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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Shikishi submission to the annual exhibition is ending on Dec 27

Shikishi submission to the annual exhibition is ending on Dec 27

13th Annual Shikishi Exhibition January 2 through February 27 Doizaki Gallery at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles is sending out an open call for art with two programs: the 13th Annual Shikishi Exhibition from Jan 2 – Feb 27; and The Power of Community Video Contest. The Shikishi submission to the annual exhibition is ending on Dec 27. All artwork should be sent to JACCC by that date. According to the Japan Post group, over 2 billion letters were delivered on New Years 2010. These Hatu Dayori,...
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Los Angeles premiere on Dec 17 of film “The Last Ronin” cancelled

Los Angeles premiere on Dec 17 of film “The Last Ronin” cancelled

According to Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Los Angeles premiere on Dec 17 of film “The Last Ronin” at Mann Chinese 6 Theater is cancelled. In the press release of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, an American company made “protest” to the English film title “The Last Ronin” in the procedure of the film rating by the Motion Pictures Association of America. As the next step, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan submitted new title “Saigo no Chushingura” (original Japanese title) to the MPAA. And in this step, a Japanese company made “protest” to using the title of “Saigo no Chusingura.” Unless one...
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JapanOC program to present “Tribute to Toru Takemitsu” by Jazz guitars, Dec 19

JapanOC program to present “Tribute to Toru Takemitsu” by Jazz guitars, Dec 19

Tribute to Toru Takemitsu Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County Sunday, December 19, 8:00 pm Samueli Theater Orange County Performing Arts Center, part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Artists: Kazumi Watanabe, guitar Daisuke Suzuki, guitar coba, accordion Tomohiro Yahiro, percussion Program Folio 1 from “Folios” Bad Boys, directed by Susumu Hani Izu Dancer, directed by Hideo Onchi Dodes’ka-den, directed by Akira Kurosawa Hymn to a Tired Man, directed by Masaki Kobayashi Alone on the Pacific, directed by Kon Ichikawa Tribute to Toru, improv by Watanabe and Yahiro Jose...
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Exhibition: Hirokazu Kosaka’s interpretation of 12th century scroll, Dec 9 – 23

Exhibition: Hirokazu Kosaka’s interpretation of 12th century scroll, Dec 9 – 23

Cultural News, 2010 November Issue When his fellow classmates in Wakayama, Japan, were engulfed in reading the popular manga of the day, growing up as a teenager in post-war Japan, Hirokazu Kosaka found his imagination transfixed by a scroll he saw at the Kozanji Temple in Kyoto.  The scroll, considered to be the world’s oldest manga created in the 12th century, was the Chojyu-Jinbutsu-Giga (Animal Person Caricature) painted by Toba Sojo. Fifty years later Kosaka, now artistic director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles, finds this famous scroll so clear and imbedded in...
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Lecture “Approach and Observation” by Hirokazu Kosaka, Dec 12

Lecture “Approach and Observation” by Hirokazu Kosaka, Dec 12

Approach and Observation On the Veranda Lecture Series Sunday, December 10, 1:00-3:00 pm Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 In conjunction with his exhibition Frolicking Monkeys and Frogs, the JACCC is pleased to present an On The Veranda Lecture Series titled Approach and Observation featuring Hirokazu Kosaka. From growing up in a 600-year old home to meditating in Japanese gardens, Kosaka will lead the audience on an artistic journey unlike any other. Born in Japan, Kosaka is an ordained Shingon Buddhist priest, a master of the art of Japanese archery,...
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2010 / Nihonga artist Robert Crowder, 99, passed away

2010 / Nihonga artist Robert Crowder, 99, passed away

American-born Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist Robert Crowder passed away at his Beverly Hill’s home on December 8, 2010,at 9:30 am. He was 99 years old. He was born in Bethany, Illinois on August 14, 1911. Crowder visited Japan in 1934 for his first time en route to Korea for teaching at a missionary school. He lived in Japan to teach English and learned Nihonga from 1936 to 1943. At the break of the US-Japan war, he was an English faculty at the Fifth Higher School in Kumamoto or Daigo Koto Gakko (now Kumamoto University) and arrested as an enemy...
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Japanese American Internment Haiku reading and discussion, Dec 10, 11

December 10, Friday 7:30 PM May Sky Internment Reading Celebrate history, poetry and Japanese American culture as L.A. poets, community members and Venice High School students perform Kaiko Haiku from May Sky: There is Always Tomorrow, a collection written from inside assembly centers, and internment and concentration camps by relocated Japanese Americans. Japanese Haiku will be read by John Iwohara and Emily Kariya. English translation will be read by L.A. poets Eloise Klein Healy, Richard Modiano and Amy Uyematsu. Historic excerpts will be read by Venice High School Students. Hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. December 11, Saturday 4 PM May...
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Lecture Note: Modern Calligraphy Demonstration by Isa Hirano – December 7, 2010

Lecture Note: Modern Calligraphy Demonstration by Isa Hirano –  December 7, 2010

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club December 7, 2010 Lecture Note Ms. Isa Hirano Calligrapher and Artist Tokyo-based artist Ms. Hisa Hirano came to Los Angeles to demonstrate her modern calligraphy at Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club on December 7, 2010. Before her demonstration, Ms. Hirano explained about Japanese calligraphy in general and her previous artworks through English translation by Meher McArthur, Japanese art specialist in Los Angeles. Ms. Hirano is a “shoga” calligraphic painter artist.  She graduated from Tokyo Junshin Womens Junior College, the Department of Music.  She also graduated from the Tama Art University, Department of Moving Images...
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2010 / Modern Japanese calligraphy demonstration by Tokyo artist, Dec 7

2010 / Modern Japanese calligraphy demonstration by Tokyo artist, Dec 7

The Nibei Foundation’s Japan Study Club on December 7, 2010 will feature calligraphy artist Isa Hirano from Tokyo. Hirano’s artwork consists mostly of single Chinese characters drawn in ink on paper, ranging from postcard-size to three meters in length and breadth. These are sometimes embellished with colored paint or gold dust. Hirano has received commissions for several large performance pieces of up to 4.4 x 3.0 meters at corporate and government events. The December Japan Study Club will bring a rare chance for Los Angeles people to observe Hirano’s Daiji-sho style performances in person. After the event, her works...
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Glendale District starts Japanese Immersion Program at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary

Glendale District starts Japanese Immersion Program at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary

Cultural News, 2010 December Issue This Fall, about 70 students at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School in Glendale began kindergarten and first grade with their instruction in Japanese.  This is because they are part of a new Japanese language immersion program called the Foreign Language Academy of Glendale – Japanese or FLAG-J. Started in part with the assistance of a federal FLAP grant, FLAG-J is one of several up-and-coming foreign language immersion programs in public schools within the Glendale Unified School District.  In these programs students learn all subjects in both English and the target language. In the FLAG-J program...
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