Nisei Week Japanese Festival to open Aug 14

Nisei Week Japanese Festival to open Aug 14

Come share in the Japanese American community spirit and attend the nation’s longest running ethnic festival of its kind, in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, at the 70th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, August 14 – 22.  Held every summer, this year’s nine days of free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits are packed with a variety of music and entertainment, food and fun for all age groups. The second annual free Tanabata Festival (August 13-16) will color Little Tokyo’s Central Avenue and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Geffen) between Temple and First streets with large, assorted streamers (kazari). This...
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Executive Dir of Pacific Asia Museum to leave for Texas State History Museum

Joan Marshall, executive director of Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena will leave for Texas State History Museum in Austin as the executive director at the end of August. During Marshall’s tenure for seven years, Pacific Asia Museum successfully completed the Campaign for the Future – $4.2 million fundraising effort, achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museum, made major capital improvements to the building, opened the first family education gallery, Journeys: The Silk Road and the Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art.
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Japanese tour van crashes in Utah, 3 killed

Japanese tour van crashes in Utah, 3 killed

A tour van carrying 14 Japanese from Osaka, Aichi, Kagawa, and Tokyo, rolled off a highway in Utah, killing three persons  and causing seven others serious injuries. The accident took place on Interstate 15 some four miles north of Cedar City on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, around 6:40 p.m. Two of the victims who died were ejected when the van went off the road. The third victim who died was found trapped inside the van. The victims are Hiroki Hayase, 20-years-old of Osaka, Nobuyuki Hoshino, 38-years-old and Junko Hoshino, 40-years-old, both of Shinjuku, Tokyo. Seven of the victims with...
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Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association News

Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association News

5 Cal State Long Beach Graduates will teach English in Yokkaichi for 2 Years Five California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) graduates have been selected as Yokkaichi English Fellows and will begin teaching English in Long Beach’s Sister City of Yokkaichi, Japan, in August. Rachelle Devera, Tim Hendricks, Payal Pancholi, Joshua Sensabaugh and David Watts were selected by the Yokkaichi City Board of Education to serve as assistant language teachers at the elementary and junior high school level for two years. Devera earned bachelor of arts degrees in political science and Asian American studies from CSULB in 2006 and...
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Kyoto Tourist Information: August Events in Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto Tourist Information: August Events in Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto Tourist Information vol. 5: published by Kyoto Tourism Federation in July 2010: Sunset Jazz Live August 7 (Sat), 21 (Sat) & 28 (Sat) Location: Keihanna Commemorative Park 6-1 Seikadai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun Inquiries: Tel. 0774-93-1200 Admission fee to Suikei-en: Adult \200 yen Elementary and junior high school students \100 yen People over 60 years old are free of charge. Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Shin-hosono Station or JR Gakkentoshi Line to Hosono Station and 8 minute ride on Nara Kotsu Bus – Route Nos. 36, 47 or 48 Kintetsu Keihanna Line to Gakken Nara Tomigaoka station and 14 minute...
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Mr. Yusuke Shindo appointed new Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles

Mr. Yusuke Shindo appointed new Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles

In June of 2010, Yusuke Shindo arrived in Los Angeles and began his post as Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan. He began his career with Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986.   The same year, he graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in Economics. Mr. Shindo has served in a variety of foreign posts.  In 1989, he was at the Japanese embassy in Saudi Arabia.  Then, in 1999, Mr. Shindo was appointed First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Germany. He returned to Japan and served in the position of director...
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Japan Foundation Fireside Colloquium Series: Folding Fan and Urushi-lacquer Work, Aug 4

Japan Foundation Fireside Colloquium Series: Folding Fan and Urushi-lacquer Work, Aug 4

Fireside Colloquium Series Japanese Folding Fan and its Applied Urushi-lacquer Work The history and art of fan making with video presentation and lecture Lecturer: Mr. Kanji Ishizumi Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 2:00PM Place: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Conference Room 333 South Grand Ave, Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (22nd floor of the Wells Fargo Building) Admission Free, RSVP requited by July 30 to culture@jflalc.org. Seats are limited. Parking Free: Validation for Wells Fargo Building Parking Garage (Entrance: on Hope Street and Lower Grand Avenue. Direction: Go to monthly self-parking spaces in the level of P3, P4...
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Internet broadcasting event to relay peace massages by peace advocate mayors in the world, Aug 4

In commemorating Hiroshima Day, an Internet broadcasting event of relaying peace messages by mayors of peace advocate cities such as Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Hanover, and Volsgogrado, will take place on Wednesday, August 4 from 4:15 – 5:15 pm. Irvine-based non-profit organization Live Forum and the UCLA Tersaki Center for Japanese Studies sponsor “World Peace Pageant 2010” on Ustream and its viewing site, www.liveforum.org/pageant2010 The main venue will be set at Room 352 (William A. Lessa Reading Room) of the Department of Anthropology, Haines Hall 3rd Floor, UCLA. The program will be on air at 4:15 pm in Los Angeles time...
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Manzanar: Summer 2010 Docent Program

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, please call 760-878-2194 or visit Manzanar’s website at www.nps.gov/manz. July 24, 25: Arthur Ogami gives talks at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Join Arthur and hear his wartime memories of Manzanar, Montana, Tule Lake, North Dakota, and Japan. Arthur arrived at Manzanar a week and a...
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial in San Diego, Aug 6, 9

In commemorate the atomic-bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago, “World Initiative to Save Humanity” (W.I.S.H.) events will be planned on August 6 and 9 in San Diego by Universal Initiative for Agape Alliance (U+I Alliance). On Friday, August 6, from 8:00 – 8:30 am, in front of the Yokohama Friendship Bell Building, the southwest roundabout at 1412 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106, the event will be dedicated to Hiroshima victims. The program will include: Ringing of the Peace Bell by Mike Kawamura, an Hiroshima A-Bomb survivor; one minute of silence for lasting world peace; display...
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Field trip to Japan for learning sushi

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School /Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda After the current Professional Class wraps up in the middle of August, I will take three graduates on a field trip to Japan for one week. We will visit the Osaka Central Fish market and another big fish market in Kobe.  And we have hands-on training at a Kappo-style restaurant in my hometown, Nishiwaki, in the Hyogo prefecture. Japanese recipes introduced in the U.S. are just the tip of the iceberg. Sushi chef training at our school nourishes novices to become professionals.  A...
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Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic-bomb victims memorial in Little Tokyo, Aug 1

The 65the Commemorative Service of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Victimes will be held on August 1, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 624-1267. www.koyasanbetsuin.org The annual service is held to remember the victims who died and to support those who survived the atomic bomb blasts over Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago. Special guest speaker will be Darrell Miho, a photographer and writer, who is documenting the stories of the hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to create a traveling exhibit to educate future generations of the devastating affects nuclear weapons have...
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