2017 / TAIKOPROJECT “Rhythmic Relations 2017” at Warner Grand Theatre in downtown San Pedro, June 18

TAIKOPROJECT

TAIKOPROJECT presents Rhythmic Relations 2017 Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017 Time: 7:00 PM Warner Grand Theatre 478 W 6th St (at Pacific) San Pedro, CA 90731 Map & Directions Reserved Seating: $25 Purchase online at wgt.tix.com Phone: (213) 268-4011 Email: taikoproject@gmail.com Website: http://www.taikoproject.com/ With over 50 performers pounding on the largest taiko drums in Southern California, TAIKOPROJECT energizes the audience with bombastic beats and energetic choreography. In Rhythmic Relations 2017, TAIKOPROJECT will join sister groups Bombu (adult) Taiko and Kitsune (youth) Taiko, for an evening of some of the most innovative American taiko music found today. They will also debut...
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Japan Foundation to present preview of “In This Corner of the World” with director and producer in person, July 1, 1:30PM (Sold Out)

As of June 18, all seats are taken The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents a special sneak preview of In This Corner of the World (129mins. / PG-13) In Japanese with English subtitles Directed by Sunao Katabuchi Based on the Award-Winning Manga by Fumiyo Kouno Director Sunao Katabuchi & Producer Taro Maki will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Date & Time: Saturday, July 1, 2017 @1:30pm Venue: 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite M101, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (This screening will be at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room) *No parking validation available. Street parking is available near the venue. Click here for...
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LA Event Link – Kabuki music with master percussionist at Nakano Theatre, July 1, 7:00PM

Fuji Japanese Music presents Kabuki Music Performance with the Master Percussionist Katada Shinjuro IV Saturday, July 1, 7:00PM George Nakano Theatre 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503 Tickets: $15 at doors, $8 for students For more information, visit Fuji Japanese Music
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Award-winning animated feature “In This Corner of the World” to go theaters in LA, NY, SF, and major cities in the U.S., August 11

In This Corner of the World: 2017 LA Film Festival World Fiction Competition – North American Festival Premiere An empowering coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of World War II, In This Corner of the World is a captivating story about the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. Based on the award-winning Japanese manga by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner of the World is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi and produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA. Bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, this acclaimed animated feature recently won the coveted Animation of...
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Textile dye art class by Setsuko Hayashi, every Wednesday in Little Tokyo, 10am – 2 pm

Setsuko Hayashi

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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Mitsuru Sushi & Grill opens for breakfast at 9:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends

Meet in Little Tokyo / Mitsuru Sushi & Grill opens for breakfast at 9:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends Mitsuru Sushi & Grill has been a fixture in Little Tokyo for 40 years. Mitsuru Sushi & Grill 316 East 1st Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 626-4046 Nearest parking: Aiso Street Parking (Underground) at First and Aiso Streets. Breakfast Menu Gaches (a Little Tokyo Favorite for breakfast!) – Served with toast & hash browns or rice – Your choice of meat scrambled with eggs & vegetables Bacon or Sausage … 8.50 Spam or Hamburger...
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Nearest Parking Lot to Mitsuru Sushi & Grill: Aiso Street Parking

Little Tokyo Aiso Parking Lot


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2017 / LA Event Link – A screening for Understanding the Whale War, June 14 & 17

Behind The COVE

LA Event Link – A screening for Understanding the Whale War, June 14 & 17 + Understanding the Whale War A Film Screening of Behind “THE COVE” http://www.behindthecove.com/index_en.html Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017, 3:30 pm to 6:30pm Film Screening: 3:50 pm to 5:40 pm Discussion with Director Keiko Yagi: 5:40 pm to 6:30 pm UCLA, Research Library (Charles E. Young) Presentation Room (Room 11348) https://www.library.ucla.edu/events/understanding-whale-war Free & Open to public. RSVP required. A Film Screening of Behind “THE COVE” http://www.behindthecove.com/index_en.html Saturday, June 17, 2017, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm The Terasaki Nibei Foundation, 11570 W. Olympic Blvd.. Los Angeles, CA...
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2017 / US Sumo Open 2017 in Long Beach, June 17

US Sumo Open to be held at Cal State Long Beach Pyramid, June 17 SATURDAY, June 17, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (doors open 12 noon) Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach You will see the most dynamic sumo action yet. Over 60 sumo stars from 15 countries are training now for the 2017 US Sumo Open, with many repeat powerhouses from last year. Returning to the Pyramid for the 4th year in a row, the US Sumo Open is not to be missed. At the 2016 US SUMO OPEN, 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba reclaimed...
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2017 / Asia America Symphony Assn to present “An Evening with Keiko Matsui” June 16

Keiko Matsui Headshot

Award Winning, Jazz Pianist, Keiko Matsui, Collaborates with David Benoit and the Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra Featuring Selections from Her New Album Journey To The Heart Spend an intimate evening with internationally acclaimed pianist, composer & humanitarian, Keiko Matsui on June 16, 2017, at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Ms. Matsui has entertained audiences for over 30 years with her unique piano stylings, and this evening will truly be one to remember.  She will perform selections from her new album, Journey to the Heart, which will take you through an uncharted path of her soul...
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2017 / 100 Kimono sale by appointment at Sunland, June 9 – 12

100 Kimono Project

Forwarded for the 100 Kimono Project Kimono & Yukata Sale by appointment June 9 at 7:00 pm through June 12 at 7:00pm Michael Helms Photography 10349 Siesta Drive, Sunland, CA 91040 The 100 Kimono Project / Yakata & Kimono Sale! We are selling all the kimonos that we used in the shoot, so we can get more from Japan!!! By appointment only – Please email me. I have 100+ – used and new kimono, Juban, Tabi, etc. – Kimono – used and new (Women, Men, Kids) – Yukata – Samue – Juban – Tabi – Hagire – Geta –...
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2017 / Shige Higashi is working on the June/July issue now

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Cultural News editor & publisher Shige Higashi is working on the June/July issue of Cultural News now. The target publishing date is Wednesday, June 14. Cultural News editor is accepting: Reports on Japanese cultural events Announcements of Japanese cultural events Please send your submissions to editor@culturalnews.com To view free sample of the April/May issue, visit the link Cultural News subscription costs $30 for 12 issue. For subscription, visit www.culturalnews.com/subscription
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