Film: Mari Kawade’s short “Park” at Asian Film Festival, May 1, 2

Film: Mari Kawade’s short  “Park” at Asian Film Festival, May 1, 2

New York-based independent filmmaker Mari Kawade’s short film “PARK” will be screened at the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 1 and 2. Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Program 40  “Where the He(art) is” May 1 (Saturday) 5:30 PM May 2 (Sunday) 7:30 PM Directors Guild of America, 920 Sunset Blvd (at Hayworth, One block west of Fairfax), West Hollywood Ticket: $12 (for with other 4 shorts) A Japanese banker, who was just sent to New York discovers something important for his life at Central Park. It’s a peaceful comedy of the cultural differences between...
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Nostalgic Japanese enka songs to be featured at Japanese American’s show, May 1, 2

Nostalgic Japanese enka songs to be featured at Japanese American’s show, May 1, 2

Nostalgic Japanese enka songs and entertaining impressions of famous Japanese singers will be featured at “Natsukashi no Kouhaku Uta Gassen,” on Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. (sold out) at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles. Presented by the Grateful Crane Ensemble and the Japanese American National Musuem, this version of “Kouhaku” is a spoof of Japan’s famous “Kouhaku Uta Gassen” broadcast nationally every New Year’s Eve on NHK. Sponsored in part by Tomiye Sumner, Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki, Ernest Doizaki, Hiroshi & Sadako Kashiwagi...
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Young koto players from Japan at Pasadena, April 30 at 6:30 pm

Young koto players from Japan at Pasadena, April 30 at 6:30 pm

Young koto players from Japan will perform at Japanese Culture Night sponsored by Rice of Life, at Fuller Psychology Lounge in Pasadena on Friday, April 30 from 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Admission free. Nobuhiro Kaneko of Sumida-ku, Tokyo Shinobugaoka High School, 9th grade He started playing koto at 5th grade and has since won the following awards: 2006 Children national koto competition 2nd 2007 Children national koto competition 1st 2008 Children national koto competition 1st 2009 Koto Pop competition special award 2010 Sensoku Hougaku national competition, junior age group 1st Tomoki Tamashige of Onoda city, Yamaguchi prefecture Onoda High...
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2010 / Phoenix’s civic leader Masako Takiguchi to be awarded Japan’s medal

Medal takiguchi Masako

(April 29, 2010)  The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decoration. Mrs. Masako Takiguchi of Phoenix, Arizona, former Chairperson of the Himeji City Committee of Phoenix, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays. Mrs. Masako Takiguchi was born in Seattle, Washington. She is 78 years old currently. She stayed in Seattle until age nine, when her parents took her and moved to Wakayama Prefecture, Japan in August 1941. After World War II, in September 1956, she came back to the United States. In Los Angeles, she began working at a...
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2010 / Japanese American community leader Paul Kunio Shiba to be awarded Japan’s medal

Medal Shiba Paul Kunio

(April 29, 2010) The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decoration. Mr. Paul Kunio Shiba of Los Angeles, President of the Seinan Senior Citizens Club, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays Mr. Shiba was born in California.  He is 80 years old currently.  During his early years, he moved to his parents’ hometown in Shizuoka prefecture. After graduating from high school in Japan he returned to the United States and worked in the agricultural, gardening, and manufacturing fields.  While his children were enrolled in the Japanese Language...
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2010 / Guitarists of The Ventures to be awarded Japan’s medals

The Ventures

April 29, 2010 The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decorations. Mr. Nokie Edwards of Scottsdale, Arizona, Lead Guitar of The Ventures, and Mr. Gerry McGee of Granada Hills, Lead and Bass Guitar of The Ventures, will be awarded with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Mr. Edwards is 74 years old. Mr. McGee is 72 years old. Tacoma’s young guitar duo, Don Wilson and late Bob Bogle, formed the nucleus of The Ventures in 1958. In 1960, the band forever changed the sound of rock and roll with their legendary...
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2010 / Landscape architect Takeo Uesugi to be awarded Japan’s medal

(April 29, 2010)  The Government of Japan announces the recipients of its Spring 2010 Decorations.  Dr. Takeo Uesugi of West Covina, Professor Emeritus of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will be awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Ray with Neck Ribbon. Dr. Takeo Uesugi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1940 to a family tied to the tradition of Japanese gardeners and landscapes for generations. He is 70 years old currently. He studied landscape architecture at University of Osaka Prefecture under the tutelage of Professor Tadashi Kubo. He continued his education in graduate studies at Kyoto University...
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Gallery Calendar: Mind Game, Apr 15 – May 14; Art is me, Art is you, Apr 2 –26

Mind Game April 15 – May 14, 2010 Opening Reception, Thursday, April 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm AndrewShire Gallery 3850 Wilshire Blvd, #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 389-2601 www.andrewshiregallery.com AndrewShire Gallery presents Mind Game, a group exhibition by artists Hei Myung C. Hyun, Yoshio Ikezaki, Scott Katano, Franklyn Liegel, Jin Yong Lee, Kaoru Mansour, and Joseph Piasentin who utilize assemblage, collage, painting, and sculpture to represent a range of topics and shared interests. Art is me, Art is you April 2 – April 26, 2010 Artists Talk, Saturday,...
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2010 / Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, April 24

2010 / Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, April 24

  Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, featuring seven living artists of that period, will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The program will start at 3 pm, featuring performances of classical odori (dance), biwa (5-string lute-like instrument), nagauta shamisen, koto, and Bon Odori (dance to honor the dead). From 4 pm, discussion will take place with the featured artists, and panel moderator Prof. Jere Takahashi, Lecturer of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley. Admission are suggested...
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2010 / Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese arts in the war time, Apr 24

Hidden Legacy, a tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the world war II time War Relocation Authority camps in the United States, will be an historic event, presenting 7 living artists ranging in age from 70s to their 90s who taught or learned Japanese arts in these camps.
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National Park Service invites public to Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 23, 24

National Park Service invites public to Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 23, 24

Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 41st annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. This year visitors will be able to experience music, paintings, speeches, a book signing, and a public reception. All events are free. On Friday, April 23, the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. The museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a special exhibit “Faces Through Time – Pioneering Women of Inyo...
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Kimono: from Past to Present – show – at Japanese American National Museum, Apr 24

Kimono: from Past to Present Saturday, April 24, 2:00 pm Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 625-0414, www.janm.org The International Beauty Association Yamanoryu Kisou (Yamano Style Kimono Dressing School) will present a beautiful and educational kimono show and lecture, featuring men and women’s kimono for all different occasions. The show will feature furisode (a long sleeve kimono worn by unmarried women for ceremonies), homongi (a regular sleeved kimono worn by men and women for ceremonies), montsuki hakama (formal Japanese attire for men), and tomesode (a formal kimono worn by married women). The...
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