Lecture Note: Modern Calligraphy Demonstration by Isa Hirano – December 7, 2010

Lecture Note: Modern Calligraphy Demonstration by Isa Hirano –  December 7, 2010

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club December 7, 2010 Lecture Note Ms. Isa Hirano Calligrapher and Artist Tokyo-based artist Ms. Hisa Hirano came to Los Angeles to demonstrate her modern calligraphy at Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club on December 7, 2010. Before her demonstration, Ms. Hirano explained about Japanese calligraphy in general and her previous artworks through English translation by Meher McArthur, Japanese art specialist in Los Angeles. Ms. Hirano is a “shoga” calligraphic painter artist.  She graduated from Tokyo Junshin Womens Junior College, the Department of Music.  She also graduated from the Tama Art University, Department of Moving Images...
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2010 / Modern Japanese calligraphy demonstration by Tokyo artist, Dec 7

2010 / Modern Japanese calligraphy demonstration by Tokyo artist, Dec 7

The Nibei Foundation’s Japan Study Club on December 7, 2010 will feature calligraphy artist Isa Hirano from Tokyo. Hirano’s artwork consists mostly of single Chinese characters drawn in ink on paper, ranging from postcard-size to three meters in length and breadth. These are sometimes embellished with colored paint or gold dust. Hirano has received commissions for several large performance pieces of up to 4.4 x 3.0 meters at corporate and government events. The December Japan Study Club will bring a rare chance for Los Angeles people to observe Hirano’s Daiji-sho style performances in person. After the event, her works...
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Glendale District starts Japanese Immersion Program at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary

Glendale District starts Japanese Immersion Program at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary

Cultural News, 2010 December Issue This Fall, about 70 students at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School in Glendale began kindergarten and first grade with their instruction in Japanese.  This is because they are part of a new Japanese language immersion program called the Foreign Language Academy of Glendale – Japanese or FLAG-J. Started in part with the assistance of a federal FLAP grant, FLAG-J is one of several up-and-coming foreign language immersion programs in public schools within the Glendale Unified School District.  In these programs students learn all subjects in both English and the target language. In the FLAG-J program...
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Japan Behind the News >>Japanese Diplomacy: Overly Dependent on the U.S.

Japan Behind the News  >>Japanese Diplomacy: Overly Dependent on the U.S.

Cultural News, 2010 December Issue By Motoaki Kamiura in Tokyo Translated by Alan Gleason On September 7, 2010, a Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japan Coast Guard patrol boats in the East China Sea near the Senkaku Islands (known as the Diaoyu Islands in Chinese). Both countries claim ownership of these uninhabited islands, which Japan currently controls. The captain of the Chinese boat was arrested and detained for “obstruction of the performance of public duties,” but the Japanese government released him out of concerns for an adverse impact on relations with China. Then, on November 1, Russian President...
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Family holiday concert by Grateful Crane in Torrance, Dec 12

Family holiday concert by Grateful Crane in Torrance, Dec 12

“I Saw Baachan Kissing Santa Claus” Grateful Crane Holiday Concert Coming to Torrance on December 12 The Grateful Crane Ensemble (GCE) will be celebrating the season with its first ever holiday concert and CD launch party on Sunday, December 12 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall in Torrance. Entitled “I Saw Baachan Kissing Santa Claus,” the concert will feature the Scott Nagatani Band and the Grateful Crane holiday singers who will be singing all 20 songs from GCE’s brand new holiday CD. “This show is kind of like a JA...
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UCLA Comparative Literature Department to have Japanese Film Series in first quarter, Fridays, Oct 22-Dec 10

During the 2010-11 academic year, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature will be screening films several times on Fridays from 5-8 P.M. in Royce Hall 190. For the first quarter, three curators have chosen three films on alternate weeks beginning  October 22. The intent is for this to be a place where Japan studies grads, faculty, undergrads, and others with interest in film, Japan/East Asian studies, or related disciplines can gather and view films, as well as to connect more regularly on a personal and professional level. For the first quarter, the film series are going with an “open”theme, genre,...
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Theatre: Velina Hasu Houston’s “Calligraphy” depicting two aging mothers of an interracial family in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Nov 12 – Dec 12

Theatre: Velina Hasu Houston’s “Calligraphy” depicting two aging mothers of an interracial family in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Nov 12 – Dec 12

Calligraphy Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, December 12 Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm November 25 will be dark The Los Angeles Theatre Center 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 489-0994 www.thelatc.org Co-producers Playwrights’ Arena & The Latino Theater Company/Los Angeles Theatre Center in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center present the World Premier of Calligraphy written by Velina Hasu Houston and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera with historical accuracy over-seen by dramaturg Luis Alfaro. Calligraphy is a play about the humor that survival demands. Two cousins—one in Los...
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Clark Collection, the very best of Japanese art in the nation goes on display at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Aug 25 – Dec 12

Clark Collection, the very best of Japanese art in the nation goes on display at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Aug 25 – Dec 12

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue Berkeley – The very best of Japanese art in this country goes on display at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Featuring 112 works, the exhibition reflects the broad collecting interests of the Center’s founder Willard G. Clark. His passion for Japanese art and culture has resulted in a collection ranging in date from the late Heian period (794–1185) to the twenty-first century that includes all major areas...
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2010 / Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Public program to feature Japanese modern art, Dec 5

2010 / Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Public program to feature Japanese modern art, Dec 5

  23rd Annual Michele Berton Memorial Lecture on Japanese Art Japanese Modern Art in the World: Global Modernism from a Local Perspective Sunday, December 5, 3:30 pm Early twentieth-century Japanese painting is among the most compelling produced anywhere, yet the attention it deserves is long overdue. This lecture will introduce key monuments of Japanese modern art and place them in both domestic and international contexts. Alicia Volk, Assistant Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Maryland, will focus on oil painter Yorozu Tetsugorô, who devoted his career to the defining challenge of Japanese modern art: resolving the sometimes...
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“World Heritage in Japan” photo exhibit at Little Tokyo, Nov 6-Dec 5

“World Heritage in Japan” photo exhibit at Little Tokyo, Nov 6-Dec 5

  Nachi-taisha Shrine and Nachi no Otaki Fall in Wakayama by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi. (Courtesy The Japan Foundation) The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents World Heritage in Japan photographic exhibit from Nov 6 – Dec 5 at the JACCC’s Doizaki Gallery. Admission free. Gallery closed Mondays. Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritages are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selects key sites throughout the world as “World Heritage Sites”...
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Sushi Safety Study is emerging at food safety conventions

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 December Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda On November 17, I was asked to speak about “Sushi Safety Study” at the University of Arizona in Mesa near Phoenix. My lecture was part of the “Safe Food 2010” conference program sponsored by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The two-day conference about “Safe Food from Field to Table” drew about 400 attendees who were agricultural producers, food processors, retailers, culinary professionals, and educators on health and nutrition. This was my second lecture about...
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Workshop for traditional Japanese printmaking Ukiyo-e, Nov 21, 1-3PM

Workshop for traditional Japanese printmaking Ukiyo-e, Nov 21, 1-3PM

Cultural News, 2010 November Issue The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents this season’s first On the Veranda Lecture Series, Traditional Japanese Printmaking “Ukiyo-e” on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1-3pm in the JACCC Garden Room. Two master printers from the Adachi Institute in Tokyo, Japan will conduct a woodblock print workshop, recreating the image of historic Japanese artworks. Employing the same skills, techniques and materials that were used by the original woodcut printmakers of the 18th and 19th centuries, the completed prints will reveal the vibrancy of colors of the original work. This workshop demonstrates first-hand the skill...
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