2010 / Phoenix’s civic leader Masako Takiguchi to be awarded Japan’s medal

Medal takiguchi Masako

(April 29, 2010)  The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decoration. Mrs. Masako Takiguchi of Phoenix, Arizona, former Chairperson of the Himeji City Committee of Phoenix, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays. Mrs. Masako Takiguchi was born in Seattle, Washington. She is 78 years old currently. She stayed in Seattle until age nine, when her parents took her and moved to Wakayama Prefecture, Japan in August 1941. After World War II, in September 1956, she came back to the United States. In Los Angeles, she began working at a...
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2010 / Japanese American community leader Paul Kunio Shiba to be awarded Japan’s medal

Medal Shiba Paul Kunio

(April 29, 2010) The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decoration. Mr. Paul Kunio Shiba of Los Angeles, President of the Seinan Senior Citizens Club, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays Mr. Shiba was born in California.  He is 80 years old currently.  During his early years, he moved to his parents’ hometown in Shizuoka prefecture. After graduating from high school in Japan he returned to the United States and worked in the agricultural, gardening, and manufacturing fields.  While his children were enrolled in the Japanese Language...
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2010 / Guitarists of The Ventures to be awarded Japan’s medals

The Ventures

April 29, 2010 The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decorations. Mr. Nokie Edwards of Scottsdale, Arizona, Lead Guitar of The Ventures, and Mr. Gerry McGee of Granada Hills, Lead and Bass Guitar of The Ventures, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Mr. Edwards is 74 years old. Mr. McGee is 72 years old. Tacoma’s young guitar duo, Don Wilson and late Bob Bogle, formed the nucleus of The Ventures in 1958. In 1960, the band forever changed the sound of rock and roll with their legendary...
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2010 / Landscape architect Takeo Uesugi to be awarded Japan’s medal

(April 29, 2010)  The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decorations.  Dr. Takeo Uesugi of West Covina, Professor Emeritus of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will be awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Ray with Neck Ribbon. Dr. Takeo Uesugi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1940 to a family tied to the tradition of Japanese gardeners and landscapes for generations. He is 70 years old currently. He studied landscape architecture at University of Osaka Prefecture under the tutelage of Professor Tadashi Kubo. He continued his education in graduate studies at Kyoto University...
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Gallery Calendar: Mind Game, Apr 15 – May 14; Art is me, Art is you, Apr 2 –26

Mind Game April 15 – May 14, 2010 Opening Reception, Thursday, April 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm AndrewShire Gallery 3850 Wilshire Blvd, #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 389-2601 www.andrewshiregallery.com AndrewShire Gallery presents Mind Game, a group exhibition by artists Hei Myung C. Hyun, Yoshio Ikezaki, Scott Katano, Franklyn Liegel, Jin Yong Lee, Kaoru Mansour, and Joseph Piasentin who utilize assemblage, collage, painting, and sculpture to represent a range of topics and shared interests. Art is me, Art is you April 2 – April 26, 2010 Artists Talk, Saturday,...
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2010 / Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, April 24

2010 / Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, April 24

  Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, featuring seven living artists of that period, will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The program will start at 3 pm, featuring performances of classical odori (dance), biwa (5-string lute-like instrument), nagauta shamisen, koto, and Bon Odori (dance to honor the dead). From 4 pm, discussion will take place with the featured artists, and panel moderator Prof. Jere Takahashi, Lecturer of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley. Admission are suggested...
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2010 / Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese arts in the war time, Apr 24

Hidden Legacy, a tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the world war II time War Relocation Authority camps in the United States, will be an historic event, presenting 7 living artists ranging in age from 70s to their 90s who taught or learned Japanese arts in these camps.
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National Park Service invites public to Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 23, 24

National Park Service invites public to Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 23, 24

Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 41st annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. This year visitors will be able to experience music, paintings, speeches, a book signing, and a public reception. All events are free. On Friday, April 23, the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. The museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a special exhibit “Faces Through Time – Pioneering Women of Inyo...
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Kimono: from Past to Present – show – at Japanese American National Museum, Apr 24

Kimono: from Past to Present Saturday, April 24, 2:00 pm Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 625-0414, www.janm.org The International Beauty Association Yamanoryu Kisou (Yamano Style Kimono Dressing School) will present a beautiful and educational kimono show and lecture, featuring men and women’s kimono for all different occasions. The show will feature furisode (a long sleeve kimono worn by unmarried women for ceremonies), homongi (a regular sleeved kimono worn by men and women for ceremonies), montsuki hakama (formal Japanese attire for men), and tomesode (a formal kimono worn by married women). The...
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New Kappa book author to sign his books at UCLA Book Fair, April 24, 25

New Kappa book author to sign his books at UCLA Book Fair, April 24, 25

The Last Kappa of Old Japan published by Tuttle written and illustrated by Sunny Seki Sunny Seki, author of The Last Kappa of Old Japan will be signing copies of his books on the following occasions: Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park on April 17 and 18 The UCLA Festival of Books on April 24 and 25 The Target Children’s Day Event at the Japanese American National Museum on May 8 at 2:00 pm Sunny Seki may be contacted at sunnysideseki@hotmail.com The Last Kappa of Old Japan, published by Tuttle, is the newest children’s book written and illustrated by...
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Wartime Japanese internment to be remembered at 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, Apr 24

Wartime Japanese internment to be remembered at 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, Apr 24

To learn wartime Japanese internment experiences, the 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, April 24 at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on US Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles. Each year, hundreds of students, teachers, community members, clergy and former internees attend the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program, which follows the afternoon program, starting at 5:00 pm at Lone Pine High School. UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the opening of the 41st The Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage at...
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Showcase of latest Japanese cinema to continue at Irvine, Apr 24, 25

Showcase of latest Japanese cinema to continue at Irvine, Apr 24, 25

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, showcase of latest Japanese cinema to American audiences, will take place on April 10-11 in Hollywood, April 17-18 in Torrance, and on April 24-25 in Irvine, Orange County. The film showcase started as the Chanoma Film Festival in 2003 and changed  to the current name in 2008. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles also dedicates to delivering a better appreciation of contemporary Japanese culture to the Los Angeles community. The Japan Film Festival Los Angeles is presented by non-profit entity the Japan America Media Association located at 17962 Skypark Circle, #B, Irvine, CA 92614, (949)...
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