2010 / Taiko: Kenny Endo to celebrate 35 years at Aratani Theatre, Apr. 3

Endo Kenny

Los Angeles — Legendary Taiko Artist Kenny Endo celebrates 35 years of artistry with a star-studded cast of drummers and musicians “In Concert” on Saturday, April 3 at 8 pm at the Japan America Theatre in downtown Little Tokyo. At the forefront of the taiko movement for the past three decades, Endo is most notably the first foreigner to receive a natori (stage name and master’s license) in classical Japanese drumming. With a background in jazz drumming and world music, Endo spent 10 years in Japan studying and performing kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming), Edo bayashi (festival music of Edo), and...
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Data 2010 Apr 03: Kenny Endo

Endo Kenny

Kenny Endo is one of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation. His thirty-five year career began as he embarked on a decade-long odyssey in his ancestral Japan, studies and performed with the masters of both traditional and ensemble drumming, and became the first non-Japanese national to receive a natori (master’s stage name) in classical drumming. Kenny is the vanguard of the taiko genre and...
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Phoenix’s Japanese Garden to celebrates Children’s Day with Kites and Koi Festival, Apr 3

Phoenix’s Japanese Garden to celebrates Children’s Day with Kites and Koi Festival, Apr 3

ARIZONA — The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix will host a Children’s Day and Kite Festival on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park. The festival is free. In its sixth year, the Children’s Day Festival will feature an anime-manga (Japanese animation and comics) drawing booth, hands-on origami paper folding art, calligraphy or stylized Japanese writing techniques, Japanese shiba inu dogs, storytelling, stage entertainment, and an aikido martial arts practice space. Drama students from Goldwater High School will present Kabuki – traditional Japanese theater on stage. Kites will be flying all day....
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Japan Behind the News >> The Guam Concession: Why Japan Is Helping Pay to Move the Marines out of Okinawa

Japan Behind the News >> The Guam Concession: Why Japan Is Helping Pay to Move the Marines out of Okinawa

Cultural News, April 2010 Issue By Motoaki Kamiura, Military Analyst Translated by Alan Gleason  The controversy over where to move the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station from its current location in central Okinawa continues to rage in Japan. For years Okinawans have been upset about the hazards posed by Futenma, which lies in the midst of a densely populated district of the island. When the United States decided to shift a sizable portion of the Marines’ Okinawa presence to Guam, plans were also drawn up to move Futenma. However, the U.S. requested that Japan provide land to replace...
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Sushi cooking demonstrations are in great demand

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 April Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda Our sushi chef training class starts at 8:00 a.m. and wraps up at 1:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. In the current class of March – April 2010 (photo), we have nine students from the Los Angeles area, Northern California, Massachusetts and France. Despite busy weekday schedules, I often go to sushi demonstrations on weekends upon request. On the April 17 and 18 weekend, Sushi Chef Institute will have a sushi booth at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival at Barnes Park,...
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Enka singer “Jero in Concert” at Aratani Theatre, Mar 31, 8PM

Enka singer “Jero in Concert” at Aratani Theatre, Mar 31, 8PM

Jero in Concert Wednesday, Mar 31, 8:00PMAratani / Jana America Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012Tickets: $100, $80, $60, $50     www.jaccc.org   Box Office (213) 680-3700 Jero aks Jerome Charles White, Jr. makes his long-awaited U.S. concert debut in celebration of the JACCC’s 30th Anniversary. As the first professional African American enka singer in the history of Japanese music, Jero has single-handedly reignited interest in the musical ballads that emerged in Japan’s post-war ear. Critics have lauded the way this meteoric talent has managed to mold an...
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2010 / California Bonsai Society’s exhibition at Huntington Library, Mar 27, 28

2010 / California Bonsai Society’s exhibition at Huntington Library, Mar 27, 28

The 53rd Bonsai Exhibition by the California Bonsai Society Bonsai – Images of Spring’s Promise Bonsai – a living art which reflects in miniature the beauty and diversity of nature’s changing seasons. The California Bonsai Society proudly and cordially invites you to enjoy a most noteworthy Bonsai exhibition. Exhibition dates: March 27 – 28, 2010 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day Demonstrations both days at 1:30 Free admission Friends’ Hall Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA www.huntington.org Discover the fascination of this ancient horticultural art as the California Bonsai Society presents its 53rd...
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Consul General of Japan to lecture at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Mar 24

Consul General of Japan to lecture at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Mar 24

As part of a continuing practice of celebrating cross-cultural relationships, California State University, Dominguez Hills College of Arts and Humanities is hosting a lecture by Mr. Junichi Ihara, consul general of Japan in Los Angeles on March 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Loker Student Union. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Consul General Ihara will discuss current political, economic and social conditions in Japan and how they play important roles in the United States and the global community. CSU Dominguez Hills has been committed to Asian-Pacific...
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Living jewels – carp – show at Gardena civic center, Mar 20, 21

Living jewels – carp – show at Gardena civic center, Mar 20, 21

More than 300 show quality koi (carp) will be on view at the 36th annual koi show sponsored by koi enthusiast association Zen Nippon Airinkai (All Japan Carp Association) Southern California chapter at the Gardena Civic Center complex on March 20, 21.
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Japanese court music to be featured in public funded performance event for inter-religious understanding, Mar 19, 20, 21

Japanese court music to be featured in public funded performance event for inter-religious understanding, Mar 19, 20, 21

The Wheel and The Cross Meditation on suffering and redemption www.thewheelandthecross.org A performance work for music, film/art installation, interactive video, and dance. Japanese court music will be prominently featured in a performance at Senshin Buddhist Temple located at 1311 West 37th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007-3960, (213) 731-4617, on Friday, March 19. “The Wheel and the Cross” is a artistic collaboration that includes the wind and percussion instruments of gagaku (Japanese court music) in combination with Western string instruments. Kinnara Gagaku rehearsing The work integrates these musical resources with dancer that includes ritual as well as modern choreography, film...
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Lecture “Power of Japanese Fashion” by costume specialist from Kyoto, Mar 17

Lecture “Power of Japanese Fashion” by costume specialist from Kyoto, Mar 17

The Japan Foundation presents Power of Japanese Fashion - Tradition and Innovation with Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute in Kyoto, Japan, on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30PM at Shumei Hall Community Room
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Santa Barbara’s Westmont College to host Japanese Family Festival, Mar 6

Santa Barbara’s Westmont College to host Japanese Family Festival, Mar 6

Santa Barbara  (2010) – Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery hosts the Japanese Family Festival: A Celebration of Arts and Culture, on Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in and around the gallery. The free, public event will feature performances, demonstrations and craft activities for all ages centered around two exhibitions, Kiyoshi Saito Prints and American Viewing Stones, on view through March 11. Admission is free; some crafts have a small materials fee, and there will be food and beverages available for purchase. Taiko drummers will highlight the Japanese Family Festival, along with a kimono fashion show, karate demonstrations,...
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