Most comprehensive Japanese food conference ever in US to be held at Napa Valley, Nov 4-6

Most comprehensive Japanese food conference ever in US to be held at Napa Valley, Nov 4-6

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue From November 4–6, the Culinary Institute of America, one of nation’s best culinary professional training school, will stage Japan: Flavors of Culture—Sushi and Soba to Kaiseki, a Global Celebration of Tradition, Art & Exchange at the 13th Annual Worlds of Flavor Conference held its St. Helena campus in the Napa Valley, Northern California. This spectacular, multi-dimensional event will bring together a conference faculty of more than 50 top chefs from Japan as well as leading Japanese chefs and culinary authorities from the United States. The prestigious guest conference faculty will lead seminars, conduct tasting...
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First Annual Inland Empire Lunar New Year’s Festival to be held in Downtown Riverside, January 29, 2011

The first Annual Inland Empire Lunar New Year’s Festival will be held in Downtown Riverside, January 29, 2011. The event offers a month long cultural celebration to commemorate Asian culture and honor its significant impact on the Inland Empire region of California. From the building of southern California railroads, working in the regional citrus groves, cultivating higher education, to leading in advance in modern technology, Asian Americans have helped to develop the region in significant ways. The Lunar New Year’s Festival will serve as a month long multicultural celebration of a full range of Inland Empire Asian cultures, community,...
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World War II experiences and aftereffects to be depicted at “The Betrayed,” a play by a 87-year old Nisei playwright, Nov 6

World War II experiences and aftereffects to be depicted at “The Betrayed,” a  play by a 87-year old Nisei playwright, Nov 6

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue “The Betrayed,” a play by Nisei playwright Hiroshi Kashiwagi, will have its Orange County premiere on Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim. Presented by Orange County Buddhist Church’s Project Kokoro and produced by the Grateful Crane Ensemble,“ the two-act play deals with the conflict caused by two government-issued “loyalty” questions #27 & #28 in February 1943, and how these questions separated individuals—and an entire community—into two opposing factions. “At its core, the play is a love story,” said Soji Kashiwagi, Executive Producer of...
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JapanOC Opening Event: Sankai Juku, Oct 30, 8PM

JapanOC Opening Event: Sankai Juku, Oct 30, 8PM

JapanOC Opening Event: Sankai Juku in its award-winning Butoh dance Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away Saturday, October 30, 8:00 p.m. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 (949) 854-4646 www.thebarclay.org Tickets: $61, $46, $36 The JapanOC Festival begins with a mesmerizing performance of modern Japanese Butoh dance entitled Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away by the internationally acclaimed Japanese Butoh troupe Sankai Juku. In this unique and award-winning Butoh, dancers use slow hyper-controlled motion to display powerful imagery. Hibiki is one of Sankai Juku’s award-winning works of unparalleled simplicity and poetic beauty. Performed in a dream landscape with...
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Pacific Asia Museum Free Family Festival, Oct 30, 12 – 4 PM

Pacific Asia Museum Free Family Festival, Oct 30, 12 – 4 PM

Honoring Ancestors/Celebrating Family History The Free Family Festival on October 30 will be a pan-Asian celebration of fun performances, crafts, demonstrations and activities for the whole family, presented by the cultural Arts Councils of Pacific Asia Museum. Hours are 12 noon – 4:00 pm. Admission to the entire museum, including special exhibitions such as China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970 will be free. The museum’s Japanese, Himalayan, Pakistani and Chinese Arts Councils will be providing crafts, demonstrations, snacks and performances. With the theme of “O-bon,” Pacific Asia Museum’s Japanese Arts Council will present O-bon dance, taiko performance, and uchiwa...
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Annual Aurora Benefit Concert to feature Japan’s renowned singer and songwriter Kei Ogla, Oct. 30

Annual Aurora Benefit Concert to feature Japan’s renowned singer and songwriter Kei Ogla, Oct. 30

