Japan Behind the News >> Have They Cancelled the Relocation of Futenma Air Station?

Japan Behind the News >> Have They Cancelled the Relocation of Futenma Air Station?

Cultural News, 2009 October Issue By Motoaki Kamiura, Military Analyst Translated by Alan Gleason The odds are growing that the controversial 2006 agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments to move the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station to another location on the island of Okinawa will be cancelled. Indeed, perhaps it already has been. Located in the midst of a densely populated residential area in the central part of the island, Futenma has long been a sore point with Okinawans because of the potentially catastrophic consequences of an air crash in the neighborhood. The two governments therefore agreed...
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2009 / Lecture Note: The Grand Shrine at Ise – Architect Hayahiko Takase, Sept 29

2009 / Lecture Note: The Grand Shrine at Ise – Architect Hayahiko Takase, Sept 29

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club “The Grand Shrine at Ise” How the structure of Japan’s most secret shrine has been sustained for over thousand years? Presenter: Mr. Hayahiko Takase, Architect September 29, 2009 at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, West Los Angeles Japan Study Club Lecture Note is complied by Cultural News Mr. Hayahiko Takase is an outstanding architect who utilizes both his Eastern and Western knowledge to create unique and beautiful works of architectural art and design.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Tokyo University in 1953 and also a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1956. ...
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Lecture Note – Bon Odori and Taiko tradition in the Japanese American community by Rev. Mas Kodani – August 18, 2009

Bon Odori attire: Later in the 1960s, female dancers wore “furisode” (long sleeve for unmarried women) kimono regardless of their age of married status. (Photo courtesy of Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles) Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club Lecture Series 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 August 18, 2009 Rev. Masao Kakuryu Kodani, Senshin Buddhist Temple Rev. Masao Kakuryu Kodani was born and raised in Los Angles.  He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in East Asian Studies and later earned a M.A. degree from Ryukoku Universisty in Kyoto. He later returned to Los Angeles and since...
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Astro Boy Retrospective — Osamu Tezuka: Creator of Astro Boy and Father of the Manga/Anime Revolution

Astro Boy Retrospective — Osamu Tezuka: Creator of Astro Boy and Father of the Manga/Anime Revolution

The latest version of animation film Astro Boy will be released on Oct. 23, 2009 nationally. Nibei Foundation’s Japan Study Club invited Frederik L. Schodt of San Francisco, Manga author and scholar, to hear his lecture on “Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy and The Manga/Anime Revolution” on July 14, 2009 at the Nibei Foundation in West Los Angeles. This article is appeared at the Cultural News, 2009 October Issue. The following are excerpt from the transcript which Cultural News has recorded. Young American was fascinated with manga books in 1970’s in Tokyo Frederik L. Schodt is an American translator, interpreter...
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2009 / Bill Clark: Sowing the world with seeds of Japanese art scholarship

Clark with Medal

Cultural News, 2009 July By Meher McArthur Visitors to the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, a small town in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, pass through field after field of grazing cattle and groves of walnut trees and finally find themselves in a little corner of Japan, in a gem of a museum housing a world-class collection of Japanese paintings, ceramics, sculpture, baskets and other art works. The Center was founded by Bill and Libby Clark in 1995, and since then, the Clark Center has evolved into a formidable force in the Japanese...
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Filmmaker Interview: Departures’ Yojiro Takita

Filmmaker Interview:  Departures’ Yojiro Takita

Filmmaker Interview:  Departures’ Yojiro Takita “The audience may feel their death through other’s lives.” Cultural News, 2009 June Issue The 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Departures (Okuribito), directed by Yojiro Takita, now opens nationally. For theater information, check www.departures-themovie.com. An interview with Mr. Takita is following: Where did you get the inspiration for this project? Takita I received the idea for this project from the producer. I know of the job of a “nokanshi” (encoffineer) through reading Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician but as I have never actually been in direct contact with them,...
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2009 / Dr. Takeo Uesugi: Designer of Japanese Gardens

