Japanese American interfaith group to commemorate Hiroshima-Nagasaki atomic bombing, Aug 6

An interfaith service to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear holocausts will be held in Little Tokyo on Friday, August 6th, beginning at 12:00 noon. Sponsored by the Nikkei Interfaith Group, the service will bring together clergy from the Buddhist, Christian and Shinto faith traditions who serve Japanese American congregations throughout southern California. The service is open to the public, and will take place on the Plaza of the Japanese-American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, contact Centenary United Methodist Church, (213) 617-9097, cumcshotokyo@aol.com.
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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Long Beach, Aug 5

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Long Beach, Aug 5

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki On the 65th Anniversary of the Bombing An Interfaith Service Under 2500 Peace Cranes Under a canopy of 2,500 origami peace cranes in the historic sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, there will be an interfaith service of remembrance and recognition of the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Thursday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach. Special music, the lighting of candles, meditations and prayers will be offered. Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Unitarian, Christian and Jewish leaders will speak about why remembering that...
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Lecture Note – Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape -Meher McArthur, Asian art cutator, July 27, 2010

Lecture Note – Hiroshige:  Master of the Printed Landscape -Meher McArthur, Asian art cutator,  July 27, 2010

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club Ms. Meher McArthur, Asian art curator, author and educator, gave a most interesting and informative lecture on the famous Japanese ukiyoe block print artist Utagawa Hiroshige. She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Scotland, Canada and England.  She studied Japanese at Cambridge University, lived two years in Japan and later earned a MA in Japanese Art at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. From 1998 to 2006, she served as Pacific Asia Museum’s Curator of East Asian Art.  Her talk revolved around Hiroshige’s role in the development and...
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Norman Mineta’s portrait installed at the Smithsonian

Norman Mineta’s portrait installed at the Smithsonian

Washington, D.C. –  Former Transportation and Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was recognized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program with the installation of his portrait in a private ceremony at the Portrait Gallery on July 26. The portrait, by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, becomes part of the museum’s permanent-collection exhibition, “New Arrivals” opening July 27. The oil-on-canvas painting has been offered as a gift to the Portrait Gallery from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. This commission was made possible through the support of benefactors George and Sakaye Aratani, Hill & Knowlton...
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Japanese American heritage program “Camp Musubi” accepting applications

Japanese American heritage program “Camp Musubi” accepting applications

Camp Musubi is a Japanese American heritage camp for entering middle school youth hosted by Little Tokyo Service Center and the Ties That Bind committee. The week long camp on August 23-27th will be filled with fun activities that exposes the middle school youth to Japanese American history, heritage and culture. The goal of the camp is to spark interest in the Japanese American culture and community through hands-on experiences and interactions with people in the community. Participants will learn from a variety of cultural and community “experts” and do group activities with a college-aged leader. The activities will...
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54th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition to be held at Caltech, Aug. 7, 2010

54th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition to be held at Caltech, Aug. 7, 2010

On Saturday, August 7, 2010, Shotokan Karate of America (“SKA”) will host its 54th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament at the Braun Gymnasium of the California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”). SKA’s Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament is the oldest karate demonstration in the United States.  Fighters and participants will come to Los Angeles from dojos nationwide and abroad to compete and give individual and group demonstrations. SKA’s Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament started in 1957 when Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima gave the first official demonstration of karate to the American public. Mr. Ohshima is a direct student...
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Lecture – Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape, July 27

Lecture – Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape, July 27

Nibei Foundation/Japan Study Club, July Lecture July 27 (Tuesday), 6:30PM Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape By Meher McArthur, freelance Asian art curator, author and educator Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) is best known for his woodblock prints depicting spots of great beauty and interest throughout Japan. A painter and designer of considerable skill, he traveled around Japan documenting natural landscapes, travelers along Japan’s highways, and life in its towns and villages. His many designs were translated into woodblock printed landscapes and were highly successful in his own day. His captivating choice of subject matter, his imaginative composition and...
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Two Plays by Yukio Mishima, running at Luna Playhouse in Glendale until Aug 8

Two Plays by Yukio Mishima, running at Luna Playhouse in Glendale until Aug 8

Luna Playhouse presents Two Plays by Yukio Mishima at its venue, 3706 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA 91204, from July 8 though August 8. Performance takes place on Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening plays, and Pay What You Can for Thursday and Sunday matinees. For reservations, call (818) 500-7200 or log on at www.itsmyseat.com The program of Two Plays by Yukio Mishima consists of Mishima’s two modern Noh plays Hanjo directed by Aramazd Stepanian and The Lady Aoi directed by Toshi...
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Fully Booked >> Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture, July 25

Fully Booked >> Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture, July 25

800 seats of the Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture on July 25 are fully booked. Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Lecture Her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut is securely in the bag. Japan’s second female space traveler, Naoko Yamazaki, will give a  lecture in Orange County on July 25. Sunday, July 25, 2010, 10:00AM Laguna Woods Village, Club House #3 Theatre 25002 Moulton Parkway, Gate 3 Laguna Woods, CA 92637 Presented by Live Forum Foundation USA www.liveforum.org
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Obon Festival at Pasadena, July 24 -25

Obon Festival at Pasadena, July 24 -25

July 24-25, 2010 Pasadena Buddhist Temple 1993 Glen Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 798-4781 www.PasadenaBuddhistTemple.org Obon honors the memory of relatives and friends who have passed away. Special service will be held for families that have lost a loved one since the last obon on Saturday, July 24th at 3:00. Obon Family Service will be held on Sunday, July 25th at 10:00 am. Obon comes from the story of Maudgalyana, a disciple of the Buddha, who sees his mother suffering in “hell”. Maudgalyana goes to the Buddha for advice and is instructed to make a gift (a vegetarian meal)...
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Obon Festival at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, July 24-25

Obon Festival at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, July 24-25

OBON is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life. As a Buddhist Memorial Day, we reflect on our interdependence to our ancestors to rejoice our opportunity to encounter the Buddha’s teachings. The Obon Festival is held as a celebration of the return of the spirits of our ancestors, featuring food, games, farmers market, flower market, tea ceremony demonstrations,  big bargain sale, traditional Bon Odori Dancing, and various types of entertainment.  (Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple) Obon Hatsubon Service on Sunday, 11:00 am...
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“Introduction to Zen Meditation” to be taught on 5 Thursdays in August and Sept

“Introduction to Zen Meditation” to be taught on 5 Thursdays in August and Sept

Many people have an image of Zen as being something difficult when actually it is a clear, concise teaching. The Chinese character for “Zen” means to point to the essential underlying oneness of all things. Zen is to awaken to this principle of nature and the way to realize our innate peace of mind. In the complications of people’s hectic, busy lives, people often lose sight of their true self. To practice Zen is to eliminate the sense of separation between self and others which people constantly project. It is this sense of separation that is the root cause...
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