Little Tokyo Service Center to hold seminar on corporate social responsibility in Torrance, April 30

Little Tokyo Service Center will hold a seminar, “Community Building: Nikkei Businesses and Corporate Social Responsibility,” at the Toyota Meeting Hall, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503, on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Registration and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. and the program will start at 9:30 a.m. This seminar is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. The seminar will focus on Japanese and Japanese American business perspectives on corporate social responsibility and local community building. Speakers will discuss how Nikkei businesses can engage in local community building programs...
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Specialist to explain music as healing agent at Little Tokyo Library, May 12, 2:00PM

Music as a Universal Language: History and Neuroscience Lecture by Dr. Makiko Hirata Saturday, May 12, 2018 2:00pm to 3:00pm Little Tokyo Branch Library 203 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 612-0525 Music is the most abstract of all arts.  Some argue that music predates language.  It has been a subject of much philosophical contemplation. Today, with the use of medical technologies like fMRI, its benefit is beginning to be quantified. Dr. Makiko Hirata will introduce some of these theories, ancient and contemporary.  How can we use music as a way to attain more happiness, productivity,...
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“Bringing Okinawa Home” lecture & performance feat with guests from Hawai‘I, May 19 at 1:00PM

The Okinawa Association of America in Gardena will host a cultural lecture and traditional music performance on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. The event will be led by two dynamic guest speakers/musicians from Hawai‘i, Eric Wada and Norman Kaneshiro. Titled “Bringing Okinawa Home,” the goal of this event is to promote a deeper appreciation of Okinawa. Wada and Kaneshiro will explore Okinawan identity and values through the traditional customs, native languages, and music. For attendees who are of Okinawan descent, the aim is to consider ways to embrace cultural heritage in daily life so that it can be...
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Buddhist Temple of San Diego to present annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar, June 3, 11 am – 4 pm

Buddhist Temple of San Diego’s Annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar www.btsd.net Sunday, June 3, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm Admission is FREE & Open to the Public! Offering: Sushi Teriyaki Chicken Tacos Chow Mein Games Silent Auction Taiko Exhibits Demonstrations And More     Buddhist Temple of San Diego 2929 Market Street San Diego, California  92102 (619) 239-0896 info@btsd.net  
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Santa Barbara Historical Museum: “Only The Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station” now – May 27

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Only The Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station February 1 – May 27, 2018 Closed Monday and Holidays Santa Barbara Historical Museum 136 East De la Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. www.sbhistorical.org Only The Okas Remain exhibition tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of prisoners — who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and...
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Pasadena Japanese garden to present art exhibition of nature, April 22 – June 1

Forwarded for Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden New Exhibition in the En Gallery Abundant Garden: Recent Works by Kaoru Mansour    April 22 to June 1, 2018 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Second & Last Sundays, 10 am – 4pm Members’ Opening Reception April 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Reservations necessary For our spring exhibition, we are delighted to present the work of Kaoru Mansour, a Japanese artist based in Los Angeles, whose work is a celebration of the abundance of nature and our bounteous spiritual, cultural and artistic connections to it. The opening reception for Abundant Garden will be held at the...
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“Tuna Canyon Detention Station” street sign installed as Los Angeles Cultural Heritage marker in Tujuanga Canyon

Forwarded for The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition Former Los Angeles Department of Transportation official, and current city traffic engineer and transportation consultant, James Okazaki, and his team came through with the Cultural Heritage no. 1039 street sign. It was authored by Dr. Russell Endo for the Tuna Detention Station that originally opened on December 16, 1941 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was a long process that required the local City Councilmember’s support. His persistence resulted in District 7 Councilmember Monica Rodriguez and District 4 David Ryu jointly sponsoring a motion to install a Cultural Heritage...
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Go For Broke: “Defining Courage” ongoing

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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Albuquerque Journal reports Korean War veteran Hiroshi Miyamura: Journey from ‘enemy alien’ to American hero

by Kent Walz, Albuquerque Journal Senior Editor Published on Saturday, March 3, 2018 https://www.abqjournal.com/1141037/journey-from-enemy-alien-to-american-hero.html
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2018 / Okinawa music recital “An Evening of Folk Music” in Gardena, April 22

The Okinawa Association of America presents Okinawan Music Recital: An Evening of Folk Music April 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 Gardena Buddhist Church 1517  166th Street, Gardena, CA 90247 Tickets: $25 (includes bento lunch & bottled water) Tickets will be sold at the door. On Sunday, April 22, experience the sights, sounds, and spirit of the Ryuky Islands at the Gardena Buddhist Church in Gardena. Titled “Miny no Yube” (An Evening of Folk Music), this biennial concert showcases local instructors and students who play the sanshin that is synonymous with Okinawan music. This will mark the...
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2018 / Ikebana master Kaz Kitajima to display his works at Descanso Gardens, Jan. 22 – April 22

Kaz Kitajima

Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 Beyond the Bouquet At the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens January 22 – April 22, 2018 https://www.descansogardens.org  
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2018 / Arizona Taiko concert in Cottonwood, April 21

Ken Koshio and Celebrate the Earth Concert Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Tickets: $20 – $25 Old Town Center for the Arts 5th St & Main, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 Ken Koshio is a world class Japanese Taiko drummer. Taiko is a Japanese style of percussion, which combines music, movement and spirit.  Ken pushes the boundaries of Taiko through various collaborations, creating a totally authentic and unique style of music and Taiko performance art. Click HERE for more information.
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