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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Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday at Little Tokyo, Apr. 11

Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday at Little Tokyo, Apr. 11

Hanamatsuri Celebration Sunday, April 11 Jodoshu North America Buddhist Mission 442 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 1:00 pm   Bugaku performance by Kinnara Gagaku 1:20 pm   Hanamaturi Service 2:00 pm   Awards Ceremony 2:20 pm   Hanamatsuri Commemorative Lecture “Buddhism & Compassion” by Dr. Glenn T. Webb Kinnara Gagaku and Bugaku Already, Hanamatsuri, the celebration of the Buddha’s birthday is right around the corner.  This year’s Los Angeles Buddhist Church Federation’s Hanamatsuri will be held on Sunday, April 11 from 1:00 pm at the Jodoshu North America Buddhist Missions at 442 East Third Street in Little Tokyo. The theme of...
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Nikkei Calendar: No No Boy to add show, Apr 11: Japanese Hospital Discussion, Apr 11

Nikkei Calendar: No No Boy to add show, Apr 11: Japanese Hospital Discussion, Apr 11

“No-No Boy” to add additional show, April 11, at 7:00PM Timescape Arts Group presents No-No Boy, Ken Narasaki’s stage adaptation of John Okada’s ground breaking novel. Set after World War II as Japanese Americans return to the West Coast, the play follows draft resister Ichiro Yamada after he is released from prison and struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices, while the rest of the community tries to get back on its feet after a war that has uprooted them all. Opens Saturday, March 27 at 8pm and runs Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and...
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“The Harimaya Bridge” screening at Music Hall 3, from March 26 to April 8

“The Harimaya Bridge” screening at Music Hall 3, from March 26 to April 8

Film distributor Eleven Arts of Santa Monica presented  The Harimaya Bridge at Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills from March 26 to April 8. The Harimaya Bridge Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 478-3836 Show time Friday:     5:30 PM   8:15 PM Saturday: 12:00 PM  2:45 PM  5:30 PM  8:15 PM Sunday:   12:00 PM  2:45 PM  5:30 PM  8:15PM Monday – Thursday: 5:30 PM  8:15PM Excerpt from Director Aaron Woolfolk interview The Harimaya Bridge has been a fascinating journey because you had two different film aesthetics – American and Japanese – kind of competing...
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Lecture Note: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Lecture Note: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club Screening Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki Presenter:  Mr. Junichi Suzuki, movie producer and directorApril 6, 2010 at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, West Los Angeles Japan Study Club Lecture Note is complied by Cultural News Mr. Junichi Suzuki is a movie producer and director. He was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.  In 1975 he received a B.A. from the University of Tokyo University and started working at Nikkatsu Studio, one of major studio companies in Japan. Toyo’s Camera is a documentary film that shows the real-life events of the people who were...
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Nibei’s Japan Study Club: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Nibei’s Japan Study Club: Screening “Toyo’s Camera” with film director/writer Junichi Suzuki, Apr 6, 2010

Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club April 6, 6:00 pm, Reception and dinner 7:00 pm, screening of  Toyo’s Camera, followed by a presentation of film director/writer Junichi Suzuki (This month’s program will start 30 minutes earlier due to the film screening) Nibei Foundation is located at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90064 japanstudies@nibei.org      (310) 479-6101 Film: Toyo’s Camera: Japanese American History during WWII (98 mins) Directed by Junichi Suzuki Produced by United Television Broadcasting (UTB), Film Voice Inc, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, and Day-Lee Foods Inc. Using archival photographs which late Toyo Miyatake took...
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2010 / Taiko: Kenny Endo to celebrate 35 years at Aratani Theatre, Apr. 3

Endo Kenny

Los Angeles — Legendary Taiko Artist Kenny Endo celebrates 35 years of artistry with a star-studded cast of drummers and musicians “In Concert” on Saturday, April 3 at 8 pm at the Japan America Theatre in downtown Little Tokyo. At the forefront of the taiko movement for the past three decades, Endo is most notably the first foreigner to receive a natori (stage name and master’s license) in classical Japanese drumming. With a background in jazz drumming and world music, Endo spent 10 years in Japan studying and performing kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming), Edo bayashi (festival music of Edo), and...
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Data 2010 Apr 03: Kenny Endo

Endo Kenny

Kenny Endo is one of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation. His thirty-five year career began as he embarked on a decade-long odyssey in his ancestral Japan, studies and performed with the masters of both traditional and ensemble drumming, and became the first non-Japanese national to receive a natori (master’s stage name) in classical drumming. Kenny is the vanguard of the taiko genre and...
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Phoenix’s Japanese Garden to celebrates Children’s Day with Kites and Koi Festival, Apr 3

Phoenix’s Japanese Garden to celebrates Children’s Day with Kites and Koi Festival, Apr 3

ARIZONA — The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix will host a Children’s Day and Kite Festival on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park. The festival is free. In its sixth year, the Children’s Day Festival will feature an anime-manga (Japanese animation and comics) drawing booth, hands-on origami paper folding art, calligraphy or stylized Japanese writing techniques, Japanese shiba inu dogs, storytelling, stage entertainment, and an aikido martial arts practice space. Drama students from Goldwater High School will present Kabuki – traditional Japanese theater on stage. Kites will be flying all day....
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