70th Nisei Week Grand Parade to showcase illuminated Japanese floats called Nebuta

70th Nisei Week Grand Parade to showcase illuminated Japanese floats called Nebuta

Cultural News, August 2010 Issue Article: Come witness the streets of Little Tokyo light up with colorful, illuminated Japanese floats known as Nebuta, featured in this year’s Nisei Week Grand Parade held from 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 15.  This year two groups of community volunteers and local families, along with the people from the city of Aomori, Japan, have contributed their time to make the 70th year parade memorable. Originating in the prefecture of Aomori, the Nebuta Festival is one of the largest traditional festivals in Japan. The floats are made of a wood base carefully covered with...
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Queen pageant excites Japanese American community for decades

Queen pageant excites Japanese American community for decades

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue The 2010 Nisei Week Japanese Festival queen candidates took center stage for their first official coming-out appearance to various community leaders, local dignitaries, family and friends at the Opening Ceremony event held on July 18 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The seven candidates will compete for the title of Nisei Week Queen on Saturday, August 14, at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. Upon official coronation, the queen and her court will represent the Nisei Week Foundation at this year’s festival and other community events...
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School children’s dill formation to be featured in illunimated gold fish parade

School children’s dill formation to be featured in illunimated gold fish parade

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue Since Disneyland’s Electric Parade float resembling a giant Japanese float called Nebuta debuted in the annual Nisei Week Parade in 2007, the word of Nebuta has been spread beyond the Japanese American community in Los Angeles. As new addition to the Nebuta procession, the 2010 Nisei Week Parade will feature drill team formation with hand-held fish shaped Nebuta from Los Angeles Elementary School in Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown area. Dipicting Leo Lionni’s  “Swimmy,” a story about one black fish (dubbed as kingyo – goldfish – in Nebuta festival in Japan) in a school of red fish using...
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Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue Rotation 1: Reflections of Nature September 4 – November 13, 2010 Hanford, California – The Clark Center for Japanese Arts and Culture reopens after the summer break with Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy. Ink, made from compacted soot and glue, is a key element of East Asian writing and painting. The absence of color places a heavy burden on the artist’s ability to convey light, shade, and depth, and to create a sense of form and rhythm through his or her handling of the brush. A well-executed painting may be said...
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Japan Behind the News >> Is a Solution in Sight for the Okinawa Base Relocation Problem?

Japan Behind the News >>  Is a Solution in Sight for the Okinawa Base Relocation Problem?

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue By Motoaki Kamiura Translated by Alan Gleason The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which had decided to move the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma to the Henoko area of Okinawa, took a beating in the Upper House elections this past July. The winner of the Okinawa seat, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), called for relocating the Futenma operations outside the prefecture or even outside Japan. It now seems highly unlikely that the U.S. and Japanese governments will reach a decision by the end of August, as they had agreed...
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Founder of sushi kiosk chain commended with Japan’s Agriculture Minister Award

Founder of sushi kiosk chain commended with Japan’s Agriculture Minister Award

Cultural News, 2010 August Issue The Consul General of Japan, Junichi Ihara, held a Conferment Ceremony of the Minister of Agriculture Award to Mr. Ryuji Ishii, Founder and President of AFC Corporation, a sushi kiosk chain installed inside supermarket stores, at the Official Residence of Consul General in Los Angeles on July 30. Shizuoka-born Mr. Ishii is a pioneer who started a take-home sushi business based on demonstrations and face-to-face kiosk-type facilities inside American supermarket stores, universities, military bases, and amusement parks so that people could enjoy Japanese sushi in a more casual and familiar way. AFC’ sushi kiosks...
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Kyoto Tourist Information: Tanabata Star Festival, Aug 6 – 15

Kyoto Tourist Information: Tanabata Star Festival, Aug 6 – 15

Kyoto Tourist Information: vol. 5 published by Kyoto Tourism Federation in July 2010 From August 6 to 15, 2010, Kyoto will see its first “Kyo-no-Tanabata Star Festival,” which will showcase a unique seasonal atmosphere through a display of light and bamboo. A legend from ancient China has it that two heavenly lovers, Hikoboshi and Orihime, can cross the river in the night sky only once per year, on July 7. People began to pray to the stars during this period in order that they might be as skilled in weaving, singing, and writing as Orihime. These prayers are called...
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2010 / Quilts: Ruby Nishio at Future Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, July 10 – 31

Quilt, Ruby Nishio, New York

For the past 18 years Ruby Nishio has used her talents in creating beautiful quilts. She is an amazing quilt artist and has won many awards for her work. She is showing her quilts at Future Studio Gallery, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042. The show opens on July 10, 7-10 p.m. This show is also part of the NELAart.com Second Saturday Gallery Night. This is her first one person show. Ruby Nishio has been sewing for over 70 years.  She has done all types of handwork, from custom dressmaking, knitting, tatting, crocheting and embroidery. In 1992...
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Japanese American interfaith group to commemorate Hiroshima-Nagasaki atomic bombing, Aug 6

An interfaith service to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear holocausts will be held in Little Tokyo on Friday, August 6th, beginning at 12:00 noon. Sponsored by the Nikkei Interfaith Group, the service will bring together clergy from the Buddhist, Christian and Shinto faith traditions who serve Japanese American congregations throughout southern California. The service is open to the public, and will take place on the Plaza of the Japanese-American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, contact Centenary United Methodist Church, (213) 617-9097, cumcshotokyo@aol.com.
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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Long Beach, Aug 5

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Long Beach, Aug 5

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki On the 65th Anniversary of the Bombing An Interfaith Service Under 2500 Peace Cranes Under a canopy of 2,500 origami peace cranes in the historic sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, there will be an interfaith service of remembrance and recognition of the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Thursday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach. Special music, the lighting of candles, meditations and prayers will be offered. Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Unitarian, Christian and Jewish leaders will speak about why remembering that...
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Lecture Note – Hiroshige: Master of the Printed Landscape -Meher McArthur, Asian art cutator, July 27, 2010

Lecture Note – Hiroshige:  Master of the Printed Landscape -Meher McArthur, Asian art cutator,  July 27, 2010

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club Ms. Meher McArthur, Asian art curator, author and educator, gave a most interesting and informative lecture on the famous Japanese ukiyoe block print artist Utagawa Hiroshige. She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Scotland, Canada and England.  She studied Japanese at Cambridge University, lived two years in Japan and later earned a MA in Japanese Art at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. From 1998 to 2006, she served as Pacific Asia Museum’s Curator of East Asian Art.  Her talk revolved around Hiroshige’s role in the development and...
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Norman Mineta’s portrait installed at the Smithsonian

Norman Mineta’s portrait installed at the Smithsonian

Washington, D.C. –  Former Transportation and Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was recognized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program with the installation of his portrait in a private ceremony at the Portrait Gallery on July 26. The portrait, by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, becomes part of the museum’s permanent-collection exhibition, “New Arrivals” opening July 27. The oil-on-canvas painting has been offered as a gift to the Portrait Gallery from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. This commission was made possible through the support of benefactors George and Sakaye Aratani, Hill & Knowlton...
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