2018 / Japanese American National Museum to hold 2018 Gala Dinner, April 21

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Japanese American National Museum 2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction Service to Democracy Honoring Senator Mazie K. Hirono Award of Excellence Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga Award of Excellence Saturday, April 21, 2018 Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 Democracy thrives only when individuals take it upon themselves to fight for it. The Japanese American National Museum’s 2018 Gala Dinner will celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond what most average citizens do to ensure that the United States lives up to its promise. Sponsorship Opportunities For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, Gala Dinner...
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2018 / San Diego Guitar Festival Opening Night featuring Shin-Ichi Fukuda at Japanese Friendship Garden, April 20

On April 20, 2018, San Diego Guitar Festival and Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego will join forces to present Japan’s premier classical guitarist, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, in a 7pm concert at the Inamori Pavilion for the opening night of San Diego Guitar Festival’s third anniversary season. His first-time performance in San Diego, Fukuda has prepared a concert featuring a program of modern Japanese music, including a new work dedicated to him in 2017, as well as a selection of works by the leading 20th-century Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu. Friday, April 20, at 7:00PM Inamori Pavilion Japanese Friendship Garden of...
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2018 / Cancelled: Evening with author Naomi Hirahara at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, April 20

This event is postponed: The new date will be announced.   Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena A Special Evening with author Naomi Hirahar Friday, April 20, 2018, 5pm to 7:30pm At A Glance https://japanesegardenpasadena.z2systems.com/event.jsp?event=1612&; A special evening with Edgar Award-winning author, Naomi Hirahara, will be held at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena to celebrate the release of Hiroshima Boy, the final novel in her Mas Arai series. The evening will begin with wine and appetizers and a chance to talk to the author. A graduate of Stanford University, Naomi has also written many books about gardening and...
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2018 / Little Tokyo Short Story Contest to present dramatic readings of winning stories, April 19

Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest Winners to be honored at Public Reception on April 19 Actors to Present Dramatic Readings of Three Winning Stories The Little Tokyo Historical Society will honor the winners for the fifth annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest at a public reception on Thursday, April 19, from 6 to 8 PM at the Union Church of Los Angeles, 401 E. Third St., in Little Tokyo. The contest included adult, youth and Japanese-language categories. At the reception, performers Kurt Ikeda and Mike Hagiwara will present dramatic readings of the English-language winners’ work, while actress...
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2018 / Script of Joint Press Conference of Present Trump and Prime Minister Abe, April 18

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _____________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                             April 18, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRIME MINISTER ABE OF JAPAN IN JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach, Florida 6:16 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  I want to begin today by expressing my deep condolences to the entire Bush family on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, a wonderful, wonderful person.  For decades, Barbara was a titan in American life.  Her presence and character were engraved into America’s identity. Her strength and toughness really embodied the spirit of our country. ...
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2018/ /Orange County Buddhist Church Hanamatsuri Festival, April 14-15

Forwarded for Orange County Buddhist Church On the weekend of April 14th – 15th, the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim is sponsoring a festival in celebration of the birth of the Buddha. The two-day event will feature exhibits and performances uniquely Japanese, as well as a variety of foods, games, boutique and craft items. Admission is free. Parking at Magnolia HS; free shuttle service to/from festival. Saturday, April 14th, 1:00 – 8:00 pm Sunday, April 15th, 1:00 – 8:00 pm 909 S. Dale Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804 Contact Name:  Orange County Buddhist Church Contact Phone: (714) 827 9590...
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2018 / Van Nuys Japanese Garden to present ‘Ukulele Garden Experience, April 15

The Japanese Garden (Suihoen) 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 ‘Ukulele Garden Experience Sunday, April 15, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm General Admission: $5 Garden Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Last gate admission: 3:15 pm ‘Ukulele Garden Walk Interactive Exhibit with Garden Admission 11:30 am Ukulele Products & Discovery Stations 12:15 pm Community Concert & ‘Ukulele Jam-Aong Ticket Event ($30) Rhythm N’ UKEs Workshop Demo, 1-2 pm Jason Arimoto with Kilauea: Blues ‘Ukulele Concert, 2-3 pm
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2018 / Cherry Blossom Festival at Glendale’s Japanese Friendship Garden, April 15

