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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2012 June PDF

2012 June PDF

CulturalNews 2012 06 June + Thank you very much for your support for Cultural News’ Sanriku Report Project As of the end of May, we received approximately $5,000 donation for the Sanriku Report Project from readers. I really appreciate your support for sending a reporter from Los Angeles to Tohoku to interview people in the March 2011 disaster areas. I am leaving Los Angeles on June 4 at midnight for Tokyo, and will visit Ishinomaki, Minamisanriku-cho, Kesennuma, Rikuzentakata, and Ofunato from June 7 -10. This time I organize 10 people to participate to my itinerary from Tokyo to Kesennuma....
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Japanese classical dance / The Tale of the Heike: Dance performance and Japanese story recitation, June 13

Japanese classical dance / The Tale of the Heike: Dance performance and Japanese story recitation, June 13

Cultural News, May 2010 Issue To commemorate their anniversaries, the Rikkyo University Alumnae Association in Los Angeles (aka LA Rikkyo Kai) and the American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) presents “The Tale of the Heiki: Dance performance and story recitation” at Zenshuji Buddhist temple in Little Tokyo on Sunday, June 13. The first show is already sold out. The second show at 3:30 p.m. is just added. Donation tickets are $20. Call (818) 219-5041 or (818) 431-0531. LA Rikkyo Kai will mark the 50th anniversary. AAJUW will mark the 40th anniversary. The dance performance and story recitation (in...
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Program – Quakers: Friends of the Japanese American Community – June 5

Program – Quakers: Friends of the Japanese American Community – June 5

Program at Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles to honor support given by American Friends Service Committee during World War II A public program, “Quakers: Friends of the Japanese American Community,” commemorating the courageous support provided by the American Friends Service Committee to Japanese Americans during World War II, will be held on Saturday, June 5, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The program is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair,...
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Gallery >> Character art: Kayako Takatsuna uses a word to show the inside the word – Gallery Rasen, Little Tokyo, May 29 – June 13

Gallery >> Character art: Kayako Takatsuna uses a word to show the inside the word – Gallery Rasen, Little Tokyo, May 29 – June 13

My Happiest Moment By Kayako Takatsuna May 30 – June 13, 2:00 – 7:00PM Gallery Rasen, Little Tokyo Opening Reception: May 29 (Saturday), 7:00 – 10:00PM Cultural News, June 2010 Issue Character art: Kayako Takatsuna uses a word to show the inside the word By Nancy Uyemura Kayako Takatsuna’s work reflects the love of art and life that only comes from living life. Growing up in Japan she studied and excelled at Shodo, traditional Japanese Calligraphy.  She earned many awards in Japan and China for her work. When Kayako decided to come to Los Angeles she was faced with...
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Gallery >> Japanese Character Series by Shizuko Greenblatt – at Pacific Asia Museum, May 6 – June 27

Gallery >> Japanese Character Series by Shizuko Greenblatt – at Pacific Asia Museum, May 6 – June 27

The Pacific Asia Museum presents “Japanese Character Series by Shizuko Greenblatt” at its Gallery of Contemporary Art from May 6 through June 27. In this exhibition, Shizuko Greenblatt explores a new mode of calligraphy on canvas as well as a fresh approach to ikebana. Greenblatt presents Japanese characters in an abstract expressionistic style while retaining the basic structure of each character. As a result, the character or image alludes to alludes to its original meaning, but at the same time her spontaneous brushstrokes blur its legibility. The artist’s exploration of formality continues through the Fusion Ikebana series as she...
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Nisei Week Fashion Show – Sunday, June 13

Nisei Week Fashion Show Flyer

2010 Nisei Week Fashion Show, Sunday, June 13 From: Sandy Toshiyuki, Nisei Week Fashion Show Summer is just around the corner and it is time to kick off the 2010 Nisei Week Festivities. This year, the Fashion Show is on June 13th and has new venue:  the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The fashion show is an important fundraiser for Nisei Week and having it a little early helps get the momentum going (and feed the hungry kitty). We have a great line up of gorgeous models showing off beautiful clothing, and accessories. As always, we need your support.  Please come!...
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Japanese mixed voice chorus in Orange County to present its 25th anniversary concert, June 20

Japanese mixed voice chorus in Orange County to present its 25th anniversary concert, June 20

Yuukari Chorus, Japanese mixed voice group in Orange County will present its 25th anniversary concert on Sunday, June 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Concordia University, Worship Center, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612. Recommended contribution is $5. Along with Western classic and popular pieces, they will perform Japanese songs: R. Ogura: Hotaru Koi M. Kinoshita: Haru ni H. Kobayashi: Karamatsu Folksongs: Zuizui Zukkorobashi, Nanatsu no ko For contact, email yuukarichorus@gmail.com
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Exhibition – The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art – at Bakersfield Museum of Art, March 11 – May 30

Exhibition – The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art – at Bakersfield Museum of Art, March 11 – May 30

Bakersfield Museum of Art – They Swim, Fly, Wiggle, Walk or Slither: The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art – an exhibit from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford. The exhibition runs from March 11 through May 30. The current exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art are including an elegant Japanese depiction in art focusing on animals and their hidden, special meaning in the Japanese culture. The exhibit from the Clark Center is a rich and breath-taking view of animals in Japanese art. The Bakersfield Museum of Art offers this exhibit to the...
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2010 / Congressionally chartered nuclear museum in New Mexico to host atomic bomb survivor from Hiroshima, May 27

2010 / Congressionally chartered nuclear museum in New Mexico to host atomic bomb survivor from Hiroshima, May 27

Hiroshima Calling Thursday, May 27, 2010, 5:00 – 7:00 pm The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History Albuquerque, New Mexico The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico is the nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field and an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Originally known as the National Atomic Museum, it was established in 1969 on Kirtland Air Force Base before moving to Old Town at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE in Albuquerque. The museum...
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Film “Ramen Girl” screening at Italian Cultural Institute, May 26

Film “Ramen Girl” screening at Italian Cultural Institute, May 26

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles (the Istituto Italiano di Cultura) and The Consul General of Italy present the following screening: The Ramen Girl Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and music composed by Carlo Siliotto in attendance Wednesday, May 26, 7:00PM 6:30PM Reception 7:00PM Program Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Discounted valet parking available at Palomino Restaurant with IIC validation RSVP by May 24 at rsvp.iicla@esteri.it www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it (310) 443-3250 The Ramen Girl synopsis Abby, played by Brittany Murphy in her last screen performance, comes to Tokyo to be with...
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