Tanabata – celestial connection: Paper ornament makers from Sendai, Japan, share the community spirit of Los Angeles

Tanabata – celestial connection: Paper ornament makers from Sendai, Japan, share the community spirit of Los Angeles

Cultural News 2010 July Issue By Keiko Fukuda Translated by Minoru Nishida The Tanabata Festival became the new talk of the town during 2009 Nisei Week  – the Los Angeles Japanese-American community’s biggest annual festival. In preparation for an encore display in the 2nd Annual Tanabata Festival (the Star Festival) this August, volunteers gathered on the weekend of May 14 at the plaza of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo for a paper ornament streamer-making workshop. Just for this workshop, Koichiro Narumi, general manager of the Narumi Paper Company, and the company’s Tanabata project coordinator,...
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Lecture Note: Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership – Dr. Gordon Berger, Professor Emeritus of USC, June 29, 2010

Lecture Note: Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership – Dr. Gordon Berger, Professor Emeritus of USC, June 29, 2010

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club Dr. Gordon Berger is a Professor Emeritus of Japanese History from the University of Southern California. He received his M.A. in East Asian Studies and a PhD in Japanese history from Yale University. He later received another PhD from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in Beverly Hills where he completed his psychoanalytic training. With such an impressive background, he concentrated his lecture on the psychological factors that helped shape the Meiji leader, Mutsu Munemitsu.  Through a pragmatic and psychological approach, he helped explain why Mutsu chose the political avenues that he did. Dr....
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Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club >> Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership by Dr. Gordon Berger, June 29

Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club >> Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership by Dr. Gordon Berger, June 29

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club June Lecture:  June 29, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Lecture at 7:30 pm Subject: Foreign Minister Mutsu Munemitsu: Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership Speaker: Dr. Gordon Berger, Professor Emeritus of Japanese History at the University of Southern California (USC) Place: Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building 11570 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 RSVP by email japanstudies@nibei.org or call (310) 479-6101 ext 134,  and leave voice mail. Japan’s Meiji leaders were some of the boldest, and most successful, leaders the world has known.  Almost alone among all of the non-Western societies confronted by Western imperialism, Japan’s...
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Exhibition “Japanese Prints: Utagawa Hiroshige – The Vertical Series” At Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 4 – June 29

Exhibition “Japanese Prints: Utagawa Hiroshige – The Vertical Series” At Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 4 – June 29

Pavilion for Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, 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 Cultural News, 2010 March Issue Japanese Prints: Utagawa Hiroshige – The Vertical Series From March 4 through June 29 Toward the end of his life, Hiroshige created several series of prints in a vertical format. Most influential were the series “100 Famous Views...
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Obama and Kan meet at Toronto, June 27

THE  WHITE  HOUSE    Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release                         June 27, 2010 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRIME MINISTER KAN OF JAPAN AFTER BILATERAL MEETING Toronto Convention Center Toronto, Canada 7:25 P.M. (Local) PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, Prime Minister Kan and I just had an excellent conversation and bilateral meeting after three days where we’ve had an opportunity to share ideas on not only the most pressing issues that are facing our economies but also a range of security issues. I congratulated Prime Minister Kan on his leadership, and we both noted the significance of 50 years of...
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Japanese classical dance >> Workshop graduation performance, June 27

Mme. Wakana Hanayagi presents The Graduation (performance) Program of 2009 Los Angeles Regional Arts Grant Artist-in-Residence Japanese Classical Dance Workshop Special Guest: Narumi Nakamura Sunday, June 27, 1:30pm Maryknoll Catholic Center, 222 Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Open to the public. Admission is free For more information, call Mme. Wakana Hanayagi at (310) 473-5607 This performance and the Artist-in-Residence workshop series is supported in Part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
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Makoto Taiko to present annual concert at Scottish Rite in Pasadena, Jun 26

