Clark Center’s Winter Exhibition to feature Doi Goga, skeleton painter, Nov 20 – Jan 22

Clark Center’s Winter Exhibition to feature Doi Goga, skeleton painter, Nov 20 – Jan 22

Cultural News, 2010 November Issue Luminosity in Monochrome Part 2: The Life of the Mind, Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy, November 20 through January 22 On November 21, at 2:00 pm, the opening lecture “The Life of the Mind” will be held by Rhiannon Paget and Dr. Andreas Marks, Director of the Clark Center. Reservation required. Fees are $10 non-members. The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30 to 5:00 pm with a Docent Tour every Saturday at 1:00 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and active...
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Annual Fine Print Fair opens within Los Angeles Art Show, Jan 19-23

Annual Fine Print Fair opens within Los Angeles Art Show, Jan 19-23

The 26th Annual Los Angeles/International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Fine Print Fair which is situated within the Los Angeles Art Show, opens from January 19 – 23, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2011 Fine Print Fair features fine print dealers from across the U.S., art discussions, a film screening and print demonstrations. Participating galleries include: Tobey C. Moss Gallery from Los Angeles; Annex Galleries from Santa Rosa, CA; Armstrong Fine Art from Chicago; Joel R. Bergquist Fine Arts from Stanford, CA; Davidson Galleries from Seattle; Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints from Burbank; Roger Genser from Santa Monica;...
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Live-action Japanese film “GANTZ” screening as world premiere, Jan 20, 8:30 PM

Live-action Japanese film “GANTZ” screening as world premiere, Jan 20, 8:30 PM

GANTZ, a live-action Japanese feature event, is making its world premiere in 325 movie theaters in the U.S. on Thursday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 8:30 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Following the feature screening, GANTZ’s two leading actors, Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City) will participate in an exclusive live interview that can only be seen at this event. GANTZ’s nationwide in one-night screening is presented by NCM Fathom, NEW PEOPLE, and Dark Horse Comics. To view the trailer and buy...
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Okinawa Association introduces new president Kimiko Goya

Okinawa Association introduces new president Kimiko Goya

The Okinawa Association of America introduced the 2011-2012 president Ms. Kimiko Goya at its new year’s party at Quiet Cannon event facility in Montebello on January 16. Immediate past president Mr. Chogi Higa has been elected as the 2011 president of the Southern California Federation of Prefecture Associations (Nanka Kenjinka Kyogikai). The Okinawa Association of America is known as Hokubei Okinawa Kenjinkai in Japanese language. The membership of the OAA are 800 families with over 2000 people. Ms. Goya is a retired teacher and the first women president in the OAA’s 100 years history. Ms. Goya was born and...
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Contemporary: Anime “Evangelion” part 1 & 2 at Downtown Independent, Jan 21

Contemporary: Anime “Evangelion” part 1 & 2 at Downtown Independent, Jan 21

Along with Cinema Asia Releasing and FUNimation, film distributor Eleven Arts will present anime “Evangelion” part 1 and 2 at Downtown Independent theater, 251 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 617-1033, from January 21 and 28 respectively. “Evangelion” series was aired in Japan in the mid 1990s and continues to remain popular for 12 years after its initial launch in Japan and the world. “Evangelion: You Can (Not) Advance” is four part film series by reimaging the sci-fi animated series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” in the mid 1990s. Both the original and new series were written and directed...
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Major museums presenting major woodblock print exhibitions

Major museums presenting major woodblock print exhibitions

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue By Meher McArthur Asian Art Curator, Author and Educator For admirers of the Japanese woodblock print, this is certainly a good year to be living in Southern California. Several major art museums are focusing on this art form for a large part of 2010 and beyond and are providing visitors with many different ways to enjoy this medium. The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, best known for its outstanding Western art collection, is offering a rare and luxurious look at its extensive collection of prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). On view for six whole...
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Exhibition – Hiroshige: Visions of Japan – Norton Simon Museum, June 4 – Jan 17, 2011

Exhibition – Hiroshige: Visions of Japan – Norton Simon Museum, June 4 – Jan 17, 2011

