Japan America Kite Festival, Oct 3, 11 AM – 4 PM

Japan America Kite Festival, Oct 3, 11 AM – 4 PM

Japan America Kite Festival will take place on Sunday, October 3, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at North Side of Seal Beach Pier. Free Admission! Click here for a MAP The Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Shop co-present the 14th annual kite festival. Viewers will enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors. There will be Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50’ x 100’ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much...
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A taste is not created, but born

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School /Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda When I took three graduates of our school on a field trip to Japan this summer, I realized that all three graduates tried to recreate dishes that they had seen in the past. The visual presentation is one of the most important essences of Japanese cuisine. But a taste is not created by a visual presentation. A taste comes from the ingredients that a chef chooses for his recipe.  The secret of Japanese culinary technique is to learn about the real tastes of...
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Gloria Stuart (1910 – 2010) Longest living bonsai enthusiast in Los Angeles

Gloria Stuart (1910 – 2010) Longest living bonsai enthusiast in Los Angeles

Gloria Stuart passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010 Cultural News, 2010 September Issue As her 100-year-old celebration surprise, actress Gloria Stuart, longest living bonsai enthusiast in Los Angeles, was admitted as an honorary member of the Nanpukai, the most prestigious bonsai club in the U.S. Her French black oak forest was displayed at the Nisei Week Festival’s bonsai show on August 21 and 22 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles. Gloria’s bonsai on the Nanpukai display was planted in 1982 after she returned from France where she picked French black oak acorns while...
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Japan Behind the News >> A Modest Proposal: Direct Negotiations between Okinawa and the U.S. Government

Japan Behind the News >>  A Modest Proposal: Direct Negotiations between Okinawa and the U.S. Government

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue By Motoaki Kamiura Translated by Alan Gleason The dispute over relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air station from Futenma, Okinawa grew more complicated on September 12, when candidates opposing the base’s transfer to the Henoko district of Nago City won a majority of seats in the Nago Municipal Assembly election. Nago already has an anti-relocation mayor, Susumu Inamine, who defeated pro-Henoko incumbent Yoshikazu Shimabukuro in the January mayoral election. With gubernatorial elections looming in November, the odds now look high that Okinawans will elect an anti-relocation governor. Indeed, not one of the current...
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2010 / Chrysanthemum Show 2010 at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Sept. 24

2010 / Chrysanthemum Show 2010 at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Sept. 24

    The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach Concert under the Stars: Kokoro Taiko Kai & Yoko Awaya Conservatory present the Art of Japanese Drumming and the Soul of Japanese Harp and Flute Friday, September 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m. The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach will host a Concert Under the Stars featuring members of the Japanese music groups Kokoro Taiko Kai and the Yoko Awaya Music Conservatory at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. Kokoro Taiko Kai is a Japanese drumming ensemble based in Long Beach...
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Japan’s forbidden Film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapter” to be screened with a honoring ceremony of production designer of the film, Sept 26

Japan’s forbidden Film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapter” to be screened with a honoring ceremony of production designer of the film, Sept 26

The Art Directors Guild Film Society and the American Cinematheque will honor Academy Award winning Costume Designer and Production Designer Eiko Ishioka with a screening of the film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” (1985) on Sunday, September 26, at 5:30 pm at the Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica. General admission is $11 and student and senior tickets are $9.  Tickets Sponsored by Variety, this film is the fifth of this year’s screening series highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative colleagues. “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” (1985, Warner Bros., 121 min.)...
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Zi-Pang Trio Taiko Concerts, Sept 25-26

Zi-Pang Trio Taiko Concerts, Sept 25-26

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue The Zi-Pang Trio taiko group from Japan will perform on Saturday, September 25 at the Remo Recreational Music Center in North Hollywood and on Sunday, September 26 at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. The leader of the group, Hiroyuki Hayashida was a member of the famed taiko group, Kodo for 7 years. Hayashida and Zi-Pang perform a unique technique, combing taiko rhythms which are very jazz influenced on kasugi-style okedo taiko. These taiko are slung over the shoulder and played on both sides with lightening speed.  Hayashida is an accomplished composer and producer as well, having written...
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Samurai illustration of Sakamoto Ryoma exhibition at Nishi Hongwanji Temple in Little Tokyo, Sept 25, 26

