Lecture Note: Eastward Movement of Buddhism in the Mid-1950s by Dr. Wako Kato, January 11, 2011

Nibei Japan Study Club Dr Wako Kao

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club, January 11, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Dr. Wako Kato is Professor Emeritus of California State University Los Angeles and Professor Emeritus of  Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Japan. Dr. Kato was born in 1930 in the outskirts of Nagoya, Japan,  in a Zen temple.  This temple was only about 200 years old, which for a Buddhist temple is considered relatively new.  He graduated from Aichi Education University in 1951 and practiced Zen at two Zen monasteries to later become a priest at the Zen temple, Hosenji, In Nagoya. He was sent to...
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Wartime internment: Japanese Americans’ bitter experiences were remembered with Valentine cards.

On February 13, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, actor George Takei best known for “Star Trek” and “Heroes” and star of the Broadway bound musical “Allegiance”, surprised and presented Marge Wada, one of the last elderly survivors of the Japanese American internment camps in World War II with hundreds of Valentine’s cards sent by fans from all over the world. Valentine’s Day recalls to many elderly Japanese Americans the bitterness of the February 19, 1942-Executive Order 9066 which set in motion the internment of 120,000 innocent citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. Mr. Takei’s own experiences during this time...
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”Defiant Gardens in Wartime” focus of Winter Lecture presented by Cal State Long Beach’s Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Feb. 25, 7:00PM

Manzanar Japanese Garden Ansel Adams

Pool in “pleasure park” in Manzanar Relocation Center, California. Photograph by Ansel Adams. (Source: The Library of Congress) The idea of self-empowerment and resistance by way of garden cultivation intrigues landscape historian and architect Kenneth I. Helphand, who explores the universal capacity of humans to endure extreme situations and their powerful responses via the constructed landscape in his book, Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime. During the Winter Lecture presented by the Friends of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Helphand will discuss his historical study on gardens produced under the conditions...
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Japanese tea master is continuing tea demonstration for 10 years at a middle school

Japanese tea master is continuing tea demonstration for 10 years at a middle school

Early February 75 middle school students in Canyon Country, northern suburb of Los Angeles, set aside their texting and twittering to quietly focus on the traditional art of Japanese tea ceremony.  They showed great appreciation of the occasion. This was the 10th year that Mme. Fumi Akutagawa of Moorpark and her students presented an introduction to Japanese culture through o-bontemae tea ceremony at the lunchtime program at Sierra Vista Middle School in Canyon Country. This program has been presented by Lorraine Fulleman, librarian. Mme. Akutagawa is a teacher of the Edo-senke Kansetsu-kai, one of major tea schools in Japan. ...
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Japanese remake of film “Ghost” (1990) will be screened at Los Angeles, Feb 25 – Mar 3

Japanese remake of film “Ghost” (1990) will be screened at Los Angeles, Feb 25 – Mar 3

The highly-anticipated Japanese remake of the classic film “Ghost” starring Song Seung Hun and Nanako Matsushima will be screened at CGV LA Theater, 621 South Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005, from Feb. 25 through March 3. No English subtitles http://cgvcinemas.com (213) 388-9000 The acclaimed Korean Wave actor Song Seung Hun and the Japanese actress Nanako Matsushima co-star in this Japanese film remake of the best fantasy melodrama Hollywood film ‘Ghost’ (1990) starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Song is set to play the role Demi Moore once did, while Patrick Swayze’s role will be played by Nanako. Pulling a twist on...
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Film “Hannari – Geisha Modern” to be screened in Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, and Nagoya

Film “Hannari – Geisha Modern” to be screened in Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, and Nagoya

For the first time in history, all Geisha districts in Kyoto were filmed. Yuki, a geisha who married the nephew of J. P. Morgan 100 years ago. Makoto pursues two careers as a Geisha and as a Jazz singer today. The sprit of hospitality and the subdued beauty of the Geisha of Kyoto is presented. Film: Hannari – Geisha Modern Produced and Directed by Miyuki Sohara Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2) Running time: 94 min Production: 2006 www.hannari.info Hannari – Geisha Modern is a documentary film that seeks to capture the geisha and their culture for what they...
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Cal State Long Beach Lecture / Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime, Feb 25, 7:00PM

