Annual Aurora Benefit Concert to feature Japan’s renowned singer and songwriter Kei Ogla, Oct. 30

Annual Aurora Benefit Concert to feature Japan’s renowned singer and songwriter Kei Ogla, Oct. 30

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue The 12th Anniversary Aurora Benefit Concert will feature legendary singer and songwriter Kei Ogla (Ogura in the regular Romanized spelling) on Saturday, October 30, at 6 pm at the Marsee Auditorium on the campus of El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506. Tickets are $100, $75, $55, $35. Tickets is on sale at www.auroraevent.org. Other outlets for ticket sale are All American Tickets at (888) 507-3287 or visit www.allamerican-tkt.com, and Kinokuniya Bookstore Little Tokyo and Costa Mesa locations. The Aurora Foundation is still looking for the event sponsors and volunteers at the...
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Eat Japan: Japanese Prints on Food – through Oct 26

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Eat Japan: Japanese Prints on Food – through Oct 26

Pavilion for Japanese Art Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 12 noon – 8 pm Friday 12 noon – 9 pm Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm Closed Wednesdays For further information about Japanese art exhibitions at LACMA, call (323) 857-6565.  www.lacma.org Eat Japan: Japanese Prints on Food through October 26, 2010 Japanese food is a balance of colors, textures, tastes, scents and seasonality. While rice forms the bulk of the Japanese diet, choices of accompanying fish, fruits, and vegetables change with the seasons,...
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West Coast premier of “Hiroshima Nagasaki Download” in San Diego, Oct 27, 5:20PM

West Coast premier of “Hiroshima Nagasaki Download” in San Diego, Oct 27, 5:20PM

The film Hiroshima Nagasaki Download will premier at San Diego Asian Film Festival on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:20 pm. The film festival is taking place at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Drive (off the 163 and Friars Road), San Diego, CA 92108. Hiroshima Nagasaki Download (72 min) Directed by Shinpei Takeda Language: English and Japanese with English subtitles Genre: Documentary, History, Japan Production Company: Atopus Studio Upon the end of World War II, several hundreds Japanese who survived the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki immigrated to the US. With the physical trauma...
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Beikoku Shodo calligraphy association prsenting 45th anniversary exhibition, Oct 16 -31

Beikoku Shodo calligraphy association prsenting 45th anniversary exhibition, Oct 16 -31

The Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai 45th anniversary exhibition currently is being held at Doizaki Gallery in the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center located at  244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, from Saturday, October 16 through Sunday, October 31. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm, closed on Monday. Admission free. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, this exhibit showcases the work of the masters and up-and-coming artists from this Japanese calligraphic art group. The late Reverend Kanshu Ikuta and his wife Hiroko...
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Public Program of “Flowers of the Four Seasons” at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Oct 31

Public Program of “Flowers of the Four Seasons” at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Oct 31

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720, (510) 642-0808, http://bampfa.Berkeley.edu Public Programs of Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture at BAM/PFA are following: Conversation: Willa and George Tanabe on Japanese Religious Art Sunday, October 3, 3 p.m., Museum Theater Two noted scholars will examine significant pieces of Japanese Buddhist art featured in the exhibition through the lens of both religious studies and art history. George Tanabe is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religious at...
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Manzanar National Historic Site: Volunteer Day, Oct 30

Manzanar National Historic Site: Volunteer Day, Oct 30

Manzanar National Historic Site is hosting its 3rd Annual Volunteer Day on Saturday, October, 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Owens Valley residents and their families are invited to join the Manzanar staff in a morning outdoor work project followed by a catered lunch, arborist program and walking tour with a park ranger. The Volunteer Day work project involves clearing a section of historic road to improve access through the site. The road will weave by the historic orchards of the Lydston & Wilder Ranches, establishing a walking tour to the cemetery. Volunteers will use shovels, pruners, rakes,...
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2010 / Koto artist Yoko Awaya to mark the 35th anniversary of launching koto school with a charity concert, Oct 23

