2010 / Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese arts in the war time, Apr 24

Hidden Legacy, a tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the world war II time War Relocation Authority camps in the United States, will be an historic event, presenting 7 living artists ranging in age from 70s to their 90s who taught or learned Japanese arts in these camps.
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National Park Service invites public to Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 23, 24

National Park Service invites public to Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 23, 24

Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 41st annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. This year visitors will be able to experience music, paintings, speeches, a book signing, and a public reception. All events are free. On Friday, April 23, the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. The museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a special exhibit “Faces Through Time – Pioneering Women of Inyo...
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Kimono: from Past to Present – show – at Japanese American National Museum, Apr 24

Kimono: from Past to Present Saturday, April 24, 2:00 pm Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 625-0414, www.janm.org The International Beauty Association Yamanoryu Kisou (Yamano Style Kimono Dressing School) will present a beautiful and educational kimono show and lecture, featuring men and women’s kimono for all different occasions. The show will feature furisode (a long sleeve kimono worn by unmarried women for ceremonies), homongi (a regular sleeved kimono worn by men and women for ceremonies), montsuki hakama (formal Japanese attire for men), and tomesode (a formal kimono worn by married women). The...
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New Kappa book author to sign his books at UCLA Book Fair, April 24, 25

New Kappa book author to sign his books at UCLA Book Fair, April 24, 25

The Last Kappa of Old Japan published by Tuttle written and illustrated by Sunny Seki Sunny Seki, author of The Last Kappa of Old Japan will be signing copies of his books on the following occasions: Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park on April 17 and 18 The UCLA Festival of Books on April 24 and 25 The Target Children’s Day Event at the Japanese American National Museum on May 8 at 2:00 pm Sunny Seki may be contacted at sunnysideseki@hotmail.com The Last Kappa of Old Japan, published by Tuttle, is the newest children’s book written and illustrated by...
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Wartime Japanese internment to be remembered at 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, Apr 24

Wartime Japanese internment to be remembered at 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, Apr 24

To learn wartime Japanese internment experiences, the 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, April 24 at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on US Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles. Each year, hundreds of students, teachers, community members, clergy and former internees attend the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program, which follows the afternoon program, starting at 5:00 pm at Lone Pine High School. UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the opening of the 41st The Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage at...
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Showcase of latest Japanese cinema to continue at Irvine, Apr 24, 25

Showcase of latest Japanese cinema to continue at Irvine, Apr 24, 25

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, showcase of latest Japanese cinema to American audiences, will take place on April 10-11 in Hollywood, April 17-18 in Torrance, and on April 24-25 in Irvine, Orange County. The film showcase started as the Chanoma Film Festival in 2003 and changed  to the current name in 2008. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles also dedicates to delivering a better appreciation of contemporary Japanese culture to the Los Angeles community. The Japan Film Festival Los Angeles is presented by non-profit entity the Japan America Media Association located at 17962 Skypark Circle, #B, Irvine, CA 92614, (949)...
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2010 Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at West Covina, Apr 24 from 12:00- 6:00 PM

2010 Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at West Covina, Apr 24 from 12:00- 6:00 PM

2010 Annual West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival to Bring a Taste of Japan to the Community Presented by the City of West Covina and the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center 1203 West Puente Avenue, West Covina, CA 91790 Saturday, April 24, from 12:00-6:00 PM Entertainment Schedule 12:30 PM   Tea Ceremony 1:00 PM     Cal Poly Pomona- Touzan Taiko 1:30 PM     West Covina Shinkendo & Aikido 2:00 PM    Fujima Kansei Odori-kai 2:30 PM     Tea Ceremony 3:00 PM     Eibukan Goju Ryu Karate Do 3:30 PM     Miyagi Nosho Okinawa Odori 4:00 PM   ...
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2010 / Leaders of Southern California Japanese gardens to meet in Pasadena on Earth Day, April 22

Leaders in the field of Japanese gardens in Southern California will meet on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010, hosted by the historic Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena. Attendees will discuss issues of garden sustainability and social impact. “Japanese gardens are an international phenomenon,” said art historian and garden scholar Kendall Brown, professor of art at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). According to Brown’s research, Japanese gardens have been built in more than 53 countries outside Japan. North American alone has more than 300, with more than 35 located in Southern California. The meeting...
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Bonsai Display Competition and Spring Festival at Clark Center, Apr 17

Bonsai Display Competition and Spring Festival at Clark Center, Apr 17

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture at Hanford in California Central Valley will present Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition in a tokonoma alcove at the center’s gallery building on April 17 and 18 to coincide its annual Spring Festival on April 17. The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture is located at 15770 Tenth Ave, Hanford, CA 93230, (559) 582-4915, www.ccjac.org. It takes three hours drive from Los Angeles. Hanford Station of AMTRAK is the nearest public transportation from Los Angeles. Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition Saturday, April 17, from 11 am – 5 pm Sunday, April 18,...
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Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, Apr 17, 18

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, Apr 17, 18

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival>> April 17, 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM>> April 18, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM>> Barnes Park, located directly behind Monterey Park Civic Center>> Entry to the Festival is FREE. The 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and the City of Monterey Park present the 13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on April 17 & 18 at Barnes Park, located at 350 South McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Planned and coordinated by community volunteers, the Cherry Blossom Festival strives to provide a cultural arts event that offers a forum for learning, entertainment, fun, and support of community. So...
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Japan Korea Friendship Concert in Little Tokyo, Apr 18

Japan Korea Friendship Concert in Little Tokyo, Apr 18

The Japan Korea Society and the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles are co-sponsoring the Second Little Tokyo Japan Korea Harmony Concert on Sunday, April 18 from 2:00 pm at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple located at 505 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Free admission. With the increasing numbers of Korean residents and commercial entities in the community, the Japan Korea Society headed by Rev. Hongsun Kim, has been working to bring the two communities closer together. This concert will feature two performers, Cheonho Yoon, a trumpeter of Korean background who grew up in Japan, and...
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Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo to feature J-Pop performances, sake tasting, and Hawaiian entertainment, Apr 10-11

Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo to feature J-Pop performances, sake tasting, and Hawaiian entertainment, Apr 10-11

2010 Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California will take place on April10-11 on the streets of Little Tokyo. Now in its ninth year, the festival is free to all visitors and will feature odori dancing, children’s activities, Hawaiian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, a beer and sake garden, a cosplay contest and fashion show as well as plenty of food and activities. The festival kicks off Saturday morning with a host of dignitaries taking part, including Consul General Junichi Ihara and Councilmember Jan Perry. Several annual awards will be presented, such as the Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards and...
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