UCLA Comparative Literature Department to have Japanese Film Series in first quarter, Fridays, Oct 22-Dec 10

During the 2010-11 academic year, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature will be screening films several times on Fridays from 5-8 P.M. in Royce Hall 190. For the first quarter, three curators have chosen three films on alternate weeks beginning  October 22. The intent is for this to be a place where Japan studies grads, faculty, undergrads, and others with interest in film, Japan/East Asian studies, or related disciplines can gather and view films, as well as to connect more regularly on a personal and professional level. For the first quarter, the film series are going with an “open”theme, genre,...
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Theatre: Velina Hasu Houston’s “Calligraphy” depicting two aging mothers of an interracial family in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Nov 12 – Dec 12

Theatre: Velina Hasu Houston’s “Calligraphy” depicting two aging mothers of an interracial family in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Nov 12 – Dec 12

Calligraphy Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, December 12 Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm November 25 will be dark The Los Angeles Theatre Center 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 489-0994 www.thelatc.org Co-producers Playwrights’ Arena & The Latino Theater Company/Los Angeles Theatre Center in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center present the World Premier of Calligraphy written by Velina Hasu Houston and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera with historical accuracy over-seen by dramaturg Luis Alfaro. Calligraphy is a play about the humor that survival demands. Two cousins—one in Los...
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Clark Collection, the very best of Japanese art in the nation goes on display at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Aug 25 – Dec 12

Clark Collection, the very best of Japanese art in the nation goes on display at UC Berkeley Art Museum, Aug 25 – Dec 12

Cultural News, 2010 September Issue Berkeley – The very best of Japanese art in this country goes on display at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Featuring 112 works, the exhibition reflects the broad collecting interests of the Center’s founder Willard G. Clark. His passion for Japanese art and culture has resulted in a collection ranging in date from the late Heian period (794–1185) to the twenty-first century that includes all major areas...
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2010 / Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Public program to feature Japanese modern art, Dec 5

2010 / Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Public program to feature Japanese modern art, Dec 5

  23rd Annual Michele Berton Memorial Lecture on Japanese Art Japanese Modern Art in the World: Global Modernism from a Local Perspective Sunday, December 5, 3:30 pm Early twentieth-century Japanese painting is among the most compelling produced anywhere, yet the attention it deserves is long overdue. This lecture will introduce key monuments of Japanese modern art and place them in both domestic and international contexts. Alicia Volk, Assistant Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Maryland, will focus on oil painter Yorozu Tetsugorô, who devoted his career to the defining challenge of Japanese modern art: resolving the sometimes...
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“World Heritage in Japan” photo exhibit at Little Tokyo, Nov 6-Dec 5

“World Heritage in Japan” photo exhibit at Little Tokyo, Nov 6-Dec 5

  Nachi-taisha Shrine and Nachi no Otaki Fall in Wakayama by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi. (Courtesy The Japan Foundation) The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents World Heritage in Japan photographic exhibit from Nov 6 – Dec 5 at the JACCC’s Doizaki Gallery. Admission free. Gallery closed Mondays. Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritages are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selects key sites throughout the world as “World Heritage Sites”...
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Sushi Safety Study is emerging at food safety conventions

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Cultural News, 2010 December Issue Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk By Chef Andy Matsuda On November 17, I was asked to speak about “Sushi Safety Study” at the University of Arizona in Mesa near Phoenix. My lecture was part of the “Safe Food 2010” conference program sponsored by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The two-day conference about “Safe Food from Field to Table” drew about 400 attendees who were agricultural producers, food processors, retailers, culinary professionals, and educators on health and nutrition. This was my second lecture about...
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Workshop for traditional Japanese printmaking Ukiyo-e, Nov 21, 1-3PM

Workshop for traditional Japanese printmaking Ukiyo-e, Nov 21, 1-3PM

Cultural News, 2010 November Issue The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents this season’s first On the Veranda Lecture Series, Traditional Japanese Printmaking “Ukiyo-e” on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1-3pm in the JACCC Garden Room. Two master printers from the Adachi Institute in Tokyo, Japan will conduct a woodblock print workshop, recreating the image of historic Japanese artworks. Employing the same skills, techniques and materials that were used by the original woodcut printmakers of the 18th and 19th centuries, the completed prints will reveal the vibrancy of colors of the original work. This workshop demonstrates first-hand the skill...
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2010 / Former USC Professor of International Relations, Peter Berton awarded Japanese government medal

2010 / Former USC Professor of International Relations, Peter Berton awarded Japanese government medal

On November 3 (Japan Standard Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of its Fall 2010 Decorations. From Los Angeles Consulate General jurisdiction, Dr. Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Ray with Neck Ribbon. Dr. Berton is 88-year-old, and lives in Beverly Hills. Professor Peter Berton was born in 1922 in Bialystok, Poland. At age six, he and his family moved to Harbin, China. After college, he went to Japan to study the violin with the world-renowned Alexander Moguilevsky and lived there for...
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2010 / Scholarship for teacher certification in Japanese at Cal State LA: Deadline is Dec 1

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California State University, Los Angles announces that with support from the Japan Foundation, in Winter 2011 it will offer $300-$1,000 per person tuition subsides (depending on the umber of applicants) for primary or secondary school teacher of the Japanese language who need university credits or units toward renewing or receiving their teacher certification. The available courses are: JAPN 307 Japanese Literature in Translation (4 units) Tuesday and Thursday: 4:20 pm  – 6:00 pm (King Hall B3015) JAPN 400B Advanced Reading and Composition (4 units) Monday and Wednesday: 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm (King Hall B2012) JAPN 403 Contrastive Analysis...
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UCLA to present Shakuhachi music, Nov 15, 3-5 PM

UCLA to present Shakuhachi music, Nov 15, 3-5 PM

UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies Colloquium Kaoru Kakizakai, Shakuhachi performer and instructor of the International Shakuhachi Training Center A Presentation of Shakuhachi Honkyoku: Performance and Talk Introductions and opening remarks will be made by UCLA ethnomusicology professor, Bill Schultz Monday, November 15, 2010 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Faculty Center, Hacienda Room, in the UCLA Westwood Campus Los Angeles, CA 90095 Kaoru Kakizakai was born in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture in 1959 and started playing the kena while he was in his teens. At 21 he started playing the shakuhachi in the Kinko style. His teacher...
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US-Japan Diplomacy: Remarks by Obama and Kan in statements to the press

US-Japan Diplomacy: Remarks by Obama and Kan in statements to the press

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Kan of Japan in statements to the press November 13, 2010 InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan Released by Office of the Press Secretary, The White House 11:32 A.M. JST PRIME MINISTER KAN:  (As translated.)  First of all, I’d like to welcome President Obama warmly to Japan.  Exactly one year ago, the President visited Japan on the first leg of his visit to Asia, and I’m very happy to welcome him here in Yokohama as he visits Japan once again, this time to wrap up his Asia trip, during which he’s visited...
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US-Japan Diplomacy: Fact Sheet on New Initiatives

November 13, 2010 Yokohama, Japan Released by Office of the Press Secretary, the White House Today, on the occasion of their meeting at the Yokohama APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, President Obama and Prime Minister Kan launched the following new initiatives. The Energy-Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) to support the energy-efficient buildings, transport, and electric power grids that will underpin sustainable development and long-term job creation for the Asia-Pacific region. Energy-Smart Communities are crucial for improving energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and expanding employment.  This initiative led by the United States and Japan establishes a comprehensive package of projects for...
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