Koto player Hiromi Hashibe & Shakuhachi player Kaoru Kakizakai Concert at Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute, Nov. 24 at 2:00PM

Sounds of Fall Koto & Shakuhachi Concert Koto Performance by Hiroko Masuda & Hiromi Hashibe Feature Performance by International Shakuhachi Artist, Kaoru Kakizakai Saturday, November 24, 2018 2-4 p.m. Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute 595 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103 Admission: $20/person Refreshment will be served after the concert For inquiry, call Hiroko Masuda at 626-217-3027 or email to hirokomailex@hotmail.com www.kakizakai.com  
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Phoenix: Upcoming workshop for fall season at Japanese Friendship Garden, Oct. 13

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix Upcoming Workshop for Fall Season https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/gardenws Bamboo Workshop by Curator, Della Kileen Saturday, October 13 10 am – 12 pm $35 General / $30 Member Fun Bamboo Craft project included Sound Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls by Emily Slonia Sunday, October 21 10 am – 11:30 am $25 General / $20 Member Includes General Admission Cool Nihongo – enjoy learning language and culture by Keiko Conn Friday, November 2 (continue on First Friday in January, February, March, April, and May) $10 General / $5 Member Includes Garden Admission Introduction Workshop for Niwaki – Pine...
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Descanso Gardens: Japanese Garden Festival, Oct. 13-14

Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 Japanese Garden Festival Ikebana  by Group Yokou at Minka Oct. 13 – 14 (Sat, Sun) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Ikebana display & free children workshop www.descansogardens.org
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Las Vegas / Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art “Primal Water” Exhibition, Now – Oct. 21

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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Celebrating 150 years of Japanese-American heritage, art, and cuisine, “Wakamatsu Fest 150” set for June 6-9, 2019

Save the Date! 4 days – June 6th through 9th – 2019 Wakamatsu Fest 150 Celebrating 150 years of Japanese-American heritage, art, and cuisine Wakamatsu Farm Historic site of the 1st Japanese colony in USA 941 Cold Spring Road, Placerville, CA 95667 Featuring food, agriculture, performing and studio arts, music, dance, history, and merchandise unique to Japanese and Japanese-American culture Currently seeking event sponsors and volunteer service commitments web: www.ARConservancy.org/wakafest150 email: wakamatsu@ARConservancy.org phone: 530-621-1224 post: P.O. Box 562, Coloma, CA 95613
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UCLA Nikkei Student Union Annual Cultural Night set for Feb. 22, 2019

UCLA Nikkei Student Union Annual Cultural Night set for Feb. 22, 2019
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Japan submits Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” for 2018 Foreign Language Film competition of the 91st Academy Award

87 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2018 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR® LOS ANGELES, CA – Eighty-seven countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards®.  Malawi and Niger are first-time entrants. The 2018 submissions are: Afghanistan, “Rona Azim’s Mother,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director; Algeria, “Until the End of Time,” Yasmine Chouikh, director; Argentina, “El Ángel,” Luis Ortega, director; Armenia, “Spitak,” Alexander Kott, director; Australia, “Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour, director; Austria, “The Waldheim Waltz,” Ruth Beckermann, director; Bangladesh, “No Bed of Roses,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director; Belarus, “Crystal Swan,” Darya Zhuk, director; Belgium, “Girl,” Lukas...
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2018 / Japan Foundation Los Angeles screening: “The Scythian Lamb” Oct. 10

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 7pm at the JFLA Auditorium. A Plan to Repopulate the Countryside Starts Out Funny and Descends into Tense Drama The Scythian Lamb(羊の木) (126mins, 2017) Directed by Daihachi Yoshida Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 PM Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium http://www.jflalc.org
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Japanese American National Museum “hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project” Now – Oct. 28

hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project, a new exhibition by artist Kip Fulbeck, will open at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, April 7 and remain on view through October 28, 2018. The installation pairs photographs from Fulbeck’s groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, titled kip fulbeck: part Asian, 100% hapa, with new portraits of the same individuals. The photographs are accompanied by each subject’s handwritten responses to the typically posed question, “What are you?” http://www.janm.org/exhibits/hapa-me/  
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Michigan/ 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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Phoenix Japanese Garden to host Moon-viewing Festival, Oct. 26-27, 6:30 – 10PM

<Forwarded for the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix> Our Annual Fall Festival is almost here! OTSUKIMI Moonviewing Festival 2018 Advance Tickets Available! Friday, October 26, 6:30 – 10:00 pm Saturday, October 27, 6:30 – 10:00 pm Advance Tickets: $20 Member, $25 General, $5 Youth 3-12, Free under 3 Tickets at Gate: $25 Member, $30 General, $5 Youth 3-12, Free under 3 ANNUAL OTSUKIMI – MOONVIEWING 2018 Otsukimi, or Japanese Moonviewing, is the ancient tradition of holding parties to view the harvest moon. The garden honors this tradition with a unique night festival offering Japanese entertainment, food, customs and activities...
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Chinameshi dinner event for fundraising of Little Tokyo Historical Society, Oct. 28 at 5PM

Forwarded for the Little Tokyo Historical Society Chinameshi Fun(d) Raiser Dinner Sunday, October 28, 2018 5:00PM – 7:00PM Chinese Garden Restaurant 856 N. Garfield Ave, Montebello LTHS’ first ever fun(d)raiser dinner! A nostalgic evening of “Chinameshi” Cantonese-style dishes (including hom yu!), fun entertainment, and remembrances of the chop suey houses around the Southland. $60 per person so please mail your check to the LTHS office by Oct. 19. Check payable to ‘Little Tokyo Historical Society’ and mail to the LTHS office at 319 E. 2nd Street, #203, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Seating capacity at Chinese Garden in Montebello is...
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