Letters from Iwo Jima: Los Angeles based-actors create the World War II film

Letters from Iwo Jima: Los Angeles based-actors create the World War II film

Letters from Iwo Jima: Los Angeles based-actors create the World War II film Cultural News, 2007 January Issue Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood’s latest World War II film is gaining popularity in Japan and the U.S.  Despite the fact that the actual battle took place on an island in the Pacific Ocean, most of the scenes for the movie were shot in March and April 2006, at an old silver mine in a desert near Barstow, which is located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Along with several famous actors recruited from Tokyo, a substantial number of Los...
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Bonsai: John Naka of Los Angeles planted seeds worldwide

Bonsai: John Naka of Los Angeles planted seeds worldwide

Cultural News, 2006 June Issue The measure of John Yoshio Naka’s importance to the Japanese cultural art of bonsai can be seen in the almost endless list of tributes and honors he has received. Of greatest significance, the North American Pavilion at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C. bears his name. Naka is one of the few individuals to have his name on a government structure while still living, and the National Bonsai Foundation declared him the “Patron Saint of Bonsai.” Naka was a founding member of the Southern California Bonsai Club, one of the first...
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Mme. Hisami Wakayagi and Her Troupe Celebrate 25th Anniversary

2005 Hana no Kai Kyoningyo

Cultural News, 2005 April issue Mme. Hisami Wakayagi of South Pasadena and her troupe “Hana-no-Kai” presented their 25th anniversary performance on March 5 and 6, 2005 at Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. In the two-day performance, five new natori-title students were recognized with a debut and presentation of their stage names. With inviting guest dancers from Tokyo such as Masayasu Wakayagi, Hikosaemon Wakayagi, Keika Wakayagi, Tadasuke Wakayagi, and Sanjyuro Wakayagi, Hisami Wakayagi and her troupe performed magnificent Japanese classical dances. (Photo Courtesy of Hana-no-Kai) Tokiwazu “Kyoningyo” performed by Sensho Wakayagi and Tadasuke Wakayagi A scene where Jingoro (Tadasuke),...
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