Cal State Long Beach Lecture / Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime, Feb 25, 7:00PM

The Friends of the Japanese Garden in California State University Long Beach presents the 2011 Winter Lecture featuring Kenneth I. Helphand, author of Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime on Friday, February 25, at 7:00 pm at Daniel Recital Hall in the CSULB campus. Light reception and book signing to follow lecture. The Friends of the Japanese Garden members and their guests enjoy free admission to this event. Admission for non-members is $5 per person.  www.csulb.edu/~jgarden Become a Friend of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and enjoy all of the educational programs. RSVP required to (562) 985-2169. “Set...
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Japanese American younger generation to celebrate Girls’ Day / Hinamtsuri (Doll Festival), Feb 25

Japanese American younger generation to celebrate Girls’ Day / Hinamtsuri (Doll Festival), Feb 25

Over 100 younger girl scouts from several troops of Japanese Buddhist churches in Anaheim, Los Angeles and Gardena, will gather at the gym in the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim to celebrate Japanese Girls’ Day / Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) on Friday, February 25, at 6:00 pm. The purposes of the celebration are to expose the 4th and 5th generation of Japanese American to the Japanese traditions and to keep the culture of Girls’ Day alive. This celebration is a closed event and by invitation only. Deadline of the application form to participate the Girls’ Day is Friday, February...
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Zenshuji Temple provides “Introduction to Zen Meditation” class from February 10 through March 10, every Thursday evening

Zenshuji Temple provides “Introduction to Zen Meditation” class from  February 10 through March 10, every Thursday evening

5 classes – every Thursday evening February 10 through March 10, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Zenshuji Temple, 123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 This class series provides an introduction to Zen meditation for beginners. It is open to people of all faiths. The classes include a presentation of the basic principles of Zen and zazen meditation, and discussions of how to practice Zen in daily life – while at work and at leisure – that is, how to find inner peace anytime, anywhere. The classes are led by Daigaku Rumme, a Zen priest in the Soto Zen...
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2011 / Arizona residents to flock to Japanese culture-themed festival, Feb 26-27

2011 / Arizona residents to flock to Japanese culture-themed festival, Feb 26-27

Tens of thousands of Phoenix residents have flocked to the Japanese culture-themed Matsuri Festival year after year – whether for the kimono fashion show, Japanese food or new surprises. The taiko drumming performances and martial-arts demonstrations are attractions for which more than 80,000 people crowd a Phoenix downtown park on the last weekend in February. This year’s 27th Arizona Matsuri will be held on February 26-27 from 10 am to 5 pm at Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix, at 7th Street and Monroe.  This year’s festival theme commemorates the 35th anniversary of the sister city relationship between...
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Japanese language teachers to gather for annual workshop, Feb 19

California Association of Japanese Language School aka Kashu Nihongo Gakuen Kyokai, will hold the annual workshop on Saturday, February 19, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Hollywood Japanese Language School, 3929 Middlebury Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004. Keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Hiroko Kataoka of California State University, Long Beach. Prof. Kataoka will lecture on “Differentiated Instruction in Japanese Language Schools: Making the Best of Unlimited Diversity and Limited Resources.” California Association of Japanese Language School (CAJLS) is a 501(c)(3) status non-profit organization that is comprised of Saturday-only Japanese language schools located in various parts of...
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Lecture Note: Kadomatsu – New Year’s Decoration by Youkou Kitajima

Nibei Japan Study Club Kadomatsu Youkou Kitajima

The Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 February 15, 2011 Youkou Kitajima is a First Degree Instructor on the Board of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arranging) in Japan.  He is known for his most dynamic and beautiful arrangements based on the Japanese traditional style with a most contemporary twist.  He also graduated from the Meisei University of Engineering in Japan. He started his studies of flower arranging at the Sogetsu Ikebana style under Seiyo Sato in Tokyo at the age of eighteen and received his first teaching diploma from...
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