Sacrament: Crocker Art Museum to present “Chiura Obata: An American Modern” June 23 – Sept. 29

Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street, Sacrament, CA 95814 Born in Okayama, Japan, Chiura Obata (1885–1975) emigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a sevendecade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. He nevertheless emerged as a leading figure in the Northern California art scene and as an influential educator, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, for nearly 20 years and acting as founding director of art schools in two of the internment camps. This exhibition offers an unprecedented survey of Obata’s rich...
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Japan America Society to honor MLB baseball player Shohei Ohtani and Netflix star Marie Kondo at its 110th Anniversary Dinner & Gala, July 11

The Japan America Society of Southern California will be honoring MLB baseball player Shohei Ohtani, and Netflix star Marie Kondo from the hit TV series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” at its 110th Anniversary Dinner and Gala on Thursday, July 11 at Angels Stadium. Reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 pm and dinner and gala celebration at 7:00 pm. Shohei Ohtani, also known as the “Babe Ruth of Japan” was the 2018 MLB Rookie of the Year and is currently the pitcher/hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He will be honored with the JASSC’s Kokusai Shimin...
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Anaheim / MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center: an installation of 40 tapestries depicting cherry trees in only black and white ink, May 25 – Aug.11

MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim Carnegie Gallery, Complimentary Admission Japanese Black & White Artist Soho Nakano May 25 – August 11, 2019 “Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)” is an installation of 40 tapestries, each measuring 700x1950mm (approx. 27.5 x 77in), depicting the tree’s transformation through Japan’s four seasons. Using just a single seiboku ink, Shizuoka-based black & white artist Soho Nakano masterfully presents an illusion of color in her paintings through a vivid array of shades. The mashi paper, hand-crafted by traditional Japanese paper artisans in Fukui Prefecture, is utilized to its full potential with beautiful ink bleeds and...
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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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Textile dye art class by Setsuko Hayashi in Little Tokyo, every Wednesday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Textile dye art class is held every Wednesday, 10 am – 2 pm, at St. Francis Xavier Church Japanese Catholic Center, 222 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For information, email info@culturalnews.com or call (213) 819-4100. Chiba Prefecture- born Setsuko Hayashi graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo in design major in 1953. Meeting with fashion designer and cultural advocator Sueko Otsuka changed Hyashi’s life. From 1954 to 1973, Hayashi was a chief instructor of the textile dyeing course at Sueko Otsuka’s institutions, Otsuka Sueko Kimono Gakuin and Otsuka Textile Design Institute in Tokyo. Hayashi’s...
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Okinawa Association to present 5-day summer program for middle school students to explore Okinawan culture, family roots, July 8-12

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA)’s “Camp Warabi” is a five-day summer program for middle school students to learn about Okinawan culture, arts, and identity. College-age counselors will be selected and trained to lead campers as each day will be filled with fun learning and connecting with one’s Okinawan roots. The program is set for July 8 (Monday) – 12 (Friday), 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the OAA Center in Gardena, California. Registration is required to participate. Immersive learning – From traditional music to folk crafts, campers will have the chance to learn about Okinawa. Activities include eisaa (traditional...
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New York Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated” March 5 – June 16

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue in New York The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated March 5 – June 16, 2019 https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/tale-of-genji This will be the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition inspired by Japan’s most celebrated work of literature, The Tale of Genji. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting in the early eleventh-century imperial court, and often referred to as the world’s first psychological novel, the tale recounts the amorous escapades of the “Shining Prince” Genji and introduces some of the most iconic female characters in the...
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Protected: 2019/Popular taiko ensemble TAIKOPROJECT releases new album, Benzaiten, with live “Rhythmic Relations 2019”’ performance at the Ford Theatres, June 15, 8:00PM

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Protected: 2019/Japanese American National Museum to present “Kaiju-Con” event, June 15

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Protected: 2019/Terasaki Nibei Foundation Lecture Series: “Learn How to Wear Yukata” June11

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Protected: 2019/Los Angeles Koto and Shakuhachi Concert at Bridge USA Event Center, June 9

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

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