Los Angeles County Museum of Art to host lecture on Japanese lacquer collection in 18th century France, Aug. 24 at 2:00PM

LACMA Talk: Collecting Japanese Lacquer in Eighteenth-Century France and the Taste for Incense Utensils Los Angeles County Museum of Art Friday, August 24, 2018, 2:00 pm Brown Auditorium Free and open to the public Talk by Monika Bincsik, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City This lecture will examine the eighteenth-century market and reception of Japanese lacquer in France. During this time, the lacquer market in France was governed primarily by the need for large-size panels, but there was also great demand for smaller, delicately executed Japanese lacquer objects. In the mid-late 18th century, Madame de Pompadour and Queen...
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2018 /Jazz Concert at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, Aug. 11

Jazz Concert Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Makoto Takenaka, piano with guest artist Peter Hata, guitar Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 Time: 7:30 pm Place: Higashi Honganji, 505 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 Free Parking Fee: $20.00, $10 for 12 & under Info: (213) 626-4200 at temple (626) 824-5580 (cell) revpeterhata@gmail.com Please RSVP by Sunday, August 5 Pay in advance or at the door; walk-ins OK until full Makoto Takenaka was born in Connecticut, and raised in Kyoto, Japan. He acquired a BA and MA in Tokyo, then came to the U.S. to study at the Berklee College...
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2018 / Jazz benefit concert by pianist Makoto Takenaka at Orange County Buddhist Church, Aug. 11 at 2:00PM

Orange County Buddhist Church Junior YBA presents Jazz Benefit Concert Saturday, August 11th @ 2:00 pm Featuring Makoto Takenaka Makoto Takenaka was born in Connecticut, and was raised in Kyoto, Japan. He acquired a BA and MA in education in Tokyo, then came to the US to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, he became the first Japanese assistant professor at Berklee, and was promoted to associate professor. He integrates Japanese traditional tunes into Jazz-Fusion. Orange County Buddhist Church at Main Hondo 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim 92804 Tickets: $25 Adults,...
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2018 / Nikkei Games, “Games for the Generations” set for Aug. 4 at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach

24th Nikkei Games “Games for the Generation” Track and Field Invitational August 4, 2018, Check-in time from 8:00 am to 8:45 am Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach 17071 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, 92647 Applications for the Aug. 24 Nikkei Games are now on-line at www.nikkeigames.org This Invitational Track and Field meet is open to individuals and/or families in Japanese and/or Japanese American sponsored programs from the age of one year old to over 80. This fun family day event concludes around 1:00 pm, bring grandparents, bento, drinks, and shade. School rules do not permit food or drinks...
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2018 / Nisei Week Ondo Practice at Little Tokyo, Aug 2

2018 Nisei Week Ondo Choreographer: Mme. Fujima Kansuma 2018 Grand Parade Songs: 1) Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020 (this music has been edited) (uchiwa needed) 2) Victory by Exile (this music has been edited) (Tenugui needed) 2108 Grand Parade songs videos on Youtube “TOKYO GORIN ONDO 2020”: https://youtu.be/984Hov-RaY    “VICTORY”: https://youtu.be/Zqi-ZCEioJM 2018 Ondo and Closing Ceremony Songs (not in order) 1.  Aizu Bandai san, 2:24 sung  by MINYO STATION 2. Shiawase Samba, 3:23, RECORDED CD 3. Kagoshima Ohara Bushi, 2:41, sung by MINYO STATION 4. One plus One, 3:35, RECORDED CD 5. Asadoya Yunta, 3:25, sung by MINYO STATION 6. Memanbetsu Bayashi, 3:22,...
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Donations for Editorial Support Project to send Cultural News Editor to Hiroshima and Kure, Japan for disaster report

