Ford Theatres to host “Rhythmic Relations 2018” — Japanese taiko meets Bollywood, June 23 at 8:00PM

Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT returns to the Ford Theatres in Hollywood with its thrilling, heart-pounding and joyous blend of percussion and choreography, joined by youth performing group Kitsune Taiko and special guest Blue13 Dance Company. The show opens with new and favorite taiko songs, followed by an exhilarating, fun and inspiring mix of percussion and contemporary Indian dance. Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m.  The grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. In addition to a variety of food and beverages available on site, patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink (wine and beer are...
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Arizona: Phoenix-based taiko master Ken Koshio to present “Taiko Extravaganza 2018” June 23, 7:00PM

Scottsdale, AZ – Ancient Sounds of Peace and K2 Enterprise present “Ken Koshio TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – The Tree of Life” at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2ndz Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Taiko Extravaganza 2018 is the 4th annual show of Ken Koshio and his groups in Arizona. Tickets: $30 – $50 https://www.kenkoshio.com/show
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Art Club of San Diego to present 16th annual exhibition of Japanese art and sumi-e painting at Balboa Park, June 23, 24

The Art Club of San Diego The 16th annual exhibition of Japanese art, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, in Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California. The exhibition will feature sumi-e paintings, nihonga, byobu, ceramics, and Sogetsu School of Ikebana floral arrangements. For more information, contact: Joseph Crosss  sumijoe@gmail.com  (619)584-7727 For information about the Balboa Park, the general public can...
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Nikkei Games, “Games for the Generations” set for Aug. 4 at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach

24th Nikkei Games “Games for the Generation” Track and Field Invitational August 4, 2018, Check-in time from 8:00 am to 8:45 am Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach 17071 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, 92647 Applications for the Aug. 24 Nikkei Games are now on-line at www.nikkeigames.org This Invitational Track and Field meet is open to individuals and/or families in Japanese and/or Japanese American sponsored programs from the age of one year old to over 80. This fun family day event concludes around 1:00 pm, bring grandparents, bento, drinks, and shade. School rules do not permit food or drinks...
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Pasadena Japanese garden hosting “Mirage: Kimono Silk as Pigment by Sumi Foley” at its En Gallery, June 8 – July 29

Mirage: Kimono Silk as Pigment by Sumi Foley June 8 – July 29 En Gallery at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 http://www.japanesegardenpasadena.com/ Inspired by her grandmother, Japanese artist Sumi Foley has been cutting up pieces of antique kimono fabric and lovingly piecing them together into textile mosaics that speak of a reconstructed connection to her homeland and its traditions and to nature. Sumi was born in Osaka, Japan. Sumi combines traditional Japanese aesthetics and her own unique vision and technique to create her art pieces for more than 30 years. www.sumifabricart.com  
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Cultural News 2018 June Issue on sale now

Highlights of the June 2018 issue: Hollywood filmmakers Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck’s 400 Japanese photography collection was acquired by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The exhibition “Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection” will be held at the Sackler Gallery from Sept. 29, 2018 through Jan. 21, 2019. Folk Arts: The Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles’s “Bamboo” exhibition features from traditional baskets to contemporary sculptures of the Cotsen Collection, and the Fibonacci Tunnel (2018) by Akio Hizume, from...
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Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries acquires Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection of Japanese photographs

The Smithsonian’s the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington DC announce that Freer and Sackler Galleries have acquired the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection of Japanese photographs. To celebrate the acquisition, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open the exhibition “Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection” on Sept. 29, 2018. The exhibition will run through Jan. 21, 2019. To read about exhibitions of Japanese art, subscribe monthly Cultural News. http://www.culturalnews.com/subscription
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Las Vegas / Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art “Primal Water” Exhibition, June 29 – Oct. 21

Bellagio Resort & Casino 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Primal Water June 29 – Oct. 21, 2018 Celebrates Significant Japanese Artists New Exhibition to Feature Works by Contemporary Artists Showcasing diverse Japanese artworks connected to the theme of water’s vitality to the existence of life, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art  will unveil its new exhibition, Primal Water, on June 29. The exhibition is curated by Midori Nishizawa and includes important works of post-war and contemporary Japanese art. Primal Water includes 28 works in various forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, site-specific...
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Glendale Downtown Central Library presents exhibit on wartime Japanese incarceration, now – July 8

Glendale Downtown Central Library 222 E Harvard Street, Glendale, CA 91205 ReflectSpace Gallery Accused of No Crime Japanese Incarceration in America May 29 – July 8, 2018 Opening Reception Friday, June 1, 6:30 pm ReflectSpace Gallery at Downtown Central Library presents Accused of No Crime: Japanese Incarceration in America. An exhibition which examines a massive civil rights violation committed in our own backyard by our own government: the “crimeless” imprisonment by the US government of 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry during WWII. The artists in Accused of No Crime reflect on the historical context of the...
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Huntington Library Japanese Teahouse Tour,July 7, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Huntington JGarden 05 Teahouse

Japanese Teahouse Tours June 11, July 9 & Aug. 13 (Mondays) 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Learn about the history of the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered at 20-minute intervals on the second Monday of every month. Known as Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze), the teahouse was built in Kyoto in the 1960s and was gifted to the Pasadena Buddhist Temple, where it was used to promote the philosophy of Chanoyu (the Way of Tea). In 2010, the structure was donated to The Huntington; and, after renovation in Kyoto, it was...
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Nisei Week Ondo Practice, July 19, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

2018 Nisei Week Ondo Choreographer: Mme. Fujima Kansuma 2018 Parade Songs: 1) Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020 2) Victory by Exile Equipment needed:  Tenugui and Uchiwa Dance Teachers Demonstration: June 6, Wednesday, 7:00pm Centenary United Methodist Church- Social Hall Public Dance Practices: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza 6:30pm- 9:00pm July 19, 24, 26, 31 and August 2 July 19- Parade dances only July 24, 26, 31 and Aug 2 6:30-7:45-parade instruction, 8:00-9:00pm- ondo (folk dances) instruction Opening Ceremony: JANM, July 15, 1pm (Invitation Only) Nisei Week Grand Parade: Streets of Little Tokyo, August 12, 4:00pm start time Ondo...
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Nisei Week Baby Show, July 28, 9:00AM – 2:00PM, Centenary United Methodist Church, Little Tokyo

2018 Nisei Week Baby Show Applications Now Available LOS ANGELES – June 5, 2018 – The 2018 Nisei Week Baby Show will be held on Saturday, July 28 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Children 1 year to 6 years of age are encouraged to enter this great family event in one of three categories: Tiny Tots – 1 year to 23 months old (check-in 9 am/10 am judging); Romper Stompers – 2 to 3 years old (check-in 11 am/12 pm judging); and Jet Setters – 4 to 6 and 1 month years old...
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