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The Japan Foundation Los Angeles and the Friends of Shoseian will sponsor Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) at Shoseian Japanese Friendship Garden in Brand Park, 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201, on Sunday, April 15, 2018, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Admission free. Sakura Matsuri Schedule: 10:00am: Koto Performance – By Saeko V. 10:30am: J-Pop & Anime Songs Performance – by Yui SensationaL(DJ), Canae(Vo.), Ryo Taie(G.), Noyuri(Dancer) 11:00am: Urasenke Tea Ceremony – by Keiko Nakada 11:45am: J-Pop & Anime Songs Performance – by Yui SensationaL(DJ), Canae(Vo.), Ryo Taie(G.), Noyuri(Dancer) 12:00 noon: Kendo Demo – by Pasadena Kendo Club 12:30pm: Karate Demo 1:00pm: Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony 1:20pm: Akita Angels : Rescue Dog...
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2018 / USC to present screening of film featuring actress Kirin Kiki and Q/A with Kiki in person, April 14

Film Screening of “Journey with the Gods: The Rebuilding of Ise Jingu Shrine” and Q/A with Actress Kirin Kiki Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM RSVP   Free University of Southern California/ University Park Campus Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Rosen Family Screening Room (Room 227) http://jingukirin.com/trailer/ Veteran actress Kirin Kiki, who won the Best Actress Award at the 30th Nantes Festival of the Three Continents for Still Walking, embarks on her first pilgrimage to the Ise Grand Shrine, during the ceremonial rebuilding of the shrine that happens once every twenty years. The screening of “Journey with the Gods” (Jingu Kirin:...
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2018 / Rotary Community Peace Conference at Aratani Theatre, Little Tokyo, April 14

Rotary Community Peace Conference, April 14, 2018 Waging Peace: Perspectives for Action What can we do in today’s conflicted world to make a meaningful impact on progress towards peace? Join us to learn from today’s children, who are our future peacemakers, and yesterday’s survivors in an inspiring program. When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Place: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Aratani Theatre 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles 90012 There is no parking at JACCC. Use near-by public parking lots. MC: Mr. Fritz Coleman of KNBC Admission is free Program includes: Glendale...
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2018 / Japan Foundation free screening of documentary about an architect and his wife with narrator Kirin Kiki in person, April 13

Japan Foundation Los Angeles / Special JAPANEMA Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California Life Is Getting Beautiful. Documentary of Old Architect Couple Life is Fruity    (91mins, 2017) In Japanese with English subtitle Directed by Kenshi Fushihara / Narrated by Kirin Kiki In-person Discussion with Kirin Kiki (Narrator), Kenshi Fushihara (Director) and Katsuhiko Abuno (Producer) April 13, 2018, 7:00PM The Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Auditorium 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Admission Free: Reservation is not required. Enjoy Fresh Sunkist Oranges & Marmalade (prepared by a food expert Naoko Takei Moore) This documentary was produced by Tokai TV...
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2018 / Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Gallery: Brushstrokes and Blooms: The Calligraphy and Ikebana of Shizuko Greenblatt, now – April 13

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena Brushstrokes and Blooms: The Calligraphy and Ikebana of Shizuko Greenblatt January 18 – April 13 En Gallery Shizuko Greenblatt was born into a samurai family and was trained in various artistic traditions including painting, calligraphy, sculpture and flower arrangement, in both Japan and the United States. Now based in Los Angeles, she has focused her artistic talents for the past 25 years on dynamic expressionistic paintings that incorporate both calligraphy and Japanese ikebana (flower arranging). This new solo exhibition, featuring 20 works spanning the last decade of Greenblatt’s calligraphic and floral fusion series, will...
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