Yoshio Ikezaki’s selected works from 1991 to 2016 displayed at “ELEMENTS” exhibition in ArtCenter, ongoing

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in ArtCenter College of Design 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 Yoshio Ikezaki: ELEMENTS March 17 – May 28, 2017 Curated by Jacki Apple The exhibition features selected works from 1991 to 2016 consisting of sumi ink and watercolor paintings, handmade layered Washi paper sculptures, and cast metal sculpture installations. It is organized around a dialog between materials and images that exemplify four essential elements and their ongoing states of process: Fire/Earth (Hi/Taichi), Water/Air (Mizu/Kuki), Mind Essence/Beingness (Ki), Matter Energy/ Impermanence (Ku). The exhibition is accompanied by a 64 page catalog. An internationally exhibited...
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All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest accepting applications, due on April 19

Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation aka Aurora Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 14th Annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest held on May 27, 2017 at Humanities Instructional Building in University of California, Irvine. All applications must be mailed on or before April 19, 2017. The contestants will be invited to Los Angeles the weekend of May 26-28, 2017. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 scholarship and a trip to the overseas students’ Japanese Speech Award (JSA) contest to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in the summer of 2017. Starting in 2017, the Japanese teacher of...
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Glendale’s Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Tea House to host Memorial Tea for accomplished artist Tyrus Wong, May 21, 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Tea House in Brand Library Park, Glendale, will host Memorial Tea for Tyrus Wong on Sunday, May 21, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is a fundraising event by the Friends of Shoseian. Suggested entrance donation $20 per person will be paid at the door. Tyrus Wong (Oct. 25, 1910 – Dec. 30, 2016) created the look and style of Disney’s 1942 film Bambi. He recently passed away at the age of 106! Limited seating. RSVP by May 15 to friends@shoseianteahouse.com http://shoseianteahouse.com
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Okinawa Association to present “Folk music and dance of Okinawa” as the 30th Anniversary of Geinobu (Performing Art) at Armstrong Theatre, May 7 at 2:00PM

Okinawa Association of America Genobu

The Okinawa Association of America will present “the 30th Anniversary of Geinobu (Performing Arts)” on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm at the James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503. This event will bring the sights, sounds and spirits of the Ryukyu Island to the Armstrong Theatre. Doors will open at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $20. For tickets and more information, contact the OAA at oaamensore@gmail.com  or (310) 532-1929.
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Japan’s Fuzjko Hemming Piano Recital at Colburn School, May 10, 7:30PM

Fuzjko Hemming

Partially-deaf legendary pianist Fuzjko Hemming will be back in Los Angeles for a special concert in support of The Humane Society of the United States DATE: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Zipper Hall (inside the Colburn School) 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 PROGRAM: Chopin: Etudes Op.25-1, Op.10-3, Op.10-5, Op.10-12 Debussy: Jardins sous la Pluie, Clair de Lune Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14, Op.27-2 “Moonlight Sonata” Liszt: Grande Etudes de Paganini No.6 Liebestraume, La Campanella ARTIST: Fuzjko Hemming, piano TICKET: $40, $30 ($15 for seniors & students for limited amount) Brown Paper Tickets fuzjko.brownpapertickets.com (800) 838-3006...
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Aratani World Series to present “An Evening of Kyogen” with Japan’s living national treasure Mansaku Nomura, May 6-7, 5PM

An Evening of Kyogen

An Evening of Kyogen with Mansaku Nomura & Mansaku-no-Kai Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5 pm Sunday, May 7, 2017, 5 pm 5pm “Discovering Kyogen” featuring Mansai Nomura 6pm Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Performed in Japanese with English subtitles. Aratani Theatre 244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles CA 90012 Tickets $40, $30, $20 Website festivalofsacredmusic.org and JACCC.org Phone: (213) 680 3700 Thirty-five years after he first shared the joy of kyogen with Los Angeles theatergoers, Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura returns with the Mansaku-no-Kai Company for an evening of warm, life-affirming comedy. Also starring Mansai Nomura and Yukio Ishida, this program...
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Santa Rosa, Calif. to host annual Sonoma County Matsuri Festival, May 7, 11AM – 5PM

Sonoma County Matsuri Icon

SANTA ROSA, CA – Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival will return to Juilliard Park and the SOFA Arts District of downtown Santa Rosa on Sunday, May 7, from 11am to 5pm. Juilliard Park is located at 227 Santa Rosa Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Celebrating its eighth year, Matsuri! has become one of the signature cultural festivals in the North Bay. The event is organized by Sonoma County Matsuri, whose mission is to offer deep insights into Japanese culture by providing a forum for Bay Area artisans, artists, and performers of Japanese traditional arts to showcase their talents. Performances and...
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Makoto Taiko with Grammy winner Koji Nakamura to present “RISE!” concert at Arcadia Performing Arts, May 6

Makoto Taiko in Pasadena presents “RISE!” – its 11th Annual Concert on Saturday, May 6 at 7:00 pm at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. Tickets are $9.99 – $29.99. 20% discount all tickets until April 1. To buy tickets, visit www.makototaiko.org Makoto Taiko’s RISE! is a powerful concert of Japanese drumming with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura and guest artist Eien Hunter-Ishikawa. With a foundation forged from intensive training with the renowned Taiko group Ondekoza, Koji Nakamura has helped craft Makoto Taiko into one of the largest and most diverse ensembles in the...
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Screening “Ghost in the Shell” 2017 version ongoing, and Original version April 12 at 7:00PM

Screening “Ghost in the Shell” 2017 version, ongoing from March 31 release The Landmark Theater, 10850 West Pico Blvd., at Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 PG 13, 1 hour, 46 mins Screening “Ghost in the Shell” 1995 original anime version, Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm The Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Directed by Mamoru Oshii, 82 mins
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2017 / Free Sake tasting at Redac Gateway Hotel, Torrance, April 16

Yamato Sake Free Tasting

Yamato Sake Brewery presents free Sake tasting on Sunday, April 16, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Redac Gateway Hotel, 20801 S. Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501, (310) 212-5222. World-renown sake brewer Tetsuya Sakurai will be pouring two of Yamato’s incredible sakes. Yamato Sake is imported by Delori Beverages. For more information, contact Kaz Tachibana at (310) 857-4860.
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2017 / Koto master Yoko Awaya to present 40th anniversary koto concert at Armstrong Theater, April 15

As of April 13, tickets are sold out. The Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory (Awaya-kai) will present the 40th Anniversary Awaya-kai Koto Concert on Saturday, April 15 from 2 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance. The concert program is a diverse, international mix of musical genres to be performed by Awaya-kai members and special guest musicians and dancers. Awaya-kai was founded in 1975 by Yoko Awaya, a koto and jiuta sangen performing artist and teacher trained at the famed Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Tokyo. Since then, Awaya-kai has been dedicated to raising awareness of koto...
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2017 / Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute to host “Vision of the Japanese American Incarceration 1942-2017” exhibition, April 15

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute will be having a one day art show called, “Visions of the Japanese American Incarceration 1942-2017.” It will feature a few artifacts created in the camps, a few photos taken at Manzanar by Toyo Miyatake, and art by local artists. It will take place Saturday April 15th from 10am-4pm at the GVJCI. There will be a painting demonstration by local artist Ron Libbrecht in the afternoon around 1:30. Also at the GVJCI Genie Nakano and Alvin Takamori will be doing a book signing for “Colorful Lives.” The book is a collection of tanka...
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