LACMA exhibition “Japanese Painting: The Expressive Brush” closing Feb 15

LACMA exhibition “Japanese Painting: The Expressive Brush” closing Feb 15

Cultural News, 2010 November Issue The Pavilion for Japanese Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12 noon – 8 pm; Friday, 12 noon – 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 8 pm; Closed Wednesdays. For further information about Japanese art exhibitions at LACMA, call (323) 857-6565 www.lacma.org Japanese Painting: The Expressive Brush October 29, 2010 – February 15, 2011 At LACMA’S Pavilion for Japanese Art an exhibition entitled, “Japanese Painting: The Expressive Brush” explores brushwork as a medium...
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Nibei – Japan Study Club to present “Kadomatsu” lecture and assembly demonstration, Feb 15

Nibei – Japan Study Club to present “Kadomatsu” lecture and assembly demonstration, Feb 15

Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club’s Dinner/Lecture Series will feature “Kadomatsu: Japanese New Year’s Decoration – Tradition and Variation” on Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30 pm at the Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 Ikebana instructor Youkou Kitajima of the Sogetsu School will lecture, present assembly demonstration, and provide hands-on experience of making miniature kadomatsu by participants Admission including dinner: $10 per person. Miniature kadomatsu material fee: $3 per person, cash only (only 30 miniature kadomatsu will be prepared). Kadomatsu reservation is required at the same time of lecture reservation. First come, first served....
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Young accomplished violinist Ryu Goto to perform at Cerritos, Feb 16

Young accomplished violinist Ryu Goto to perform at Cerritos, Feb 16

Ryu Goto, violin recital Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 pm Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703 Tickets: $35 For reservation: (800) 300-4345, TicketOffice@CerritosCenter.com www.cerritoscenter.com Song List/Program Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, Spring Paganini – Paganiniana Variations by Nathan Milstein for Violin Solo Bach – Solo Sonata No. 2 Saint-Saens – Sonata No. 1 in d minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75 Saint-Saens – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso 22-year-old Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto is a accomplished violinist with large and growing fan base in Asia, North America...
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Iaido: Art of drawing and cutting with Japanese sword – Two days seminar to be held at Pasadena, Feb 19-20

Iaido: Art of drawing and cutting with Japanese sword – Two days seminar to be held at Pasadena, Feb 19-20

Katsuo Oda sensei of Shizuoka prefecture will come to the Iaido seminar in Pasadena in February 2011 (Photo courtesy of Spiros G Drossoulakis in Athens, Greek) On February 19 and 20, 2011, the Southern California Iaido Association will be hosting an iaido seminar at the Pasadena Buddhist Church on 1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena, California, 91103. This seminar will be held in conjunction with the Southern California Kendo Federation. The seminar will feature a guest instructor from Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, Katsuo Oda sensei. Oda sensei holds the ranks of hanshi 8 dan (expert instructor, 8th degree black belt) in iaido...
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Manzanar National Historic Site: Two authors of “Wherever There’s Fight” to speak at Day of Remembrance event, Feb 19-20

Manzanar National Historic Site: Two authors of “Wherever There’s Fight” to speak at Day of Remembrance event, Feb 19-20

Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi’s book, Wherever There’s a Fight; How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, won a Gold Medal in the 2010 California Book Awards. The authors give special focus to the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, foreshadowed by a century of civil liberties violations. They also explore contemporary issues including: dissent, racism, immigration, and the role of national security. The annual Day of Remembrance observance commemorates the impact of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which on February 19, 1942 authorized the forced removal of more than 110,000...
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Correction: Kimono show not open to the public

The kimono show and geisha demonstration to be presented by Yamanoryu Kisou / Suehiro Agency, Inc. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is not open to the public.  An earlier notice mistakenly implied that it is, but it is for LACMA docents only.
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Okinawa: On the Frontlines of a New Defense Buildup

