Feb 26 and 27, 2011, the following workshops will take place. Instructor: Machiko Fujii of Los Angeles Awa Odori Tokushima Ren. Machiko is a native of Tokushima where is home of Awa Odori. Saturday, Nov 13, 6 – 9 pm Fushicho Daiko Dojo, 2217 North Dayton Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006 $10 donation Instruments workshop (taiko, shamisen, chanchiki, fue): Experiences required Dance workshop: Novice welcome RSVP to kenkoshio@hotmail.com Sunday, Nov 14, 12:30 – 2:30 pm The Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 North Third Ave, Phoenix, AZ...
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Japanese Cultural Festival in Orange County, Nov 14, 11AM – 5PM

Japanese Cultural Association of Orange County presents the 35th Anniversary Celebration Cultural Festival. When:  November 14 (Sunday), 11:00am – 5:00pm Where:  California State University Fullerton Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilions A-C Admission fee:  Pre-admission —  $5.00  (Students, CSUF faculty & staff — admission only)    $25 donation (admission & lunch box) At the entrance — $15.00 for general public, $5.00 for students with ID Ticket Information:  (756) 278-5219 or (714) 835-7535 Demonstration and Exhibition: Flower Arrangement Calligraphy Koto Music Miniature Landscaping Tea Ceremony Japanese Dance Okinawan Dance Japanese Kimono Show Sponsored by: CSUF Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Los...
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Japan’s famous actress Yukiji Asaoka to star in Kabuki Renaissance “The Ghost of Oyuki” Nov 13

Japan’s famous actress Yukiji Asaoka to star in Kabuki Renaissance “The Ghost of Oyuki” Nov 13

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue Dubbed as “Kabuki Renaissance,” the Association for the Traditional Performing Arts of Japan (Nippon Dento Geino Shinkokai) in Tokyo will bring its Kabuki production “The Ghost of Oyuki” to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 on Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. “The Ghost of Oyuki” is produced by Butai Souzou Kenkyusho in Tokyo with the cooperation of Team J Station in Lomita. This program is supported by the Japan Foundation. With the original Japanese title “Oukyo no Yuurei” (The Ghost of Oukyo),...
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Japanese Folk Music Festival to showcase people’s songs in modern Japan, Nov 14

Japanese Folk Music Festival to showcase people’s songs in modern Japan, Nov 14

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the Matsutoyo Kai, leading Japanese folk music (Minyo) association in Los Angeles and San Francisco led by Mme. Matsutoyo Sato, will present Japanese Folk Music Festival with guest artist Kosugi Makiko of Japan on Sunday, November 14, at 1:00 pm at the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503. Tickets are $20. For tickets, call Matsutoyo Kai at (310) 538-0334 or the box office at (310) 781-7171 or email MarisaKosugi@hotmail.com. The festival will feature King Record artist Makiko Kosugi of Japan. Mme. Kosugi made her first...
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Japanese folk music association led by Matsutoyo Sato to celebrate its 45th anniversary with a concert, Nov. 14

Japanese folk music association led by Matsutoyo Sato to celebrate its 45th anniversary with a concert, Nov. 14

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the Matsutoyo Kai, a leading Japanese folk music association in Los Angeles and San Francisco led by Mme. Matsutoyo Sato, will present Japanese Folk Music Festival with guest artist Kosugi Makiko of Japan on Sunday, November 14, at 1:00 pm at the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503. Tickets are $20. For tickets, call Matsutoyo Kai at (310) 538-0334 or the box office at (310) 781-7171 or email MarisaKosugi@hotmail.com. Matsutoyo Sato studied European music and opera in Osaka for 10 years as a child.  At...
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Clark Center exhibiting “Luminosity in Monochrome” Sept 4 – Nov 13

Clark Center exhibiting “Luminosity in Monochrome” Sept 4 – Nov 13

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture at Hanford in the Central Valley of California will open the new exhibition Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy on September 4, and run through until November 13. The opening lecture by Rhiannon Paget, Curatorial Assistant, who curates the exhibition, will be held on September 5 at 2:00 pm at the Kura Gallery of the Clark Center. Reservations are required. $10 for non-members. Luminosity in Monochrome will feature artworks from the 16th century to the present day and will be shown in two rotations. The fall rotation, Reflections of...
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Descanso Gardens to celebrate Japanese arts, crafts and culture with a weekend of activities for the whole family, Nov 6-7

Descanso Gardens to celebrate Japanese arts, crafts and culture with a weekend of activities for the whole family, Nov 6-7

The annual Japanese Garden Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7 at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011. Always a crowd favorite, taiko drummers will perform at noon on Saturday. A floral exhibit by the Glendale Chrysanthemum Society will be on view in Van de Kamp Hall. The chrysanthemum is the emblem of the Japanese emperor. Suiseki stones – naturally occurring stones which evoke images of nature in their patterns – will be exhibited both days in the Minka. And a Descanso summer favorite, the Camellia Lounge, will make a return appearance for...
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Japanese films to be featured at AFI FEST 2010, Nov 7, 8

An outstanding line-up of films featuring Japanese talent and themes await cinemagoers at AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi. AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from November 4-11. 13 ASSASSINS: 9:30 PM, Nov 7, the Mann Chinese Theatre 13 ASSASSINS will screen in the World Cinema section, which presents new works by many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers. The film, directed by Takashi Miike, is about a band of samurai swordsmen who attempt an impossible assassination. Takashi Miike...
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Zenshinza to bring two Kabuki Classics: “Chatsubo” and “Narukami”, Nov 5-7

Zenshinza to bring two Kabuki Classics:  “Chatsubo” and “Narukami”, Nov 5-7

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue Zenshinza Theatre Company, Japan’s foremost repertory theatre ensemble, will make its highly anticipated U.S. debut at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 5-7. Established by two of the greatest Kabuki actors of the early 20th century, Zenshinza performs legendary classics as well as dazzling contemporary works, all in the 400-year-old tradition of the Kabuki theatre. In Narukami (1724), one of the 18 greatest kabuki plays, and which is presented in the aragoto (heroic) style, a fiery priest captures the dragon rain god and brings drought to Japan. This classic play...
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Japan: A treasure island of taste and food

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 November Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda Our school name bears the word “sushi” but we teach not only sushi preparation but also the basic knowledge of Japanese cuisine. During the first two weeks in our eight-week “Professional Course- I,” I teach Japanese ingredients, soup stocks, knife-ware, and the basic cooking methods of grilling, simmering, steaming and deep-frying. These are the basic fundamentals and skills for students to start learning Japanese cuisine. Traditional Japanese cuisine uses vegetables and fish, not meet or poultry, because Japanese Buddhism were basically vegetarian...
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