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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Japan Behind the News >>Japanese Diplomacy: Overly Dependent on the U.S.

Japan Behind the News  >>Japanese Diplomacy: Overly Dependent on the U.S.

Cultural News, 2010 December Issue By Motoaki Kamiura in Tokyo Translated by Alan Gleason On September 7, 2010, a Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japan Coast Guard patrol boats in the East China Sea near the Senkaku Islands (known as the Diaoyu Islands in Chinese). Both countries claim ownership of these uninhabited islands, which Japan currently controls. The captain of the Chinese boat was arrested and detained for “obstruction of the performance of public duties,” but the Japanese government released him out of concerns for an adverse impact on relations with China. Then, on November 1, Russian President...
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Family holiday concert by Grateful Crane in Torrance, Dec 12

Family holiday concert by Grateful Crane in Torrance, Dec 12

“I Saw Baachan Kissing Santa Claus” Grateful Crane Holiday Concert Coming to Torrance on December 12 The Grateful Crane Ensemble (GCE) will be celebrating the season with its first ever holiday concert and CD launch party on Sunday, December 12 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall in Torrance. Entitled “I Saw Baachan Kissing Santa Claus,” the concert will feature the Scott Nagatani Band and the Grateful Crane holiday singers who will be singing all 20 songs from GCE’s brand new holiday CD. “This show is kind of like a JA...
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UCLA Comparative Literature Department to have Japanese Film Series in first quarter, Fridays, Oct 22-Dec 10

During the 2010-11 academic year, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature will be screening films several times on Fridays from 5-8 P.M. in Royce Hall 190. For the first quarter, three curators have chosen three films on alternate weeks beginning  October 22. The intent is for this to be a place where Japan studies grads, faculty, undergrads, and others with interest in film, Japan/East Asian studies, or related disciplines can gather and view films, as well as to connect more regularly on a personal and professional level. For the first quarter, the film series are going with an “open”theme, genre,...
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Theatre: Velina Hasu Houston’s “Calligraphy” depicting two aging mothers of an interracial family in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Nov 12 – Dec 12

Theatre: Velina Hasu Houston’s “Calligraphy” depicting two aging mothers of an interracial family in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Nov 12 – Dec 12

Calligraphy Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, December 12 Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm November 25 will be dark The Los Angeles Theatre Center 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 489-0994 www.thelatc.org Co-producers Playwrights’ Arena & The Latino Theater Company/Los Angeles Theatre Center in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center present the World Premier of Calligraphy written by Velina Hasu Houston and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera with historical accuracy over-seen by dramaturg Luis Alfaro. Calligraphy is a play about the humor that survival demands. Two cousins—one in Los...
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Clark Collection, the very best of Japanese art in the nation goes on display at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Aug 25 – Dec 12

Clark Collection, the very best of Japanese art in the nation goes on display at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Aug 25 – Dec 12

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue Berkeley – The very best of Japanese art in this country goes on display at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Featuring 112 works, the exhibition reflects the broad collecting interests of the Center’s founder Willard G. Clark. His passion for Japanese art and culture has resulted in a collection ranging in date from the late Heian period (794–1185) to the twenty-first century that includes all major areas...
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