Founder of sushi kiosk chain commended with Japan’s Agriculture Minister Award

Founder of sushi kiosk chain commended with Japan’s Agriculture Minister Award

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue The Consul General of Japan, Junichi Ihara, held a Conferment Ceremony of the Minister of Agriculture Award to Mr. Ryuji Ishii, Founder and President of AFC Corporation, a sushi kiosk chain installed inside supermarket stores, at the Official Residence of Consul General in Los Angeles on July 30. Shizuoka-born Mr. Ishii is a pioneer who started a take-home sushi business based on demonstrations and face-to-face kiosk-type facilities inside American supermarket stores, universities, military bases, and amusement parks so that people could enjoy Japanese sushi in a more casual and familiar way. AFC’ sushi kiosks...
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Kyoto Tourist Information: Tanabata Star Festival, Aug 6 – 15

Kyoto Tourist Information: Tanabata Star Festival, Aug 6 – 15

Kyoto Tourist Information: vol. 5 published by Kyoto Tourism Federation in July 2010 From August 6 to 15, 2010, Kyoto will see its first “Kyo-no-Tanabata Star Festival,” which will showcase a unique seasonal atmosphere through a display of light and bamboo. A legend from ancient China has it that two heavenly lovers, Hikoboshi and Orihime, can cross the river in the night sky only once per year, on July 7. People began to pray to the stars during this period in order that they might be as skilled in weaving, singing, and writing as Orihime. These prayers are called...
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2010 / Quilts: Ruby Nishio at Future Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, July 10 – 31

Quilt, Ruby Nishio, New York

For the past 18 years Ruby Nishio has used her talents in creating beautiful quilts. She is an amazing quilt artist and has won many awards for her work. She is showing her quilts at Future Studio Gallery, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042. The show opens on July 10, 7-10 p.m. This show is also part of the NELAart.com Second Saturday Gallery Night. This is her first one person show. Ruby Nishio has been sewing for over 70 years.  She has done all types of handwork, from custom dressmaking, knitting, tatting, crocheting and embroidery. In 1992...
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Japanese American interfaith group to commemorate Hiroshima-Nagasaki atomic bombing, Aug 6

An interfaith service to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear holocausts will be held in Little Tokyo on Friday, August 6th, beginning at 12:00 noon. Sponsored by the Nikkei Interfaith Group, the service will bring together clergy from the Buddhist, Christian and Shinto faith traditions who serve Japanese American congregations throughout southern California. The service is open to the public, and will take place on the Plaza of the Japanese-American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, contact Centenary United Methodist Church, (213) 617-9097, cumcshotokyo@aol.com.
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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Long Beach, Aug 5

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Long Beach, Aug 5

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki On the 65th Anniversary of the Bombing An Interfaith Service Under 2500 Peace Cranes Under a canopy of 2,500 origami peace cranes in the historic sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, there will be an interfaith service of remembrance and recognition of the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Thursday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach. Special music, the lighting of candles, meditations and prayers will be offered. Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Unitarian, Christian and Jewish leaders will speak about why remembering that...
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Lecture Note – Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape -Meher McArthur, Asian art cutator, July 27, 2010

Lecture Note – Hiroshige:  Master of the Printed Landscape -Meher McArthur, Asian art cutator,  July 27, 2010

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club Ms. Meher McArthur, Asian art curator, author and educator, gave a most interesting and informative lecture on the famous Japanese ukiyoe block print artist Utagawa Hiroshige. She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Scotland, Canada and England.  She studied Japanese at Cambridge University, lived two years in Japan and later earned a MA in Japanese Art at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. From 1998 to 2006, she served as Pacific Asia Museum’s Curator of East Asian Art.  Her talk revolved around Hiroshige’s role in the development and...
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Norman Mineta’s portrait installed at the Smithsonian

Norman Mineta’s portrait installed at the Smithsonian

Washington, D.C. –  Former Transportation and Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was recognized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program with the installation of his portrait in a private ceremony at the Portrait Gallery on July 26. The portrait, by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, becomes part of the museum’s permanent-collection exhibition, “New Arrivals” opening July 27. The oil-on-canvas painting has been offered as a gift to the Portrait Gallery from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. This commission was made possible through the support of benefactors George and Sakaye Aratani, Hill & Knowlton...
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Japanese American heritage program “Camp Musubi” accepting applications

Japanese American heritage program “Camp Musubi” accepting applications

Camp Musubi is a Japanese American heritage camp for entering middle school youth hosted by Little Tokyo Service Center and the Ties That Bind committee. The week long camp on August 23-27th will be filled with fun activities that exposes the middle school youth to Japanese American history, heritage and culture. The goal of the camp is to spark interest in the Japanese American culture and community through hands-on experiences and interactions with people in the community. Participants will learn from a variety of cultural and community “experts” and do group activities with a college-aged leader. The activities will...
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54th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition to be held at Caltech, Aug. 7, 2010

54th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition to be held at Caltech, Aug. 7, 2010

On Saturday, August 7, 2010, Shotokan Karate of America (“SKA”) will host its 54th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament at the Braun Gymnasium of the California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”). SKA’s Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament is the oldest karate demonstration in the United States.  Fighters and participants will come to Los Angeles from dojos nationwide and abroad to compete and give individual and group demonstrations. SKA’s Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament started in 1957 when Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima gave the first official demonstration of karate to the American public. Mr. Ohshima is a direct student...
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Lecture – Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape, July 27

Lecture – Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape, July 27

Nibei Foundation/Japan Study Club, July Lecture July 27 (Tuesday), 6:30PM Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape By Meher McArthur, freelance Asian art curator, author and educator Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) is best known for his woodblock prints depicting spots of great beauty and interest throughout Japan. A painter and designer of considerable skill, he traveled around Japan documenting natural landscapes, travelers along Japan’s highways, and life in its towns and villages. His many designs were translated into woodblock printed landscapes and were highly successful in his own day. His captivating choice of subject matter, his imaginative composition and...
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Two Plays by Yukio Mishima, running at Luna Playhouse in Glendale until Aug 8

Two Plays by Yukio Mishima, running at Luna Playhouse in Glendale until Aug 8

Luna Playhouse presents Two Plays by Yukio Mishima at its venue, 3706 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA 91204, from July 8 though August 8. Performance takes place on Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening plays, and Pay What You Can for Thursday and Sunday matinees. For reservations, call (818) 500-7200 or log on at www.itsmyseat.com The program of Two Plays by Yukio Mishima consists of Mishima’s two modern Noh plays Hanjo directed by Aramazd Stepanian and The Lady Aoi directed by Toshi...
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Fully Booked >> Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture, July 25

Fully Booked >> Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture, July 25

800 seats of the Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture on July 25 are fully booked. Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture Her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut is securely in the bag. Japan’s second female space traveler, Naoko Yamazaki, will give a  lecture in Orange County on July 25. Sunday, July 25, 2010, 10:00AM Laguna Woods Village, Club House #3 Theatre 25002 Moulton Parkway, Gate 3 Laguna Woods, CA 92637 Presented by Live Forum Foundation USA www.liveforum.org
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