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue The 12th Anniversary Aurora Benefit Concert will feature legendary singer and songwriter Kei Ogla (Ogura in the regular Romanized spelling) on Saturday, October 30, at 6 pm at the Marsee Auditorium on the campus of El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506. Tickets are $100, $75, $55, $35. Tickets is on sale at www.auroraevent.org. Other outlets for ticket sale are All American Tickets at (888) 507-3287 or visit www.allamerican-tkt.com, and Kinokuniya Bookstore Little Tokyo and Costa Mesa locations. The Aurora Foundation is still looking for the event sponsors and volunteers at the...
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Eat Japan: Japanese Prints on Food – through Oct 26

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Eat Japan: Japanese Prints on Food – through Oct 26

Pavilion for Japanese Art Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 12 noon – 8 pm Friday 12 noon – 9 pm Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm Closed Wednesdays For further information about Japanese art exhibitions at LACMA, call (323) 857-6565.  www.lacma.org Eat Japan: Japanese Prints on Food through October 26, 2010 Japanese food is a balance of colors, textures, tastes, scents and seasonality. While rice forms the bulk of the Japanese diet, choices of accompanying fish, fruits, and vegetables change with the seasons,...
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West Coast premier of “Hiroshima Nagasaki Download” in San Diego, Oct 27, 5:20PM

West Coast premier of “Hiroshima Nagasaki Download” in San Diego, Oct 27, 5:20PM

The film Hiroshima Nagasaki Download will premier at San Diego Asian Film Festival on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:20 pm. The film festival is taking place at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Drive (off the 163 and Friars Road), San Diego, CA 92108. Hiroshima Nagasaki Download (72 min) Directed by Shinpei Takeda Language: English and Japanese with English subtitles Genre: Documentary, History, Japan Production Company: Atopus Studio Upon the end of World War II, several hundreds Japanese who survived the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki immigrated to the US. With the physical trauma...
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Beikoku Shodo calligraphy association prsenting 45th anniversary exhibition, Oct 16 -31

Beikoku Shodo calligraphy association prsenting 45th anniversary exhibition, Oct 16 -31

The Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai 45th anniversary exhibition currently is being held at Doizaki Gallery in the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center located at  244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, from Saturday, October 16 through Sunday, October 31. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm, closed on Monday. Admission free. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, this exhibit showcases the work of the masters and up-and-coming artists from this Japanese calligraphic art group. The late Reverend Kanshu Ikuta and his wife Hiroko...
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Public Program of “Flowers of the Four Seasons” at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Oct 31

Public Program of “Flowers of the Four Seasons” at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Oct 31

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720, (510) 642-0808, http://bampfa.Berkeley.edu Public Programs of Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture at BAM/PFA are following: Conversation: Willa and George Tanabe on Japanese Religious Art Sunday, October 3, 3 p.m., Museum Theater Two noted scholars will examine significant pieces of Japanese Buddhist art featured in the exhibition through the lens of both religious studies and art history. George Tanabe is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religious at...
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Manzanar National Historic Site: Volunteer Day, Oct 30

Manzanar National Historic Site: Volunteer Day, Oct 30

Manzanar National Historic Site is hosting its 3rd Annual Volunteer Day on Saturday, October, 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Owens Valley residents and their families are invited to join the Manzanar staff in a morning outdoor work project followed by a catered lunch, arborist program and walking tour with a park ranger. The Volunteer Day work project involves clearing a section of historic road to improve access through the site. The road will weave by the historic orchards of the Lydston & Wilder Ranches, establishing a walking tour to the cemetery. Volunteers will use shovels, pruners, rakes,...
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2010 / Koto artist Yoko Awaya to mark the 35th anniversary of launching koto school with a charity concert, Oct 23

2010 / Koto artist Yoko Awaya to mark the 35th anniversary of launching koto school with a charity concert, Oct 23

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue Veteran koto artist and instructor Yoko Awaya will mark the 35th anniversary of launching the Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory (aka Awaya-Kai) by presenting a koto charity concert on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Mme. Awaya received her teaching and master’s degree from the famed Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Japan. In 1975, she founded the Awaya-Kai in order to promulgate koto and shamisen music while enhancing cultural awareness and appreciation. The conservatory was approved as a...
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