2011 / Investment company from China purchases two major hotels in Los Angeles for $150 millions

2011 / Investment company from China purchases two major hotels in Los Angeles for $150 millions

January 5, 2011, Los Angeles – Shenzhen New World Co., Ltd. , one of China’s most influential developer announced the purchase of the landmark Sheraton Universal Hotel (451-room) for $60 million on January 5 at the acquisition ceremony in the hotel, Universal City near Los Angeles. This is Shenzhen’s second Los Angeles hotel acquisition in nine months following the purchase of the Marriott Downtown Los Angeles (469-room) in March 2010 for $90 millions. These hotel acquisitions were made through Shenzhen New World Investment (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Shenzhen New World Co., Ltd. The Sheraton Universal Hotel property was...
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“Nuclear Fallout” discussion at USC medical campus to connect atomic bombing survivor in Nagasaka by video link, Jan 6

“Nuclear Fallout” discussion at USC medical campus to connect atomic bombing survivor in Nagasaka by video link, Jan 6

Los Angeles – Dr. James Hara, Los Angeles physician and frequent speaker on behalf of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will participate in Nuclear Fallout: Health/Public Policy/Human Cost, an Interactive Panel Discussion framed by artist, Sandy Bleifer’s exhibition: The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Project Thursday, January 6, 5:30-7:30 pm in Harkness Hall at the USC IGM Art Gallery. The Art Gallery is located on the 2nd Floor of the Institute for Genetic Medicine on the USC Health Sciences Campus: 2250 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. www.usc.edu/igm – tab for directions in top menu bar, tab for gallery on second menu bar. Parking...
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2011 / New Year Celebration: Little Tokyo to welcome with “First Performance” Jan 2, 1:00 PM

2011 / New Year Celebration: Little Tokyo to welcome with “First Performance” Jan 2, 1:00 PM

To celebrate the new year, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents its annual Oshogatsu festivities with its signature New Year program, Kotohajime, or The First Performance of the New Year on Sunday, January 2, 2011 ( 1:00 PM), along with the Children’s Oshogatsu Workshop on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 and the 13th Annual Shikishi Exhibition January 2 to February 27, 2011. Every January, Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California, with the JACCC heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination. Literally meaning “the beginning of...
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2011 / New Year Celebration: “Oshogatsu” Family Festival at Japanese American museum, Jan 2, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

2011 / New Year Celebration: “Oshogatsu” Family Festival at Japanese American museum, Jan 2, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

To open 2011, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will once again hold its free annual Oshogatsu (New Year) Family Festival on Sunday, January 2, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at its facility, 100 North Central Ave, in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012, featuring taiko performances, food demonstrations and tastings, and arts and crafts related to the arrival of a new year. www.janm.org Highlight of Japanese custom presentation will be the mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) demonstration by Kodama Taiko while performing on their taiko (Japanese drums) at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Kodama’s performances combine...
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Viewing Stone Show by California Aiseki Kai at Huntington Library, Dec 26 – Jan 2 (Closed Jan 1) 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Viewing Stone Show by California Aiseki Kai at Huntington Library, Dec 26 – Jan 2 (Closed Jan 1) 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Viewing stones (suiseki) are dense stones found in rivers, along the ocean shore or desert. While there are tens of thousands stones within ones visual scope at any moment, perhaps one stone has been eroded by natural circumstances, water or wind and sand, resulting in the shape of a miniature scene. These shapes may be suggestive of a landscape (suiseki) such as mountains, islands, waterfalls, coastal rocks or shelters or object (keisho seki) such as humans, animals, huts, boats or patterns (monyo seki) such as sun, moon, stars, rain, lightning, grass, bamboo and garden stones (niwa ishi). The collector may...
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2011 / New Year Celebration: “Oshogatsu” in Little Tokyo, Jan 1

2011 / New Year Celebration: “Oshogatsu” in Little Tokyo, Jan 1

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce Foundation present the 13th Annual 2011 Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo event on January 1, 2011. This is a day-long celebration of the New Year and will be held at Weller Court and the Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The festivities begin with the Opening Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at Weller Court. New Year’s greetings will be made by community leaders and the 2010 Nisei Week Queen and her Court. Various performances follow including Taiko drumming, flower arrangement, classical Japanese dance, Japanese...
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Sushi Chef Institute to move to new location in Torrance