The Norton Simon Museum opens Hiroshige: Visions of Japan, an exhibition of nearly 200 prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858)  on June 4 and the exhibition runs through January 17, 2011. Utagawa Hiroshige is one of the most celebrated and prolific artists of his time. Drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of Japanese woodblock-prints, the exhibition features works from Hiroshige’s seminal series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo and Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, among others. All together, the images offer visitors a glimpse into everyday life in 19th-century Japan, with its festivals,...
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2011/ Japan’s TBS miniseries “99 Years of Love: Japanese American” screening with English subtitles, Jan 9-15

2011/ Japan’s TBS miniseries “99 Years of Love: Japanese American” screening with English subtitles, Jan 9-15

The highly acclaimed 5-episode dramatic miniseries of Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), Japan, 99 Years of Love: Japanese American, aired in Japan in November 3-7, 2010, will be screen at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles. The video screening of 5-episode with English subtitles will begin on Sunday, January 9 at 1-3 pm at Garden Room in the JACCC, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, and continued on Monday, January 10, at 1- 3 pm; Wednesday, January 12, at 1-3 pm; Saturday, January 15, at 1-3 pm; and Sunday, January 15, at 1-4 pm. Admission to the screening...
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Lecture: Eastward Movement of Buddhism in mid-1950s, Dr. Wako Kato, Jan 11, 7:30PM

Lecture: Eastward Movement of Buddhism in mid-1950s, Dr. Wako Kato, Jan 11, 7:30PM

In January’s Japan Study Club at the Nibei Foundation in West Los Angeles, Zen priest and philosophy scholar Dr. Wako Kao will lecture on “Eastward Movement of Buddhism in mid-1950s” on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30 pm. The Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club’s Dinner/Lecture Series Tuesday, January 11 Reception and dinner at 6:30 pm Followed by lecture at 7:30 pm Admission including dinner: $10 per person RSVP required by January 7 at www.nibei.org For more information or RSVP, email japanstudies@nibei.org or call (310) 479-6101 ext 134. The Japan Study Club will be held at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570...
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Contemporary: Anime “Summer Wars” at Sunset 5, Jan 7-13

Contemporary: Anime “Summer Wars” at Sunset 5, Jan 7-13

Summer Wars PG / 129 Minutes 1:20 pm, 4:10 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:40 pm Playing: January 7 through 13 Laemmle’s Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (310) 478-3836 Director: Mamoru Hosoda English dubbing: Michael Sinterniklaas, Brina Palencia, Maxey Whitehead WINNER – BEST ANIMATED FEATURE, Japanese Academy Prize Official Selection: Berlin, Annecy, Fantastic Fest This Japanese animation — dubbed with English — follows Kenji, a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job – passing himself off as Natsuki’s boyfriend for four days during her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. But when...
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Book Party: Venice Japanese Community Center 100+ Year History, Jan 15, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Book Party: Venice Japanese Community Center 100+ Year History, Jan 15, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

The Venice Japanese Community Center is celebrating the release of its book, “Venice Japanese Community Center and the 100+ Year History of the Japanese American Community of Venice, California,” with a reception on Saturday January 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066, (310) 822-8839. The book is a 260-page hardback, full of interviews, photographs, documents, church archives, community center newsletters, family albums, and lots of memories by the people who lived this story. The book is published by the VJCC; written by Perry Miyake Jr. with Tiffany...
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2011 / Investment company from China purchases two major hotels in Los Angeles for $150 millions

2011 / Investment company from China purchases two major hotels in Los Angeles for $150 millions

January 5, 2011, Los Angeles – Shenzhen New World Co., Ltd. , one of China’s most influential developer announced the purchase of the landmark Sheraton Universal Hotel (451-room) for $60 million on January 5 at the acquisition ceremony in the hotel, Universal City near Los Angeles. This is Shenzhen’s second Los Angeles hotel acquisition in nine months following the purchase of the Marriott Downtown Los Angeles (469-room) in March 2010 for $90 millions. These hotel acquisitions were made through Shenzhen New World Investment (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Shenzhen New World Co., Ltd. The Sheraton Universal Hotel property was...
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