Pacific Standard Time LA/LA : “Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora” at Japanese American National Museum, Now – Feb. 25

Japanese American National Museum TRANSPACIFIC BORDERLANDS: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo September 17, 2017 – February 25, 2018 Transpacific Borderlands will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. By looking at the work of Japanese Latin American artists, the exhibition will show how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. Transpacific Borderlands is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a...
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Japan Foundation Lecture: Deities in Japanese Art (Session 5) Jan. 16, 7PM

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Special Lecture Series in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art Deities in Japanese Art Session 5: Celestial Beings by Michael VanHartingsveldt Tuesday, January 16, 7PM Information and reservation: https://www.jflalc.org/ac-lecture46-deities5
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Terasaki Nibei Lecture: “What is Shinto? The Way of Kami” Jan. 16, 7PM

Forwarded for Shusse Inari Shrine of America On January 1st, we were able to successfully complete our New Years ceremony, and are grateful to have been able to welcome so many people! We pray for your happiness and prosperity in 2018! We are happy to announce that on January 16th, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa, our shrine’s senior priest, will be giving an introductory lecture on Shinto entitled, “What is Shinto? the Way of the Kami” This is a great opportunity to learn more about Shinto and Japanese culture.  Please find more information below: Announcing lecture: “What is Shinto? The Way...
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Huntington Library Lecture: Portland Japanese Garden, Jan. 23, 7:30PM

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Huntington Library Portland Japanese Garden: The Journey Continues Jan. 23 (Tuesday) 7:30 p.m. For more than 50 years, the Portland Japanese Garden has been a haven of serenity and an important center for Japanese culture. Join garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama as he reflects on the garden’s recent expansion and its newly founded institute for teaching garden history, design, construction, and maintenance. Free; no reservations required. Rothenberg Hall
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Japan Film Festival Los Angeles: Fundraising concert with “L-Duo” Jan. 27 at 7:00PM

Forwarded for Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2018 L-Duo Live at Chanoma House 305 Indiana Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 Saturday, January 27, 7:00PM $20 Advance, $25 at Door $10 Oyster Bar with a drink (optional) Reserve your tickets at ticketbud.com. The JFFLA is hosting a fundraising concert with L-Duo from Japan and a special guest Jim Kimo West, the guitar player of Weird Al Yankovic. L-duo is a band based in Tokyo, Japan.  Masanori Narikawa (guitar) and Shouji Haruna (sax, flute) are both acclaimed studio musicians and they have been playing together since their first performance together at...
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Jazz: Yu Ooka and Yvette Nii Duo, Jan. 27 at 7PM in Gardena

Yu Ooka and Yvette Nii Duo Concert Wine & Tapas “Can-Zo” 18212 South Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248 Saturday, January 27, at 7:00pm $15 music charge https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3225804
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Little Tokyo short story contest accepting entries until Jan. 31

The Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks fictional short stories for “Imagine Little Tokyo” contest. Entries for the English language, Japanese language and English -youth (18 and younger) categories are due Jan. 31. The story has to be fictional and set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Each category winner will win $500 in cash and have their short story published in The Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei Website. A public award ceremony and reading of the winning stories will take place in the spring of 2018. For more information, visit the Little...
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Huntington Library: Bonsai-Thon, Feb. 24-25

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Huntington Library Bonsai-a-Thon Feb. 24–25 (Saturday–Sunday) 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Southern California bonsai masters will share their passion for the art form in this annual event that includes exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a “bonsai bazaar,” and a live auction at 3 p.m. each day. Proceeds from the event support the Golden State Bonsai Collection at The Huntington. General admission. Brody Botanical Center
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Japan Foundation Japanese language courses, Jan. 10 – Mar. 24

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The Japan Foundation Los Angeles will provide “JF Nihongo Winter 2018” Japanese language course from Jan. 20 – March 24 JF Nihongo Winter 2018 January 20 – March 24 The Japan Foundation Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Three Beginner-level Japanese-language courses: * Everyday Japanese 1 (Saturday, 9:30 am – 11:30 am) * Everyday Japanese 2 (Saturday, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm) * Everyday Japanese 3 (Saturday, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm) In each class, students will learn concepts and communication skills which are essential to having a well-rounded understanding of everyday Japanese. A...
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LA Art Show to host 4 Japanese galleries, Jan. 10-14

LA Art Show will be held from Jan. 10-14 at Los Angeles Convention Center. Four Japan-based art galleries will present their booths at LA Art Show 2018. https://www.laartshow.com Gallery Fukuda (Booth #6033) Niigata-based Gallery Fukuda was founded in 1985, and a member of Tokyo Art Club. Gallery Fukuda will present a variety of Japanese art form traditional to contemporary including Ryuma Imai, popular artist in Japan and Asia; established artist Kenji Misawa; and Maiko Muro. Mizoe Gallery (Booth #4028) Mizoe Art Galleries are located in Fukuoka and Tokyo with peaceful gardens. Mizoe Gallery is specialized in collections of modern...
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Huntington Library: Public Programs Exhibition, January – February

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Public programs and events More public programs are added regularly; check huntington.org for updates —JANUARY— Telling it Like It Is: Painter Frederick Hammersley’s Remarkable Account of his Painting Practice and Materials Jan. 18 (Thursday) 7:30 p.m. As part of his painting practice, abstract artist Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009) kept meticulous documentation of his process and materials, and had great concern for the permanence of his work. Hammersley’s Painting Books, compiled over the course of nearly 40 years, describe in minute detail the specifics of the creation of hundreds of individual abstract geometric works. Scientist Alan Phenix of the Getty Conservation...
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2018 / Aratani Theatre: Tenrikyo Yoki Daiko Concert for its 20th anniversary, Jan 13

At Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, on Saturday, January 13, from 8pm, Tenrikyo Yoki Daiko is presenting Tsunagari: Connections to Our Past, Present, and Future concert, which reflects the group’s musical vision to tie its first 20 years of growth with new creative ideas moving forward. Several songs from Yoki Daiko’s repertoire will be included alongside new numbers being performed by the group for the first time. Featured performers of the concert include the children’s taiko class at the Tenrikyo Church, Chibi Taiko, former members from the early years of Yoki Daiko, and special guest artist Shamisen...
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