2010 / Koto artist Yoko Awaya to mark the 35th anniversary of launching koto school with a charity concert, Oct 23

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue Veteran koto artist and instructor Yoko Awaya will mark the 35th anniversary of launching the Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory (aka Awaya-Kai) by presenting a koto charity concert on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Mme. Awaya received her teaching and master’s degree from the famed Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Japan. In 1975, she founded the Awaya-Kai in order to promulgate koto and shamisen music while enhancing cultural awareness and appreciation. The conservatory was approved as a...
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Cal State University Los Angeles to celebrate 35th anniversary of Japanese Studies Center by presenting Kabuki program with professional Kabuki actor and dancer, Oct 21

Cal State University Los Angeles to celebrate 35th anniversary of Japanese Studies Center by presenting Kabuki program with professional Kabuki actor and dancer, Oct 21

Cultural News, 2010 October Issue The Japanese Studies Center in California State University Los Angeles celebrates its 35th anniversary by presenting a Kabuki dance performance, lecture, and hands-on workshop given by two masters. “Kabuki: Performing Art and Culture in Japan” will be held at Music Hall in the Cal State LA campus at 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032, on Thursday, October 21, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Open to public. Admission free. (The venue has been changed from State Playhouse which is located next to Music Hall.) The Japanese Studies Center was established by Dr....
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Event in Japan – Beanbag play convention to be held in Niihama, October 16

Event in Japan –  Beanbag play convention to be held in Niihama, October 16

NIIHAMA, Japan – Timed to occur during the Taiko Matsuri of Niihama, Japan’s number one, soul-stirring Fall Festival, the 16th Annual All-Japan Otedama (beanbag play) Festival will be presented by the Otedama Club in Japan, on Saturday, October 16, in the Dome Niihama facilities of Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture. Organizers anticipate over 700 participants from throughout Japan. This will be the first time the festival has been held focusing on “Yosedama-asobi” the Japanese beanbag version of the ancient game we know in America as “jacks.” Preserved locally throughout Japan, Yosedama-asobi comes together in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, to be shared...
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Lecture – Japanese Sword: A Symbol of Japan, Oct 12

Lecture – Japanese Sword: A Symbol of Japan, Oct 12

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club Lecture Series October 12 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM Subject: The Japanese Sword: A Symbol of Japan It is an overview of the sword from its mythical origins, the transition from straight to curved swords, and its spiritual significance to the Japanese. Speakers: Paul Martin, Japanese sword specialist www.thejapanesesword.com Paul Martin is currently attending UC Berkeley Graduate School where he studies the Japanese sword as well as Kendo and Iaido. Born in England, Martin joined The British Museum in London in 1993, eventually achieving his goal of joining the Department of Japanese Antiquities. There he...
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2010 / The Architecture and Art of Hayahiko Takase, Little Tokyo landmark designer, Sept 30 – Oct 10

Hayahiko Takase Portrait

Cultural News 2010 September   An exhibition to share the lifework of an architect and artist who successfully bridges the space between Japan and America The Little Tokyo Historical Society will present an exhibition of Hayahiko Takase, architect of many of the iconic buildings in Little Tokyo from Sept 30 – Oct 10 at the Doizaki Gallery of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Admission free. The exhibition is intended to honor the legacy of Hayahiko Takase and the contribution that he has made to the visual landscape of...
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Monthly tea ceremony starting at Japanese Garden in Phoenix

Monthly tea ceremony starting at Japanese Garden in Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona – On Friday, October 1, Phoenix’s only Japanese garden reopened its gate to the public. Guests are greeted by dozens of lively koi fish and the garden’s resident duck pair, George and Gracie. Vibrant hibiscus flowers grow alongside the pond and further in stands Musoan, the Japanese Friendship Garden’s tea house. The garden is proud to host an authentic Japanese tea ceremony on the second Saturday of each month, beginning on October 9. Guests will have the honor of being part of a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years. Each ceremony is led by a tea...
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