Protected: Bilingual opera “Madama Butterfly” livestream broadcast set for April 14, 2:00PM

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2019 / Aratani Theatre to host Pacific Opera Project’s ambitious bilingual “Madama Butterfly” April 6, 13, 14

Aratani Theatre to host Pacific Opera Project’s ambitious bilingual “Madama Butterfly” April 6, 13, 14 + Special Opening Night Dinner and Reception “Sake To Me” to be held, April 6 On April 6, 13 and 14, 2019 at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in LA’s Little Tokyo, Pacific Opera Project presents its most ambitious production to date: the first ever true-to-story bilingual Madama Butterfly . With a new libretto written by Pacific Opera Project Artistic Director Josh Shaw and Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Eiki Isomura, the production presents Puccini’s story as...
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Protected: 2019 / Scripps College lecture to present unique “Japanese Dance” April 10

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Protected: 2019 / Japan Foundation: A Revolution in Movement – The Traditional and Innovative World of Dance – Lecture and Demonstration by Umekawa Ichinosuke, April 8

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Protected: 2019 / Los Angeles Concert: Jazz, April 7

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2019 / Los Angeles’ Buddhists to observe celebration of Buddha’s birth, Apr. 7

“Hanamatsuri” – the Commemorative Service of Buddha’s Birth – Gathering of Traditional Japanese Buddhist Temples Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation, consists of 8 local temples (Higashi Honganji, Jodo Shu, Koyasan, Long Beach Buddhist Church, Nichiren Shu, Nishi Hongwanji, Senshin, and Zenshuji), annually observes the special service called “Hanamatsuri” to celebrate the Buddha’s birth. According to several legends, Buddhist followers celebrate the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, by pouring sweet tea upon the top of the baby-Buddha statuette, ornamented by colorful flowers, and the special service featuring this ritual is called “Hanamatsuri,” which means the flower festival...
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2019 / Special guest from Japan, classical dancer Umekawa Ichinosuke, to be featured at fundraising for Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, April 6

Forwarded for Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden A Taste of Japan, 2019 Saturday April 6 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Flyer Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena Registration $60 each   (includes valet parking) We will welcome a special guest from Japan, classical dancer Umekawa Ichinosuke, who will perform a demonstration of classical dance in the garden. Our art space En Gallery will also be open for the evening, featuring an exhibition of tea ceramics and prints by local artist Julie Bagish, whose work has been profoundly inspired by Japanese art and culture. Tickets to the event will be $60 each, including...
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2019 / Pasadena garden event to feature classical Japanese dancer with unique style, April 6

A Taste of Japan, 2019 Saturday April 6 5pm to 8pm Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Registration $60 each (includes valet parking) The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena will welcome a special guest to the Taste of Japan event on Saturday evening, April 6. Umekawa Ichinosuke, blends ballet, kabuki and traditional Japanese buyo to create his own unique style of classical Japanese dance. He will perform for guests at the event held in support of the garden and celebrating the food, beverages and arts of Japan. Born in Hita City, Oita, Umekawa graduated from Niigata University and in 2005...
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Newport Beach Film Festival to screen “Day and Night” (2019) as Japanese Spotlight Program, May 1

COSTA MESA, Calif – The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival will be held at Triangle Cinema in Costa Mesa from April 25 – May 2. Among the festival’s programs, the Pacific Rim Showcase Celebration will honor the best in Asian and Australian filmmaking.  The celebration program consists of the Spotlight screening of the participating countries’ films and the after party. In this year, Pacific Rim Showcase Japanese Spotlight is set for Wednesday, May 1 with a feature screening of Day and Night (2019, 134 min. Japanese title: Day and Night) directed by Michihito Fujii. Gritty crime drama Day...
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Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival, Mar. 31, 11:00AM – 4:00PM

The City of Torrance Community Services Department presents its eight annual Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival on Sunday, March 31, from 11 am to 4 pm at Columbia Park in Torrance. facebook.com/TorranceCherryBlossom
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Van Nuys’ Japanese Garden to feature Ikebana Exhibition, Mar. 31, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

The Japanese Garden & Sogetsu San Fernando Valley Branch Present An Ikebana Exhibition Honoring the Branch’s Founder, Kyoko Kassarjian Sensei, As She Celebrates Her 85th Birthday Come Discover the Beauty of Ikebana Sunday, March 31st, 2019 10:00AM until 4:00PM (Last Gate Admission at 3:15PM) Featuring Arrangements Throughout the Garden and a Live Demonstration by Members of the Branch at 1:00 PM General Admission: $5  /  Seniors 62 and Older: $3 / Children 12 and Under: $3 Location: The Japanese Garden 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (Between Victory & Burbank) Information: (818) 756-8166 www.thejapanesegarden.com
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Pasadena – Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden – Third Annual Pasadena Festival of Tea, Mar. 31, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 http://japanesegardenpasadena.com March 31, 2019 Third Annual Pasadena Festival of Tea Open Day Last Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $12. Online / $15 at the Gate Includes a tea tasting cup Tea Ceremony Demonstrations Niko-an Teahouse (reservation required) 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. $15 One of the garden’s most popular events, the Pasadena Festival of Tea will be held again this year at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden during its regular Open Day Last Sunday on March 31 from 10am to 4pm. With spring in full bloom in the garden,...
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