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Cultural News, 2011 February Issue / Japan Behind News By Motoaki Kamiura in Tokyo Translated by Alan Gleason In December 2010, the Naoto Kan administration announced a new defense policy that redefines Japan’s national defense strategy for the coming decade. The most noteworthy aspect of the new strategy is the priority it gives to the Nansei Islands, which include Okinawa and extend southwest from Kyushu to Yonaguni, just east of Taiwan. During the Cold War, Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) were concentrated in Hokkaido, the northernmost island and the one closest to the Soviet Union. Later, priority shifted to Kyushu,...
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Basic skills and knowledge are seeds of success

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2011 February Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School /Cutting board talk By Andy Matsuda Sushi was considered an expensive food in Japan until kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) restaurants became very popular there just 20 years ago. But before the 1950s and as far back as the Edo era, sushi was sold at food stalls just as food trucks do in Los Angeles today, and sushi was the food of the common people. During the last 50 years, upscale restaurants in Japan began to include sushi in their regular menu, and their chefs made sushi very a sophisticated food...
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Internment camp-born poet Lawrence Matsuda to be invited at a Los Angeles private school, Feb 9, 1:25 PM

Pilgrim School, a preschool-through-grade-12 private school in Downtown Los Angeles welcomes wartime internment camp-born Lawrence Matsuda as a special guest and visiting writer on Wednesday, February 9. “I carry my own fence,” he writes in his poem “War on Terror Border Crossing.” The image alludes to the ongoing effect of his family’s internment at the Minidoka concentration camp during World War II. Matsuda was born in the camp, and the poems in his new collection, A Cold Wind from Idaho (Black Lawrence Press, 2010), document the emotional damage the internment wreaked on him and his family, and by extension...
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Yamada Yoji’s samurai film “Love and Honor” screening and discussion at UCLA, Feb 4, 7:00PM

Yamada Yoji’s samurai film “Love and Honor” screening and discussion at UCLA, Feb 4, 7:00PM

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies present a screening of Love and Honor (Bushi no ichibun; 2006) directed by the legendary Yamada Yoji and starring uber-celeb Kimutaku (Kimura Takuya) on Friday, February 4, at 7:00 pm at the James Bridges Theater in UCLA’s Melnitz Hall (1409 Melnitz, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1323) The film carries on traditions in blind samurai protagonists, and represents one of three films Yamada directed in the first decade of the new millennium, partly in tribute to warrior and cinematic traditions, but also in ways that revise our view of both....
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Taiko ensemble KODO of Japan to return to Disney Hall, Feb. 10, 8:00 PM

Taiko ensemble KODO of Japan to return to Disney Hall, Feb. 10, 8:00 PM

KODO Performers Kazuki Imagai Masaru Tsuji Masami Miyazaki Mitsuru Ishizuka Kenzo Abe Shogo Yoshii Kenta Nakagome Tokio Takahashi Tsuyoshi Maeda Eri Uchida Mariko Omi Yosuke Kusa Akira Takahashi World renowned taiko ensemble Kodo of Japan will return to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, February 10, at 8:00 pm. Kodo’s 30th Anniversary – One Earth Tour in North America will begin on January 26 at Spokane, Washington, and continue until March 22 at Utica, New York. Since their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo have given over 3300 performances on all five continents, spending about a third...
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Screening “The Harimaya Bridge” with director Aaron Woolfolk in person, Feb 12, 2:00PM

Screening “The Harimaya Bridge” with director Aaron Woolfolk in person, Feb 12, 2:00PM

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen’s League is hosting a special screening of the acclaimed film The Harimaya Bridge on Saturday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima, CA 91331. The film’s writer/director Aaron Woolfolk will be there to answer questions after the movie. A $10 donation is requested. Tickets can be ordered prior to the event or bought at the door. For tickets, make checks payable to SFVJACL and send to Nancy Gohata at 14229 Carl Street, Arleta, CA 91331. For reservation, call...
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