LACMA: New Japanese painting exhibition features Yoshio Ikezaki

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Atmosphere in Japanese Painting September 15, 2017–February 4, 2018 In the Japanese language, there are about 50 words for rain, but also an equivalent surfeit of terms for snow, mist, and fog. Relatively simple painting tools are available to the Japanese artist—paper (washi), ink (sumi), water-based or mineral pigments, which, in formal situations, are applied to silk. Only the most skilled artists can convey the rush of water, rising mist or humidity, the chill of a frosty winter evening, and snow laced decoratively through an environment. Atmosphere in Japanese Painting, presenting a...
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LACMA: “Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from Gerber Collection” ongoing

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from the Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry Pavilion for Japanese Art May 28, 2017–February 4, 2018 The 1830s marked the beginning of a renaissance in Japanese cloisonné production. Though small objects incorporating enamels were produced in Japan prior to the 19th century, a new generation of artisans developed techniques that enabled the creation of three-dimensional vessels, greater flexibility in surface design, and a number of different enameling styles. During the “golden age” of Japanese cloisonné production (approximately 1880–1910), intricate decorations, sophisticated use of color,...
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Legacy project for Japanese American wartime detention site at Tuna Canyon: Fundraiser set for Oct.8 at 11:00 am at Quiet Cannon

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition will hold a fundraising luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 11:00 am, to help support efforts to preserve and share the stories of Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, Japanese Peruvians, and others unjustly detained after the outbreak of World War II. Featured during the luncheon will be an original performance created especially for the event by the Grateful Crane Ensemble based on the diaries, letters, and poems of the Tuna Canyon prisoners detained between December 1941 and October 1943. Also honored will be the unsung heroes of the Japanese American community, among them...
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Author Talk: Steve Ryfle , author of “Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa” at Little Tokyo, Oct. 14, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

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On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Steve Ryfle comes to the Little Tokyo Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library to present ISHIRO HONDA: A LIFE IN FILM, FROM GODZILLA TO KUROSAWA, the first major overview of the life and career of the director behind the original GODZILLA (1954) and many of its beloved sequels and spin-offs of the 1950s and ‘60s. Ryfle is a former Los Angeles Times reporter as well as a noted scholar of Japanese science-fiction and film; he co-wrote the book with Ed Godziszewski, also a noted genre scholar. Nearly 10 years...
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Play: “Little Women” by Velina Hasu Houston / The Attic Theater, Oct. 28 – Nov. 21

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Play: Little Women by Velina Hasu Houston directed by Jon Lawrence Riviera Oct. 28 – Nov. 21, 2017 Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 4 pm, Monday 8 pm The ATTIC Theatre, 5429 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 A world premiere multicultural transposition by Velina Hasu Houston inspired by the Louisa May Alcott novel. In 1955, Josephine Mayeda and her sisters Meg, Amy, and Beth are emerging in the midst of the history of Japanese Americans who found a place for themselves in Los Angeles’ African American neighborhoods after WWII’s forced incarceration camps.
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Women’s Leadership: $2000 scholarship for female students, application accepting until Oct.31

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The American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) is currently accepting scholarship applications for 2017. AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S. – Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. Since the founding of the organization, scholarships have been awarded every year to outstanding female students. This year each awardee will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Application deadline is October 31, 2017.
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Nisei Week: Chronicle Photos by Nobuyuki Okada at Koban

Nisei Week Photo Exhibit by Nobuyuki Okada at Koban

Nobuyuki Takeda’s Photo Exhibition of 77th Annual Nisei Week & the Past Decade Nisei Week Japanese Festival Featuring: 2017 Nisei Week Opening Ceremony, Queen Coronation, Grand Parade, Baby Show, former Queens & Courts, and more Free Admission Place: Little Tokyo Koban & Vistor’s Center, 307East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 613-1911 Date: August 19 through October 31, 2017 Time: Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM, Sunday, Aug. 20 & 27 (Closed other Sundays) For information, contact Nobuyuki Okada via
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Lecture “Deities in Japanese Art: Shinto” Sept. 19

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Special Lecture Series ” Deities in Japanese Art” Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm: Session 1: Shinto Oct. 10: Session 2: Buddhas Nov. 14: Session 3: Bodhisattvas Dec. 19: Session 4: Wisdom Kings Jan. 16: Session 5: Celestial Beings  
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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 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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Japanese American National Museum “Special Display: Sadako’s Crane” ongoing

Japanese American National Museum Special Display  Sadako’s Crane The crane is currently on display in JANM’s Hirasaki National Resource Center and viewable as part of admission to the museum. Please check the HNRC page for its hours. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. When she was twelve, she contracted leukemia and was hospitalized. One of her roommates at the hospital told her about the Japanese belief that anyone who folds one thousand cranes would be granted a wish, so Sadako began folding cranes with the hope...
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Terasaki Budokan: Groundbreaking ceremony for $25 million community sports facility project

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The groundbreaking ceremony of a $25 million-project to build community sports facility in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, was held by Little Tokyo Service Center in the morning of August 3, 2017. The sports facility was named Terasaki Budokan in honor late Dr. Paul I Terasaki because his family foundation provided a critical lift to the fundraising efforts. 38,000 square foot gymnasium will include: two indoor basketball courts, martial arts tournament space, community room, garden view terrace, garden & special event space, community garden, children’s play area, and underground parking. Taiko drumming and a ceremonial Aikido performance kicked off the...
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FDR Presidential Library in New York exhibiting WW II Japanese American concentration camp photos through 2017

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Images of Internment: the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York 12538 Feb. 19, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017 On February 19, 2017 — the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 — the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York opened a new photographic exhibition entitled, Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, with over 200 photographs including the work of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. The exhibit is on display...
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