Nikkei Calendar: Aki Matsuri (Autumn Festival) Boutique for fundraising of West LA Japanese American activities, Sept 26

Nikkei Calendar: Aki Matsuri (Autumn Festival) Boutique for fundraising of West LA Japanese American activities, Sept 26

West Los Angeles Japanese American Citizens League presents “Aki Marsuri” on Sunday, September 26, from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm at Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066. This annual fall event is a convenient way to kick off the holiday season. The shopping boutique features an array of vendors with specialty merchandise (clothing, jewelry, paper goods, household items, floral arrays, one of a kind art, crafts and designer goods). Find a unique gift for that special someone on your list, get something unusual to replace items in your house or closet, or just indulge...
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Manznar National Historic Site: Docent Programs, Sept 25, Oct 9, 10, Nov 13, 14

Manznar National Historic Site: Docent Programs, Sept 25, Oct 9, 10, Nov 13, 14

Fall 2010 Docent Programs at Manzanar The programs are free and open to the public. Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California. For walks, bring drinking water, sun protection, and appropriate footwear for level but uneven ground with dust and low brush. For more information on the programs, call (760) 878-2194 or visit Manzanar’s website at www.nps.gov/manz. September 25: Victor Mitsuno  meets and greets visitors from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Victor Mitsuno was a young child during World War II, when he and his family were sent...
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Hiroshima Tourist Information

Hiroshima Tourist Information

September 2010 Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau Tel: 082-247-6916. Fax: 082-247-6917.  Email: hcvb@hiroshima-navi.or.jp Hiroshima City Tourism and Exchange Department Tel: 082-504-2243.  Fax: 082-504-2253.  Email: kanko@city.hiroshima.jp Hiroshima has world famous Peace Memorial Park and two World Heritage Sites: the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Island. And more places to go. Bicycling: The City of Hiroshima is known as the City of Water because beautiful six rivers are running through the center of the city. And water of those rivers are merging into the Seto Inland Sea. One of the way of admiring the beauty of the...
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Artscape Japan >> Flying High in Nihonbashi: Tokyo’s Kite Museum

Artscape Japan >> Flying High in Nihonbashi: Tokyo’s Kite Museum

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue By Alan Gleason in Tokyo Tucked away on the fifth floor of a nondescript downtown Tokyo office building, the room is of modest dimensions. Yet to enter it is to step back in time, into one of the impossibly crowded little neighborhood toyshops, stuffed with gaudily dyed kites, paper balloons, dolls, model boats and planes, that I remember from my Tokyo childhood. The room is surely one of the most compact and jam-packed exhibit spaces in all of Japan: the Kite Museum in Nihonbashi. Every inch of aisle, wall and ceiling is covered with...
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Miho Museum 2010 Autumn News: Special exhibition to feature medieval Japanese ceramics

Miho Museum 2010 Autumn News: Special exhibition to feature medieval Japanese ceramics

Miho Museum in Shiga Prefecture, Japan www.miho.or.jp information@miho.or.jp Tel: +81-748-82-3411  Fax: +81-748-82-3414 Autumn Special Exhibition 2010 Ode to Early Pottery: Medieval Japanese Ceramics from the Six Old Kilns Sites and Their Vicinity September 4 to December 12, 2010 Featured at the autumn special exhibition are pots and jars necessary for storing the five grains (wheat, rice, beans, millet, and foxtail millet) and water in medieval Japan. The strength and simplicity that can be seen in their forms are one of the great allure of medieval Japanese pottery. The cherished ceramics of the six old kiln sites have captured the...
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Sushi chef goes to demonstrations

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk Chef Andy Matsuda of Sushi Chef Institute will go to demonstrations: September 11 (Saturday) 1:00 PM: Sushi Demonstration at Temple City Library, 5939 Golden West Avenue, Temple City CA 91780, (626) 285-2136. September 18 (Saturday) 2:30 PM: Sushi Demonstration at Hermosa Beach Library, 550 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, (310) 379-8475. September 20 (Monday) 6:30  PM: Sushi 101 class at Sur La Table at the Original Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Hands-on. $79. For registration, call (323) 954-0121 or email Cooking027@surlatable.com September 25 (Saturday)...
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Lani Kume Nishiyama selected Nisei Week Queen

