Architect Ted Tokio Tanaka to be presented Local Hero Award by KCET public television station, May 6

Architect Ted Tokio Tanaka to be presented Local Hero Award by KCET public television station, May 6

May 6, 2010 Architect Ted Tokio Tanaka is selected as a recipient of the 15th Annual Local Heroes Awards by Union Bank and KCET public media television station. The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 6 at the KCET studio in Los Angeles. Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA, principal of Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects, has made significant contributions to Los Angeles urban landscapes, including the well-known Los Angeles International Airport Beautification Enhancements Project. In 1994, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored Mr. Tanaka for his outstanding work. He has served as president of AIA/Los Angeles, the organization’s first...
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2010 / Torrance Sister City Association to celebrate 38th Annual Bunka-Sai event, May 1, 2

2010 / Torrance Sister City Association to celebrate 38th Annual Bunka-Sai event, May 1, 2

  The 38th Annual Torrance Bunka-Sai May 1 (Saturday) 11:00 AM  – 5:00 PM May 2 (Sunday)    11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503 Free parking, free admission   Torrance Sister City Association will be celebrating Japanese culture and festivities at the 38th annual Bunka-Sai Japanese cultural festival from Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Ken Miller Recreation Center on 3341 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance. Bunka-Sai is the perfect family-friendly outing to experience the culture of Japan and supporting a great cause. Every...
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Screening of “The Harimaya Bridge” in Irvine, April 23-May 6

Screening of “The Harimaya Bridge” in Irvine, April 23-May 6

The Harimaya Bridge Daily: 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:10pm, and 10:00pm April 23 – May 6, 2010 Regal Westpark8 3755 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92606 (949) 622-8609 Excerpt from Director Aaron Woolfolk interview The Harimaya Bridge has been a fascinating journey because you had two different film aesthetics – American and Japanese – kind of competing to get their way. You had that in me … I of course grew up with the American film aesthetic, but my inspiration for this was Japanese films and trying to achieve what I liked about them. But you also had it with the people...
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Film: Ken Ochiai’s three short films at Asian Film Festival, May 4

Film: Ken Ochiai’s three short films at Asian Film Festival, May 4

Award winning director, Ken Ochiai will screen three of his films, “Half Kenneth,” “Lucky Lotus,” and “No More” at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2010. He will attend the screenings for Q&A. Most notably “Half Kenneth,” a heart warming story about half-Caucasian/half Japanese brothers who escape from the Japanese American internment camps, has been selected by over 30 international film festivals all over the world. “Half Kenneth” won numerous awards including the Best Short Film at the Rome International Film Festival, Governor of Tokyo Award and Best Short Film at the Short Short Film Festival which is...
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Film: “Villon’s Wife” depicting the life of Osamu Dazai, at Asian Film Festival, May 5

Film: “Villon’s Wife” depicting the life of Osamu Dazai, at Asian Film Festival, May 5

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presents one of the most acclaimed Japanese films from last year, VILLON’S WIFE. Directed by prolific director Kichitaro Negishi (WHAT THE SNOW BRINGS, Festival 2007). VILLON’S WIFE (Viyon no tsuma) (Japan, 2009) April 30 (Friday) 7:30 PM • Laemmle’s Sunset 5 8000 Sunset Blvd. (at Crescent Heights Blvd), West Hollywood May 5 (Wednesday) 4:30 PM • Downtown Independent 251 South Main Street (Between 2nd and 3rd streets), Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles General admission is $12 For tickets, visit http://asianfilmfestla.org/2010/ The film depicts a post-war Tokyo still raw from the destructive events...
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Film “The Harimaya Bridge” Director/Writer Aaron Woolfolk answers questions