2009 Dr Takeo Uesugi Headshot

Cultural News, February 2009 Issue By Takeshi Nakayama and Shige Higashi Dr. Takeo Uesugi, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to the Design of Japanese Gardens Outside Japan on Saturday, March 28, 2009,  at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel during the International Conference on Japanese Gardens, to be held March 26-29, 2009, at California State University, Long Beach and the Hilton Hotel. Japanese gardens are an international phenomenon. They are found in at least 53 countries; North America alone has more than 250. Despite their popularity...
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Exhibition – The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art – at Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Sept 2 – Nov 15, 2008

Exhibition – The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art – at Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Sept 2 – Nov 15, 2008

Fall Exhibition, They Swim, Fly, Wiggle, Walk, or Slither: The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art at The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, 15770 Tenth Ave., Hanford, CA 93230, (559) 582-4915, www.ccjac.org The exhibition will run from September 2 through November 15, 2008. The carp, a widespread freshwater fish originally from Eurasia, is becoming more and more popular with anglers in the U.S. and has long been a traditional part of Christmas Eve dinner throughout Europe. In Japan, on the other hand, every year on May 5 when Boy’s Festival is celebrated, carp streamers (koi nobori)...
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2008 / LACMA / The Price Collection: Art for the urban middle classes in Edo period (McArthur)

LAXMA 2008 Price Collection / The Age of Imagination

Cultural News 2008 June Issue Los Angeles County Museum of Art The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art, 1615 – 1868, from the Price Collection Jun. 22 – Sept. 4, 2008 By Meher McArthur As they prepare for the upcoming exhibition of their Japanese painting collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Joe and Etsuko Price have plenty to be pleased about. The exhibition of their Edo-period paintings recently toured Japan to record-breaking attendance figures. Many visitors were young – a rarity in the world’s museums – and they spread the word to their friends via blogs,...
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Teahouse nestled in California’s naturalistic setting

Teahouse nestled in California’s naturalistic setting

Cultural News 2008 May Issue SANTA BARBARA – In an unlikely spot for Japanese cultural property, a teahouse is nestled quietly in an all-California plants garden at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. This teahouse was built in 1949 by skilled craftsmen in Japan and then shipped to Santa Barbara as a gift for retired businessman Royce Greatwood. The teahouse was reassembled in Greatwood’s Hope Ranch lemon orchard. In 1958, the home and orchard became the property of the John H. Esbenshade family, and their daughter Alice played in the teahouse while growing up. Once Alice discovered Japanese culture through...
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2008 / LACMA / The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art, 1615 – 1868, from the Price Collection

LAXMA 2008 Price Collection / The Age of Imagination

Cultural News 2008 April Issue Los Angeles County Museum of Art The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art, 1615 – 1868, from the Price Collection Jun. 22 – Sept. 4, 2008 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art, 1615-1868, from the Price Collection, featuring more than 100 of the finest paintings from the Japanese Edo period (1615–1868), from June 22 through September 14. Collectors Etsuko and Joe Price have had a longstanding relationship with LACMA, partially funding the museum’s Pavilion for Japanese Art, built in 1988 to house many of the screens...
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On his American tour to promote English translation book, a veteran journalist urges reconciliation between Japan and the U.S. over World War II scars

On his American tour to promote English translation book, a veteran journalist urges reconciliation between Japan and the U.S. over World War II scars

Cultural News, 2008 January By Albert Brown WASHINGTON, D.C. – On November 7, 2007, the Japan Information & Culture Center of the Embassy of Japan had the pleasure of hosting former Kyodo News Washington Bureau Chief Fumio Matsuo. Mr. Matsuo discussed the English language version of his book, Democracy with a Gun: America and the Policy of Force, which was released in October 2007. The lecture and discussion was moderated by CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante, a veteran American journalist and Mr. Matsuo’s long-time friend who covered the Reagan Administration alongside him in the early 1980s. “One...
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