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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Announcement meeting for new endowment for Japanese American communities, May 22

Discussion and announcement of new endowment Japanese American in the 21st Century – Announcing the George and Sakaye Aratani UCLA-Community Advancement Research Endowment Saturday, May 22 9 am – 12 noon Registration 8:30 am Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Garden Level Free and open to public UCLA’s Asian America Studies Center will announce the creation of the George and Sakaye Aratani UCLA-Community Advancement Research Endowment. Learn how you and your organization can apply and qualify for new project/research funding that will benefit Japanese American Communities. Join Asian American Studies...
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Lecture series at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden – monk and artist Hirokazu Kosaka to speak about the space between man and nature, May 22

Lecture series at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden – monk and artist Hirokazu Kosaka to speak about the space between man and nature, May 22

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden presents three Japanese-tea-themed lectures in April and May. History, Production & Benefits of Green Tea by Mr. Fumihiro Sugita Saturday, April 10, 2:30PM to 4:00PM Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Blaksley Bliss Library Mr. Fumihiro Sugita, General Manager of Aiya America, Inc., will speak on the Matcha boom. Japan’s highest premium green tea is rapidly becoming the next “must have” ingredient in North America. Mr. Sugita will discuss the history, production, and health benefits of Macha, powdered green tea. Click this link to register http://bit.ly/4WcLL4 Philosophy, History, Function of Japanese Tea Houses by Dr. Glenn Kangan...
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Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part I at Egyptian Theatre, May 14 – 23

Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part I at Egyptian Theatre, May 14 – 23

Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part I May 14 – 23 Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 www.americancinematheque.com (Source: The American Cinematheque 2010)  The American Cinematheque joins the UCLA Film & Television Archive for a two-part retrospective celebrating the career of one of cinema’s most inventive and artful masters, Akira Kurosawa. Enraptured with the works of classic Hollywood director John Ford, Kurosawa skillfully borrowed elements from American genre films and wove them into the elegant tapestry of his Japanese works, which range from contemporary noirs to epic period pieces. Some of his greatest films include...
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Photo exhibition of historical architecture Katsura Detached Palace of Kyoto at UCLA, April 30 –May 21

Photo exhibition of historical architecture Katsura Detached Palace of Kyoto at UCLA, April 30 –May 21

The Japan Foundation and Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco present Katsura: The photographs of Ishimoto Yasuhiro in San Francisco area and Los Angeles area in April and May. In Los Angeles Area, the exhibition will be held from Friday, April 30 through Friday, May 21 at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Perloff Hall, Perloff Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 90095. The Katsura Detached Palace was originally built as the villa of the Hachijonomiya family (later the Katsuranomiya family) on the west bank of the Katsura River on the western outskirts of Kyoto in the early Edo period (17th century)....
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Shamisen Concert by Baisho Matsumoto from Japan, May 22

Shamisen Concert by Baisho Matsumoto from Japan, May 22

Saturday, May 22, 11:15AM – 12:00 Orange County Japanese Language School Gymnasium in Orange County Buddhist Church 909 South Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92804 (714) 827-2040   www.ocbuddhist.org For information, call Sato at (949) 544-1897 Official Website: http://baisho.jp MySpace site: http://www.myspace.com/baisho
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Lecture Note: The Art of Akira Kurosawa: An Appreciation — Prof. James Goodwin of UCLA, May 18, 2010

Lecture Note: The Art of Akira Kurosawa:  An Appreciation — Prof. James Goodwin of UCLA,  May 18, 2010

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club Dr. James Goodwin, who received a PhD from Rutgers University, is a professor of English at UCLA where he teaches in the areas of modern drama, film, and American literature.  His books include Eisenstein, Cinema, and History (1993) and Akira Kurosawa and Intertextual Cinema (1993). Prof. Goodwin presented his lecture on The Art of Akira Kurosawa:  An Appreciation.  Kurosawa is considered one of the greatest of modern Japanese film directors and film makers.  Through his cinema, he gave insights into both East and West civilization in the whole scope of human history. Kurosawa had...
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Japanese American scientist Paul Terasaki donates $50 million to UCLA

