Origami Festival at Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach, July 11

Origami Festival at Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach, July 11

Community members can discover why people have been enchanted by the art of origami—Japanese paper folding—for centuries as the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) hosts the annual Origami Festival on Sunday, July 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests will have hands-on experience creating a three dimensional object from a single sheet of paper.  More than 40 experts from local and national origami clubs will teach a variety of different folds for people of all experience levels including animals, geometric forms, and moveable origami. This year’s event also celebrates the Star Festival, Tanabata,...
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2010 / Documentary on Japanese American WWII Radio Broadcasters to be screened, July 10

JANM Calling Tokyo

2010 / The documentary, “Calling Tokyo,” tells the story of Japanese Americans who participated in the United States and Britain’s World War II broadcast campaign to influence the hearts and minds of people in Japan. This video documentary will be screened as part of a public program set for Saturday, July 10, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. While the U.S. government unconstitutionally incarcerated 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during the war, the government also recruited a group of Japanese Americans to be part of the Office of War...
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Bonsai club in Orange County to offer workshop with internationally renowned instructor, July 10

The Kofu Kai Bonsai Club, a major bonsai association in Orange County, will be offering a premier bonsai workshop with internationally renowned bonsai instructor Kathy Shaner on Saturday, July 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Anaheim United Methodist Church in Anaheim. Shaner was the first non-Japanese and first female certified by Nippon Bonsai Kyodo Kumaii, the professional bonsai grower’s branch of the Nippon Bonsai Association of Japan. Cost of the workshop is $50 and reservations are required.  Silent observers are invited at a cost of $5. Immediately following, at 7:00 p.m., the club will host its monthly meeting and...
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Three instructors from Japan to explain “Furoshiki” wrapping textiles, July 8

Three instructors from Japan to explain “Furoshiki” wrapping textiles, July 8

The Japan Foundation and local cultural and governmental agencies will present a lecture and workshop about “Furoshiki” wrapping textiles with three instructors from Japan in July at Los Angeles, Denver, and Portland, Oregon. Furoshiki is a square piece of cloth used for various purposes such as wrapping and carrying items of different shapes and sizes. The cloth is dyed in various colors with different patterns and is commonly used as gift wrappers, table covers, or interior decorations. The etymology of Furoshiki goes back to the Edo Period (1603-1868), when public bathhouses became widely accessible. People called the cloth used...
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Former UCLA professor Herbert Plutschow passed away in Chiba at age of 70

Former UCLA professor Herbert Plutschow passed away in Chiba at age of 70

June, 2010 — Japanologist Herbert E. Plutschow suddenly passed away on June 24 in Chiba, Japan at the age of 70. An emeritus professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Herbert Plutschow spent 32 years at UCLA, teaching Japanese literature, cultural history, folklore, classical Japanese, and kanbun. A world authority in Japanese travel diaries—a field that he developed before it became known in Japan, Plutschow was an extremely popular teacher and a well-known master of the Urasenke tradition of tea ceremony. A native of Switzerland, he was educated at the École Nationale des Langues Orientales in Paris...
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Data: Norman Y. Mineta

Data: Norman Y. Mineta

Former Transportation and Commerce Secretary Born in 1931 to immigrant Japanese parents in San Jose, Calif., Mineta and his family were detained along with 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent at an internment camp during World War II. Mineta’s career in politics began with an appointment to a vacant seat on the San Jose City Council in 1967; two years later he won the seat in his own right. In 1971, he was elected mayor of San Jose, becoming the first Asian American mayor of a major U.S. city. As a member of Congress from 1975 through 1995, Mineta co-founded...
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Popularity of sushi goes around the world

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 July Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda A shortage of skilled sushi chefs is observed not only in the U.S. but throughout the world.  For the past few years, we have had a constant flow of students from other countries enrolling in our program, with a particular increase of students from Europe since last year. Most of the international students find our school through the Internet.  Belgium, Netherlands, and France are countries in Europe where many of our students come from. One of our graduates from Denmark sent several...
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Star Festival becoming largest participation project

Star Festival becoming largest participation project

Cultural News 2010 July Issue The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival (the Star Festival) will be held from August 13 – 16 at the open space of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on First Street and Central Avenue in Little Tokyo to coincide with the Nisei Week Japanese Festival. Last year’s event involved 240 colorful Tanabata Kazari (paper ornament streamer) that were made by over 3000 community members, young and old. Truly, this was the largest participation project in the Japanese and Japanese American community in Los Angeles ever. This year, the Los Angeles Tanabata Festival will...
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Tanabata – celestial connection: Paper ornament makers from Sendai, Japan, share the community spirit of Los Angeles

Tanabata – celestial connection: Paper ornament makers from Sendai, Japan, share the community spirit of Los Angeles

Cultural News 2010 July Issue By Keiko Fukuda Translated by Minoru Nishida The Tanabata Festival became the new talk of the town during 2009 Nisei Week  – the Los Angeles Japanese-American community’s biggest annual festival. In preparation for an encore display in the 2nd Annual Tanabata Festival (the Star Festival) this August, volunteers gathered on the weekend of May 14 at the plaza of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo for a paper ornament streamer-making workshop. Just for this workshop, Koichiro Narumi, general manager of the Narumi Paper Company, and the company’s Tanabata project coordinator,...
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Lecture Note: Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership – Dr. Gordon Berger, Professor Emeritus of USC, June 29, 2010

Lecture Note: Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership – Dr. Gordon Berger, Professor Emeritus of USC, June 29, 2010

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club Dr. Gordon Berger is a Professor Emeritus of Japanese History from the University of Southern California. He received his M.A. in East Asian Studies and a PhD in Japanese history from Yale University. He later received another PhD from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in Beverly Hills where he completed his psychoanalytic training. With such an impressive background, he concentrated his lecture on the psychological factors that helped shape the Meiji leader, Mutsu Munemitsu.  Through a pragmatic and psychological approach, he helped explain why Mutsu chose the political avenues that he did. Dr....
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Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club >> Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership by Dr. Gordon Berger, June 29

Nibei Foundation – Japan Study Club >> Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership by Dr. Gordon Berger, June 29

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club June Lecture:  June 29, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Lecture at 7:30 pm Subject: Foreign Minister Mutsu Munemitsu: Psychoanalytic Approach of Studying Meiji Leadership Speaker: Dr. Gordon Berger, Professor Emeritus of Japanese History at the University of Southern California (USC) Place: Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building 11570 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 RSVP by email japanstudies@nibei.org or call (310) 479-6101 ext 134,  and leave voice mail. Japan’s Meiji leaders were some of the boldest, and most successful, leaders the world has known.  Almost alone among all of the non-Western societies confronted by Western imperialism, Japan’s...
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Exhibition “Japanese Prints: Utagawa Hiroshige – The Vertical Series” At Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 4 – June 29

Exhibition “Japanese Prints: Utagawa Hiroshige – The Vertical Series” At Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 4 – June 29

Pavilion for Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, 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 Cultural News, 2010 March Issue Japanese Prints: Utagawa Hiroshige – The Vertical Series From March 4 through June 29 Toward the end of his life, Hiroshige created several series of prints in a vertical format. Most influential were the series “100 Famous Views...
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