Lani Kume Nishiyama selected Nisei Week Queen

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue Lani Kume Nishiyama, acting school student and representing the West Los Angeles Japanese American Citizens League and the Venice Japanese Community Center, was selected as the 70th Nisei Week Queen on Aug. 14 at the Nisei Week Coronation held at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Downtown. The 2010 Nisei Week Court members, who also participated in the coronation, are: First Princess Kelli Toshie Teragawa, Miss Tomodachi Jamie Joyce Hagiya, Princess Brynn Akemi Nakamoto, Princess Christy Kimiko Sakamoto, Princess Lauren Terumi Weber and Princess Erin Reiko Yokomizo. Nishiyama is 24 years...
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Atomic bombing survivors’ story by Japan’s leading playwright brought to Los Angeles by American producer

Atomic bombing survivors’ story by Japan’s leading playwright brought to Los Angeles by American producer

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue The play “The Face of Jizo,” depicting a young survivor’s agony three years after the atomic blast destroyed the city of Hiroshima, was brought by Benjamin Pohlmeier, managing artistic director of the Junction Theatre, to a space on the second floor of the Barbarella Bar in Silver Lake for six weekend nights between August 6 and August 15. The original title “Chichi to kuraseba” (Living with my father) written by Japan’s leading playwright Hisashi Inoue, was translated by American born Australian playwright Roger Pulvers who is currently living in Tokyo, and  premiered in English...
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New Youth Program at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute

September 2010 Gardena Valley JCI, 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA  90247 (310) 324-6611, fax (310) 324-3223 Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Children’s Classes Every Wednesday, 5:30pm-6:30pm beginning September 1, 2010 JCI Nisei Vets Hall $30/month Contact: Mark (310) 200-6407 Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu is a Japanese martial art that first became widely known in the early 20th century from the influence of Sokaku Takeda.  It is best known as the technical foundation of modern aikido.  Primarily it is an empty-handed system featuring throws, pins, control holds and other self-defense techniques. The program for children instills the fundamentals of Daito-ryu techniques, etiquette and discipline. Kids...
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Japanese virtuoso Nobuyuki Tsujii to appear in his Los Angeles premiere under a UCLA Live program, April 3, 2011

Japanese virtuoso Nobuyuki Tsujii to appear in his Los Angeles premiere under a UCLA Live program, April 3, 2011

Pianist and composer Nobuyuki Tsujii who won the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will appear in his Los Angeles premiere under a UCLA Live program on April 3, 2011. Tsujii will perform Schumann’s Piano Quintet as a guest soloist for the Takács Quartet, world-renowned string ensemble. Takács Quartet delivers classic repertoire with drama, warmth and humor. The programs of the Takács Quartet include Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 74 No. 3 and Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1. Born blind, the 22-year-old prodigy began his study at the age of 4 and won the gold medal in the 2009 Van...
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10th annual US Sumo Open at Sheraton Park Hotel, Aug 22

10th annual US Sumo Open Sunday, August 22, 2010 11 AM – 3 PM Sheraton Park Hotel 1855 South Harbor Boulevard Anaheim, CA 92802 (The venue has been changed from the Anaheim Convention Center which is a block away) Tickets are $20 at the door. Cash only. Ages 12 and under are free. www.usasumo.com
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Culture Center in Little Tokyo to showcase Japanese tradition, Aug 21-22

Culture Center in Little Tokyo to showcase Japanese tradition, Aug 21-22

As part of the 70th Annual Nisei Week celebration, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center hosts cultural exhibits on August 21-22. Exhibition Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Free Admission Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 628-2725  www.jaccc.org 1st Floor Bonsai: Nampu-kai: George J. Doizaki Gallery Garden Level/Basement Calligraphy: Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai: Garden Room A Textile: Akane-kai: Garden Room B 2nd Floor Kimekomi Doll: Yukari-kai: Room 200 Sumie Brush Painting: Kawai Sumie: Conference Rooms B&C 3rd Floor Sashiko Embroidery: Pioneer Center Sashiko: Room 311 4th Floor Samurai Armor...
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