Japanese American scientist Paul Terasaki donates $50 million to UCLA

(Published May 17, 2010, 8:15AM at UCLA website) UCLA: Life Sciences Building to be named for organ transplant pioneer from L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood By Stuart Wolpert, UCLA Newsroom When he transferred to UCLA in 1948, Paul Ichiro Terasaki had no idea that six decades in the future his name would appear on a major campus building. “It would be impossible to think about that — to think that I would ever donate anything to UCLA would have been impossible. It’s quite a distance I’ve travelled,” Terasaki says today. Terasaki — who spent three years during World War II...
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Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club: The Art of Akira Kurosawa by Prof. James Goodwin, UCLA, May 18

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club: The Art of Akira Kurosawa by Prof. James Goodwin, UCLA, May 18

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club Dinner and Lecture Series in May 2010 May 18 (Tuesday) 6:30PM Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building at 11570 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 The Art of Akira Kurosawa: An Appreciation Prof. James Goodwin, UCLA English Department James Goodwin is a Professor of English at UCLA who teaches in areas of modern drama, film, and American literature. He has published the book “Akira Kurosawa and Intertextual Cinema” and the collection “Perspectives on Akira Kurosawa,” as well as a study about autobiography and a book on the grotesque in modern American culture. $10 including dinner RSVP...
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UCLA Symposium: Beyond Hiroshima and Nagasaki with sneak preview of “Atomic Mom,” May 17

UCLA Symposium: Beyond Hiroshima and Nagasaki with sneak preview of “Atomic Mom,” May 17

Symposium Beyond Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Future of Anti-nuclear Weapons Movement Monday, May 17, 2010, 1 – 5 pm Faculty Center, Hacienda Room UCLA Free and open to UCLA faculty, stuff and students and invited guests. Parking $10 at Lot 2 For more information, contact Prof. Mariko Tamanoi at (310) 206-8399 or email mtamanoi@ucla.edu. A symposium discusses atomic legacy and future of anti-nuclear movement through the personal story of  a filmmaker and her atomic veteran mother On May 17, 2010 the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center For Japanese Studies holds a symposium on the concerns of nuclear weapons...
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“Okinawa Folk Song” show at Gardena Buddhist Church, May 16, 2010

“Okinawa Folk Song” show at Gardena Buddhist Church, May 16, 2010

Okinawa Folk Song concert will be presented by the Ryukyu Folk Song Association North America Branch and the Okinawa Association of America on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at Gardena Buddhist Church located at 1517 West 166th Street, Gardena, CA 90247, (310) 327-9400. This is a ticketed event. The OAA’s annual Utayabira Wuduyabira (Let’s Sing, Let’s Dance) show will not be held this year. The Ryukyu Folk Song Association North America Branch consists of the following associations: Shima Seiichi Ryukyu Minyo Kenkyusho Uezu Yoko Ryukyu Minyo Kenkyusho Ishihara Haruo Ryukyu Minyo Kenkyusho Hanashiro Emiko Ryukyu Minyo Kenkyusho Kochi...
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Western woman who drafted clauses in Japan’s constitution to speak in Los Angeles, May 16, 2010

Western woman who drafted clauses in Japan’s constitution to speak in Los Angeles, May 16, 2010

(May 16, 2010) The only woman to play a role in the writing of the Japanese Constitution, Beate Sirota Gordon, 86 years old, will speak about her memories in advocating for equal rights for Japanese women, on Sunday, May 16 at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum in her first speaking engagement in Southern California. May 11, 2010     The Jewish Journal Making Her Mark on Women’s Rights … in Japan This program is organized in partnership between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the National Museum and co-sponsored by the Kasloff Foundation/U.S. Japan Cultural Education,...
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