Mr. Yusuke Shindo appointed new Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles

Mr. Yusuke Shindo appointed new Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles

In June of 2010, Yusuke Shindo arrived in Los Angeles and began his post as Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan. He began his career with Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986.   The same year, he graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in Economics. Mr. Shindo has served in a variety of foreign posts.  In 1989, he was at the Japanese embassy in Saudi Arabia.  Then, in 1999, Mr. Shindo was appointed First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Germany. He returned to Japan and served in the position of director...
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Japan Foundation Fireside Colloquium Series: Folding Fan and Urushi-lacquer Work, Aug 4

Japan Foundation Fireside Colloquium Series: Folding Fan and Urushi-lacquer Work, Aug 4

Fireside Colloquium Series Japanese Folding Fan and its Applied Urushi-lacquer Work The history and art of fan making with video presentation and lecture Lecturer: Mr. Kanji Ishizumi Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 2:00PM Place: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Conference Room 333 South Grand Ave, Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (22nd floor of the Wells Fargo Building) Admission Free, RSVP requited by July 30 to culture@jflalc.org. Seats are limited. Parking Free: Validation for Wells Fargo Building Parking Garage (Entrance: on Hope Street and Lower Grand Avenue. Direction: Go to monthly self-parking spaces in the level of P3, P4...
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Internet broadcasting event to relay peace massages by peace advocate mayors in the world, Aug 4

In commemorating Hiroshima Day, an Internet broadcasting event of relaying peace messages by mayors of peace advocate cities such as Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Hanover, and Volsgogrado, will take place on Wednesday, August 4 from 4:15 – 5:15 pm. Irvine-based non-profit organization Live Forum and the UCLA Tersaki Center for Japanese Studies sponsor “World Peace Pageant 2010” on Ustream and its viewing site, www.liveforum.org/pageant2010 The main venue will be set at Room 352 (William A. Lessa Reading Room) of the Department of Anthropology, Haines Hall 3rd Floor, UCLA. The program will be on air at 4:15 pm in Los Angeles time...
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Manzanar: Summer 2010 Docent Program

The programs are free and open to the public. Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California.  For walks, bring drinking water, sun protection, and appropriate footwear for level but uneven ground with dust and low brush. For more information on the programs, please call 760-878-2194 or visit Manzanar’s website at www.nps.gov/manz. July 24, 25: Arthur Ogami gives talks at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Join Arthur and hear his wartime memories of Manzanar, Montana, Tule Lake, North Dakota, and Japan. Arthur arrived at Manzanar a week and a...
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial in San Diego, Aug 6, 9

In commemorate the atomic-bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago, “World Initiative to Save Humanity” (W.I.S.H.) events will be planned on August 6 and 9 in San Diego by Universal Initiative for Agape Alliance (U+I Alliance). On Friday, August 6, from 8:00 – 8:30 am, in front of the Yokohama Friendship Bell Building, the southwest roundabout at 1412 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106, the event will be dedicated to Hiroshima victims. The program will include: Ringing of the Peace Bell by Mike Kawamura, an Hiroshima A-Bomb survivor; one minute of silence for lasting world peace; display...
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Field trip to Japan for learning sushi

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School /Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda After the current Professional Class wraps up in the middle of August, I will take three graduates on a field trip to Japan for one week. We will visit the Osaka Central Fish market and another big fish market in Kobe.  And we have hands-on training at a Kappo-style restaurant in my hometown, Nishiwaki, in the Hyogo prefecture. Japanese recipes introduced in the U.S. are just the tip of the iceberg. Sushi chef training at our school nourishes novices to become professionals.  A...
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Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic-bomb victims memorial in Little Tokyo, Aug 1

The 65the Commemorative Service of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Victimes will be held on August 1, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 624-1267. www.koyasanbetsuin.org The annual service is held to remember the victims who died and to support those who survived the atomic bomb blasts over Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago. Special guest speaker will be Darrell Miho, a photographer and writer, who is documenting the stories of the hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to create a traveling exhibit to educate future generations of the devastating affects nuclear weapons have...
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70th Nisei Week Grand Parade to showcase illuminated Japanese floats called Nebuta

70th Nisei Week Grand Parade to showcase illuminated Japanese floats called Nebuta

Cultural News, August 2010 Issue Article: Come witness the streets of Little Tokyo light up with colorful, illuminated Japanese floats known as Nebuta, featured in this year’s Nisei Week Grand Parade held from 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 15.  This year two groups of community volunteers and local families, along with the people from the city of Aomori, Japan, have contributed their time to make the 70th year parade memorable. Originating in the prefecture of Aomori, the Nebuta Festival is one of the largest traditional festivals in Japan. The floats are made of a wood base carefully covered with...
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Queen pageant excites Japanese American community for decades

Queen pageant excites Japanese American community for decades

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue The 2010 Nisei Week Japanese Festival queen candidates took center stage for their first official coming-out appearance to various community leaders, local dignitaries, family and friends at the Opening Ceremony event held on July 18 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The seven candidates will compete for the title of Nisei Week Queen on Saturday, August 14, at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. Upon official coronation, the queen and her court will represent the Nisei Week Foundation at this year’s festival and other community events...
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School children’s dill formation to be featured in illunimated gold fish parade

School children’s dill formation to be featured in illunimated gold fish parade

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue Since Disneyland’s Electric Parade float resembling a giant Japanese float called Nebuta debuted in the annual Nisei Week Parade in 2007, the word of Nebuta has been spread beyond the Japanese American community in Los Angeles. As new addition to the Nebuta procession, the 2010 Nisei Week Parade will feature drill team formation with hand-held fish shaped Nebuta from Los Angeles Elementary School in Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown area. Dipicting Leo Lionni’s  “Swimmy,” a story about one black fish (dubbed as kingyo – goldfish – in Nebuta festival in Japan) in a school of red fish using...
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Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue Rotation 1: Reflections of Nature September 4 – November 13, 2010 Hanford, California – The Clark Center for Japanese Arts and Culture reopens after the summer break with Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy. Ink, made from compacted soot and glue, is a key element of East Asian writing and painting. The absence of color places a heavy burden on the artist’s ability to convey light, shade, and depth, and to create a sense of form and rhythm through his or her handling of the brush. A well-executed painting may be said...
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Japan Behind the News >> Is a Solution in Sight for the Okinawa Base Relocation Problem?

Japan Behind the News >>  Is a Solution in Sight for the Okinawa Base Relocation Problem?

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue By Motoaki Kamiura Translated by Alan Gleason The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which had decided to move the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma to the Henoko area of Okinawa, took a beating in the Upper House elections this past July. The winner of the Okinawa seat, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), called for relocating the Futenma operations outside the prefecture or even outside Japan. It now seems highly unlikely that the U.S. and Japanese governments will reach a decision by the end of August, as they had agreed...
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