Film “The Harimaya Bridge” Director/Writer Aaron Woolfolk answers questions

Aaron Woolfolk, director of “Harimaya Bridge” (Cultural News Photo) This text is provided by Eleven Arts, distributor of the film. Q: How did The Harimaya Bridge come about? Aaron Woolfolk: After college, I went to live and work in Japan as an English teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. After that I returned to the U.S. and went to graduate film school. It was while I was in school that I started to think about how I could establish a career as a filmmaker, and what could make me stand out. I had loved my experience...
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Takehisa Yumeji: Young German art scholar’s falling in love with his art

Takehisa Yumeji:  Young German art scholar’s falling in love with his art

It has now been about 4 years since I first came across works of the popular Japanese artist Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934). During my study at Kyoto University I tried to visit museums and exhibitions as often as possible. When a friend asked me to accompany her to a Yumeji exhibition I first asked her, “who’s exhibit?” In fact, I hadn’t heard the name before, although I had already studied about early 20th century Japanese art. Cultural News, 2010 January Issue By Sabine Schenk in Hanford, California (Japanese names are spelled in traditional order with last names appearing first.) My...
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Golden Week: A week-long Japanese cultural immersion program held at an independent school near Downtown Los Angeles

Golden Week: A week-long Japanese cultural immersion program held at an independent school near Downtown Los Angeles

From January 4 through 8, 2010, Pilgrim School, a preschool – 12th grade independent school, hosted a week-long Japanese cultural immersion program dubbed as  “Golden Week” on its campus located near downtown Los Angeles. Cultural News, 2010 March Issue By Naomi Otani and Shige Higashi From January 4 through 8, Pilgrim School, a preschool – 12th grade independent school, hosted a week-long Japanese cultural immersion program dubbed as  “Golden Week” on its campus located near downtown Los Angeles (540 South Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020). The curriculum for the week-long program, a rarity in American education, included arts,...
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Japan in Their Own Words: A Proposal for Final Reconciliation of World War II

Japan in Their Own Words: A Proposal for Final Reconciliation of World War II

Cultural News, 2010 March The following text was published at website column “Japan in Their Own Words” by the English-Speaking Union of Japan on November 12, 2009. www.esuj.gr.jp By Fumio Matsuo in Tokyo The Japanese people’s decision in September 2009 to elect the DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) into government has opened up significant possibilities for Japan’s foreign policy. It is possible to contemplate a grand undertaking that will bring closure to the long-festering issue of history by realizing, all at once, historical reconciliation with the United States as well as with China, Korea and other neighbors. Unlike Germany,...
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Sushi promotions taking palces everywhere

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 May issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting Board talk Hello, my name is Andy Matsuda, and I am the chief instructor at Sushi Chief Institute in Los Angeles. I offer sushi chef training classes everyday at our school in Little Tokyo. And I often go out to promote Japanese food and culture at public venues and events. I will fly to Denver on May 18 to attend the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference to be held on May 19 to provide a presentation about Sushi Safety  Study. This is the first time that such an...
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Cultural News 2010 May Issue Japanese Summary

