Japan Behind the News >> The Futenma Base Relocation Controversy: Why North Korea’s Predicted Collapse Makes Kadena the Solution

Japan Behind the News >> The Futenma Base Relocation Controversy: Why North Korea’s Predicted Collapse Makes Kadena the Solution

Cultural News, 2009 December Issue By Motoaki Kamiura, Military Analyst Translated by Alan Gleason And indeed, different members of the Hatoyama Cabinet are leaning in different directions as they desperately seek a solution. Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa supports moving the Futenma facilities to a more isolated coastal location at the Marines’ Camp Schwab; this was the solution that the Japanese and American governments agreed upon in a 2006 protocol. Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, on the other hand, has proposed merging Futenma’s operations into the island’s largest U.S. air base, Kadena. And Prime Minister Hatoyama himself has said he wants...
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Sushi classes outside of sushi school are expanding

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2009 December Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda As the year 2009 is ending soon, I would like to send my seasonal greeting to readers of Cultural News. Oshogatsu means literally the first month of the year, and Oshogatsu is considered as the New Year celebration during the first three days of January in Japan. The Oshogatsu Family Day will take place on Sunday, Jan. 3, from 11:00 a.m. at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. They will celebrate the occasion with a lots of...
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Lecture Note: Japan / Vienna / Los Angeles – Dr. Hitoshi Abe, UCLA, Nov 10, 2009

Lecture Note: Japan / Vienna / Los Angeles – Dr. Hitoshi Abe, UCLA, Nov 10, 2009

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club “Japan / Vienna / Los Angeles” Presenter: Dr. Hitoshi Abe, Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, School of Arts and Architecture, UCLA November 10, 2009 at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, West Los Angeles Japan Study Club Lecture Note is compiled by Cultural News Dr. Hitoshi Abe is a famous Japanese architect that is particularly known for his interesting mix of Japanese, American and Venetian architecture.  He received a Ph.D. from Tohoku University in Japan and currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches at UCLA.  His type of architecture is characterized by...
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Lecture Note: “The Heart of Japanese Song” with histories and beautiful melodies – LA Men’s Glee Club, Oct 20, 2009

Lecture Note: “The Heart of Japanese Song” with histories and beautiful melodies – LA Men’s Glee Club, Oct 20, 2009

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club “The Heart of Japanese Song with histories and beautiful melodies” Presenter: LA Men’s Glee Club October 10, 2009 at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, West Los Angeles Japan Study Club Lecture Note is complied by Cultural News The Nibei Foundation Study Club was honored with a performance by the L.A. Men’s Glee Club.  Mr. Takahashi was the conductor who led the group of 18 glee members.  Mr. Takahashi said he was once told that “to see one’s soul is like listening to their song and poems.” Mr. Tsuchida is the President and the Master of...
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1998 October / Rakugo will be performed for English speaking audiences

Text for English Rakugo
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Japan Behind the News >> Have They Cancelled the Relocation of Futenma Air Station?

Japan Behind the News >> Have They Cancelled the Relocation of Futenma Air Station?

Cultural News, 2009 October Issue By Motoaki Kamiura, Military Analyst Translated by Alan Gleason The odds are growing that the controversial 2006 agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments to move the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station to another location on the island of Okinawa will be cancelled. Indeed, perhaps it already has been. Located in the midst of a densely populated residential area in the central part of the island, Futenma has long been a sore point with Okinawans because of the potentially catastrophic consequences of an air crash in the neighborhood. The two governments therefore agreed...
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Lecture Note: The Grand Shrine at Ise – Architect Hayahiko Takase, Sept 29, 2009

Lecture Note: The Grand Shrine at Ise – Architect Hayahiko Takase, Sept 29, 2009

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club “The Grand Shrine at Ise” How the structure of Japan’s most secret shrine has been sustained for over thousand years? Presenter: Mr. Hayahiko Takase, Architect September 29, 2009 at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, West Los Angeles Japan Study Club Lecture Note is complied by Cultural News Mr. Hayahiko Takase is an outstanding architect who utilizes both his Eastern and Western knowledge to create unique and beautiful works of architectural art and design.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Tokyo University in 1953 and also a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1956. ...
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Lecture Note – Bon Odori and Taiko tradition in the Japanese American community by Rev. Mas Kodani – August 18, 2009

Bon Odori attire: Later in the 1960s, female dancers wore “furisode” (long sleeve for unmarried women) kimono regardless of their age of married status. (Photo courtesy of Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles) Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club Lecture Series 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 August 18, 2009 Rev. Masao Kakuryu Kodani, Senshin Buddhist Temple Rev. Masao Kakuryu Kodani was born and raised in Los Angles.  He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in East Asian Studies and later earned a M.A. degree from Ryukoku Universisty in Kyoto. He later returned to Los Angeles and since...
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Astro Boy Retrospective — Osamu Tezuka: Creator of Astro Boy and Father of the Manga/Anime Revolution

Astro Boy Retrospective — Osamu Tezuka: Creator of Astro Boy and Father of the Manga/Anime Revolution

The latest version of animation film Astro Boy will be released on Oct. 23, 2009 nationally. Nibei Foundation’s Japan Study Club invited Frederik L. Schodt of San Francisco, Manga author and scholar, to hear his lecture on “Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy and The Manga/Anime Revolution” on July 14, 2009 at the Nibei Foundation in West Los Angeles. This article is appeared at the Cultural News, 2009 October Issue. The following are excerpt from the transcript which Cultural News has recorded. Young American was fascinated with manga books in 1970’s in Tokyo Frederik L. Schodt is an American translator, interpreter...
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2009 / Bill Clark: Sowing the world with seeds of Japanese art scholarship

Clark with Medal

Cultural News, 2009 July By Meher McArthur Visitors to the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, a small town in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, pass through field after field of grazing cattle and groves of walnut trees and finally find themselves in a little corner of Japan, in a gem of a museum housing a world-class collection of Japanese paintings, ceramics, sculpture, baskets and other art works. The Center was founded by Bill and Libby Clark in 1995, and since then, the Clark Center has evolved into a formidable force in the Japanese...
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Filmmaker Interview: Departures’ Yojiro Takita

Filmmaker Interview:  Departures’ Yojiro Takita

Filmmaker Interview:  Departures’ Yojiro Takita “The audience may feel their death through other’s lives.” Cultural News, 2009 June Issue The 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Departures (Okuribito), directed by Yojiro Takita, now opens nationally. For theater information, check www.departures-themovie.com. An interview with Mr. Takita is following: Where did you get the inspiration for this project? Takita I received the idea for this project from the producer. I know of the job of a “nokanshi” (encoffineer) through reading Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician but as I have never actually been in direct contact with them,...
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2009 / Dr. Takeo Uesugi: Designer of Japanese Gardens

2009 Dr Takeo Uesugi Headshot

Cultural News, February 2009 Issue By Takeshi Nakayama and Shige Higashi Dr. Takeo Uesugi, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to the Design of Japanese Gardens Outside Japan on Saturday, March 28, 2009,  at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel during the International Conference on Japanese Gardens, to be held March 26-29, 2009, at California State University, Long Beach and the Hilton Hotel. Japanese gardens are an international phenomenon. They are found in at least 53 countries; North America alone has more than 250. Despite their popularity...
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