Makoto Taiko to present annual concert at Scottish Rite in Pasadena, Jun 26

Makoto Taiko in Pasadena presents its annual concert on Saturday, June 26 at 4 pm at the Scottish Rite Center, 150 North Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Free admission. The concert will feature the entire ensemble of 45 taiko musicians and their signature pieces. Makoto Taiko was formed on July 11, 1999 and is comprised of individuals from diverse experiences and ages. They have performed at many venues over the past ten years, including the Prayer Vigil in Washington D.C., the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and the Catskill Mountain Cultural Festival in New York. Currently Makoto...
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Free outdoor screening of “Ultraman” at Little Tokyo, June 25

Free outdoor screening of “Ultraman” at Little Tokyo, June 25

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Visual Communications, and Giant Robot present a free double feature for both the young, and young-at-heart on Friday, June 25 at 6:30 pm at the JACCC Plaza, 244 South San Pedro Street, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. Come meet the characters MUNO, BROBEE, and PLEX from the innovative hit TV show YO GABBA GABBA! and watch some of your favorite episodes projected on an outdoor screen. The night continues with the iconic Japanese sci-fi show ULTRAMAN, with DJ sets by DJ Ultraman. Break out the lawn chairs and blankets to kick off...
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Noh Theater artists to perform for anniversary celebration of the first official ship sailed from Japan to US 150 years ago, June 19 – 23 in San Francisco

Noh Theater artists to perform for anniversary celebration of the first official ship sailed from Japan to US 150 years ago, June 19 – 23 in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA — As part of the Kanrin Maru 150th Anniversary Celebration, Yuriko Doi, the US-Japan Cultural Trade Network and NOHspace Presents present Innovations in Noh Tradition. Exploring innovations in the art of Noh Theater will be performed by  internationally renowned Japanese Noh performers Masashi Nomura (Kanze School Shite-kata), Shonosuke Okura, (Noh Hip Drum player) a Japanese Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties and Nohkan flute player Narumi Takizawa from Tokyo. Joining the Japanese guest artists is Native American Grammy Award winning drummer John-Carlos Perea, as well as Yuriko Doi, Ellen Brooks, Jubilith Moore, Sheila Berotti and Gulshirin...
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Nikkei >> Philanthropic association in Long Beach installs first Japanese American board president

Nikkei >> Philanthropic association in Long Beach installs first Japanese American board president

Annette “Faye” (Kushi) Alperin was installed as the 70th president of Assistance League of Long Beach, a philanthropic association, on May 24 at the group’s annual meeting and luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach. Alperin is the first Japanese American board president. In her speech to 240 members and guests she reflected on the values of the Assistance League founders whose purpose was giving service to others in need.  Those original service programs have now evolved to include Operation School Bell, which provides new, free school uniforms to children in need, and the Orthodontic Program located...
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Japan Behind the News >> What the Islanders Know: U.S. Bases Keep Okinawa Poor

Japan Behind the News >> What the Islanders Know: U.S. Bases Keep Okinawa Poor

Cultural News, 2010 June Issue By Motoaki Kamiura, Military Analyst Translated by Alan Gleason During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military bases in Okinawa served as the launching pad for the bombardment of North Vietnam, but also for an economic boom fed by “special procurements” for the war. There was a time when local cab drivers, it was said, made more money in tips from American soldiers than the local mayors earned in salary. But with the end of the Cold War, the Okinawa bases came to be reviled as perpetrators of noise, environmental pollution, and crime. To suppress...
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Motivated students learn fast

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 June Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School /Cutting board talks By Chef Andy Matsuda In addition to offering sushi chef training classes everyday in Little Tokyo, I am putting a lot of efforts on lectures for culinary professionals, assisting with sushi chef job placements and providing restaurant business consultations. In the middle of August, I will take two former students of our school to Japan and arrange their work experience in a really busy restaurant. One of these graduates is currently working at a resort hotel’s sushi bar in the Bahamas. Placing my students at such resort...
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