Samurai illustration of Sakamoto Ryoma exhibition at Nishi Hongwanji Temple in Little Tokyo, Sept 25, 26

Sakamoto Ryoma Fan Club in Los Angeles presents the illustration of Sakamoto Ryoma exhibition on September 25 and 26, from 1 pm – 4:30 pm, at Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Buddhist Temple, 815 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 680-9130.  Admission free. Sakamoto Ryōma (January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period (mid 19th century)  in Japan. Ryōma used the alias Saidani Umetarō as a cover name during his work to keep Japan united in the creation of a modern government which would...
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The Film “442 – Live with Honor, Die with Dignity” to be shown at Aratani/Japan America Theatre, Sept 18 at 11 am & 2 pm

The Film “442 – Live with Honor, Die with Dignity” to be shown at Aratani/Japan America Theatre, Sept 18 at 11 am & 2 pm

The film 442 – Live with Honor, Die with Dignity will be shown at Aratani/Japan America Theatre on Saturday, September 18, at 11 am and 2 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $13 at doors. Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, the box office (213) 680-3700, www.jaccc.org Screening schedule at other cities San Francisco: Viz Cinema Second screening from October 1 to October 7 Honolulu: The Ward Stadium 16, 1044 Auashi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 594-7045, www.consolidatedtheatres.com Opening: September 10  (Friday), continuing until September 23 (Thursday) Tokyo: Shinjuku-K’s Cinema, 35 –13,...
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Atomic bombing survivors’ story by Japan’s leading playwright brought to Los Angeles by American producer

Atomic bombing survivors’ story by Japan’s leading playwright brought to Los Angeles by American producer

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue The play “The Face of Jizo,” depicting a young survivor’s agony three years after the atomic blast destroyed the city of Hiroshima, was brought by Benjamin Pohlmeier, managing artistic director of the Junction Theatre, to a space on the second floor of the Barbarella Bar in Silver Lake for six nights between August 6 and August 15. The original title “Chichi to kuraseba” (Living with my father) written by Japan’s leading playwright Hisashi Inoue, was translated by American born Australian playwright Roger Pulvers who is currently living in Tokyo, and  premiered in English in...
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Tying Enthusiasts: LA Kimono Club Activity Report

Tying Enthusiasts: LA Kimono Club Activity Report

October 7, 2010 via Cultural News On Sunday, September 26, the LA Kimono Club met to honor several prominent members of the community. Mme. Makiko Ihara, wife of the Japanese Consul General, accepted an appointment as Honorary President  of the LA Kimono Club.  Mrs. Ihara has shown strong support of Japanese culture here in Southern California. Mme. Fumi Akutagawa was honored as the recipient of the International Contribution Award from the Sodo Kimono Academy in Tokyo, which recognized her contributions throughout her career in fostering appreciation of kimono in many countries around the world. Mr. Toshio Handa, the President...
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Zen study group to read “The Essence of Zen: The Teaching of Sekkei Harada” starting Sept 23

Zen study group to read “The Essence of Zen: The Teaching of Sekkei Harada” starting Sept 23

Zen Study Group Starting on September 23 8 Thursday evening from 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm including 25 minutes of zazen The Essence of Zen: The Teaching of Sekkei Harada Translated and edited by Rev. Daigaku Rumme Zenshuji Temple 123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 624-8658 This is a continuation of the “Introduction to Zen” course from August 5 through September 2. Rev. Sekkei Harada is the renowned Zen master of our time, who is currently the head minister of Hosshinji in Fukui prefecture, Japan. This book is based on a collection of his teachings which...
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