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2011 January Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Andy Matsuda After a three-year effort searching for a new home, the Sushi Chef Institute will move from its current Little Tokyo location to 1123 Van Ness Ave, Torrance, CA 90501-2236 in February. The current telephone number (213) 617-6825 will remain the same. Our website www.sushischool.net will also remain the same. A 4,000-square-foot unit in a building at the corner of Torrance Blvd. and Van Ness Ave. faces the American Honda Motors headquarters to the east and the Old Torrance shopping district to the south....
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New Year’s Day: Esoteric Buddhists to offer the first fire, Jan 1

New Year’s Day: Esoteric Buddhists to offer the first fire, Jan 1

The first day of the year is considered one of the most important days in many Asian countries. Visiting a Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine to offer a prayer on New Year’s Day is called Hatsu-Mode (first offering) in Japanese. In the Esoteric tradition of Buddhism, Goma (fire ritual) is an important rite to cleanse the bad thoughts and actions of people. It would be a worthwhile experience to observe the Hatsu-Goma (first fire ritual) at the Koyasan Buddhist Temple in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles as a New Year’s Day ritual of traditional life. Bishop...
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2011 / Miss Kimono LA Contest to be held at Little Tokyo, Jan 1

2011 / Miss Kimono LA Contest to be held at Little Tokyo, Jan 1

The LA Kimono Club looks forward to conducting the 2011 “Miss Kimono LA” Contest on New Years Day, January 1, 2011, in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles as a part of “Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo” event. The contest consists of wearing kimono and walking past the panel of judges.  Many contestants may choose to dress in Furisode (long sleeved) kimono. There are no restrictions as to the types of kimono worn, but traditional styles earn more points. The panel of traditional Japanese kimono experts will select the winners. Contestants will walk solo across the stage area to stand before...
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Kinokuniya Bookstore to host author event with Setsuko Broderick signing “Japanese Traditions” Jan 1, 1-2:30 PM

Kinokuniya Bookstore to host author event with Setsuko Broderick signing “Japanese Traditions” Jan 1, 1-2:30 PM

Kinokuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo will be hosting an author event with Setsuko Broderick signing “Japanese Traditions: Rice Cake, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri: A Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivities” on Saturday, January 1 from 1 – 2:30 pm. While the text includes factual information about customs, food, games, festivals, and other cultural topics, the narrative is conversational. Soft, appealing cartoon illustrations of cuddy, expressive cats dressed in traditional Japanese clothing are full of detail and humor. Each month is represented by full-page illustration, with the name of the month written in Japanese characters. Kinokuniya Bookstore will also be having...
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US-Japan high school baseball game, Dec 26-28

US-Japan Int’l High School Baseball Foundation presents the Year 2010 Friendship Baseball Game at Urban Youth Academy Baseball Field, 901 East Artesia Blvd, Compton, CA 90221 from Dec 26 – 28. Ibaragi Prefecture Selected Team vs. Urban Youth Academy Dec 26 (Sunday) 12:00 noon: Opening ceremony 1:00 pm: Japan vs. USA (9 innings) Dec 27 (Monday) 10:00 am – 12:00 noon 1:00 pm: USA vs. Japan (9 innings) Dec 28 (Tuesday) 1:00 pm: Japan vs. USA (9 innings) The Japanese high school baseball team will stay in Los Angeles from Dec 24-30. Tickets: In advance $10, at door $15...
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Children’s “Oshogatsu” Workshop at Japanese American culture center, Dec 28

Children’s “Oshogatsu” Workshop at Japanese American culture center, Dec 28

To celebrate the spirit of the Japanese New Year, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center offers a one-day workshop on December 28, from 10 am to 3 pm to learn about the symbols and traditions surrounding Oshogatsu, New Year’s Day. Children’s Oshogatsu Workshop allows children to participate in hands-on craft activities, workshops and demonstrations led by local artists and community members. Workshops are designed for children aged 7-12. As registration is limited to 30 participants, pre-registration is required and will be filled on a first come first served basis. For more information or to register, call (213) 680-3700....
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