Editorial Support Project: July Flood – One of the Worst Disaster of Japan The flood that occurred in the western part of Japan in July 2018 marks one of the worst disasters in Japan. Across 13 prefectures, more than 200 people were killed and more than 30,000 houses are damaged. In my home town Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 24 people were killed, and 1000 houses are damaged. In Kure City, major roads have been reopened, but vital train traffic JR Kure Line is shut down, and causes heavy traffic congestion in main highways as of July 30. On-going reports...
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Hawaii people with ties of Hiroshima Prefecture call for fundraising for victims of Hiroshima flood and landslide

On July 20, “Hawaii for Hiroshima” fundraising campaign was initiated in Honolulu, Hawaii. “Hawaii for Hiroshima” program is a statewide program with support of all Hiroshima Kenjin Kai including 2 located on Oahu and 2 on the Big Island, and several chambers of commerce, and other organizations with ties to Hiroshima prefecture including rotary clubs and lions clubs. “Hawaii for Hiroshima” campaign will close on August 6. Forwarded for Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai In early July, heavy rains in Hiroshima Prefecture and other western Prefectures caused widespread flooding and landslides, which damaged homes and businesses and caused the deaths...
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Educational center on valor of Japanese American veterans presenting “Defining Courage” exhibition

Go For Broke Defining Courage

Go For Broke National Education Center 355 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Defining Courage Exhibition www.goforbroke.org In May 2016, the Go For Broke National Education Center opened the interpretive exhibition to the public. The interpretive Defining Courage Exhibition is a hands-on and participatory learning center in the heart of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo historic district. The exhibition explores the concept of courage through the lives of the young Japanese Americans of World War II, and asks modern visitors to act with similar courage in their own lives. The exhibition is one-of-a-kind in its dynamic, hands-on, and experience-based...
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Las Vegas / Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art “Primal Water” Exhibition, ongoing

Bellagio Resort & Casino 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Primal Water June 29 – Oct. 21, 2018 Celebrates Significant Japanese Artists New Exhibition to Feature Works by Contemporary Artists Showcasing diverse Japanese artworks connected to the theme of water’s vitality to the existence of life, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art  will unveil its new exhibition, Primal Water, on June 29. The exhibition is curated by Midori Nishizawa and includes important works of post-war and contemporary Japanese art. Primal Water includes 28 works in various forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, site-specific...
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Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries acquires Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection of Japanese photographs

The Smithsonian’s the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington DC announce that Freer and Sackler Galleries have acquired the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection of Japanese photographs. To celebrate the acquisition, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open the exhibition “Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection” on Sept. 29, 2018. The exhibition will run through Jan. 21, 2019. To read about exhibitions of Japanese art, subscribe monthly Cultural News. http://www.culturalnews.com/subscription
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Japanese Calligraphy from Shiga Exhibition at Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan, Aug 19 – Oct 13

About the Exhibition The State of Michigan and Japan’s Shiga Prefecture are tied together by the lake connection: the Great Lakes in Michigan and Lake Biwa in Shiga. In 1968, both governors signed a sister-state agreement, and 2018 marks  the 50th anniversary of this special relationship. This exhibit is brought to Michigan by the Shiga Calligraphy Association and will showcase over 140 works of calligraphy produced by members of all ages and skill levels. Exhibition Display,  August 19 – October 13 Downtown Ann Arbor District Library 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Exhibit Opening Reception Meet delegates...
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Discover Nikkei web-based project seeks submissions that explore Japanese descendants’ roots for new journal series

Los Angeles—Discover Nikkei, a web-based project of the Japanese American National Museum, has launched the seventh edition of its Nikkei Chronicles, an annual theme-driven online journal with an open call for writings. This year’s theme is Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage. Nikkei (emigrants of Japanese descent) can be found all over the world, living diverse lives and adapting to a variety of environments. The one thing that binds Nikkei together is their common heritage as people of Japanese ancestry. Previous editions of Nikkei Chronicles have explored the ways Nikkei express their culture, whether through food, language, or tradition....
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