Lecture – Japanese Sword: A Symbol of Japan, Oct 12

Lecture – Japanese Sword: A Symbol of Japan, Oct 12

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club Lecture Series October 12 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM Subject: The Japanese Sword: A Symbol of Japan It is an overview of the sword from its mythical origins, the transition from straight to curved swords, and its spiritual significance to the Japanese. Speakers: Paul Martin, Japanese sword specialist www.thejapanesesword.com Paul Martin is currently attending UC Berkeley Graduate School where he studies the Japanese sword as well as Kendo and Iaido. Born in England, Martin joined The British Museum in London in 1993, eventually achieving his goal of joining the Department of Japanese Antiquities. There he...
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The Architecture and Art of Hayahiko Takase, Little Tokyo landmark designer, Sept 30 – Oct 10

The Architecture and Art of Hayahiko Takase, Little Tokyo landmark designer, Sept 30 – Oct 10

Cultural News 2010 September An exhibition to share the lifework of an architect and artist who successfully bridges the space between Japan and America The Little Tokyo Historical Society will present an exhibition of Hayahiko Takase, architect of many of the iconic buildings in Little Tokyo from Sept 30 – Oct 10 at the Doizaki Gallery of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Admission free. The exhibition is intended to honor the legacy of Hayahiko Takase and the contribution that he has made to the visual landscape of Downtown...
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Monthly tea ceremony starting at Japanese Garden in Phoenix

Monthly tea ceremony starting at Japanese Garden in Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona – On Friday, October 1, Phoenix’s only Japanese garden reopened its gate to the public. Guests are greeted by dozens of lively koi fish and the garden’s resident duck pair, George and Gracie. Vibrant hibiscus flowers grow alongside the pond and further in stands Musoan, the Japanese Friendship Garden’s tea house. The garden is proud to host an authentic Japanese tea ceremony on the second Saturday of each month, beginning on October 9. Guests will have the honor of being part of a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years. Each ceremony is led by a tea...
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Works of a Little Tokyo landmark architect to be exhibited, Sept 30 – Oct 10

Works of a Little Tokyo landmark architect to be exhibited, Sept 30 – Oct 10

Exhibition   World of Takase: The Architecture and Art of Hayahiko Takase September 30 – October 10 George J. Doizaki Galley, The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Free Admission The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center hosts an exhibition of the work of Hayahiko Takase, architect of many of the landmark buildings of Little Tokyo, to include the Kajima building, Higashi Honganji, the New Otani (current Kyoto Grand Hotel) and the Miyako Hotel, Little Tokyo Plaza and the anticipated Budokan of Los Angeles. Born in Tokyo in 1930, Takase earned...
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International Symposium of Japanese Gardens to be held in San Diego, Oct 2-6

International Symposium of Japanese Gardens to be held in San Diego, Oct 2-6

Cultural News, 2010 July Issue The International Association of Japanese Gardens organizes the 6th International Symposium of Japanese Gardens at San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, from October 2-6. The International Symposium of Japanese Gardens is held every two years and inspired by the growing interest of Japanese gardens all over the world. The 6th international symposium will feature “The Spirit of Japanese Gardens and Japanese Culture.” This international symposium is a prestigious event offering the opportunity to listen and participate in discussion of a range of vital issues among Japanese gardens. Participants will have the...
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2010 / Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory to mark 35th anniversary with a charity concert at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Oct 23

2010 / Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory to mark 35th anniversary with a charity concert at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Oct 23

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue The 35th Anniversary Awaya-Kai Koto Charity Concert will take place on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. This year’s production will include performances by Mme. Yoko Awaya and members of the Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory as well as several distinguished guest artists and performers. Mme. Yoko Awaya received her teaching and master’s degree from the famed Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Japan. In 1974, she founded the Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promulgation of koto and shamisen music while...
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Japan America Kite Festival, Oct 3, 11 AM – 4 PM

Japan America Kite Festival, Oct 3, 11 AM – 4 PM

Japan America Kite Festival will take place on Sunday, October 3, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at North Side of Seal Beach Pier. Free Admission! Click here for a MAP The Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Shop co-present the 14th annual kite festival. Viewers will enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors. There will be Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50’ x 100’ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much...
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A taste is not created, but born

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School /Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda When I took three graduates of our school on a field trip to Japan this summer, I realized that all three graduates tried to recreate dishes that they had seen in the past. The visual presentation is one of the most important essences of Japanese cuisine. But a taste is not created by a visual presentation. A taste comes from the ingredients that a chef chooses for his recipe.  The secret of Japanese culinary technique is to learn about the real tastes of...
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Gloria Stuart (1910 – 2010) Longest living bonsai enthusiast in Los Angeles

Gloria Stuart (1910 – 2010) Longest living bonsai enthusiast in Los Angeles

Gloria Stuart passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010 Cultural News, 2010 September Issue As her 100-year-old celebration surprise, actress Gloria Stuart, longest living bonsai enthusiast in Los Angeles, was admitted as an honorary member of the Nanpukai, the most prestigious bonsai club in the U.S. Her French black oak forest was displayed at the Nisei Week Festival’s bonsai show on August 21 and 22 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles. Gloria’s bonsai on the Nanpukai display was planted in 1982 after she returned from France where she picked French black oak acorns while...
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Japan Behind the News >> A Modest Proposal: Direct Negotiations between Okinawa and the U.S. Government

Japan Behind the News >>  A Modest Proposal: Direct Negotiations between Okinawa and the U.S. Government

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue By Motoaki Kamiura Translated by Alan Gleason The dispute over relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air station from Futenma, Okinawa grew more complicated on September 12, when candidates opposing the base’s transfer to the Henoko district of Nago City won a majority of seats in the Nago Municipal Assembly election. Nago already has an anti-relocation mayor, Susumu Inamine, who defeated pro-Henoko incumbent Yoshikazu Shimabukuro in the January mayoral election. With gubernatorial elections looming in November, the odds now look high that Okinawans will elect an anti-relocation governor. Indeed, not one of the current...
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2010 / Chrysanthemum Show 2010 at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Sept. 24

2010 / Chrysanthemum Show 2010 at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Sept. 24

    The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach Concert under the Stars: Kokoro Taiko Kai & Yoko Awaya Conservatory present the Art of Japanese Drumming and the Soul of Japanese Harp and Flute Friday, September 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m. The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach will host a Concert Under the Stars featuring members of the Japanese music groups Kokoro Taiko Kai and the Yoko Awaya Music Conservatory at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. Kokoro Taiko Kai is a Japanese drumming ensemble based in Long Beach...
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Japan’s forbidden Film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapter” to be screened with a honoring ceremony of production designer of the film, Sept 26

Japan’s forbidden Film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapter” to be screened with a honoring ceremony of production designer of the film, Sept 26

The Art Directors Guild Film Society and the American Cinematheque will honor Academy Award winning Costume Designer and Production Designer Eiko Ishioka with a screening of the film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” (1985) on Sunday, September 26, at 5:30 pm at the Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica. General admission is $11 and student and senior tickets are $9.  Tickets Sponsored by Variety, this film is the fifth of this year’s screening series highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative colleagues. “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” (1985, Warner Bros., 121 min.)...
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