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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Legendary dance master Fujima Kansuma to lead dances for the 2010 Nisei Week Parade

Legendary dance master Fujima Kansuma to lead dances for the 2010 Nisei Week Parade

Veteran dance master Madame Fujima Kansuma, 92-years-old, of Fujima School has been appointed the official choreographer for the dances of 2010 Nisei Week Parade, and will lead Japanese dance troupes through the streets of Little Tokyo on August 15. Mme. Fujima Kansuma was born Sumako Hamaguchi in San Francisco. When she was three years old, her family moved to Los Angeles. She began her dance training at the age of nine and was soon actively performing starring roles in a local 15-member girls’ kabuki group. Upon graduating high school, her passion for this ancient traditional performing art only continued to...
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70th Annual Nisei Week to be held in Little Tokyo, Aug 14-22

70th Annual Nisei Week to be held in Little Tokyo, Aug 14-22

The 70th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival will take place from August 14 – 22. This year’s nine days of free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits are packed with a variety of music and entertainment, food and fun for all age groups. The second annual free Tanabata Festival (August 13-16) will color Little Tokyo’s Central Avenue and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Geffen) between Temple and First streets with large, assorted streamers (kazari). This year special kazari from Sendai, Japan will be on view as well as food, game booths, and activities for the family. Other free events to...
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USA-Japan high school baseball game, Sept. 2, 4-6

USA-Japan high school baseball game, Sept. 2, 4-6

USA-Japan High School Baseball Game 2010 will take place from September 2 and Sept. 4– 6 at (MLB) Urban Youth Academy Baseball Field, 901 East Artesia Blvd, Compton, CA 90221. First Game: September 2 (Thursday) 1:00 PM Second Game: Sept 4 (Saturday) 1:00 PM Third Game: Sept 5 (Sunday) 1:00 PM Final Game: Sept 6 (Monday) 1:00 PM Promoted by US-Japan International High School Baseball Foundation. Tickets (Donation) are $10 per game on pre-sale, $15 per game at doors, free for 12-years under. Group tickets ($8 per game) will be available for over 25 people. Tickets are sold at...
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Bon Odori: People’s dance to return to Buddhist temples this summer

Bon Odori: People’s dance to return to Buddhist temples this summer

Cultural News, June 2010 Issue Bon Odori Dance is an annual summer fixture in Japan during August. Dance circles are formed spontaneously by ordinary people just for fun. Here in Southern California and Arizona, Bon Odori is known as Buddhist temple events in the months of June and July. But with each passing year, this informal dance is gaining popularity beyond the Japanese American community. Bon Odori in Japan can be traced back to the 15th century. Originally, people danced for a ritual purpose, but eventually the dancing became more of an entertainment. In the past, Bon Odori  became...
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Japanese American youth leadership program calling for participants

The Nikkei (Japanese American) Federation announces its eighth annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, a leadership development and cultural education program for high school students. The program is scheduled to take place on selected Saturdays from November 2010 through early April 2011 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo. The goal of the program is to provide leadership skills to high school youth and inspire them to cultivate an ongoing involvement with the Japanese American community. Participants will develop leadership skills, gain experience in community service and learn about the Japanese American experience. “We understand...
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Exhibition – Zuan: Expressions of Modern Design in Early 20th Century Japanese Art – at Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, April 24 – July 31

Exhibition – Zuan: Expressions of Modern Design in Early 20th Century Japanese Art – at Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, April 24 – July 31

Sunday, April 25, 2 pm Opening Lecture to the new exhibition Zuan: Expressions of Modern Design in Early 20th Century Japanese Art Conducted by Sabine Schenk, curator of this exhibition This exhibition at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California, features art works reflecting a modern sense of design in the Japan of that time. Not only paintings and prints with a distinct pattern will be shown, but also forms of applied arts such as lacquer ware, ceramics and kimono and early graphic design on postcards, illustrations and posters. The visitor surely will be absorbed...
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Exhibition “Japan in Blue and White” to feature a popular color-scheme in the Edo period at Pacific Asia Museum, Mar 25, ’10 – Mar 6, ’11

Exhibition “Japan in Blue and White” to feature a popular color-scheme in the Edo period at Pacific Asia Museum, Mar 25, ’10 – Mar 6, ’11

Japan in Blue and White is currently on view at Pacific Asia Museum’s Gallery for Japanese Art in Pasadena through March 2011. The exhibition is guest curated by Meher McArthur. There will be  several rotations of textiles and prints throughout the year.  The exhibition features porcelains, kimono, futon covers, and woodblock prints from both the museum’s own collection and borrowed from local museums and private collectors. Cultural News, 2010 March Issue By Meher McArthur For over 400 years, the pairing of blue and white has been a popular color-scheme on Japan’s porcelains and textiles. Indigo blue-dyed cotton textiles have...
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College Teacher Workshop in Hawaii – History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War, July 25-30, August 1-6

History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War 2010 National Endowment for Humanities College Teacher Workshop Director:                Geoffrey M. White (University of Hawai‘i and East-West Center) Dates:                    July 25 – 30, 2010 and August 1 – 6, 2010 Location:               East-West Center and University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawai‘i From: Geoffrey White, Ph.D., Professor an Chair Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai‘i Dear Colleague: Thank you for your interest in our National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) college teacher workshop, History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War. The program is part of the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture program....
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Exhibition of contemporary Japanese art dubbed as “Micropop,” June 12 – July 18

Exhibition of contemporary Japanese art dubbed as “Micropop,” June 12  – July 18

On July 8, Doizaki Gallery opens till 7PM The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles and Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles are presenting “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” at JACCC’s Doizaki Gallery from June 12 through July 18. Admission Free Renowned art critic Midori Matsui is the curator for this exhibit that boasts a wide spectrum of work, including the world of “Micropop” as embodied by a generation of 14 young Japanese artists who came onto the scene from the latter half of the 1990s throughout the first decade of...
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2010 Queen candidates debuted at Nisei Week Opening Ceremony

2010 Queen candidates debuted at Nisei Week Opening Ceremony

The Nisei Week Foundation officially kicked off its nine-day 70th Nisei Week Japanese Festival at its Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 18 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. One of the nation’s longest running ethnic festivals of its kind, the Nisei Week Japanese Festival will take place from August 14-22. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Nisei Week Japanese Festival as we celebrate the 70th anniversary with exciting events and activities for all,” said Hayato Tamura, Nisei Week Foundation president. “This year’s festival truly commemorates the past and...
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