カルチュラル・ニュース2010年5月号の日本語要約(今回はスペースの関係で1ページとなりました) ●パサデナのノートン・サイモン美術館で、6月4日から「広重」の版画展(P1からP5へ) 西洋美術館として全米に知られているパサデナのノートン・サイモン美術館には、日本の版画や仏像も所属されている。6月4日から2011年1月まで「広重:日本のビジョン(風景)」展が行われる。歌川広重の名作「東海道五十三次」「富士三十六景」など、約200展が展示される。ノートン・サイモン美術館の広報には、広重が、江戸の町火消同心の家に生まれた下級侍で、歌川豊廣の門下となり、その後、歌川広重と名のるようになったという解説が掲載されている。 ●曹洞宗の国際布教総監に初のアメリカ人僧侶が任命される(P1からP2, P6へ) 曹洞宗宗務庁は、ハワイ、北アメリカ、南アメリカ、ヨーロッパに国際布教総監を任命しているが、2010年4月1日付けで、アイオワ州生まれのアメリカ人僧侶を北アメリカ総監に任命した。北米総監になったのは、ルメー大岳老子で、1976年から27年間にわたり、福井県小浜市にある、曹洞宗の修行寺・発心寺で、原田雪渓老子の下、修行経験を積んでいる。 大岳老子は、アイオワ州のルーテル教会牧師の家に生まれ、父親が宣教師として東京に渡った1961年、11歳の時に、日本に来ている。東京では、高校(アメリカン・スクール・イン・ジャパン)まで、過ごし、大学入学のため、アイオワ州に戻っている。アイオワ州内のルーテル大学を卒業後、1974年に再び、来日し、以後日本で生活している。2003年からサンフランシスコにある曹洞宗国際禅センターに勤めていた。 北アメリカには、曹洞宗のアメリカ人僧籍者が約350人いて、全米に禅センターが開かれている。曹洞宗北米総監部は、リトル東京にある禅宗寺内におかれており、総監は、禅宗寺の行事も担当している。 ●「あぜみちジャンピンッ!」がジャパン・フィルム・フェスティバル・ロサンゼルスで上映される(P1からP4, P5へ) 東京の芸能プロダウション・チャーム・インク制作、西川文恵監督の映画「あぜみちジャンピンッ!」が4月のジャパン・フィルム・フェスティバルで上映され、好評を得た。新潟県魚沼市と南魚沼市で撮影され、田園風景の中で、聾唖の女子中学生がヒップポップ・ダンスに打ち込んでいくようすを描いている。 聾唖者は、振動を感じて音を体感することができる。主人公の優紀(ゆうき)はスピーカーの音量を上げて音楽を体感し、ダンスができるように、なっていく。2009年の制作。シカゴ子供国際映画祭、ニューヨークBAM子供映画祭、ソウル女性映画際、子供映画祭インドネシアで上映されている。 ●第二次大戦中の日系人収容所で、三味線、日本舞踊など、伝統日本文化を伝え続け日系人師匠を称える初めての記念公演が、リトル東京の高野山別院ホールで行われ、約200人が参加した (P2からP6へ) ●フロリダを拠点にしている山本久仁子さんの日本の昔話を英訳しパントマイムを織り交ぜた舞台、5月15日。ロサンゼルス・カウンティーが運営するミュージック・センターの「ワールド・シティー」プログラムの一環。共演は、和太鼓を使うフュージョン・グループ「オン・アンサンブル」。(P3) ●ロサンゼルス立教会(立教大学の校友会)と日系大学夫人協会が、創立記念行事として「舞と朗読の平家物語」イベントを開催、6月13日(P3) ●クラーク・センターの図案展(20世紀前半のモダン・デザイン)に、アムステルダムから借用した竹久夢二作品が展示されている(P4) ●グリーンブラット静子さんの「漢字キャラクター」と「フュージョン・イケバナ」がパシフィック・アジア美術館で展示、5月6日から6月27日(P5) ●アートスケープ・ジャパン(東京在住のアラン・グリーソン氏の美術館レポート)小金井市にある市立「はけの森美術館」。武蔵野の面影が残る自然の中に、画家・中村兼一の残したアトリエが美術館として使われている。(P5)
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Film Review – The Azemichi Road: Silent music ignites dance movements of an adolescent girl

Film Review – The Azemichi Road: Silent music ignites dance movements of an adolescent girl

Cultural News 2010 May Issue “The Azemichi Road” is the heartfelt tale of an adolescent girl living with the handicap of being hearing-impaired, who realizes the ability to communicate her feelings to others through dance. The film depicts the life of a hearing-impaired girl, giving viewers a true sense of what a world without sound is like.  But it also creates a sense of great empathy for the girl, and viewers easily feel the excitement of her hip hop dances. This film was shown at Japan Film Festival Los Angeles in April. The Azemichi Road (85 min) (2009, Japan)...
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