2017 / Free Sake tasting at Redac Gateway Hotel, Torrance, April 16

Yamato Sake Free Tasting

Yamato Sake Brewery presents free Sake tasting on Sunday, April 16, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Redac Gateway Hotel, 20801 S. Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501, (310) 212-5222. World-renown sake brewer Tetsuya Sakurai will be pouring two of Yamato’s incredible sakes. Yamato Sake is imported by Delori Beverages. For more information, contact Kaz Tachibana at (310) 857-4860.
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2017 / Koto master Yoko Awaya to present 40th anniversary koto concert at Armstrong Theater, April 15

As of April 13, tickets are sold out. The Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory (Awaya-kai) will present the 40th Anniversary Awaya-kai Koto Concert on Saturday, April 15 from 2 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance. The concert program is a diverse, international mix of musical genres to be performed by Awaya-kai members and special guest musicians and dancers. Awaya-kai was founded in 1975 by Yoko Awaya, a koto and jiuta sangen performing artist and teacher trained at the famed Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Tokyo. Since then, Awaya-kai has been dedicated to raising awareness of koto...
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2017 / Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute to host “Vision of the Japanese American Incarceration 1942-2017” exhibition, April 15

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute will be having a one day art show called, “Visions of the Japanese American Incarceration 1942-2017.” It will feature a few artifacts created in the camps, a few photos taken at Manzanar by Toyo Miyatake, and art by local artists. It will take place Saturday April 15th from 10am-4pm at the GVJCI. There will be a painting demonstration by local artist Ron Libbrecht in the afternoon around 1:30. Also at the GVJCI Genie Nakano and Alvin Takamori will be doing a book signing for “Colorful Lives.” The book is a collection of tanka...
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2017 / Fundraising concert to showcase Yukiko Matsuyama’s koto music at South Pasadena Public Library, April 14

‘East-West’ Fundraising Concert will be held on the ‘Carnegie Stage’ of the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m. The beautiful, historic Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and seating will be “festival style”—first come, first seated. This concert will present international recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama & her band, and an ‘Unplugged’ performance by Wildwood Highway- a tightknit Classic Rock-styled unit. Yukiko Matsuyama, playing the koto, will infuse Japanese melodies with contemporary jazz, pop, and new age elements.  Wildwood Highway, a tightknit unit mixing original and cover...
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2017 / Torrance Sister City Association seeking applicants for English teacher in Japan: Applications due on April 14

The Torrance Sister City Association is seeking applicants for one experienced English teacher to work at Kashiwa Municipal High School from August 1, 2017. Kashiwa in Chiba Prefecture, is the sister city of Torrance. Applicants must live or work in Torrance, hold a Bachelor’s degree and have a teaching credential/certificate. A minimum one-year contract runs from August 1, 2017, to July 31, 2018. The contract is renewable for a maximum three-year assignment. Compensation: Annual salary of approximately 4,800,000 Japanese yen; One-way airfare from Los Angeles to Japan; National health insurance (deducted from monthly salary); Subsidized housing and transportation allowance; Paid Japanese...
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“New Frontiers” exhibition exploring life and career of actor George Takei opening at Japanese American National Museum, ongoing

JANM New Frontiers The Many Worlds of George Takei

A new exhibition exploring the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei opens at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on March 12. New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America. The exhibition features numerous never-before-seen personal items through which visitors learn not just about Takei but also about the constantly evolving fabric of America’s cultural identity, political outlook, social mores, and media landscape. It is on view through August 20,...
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FDR Presidential Library in New York exhibiting WW II Japanese American concentration camp photos through 2017

Eleanor Roosevelt at Gila River camp

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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Exhibition commemorating 75th anniversary of Japanese American expulsion order at Japanese American National Museum, ongoing

Expulsion Order

Japanese American National Museum Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 February 18 – August 13, 2017 This exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the tragic and unlawful incarceration of 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II. For the first three months of the exhibition, original documents from the National Archives never before displayed in the Western United States will be the centerpiece of the exhibition. For more information about the Instructions to All Persons exhibition and related public programs, visit janm.org/instructions-to-all Instructions to...
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Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art www.lacma.org The Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) was established in 2008 to support the acquisition efforts of the Japanese Art department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The group was founded by an important and long-time donor to LACMA and major supporter of the arts in Los Angeles, and is made up of like-minded individuals who share a desire to bring the beauty of Japanese art to the...
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LACMA displaying Maruyama Okyo’s “Canes” (1772) at Japanese Pavilion

LACMA Maruyama Okyo Screens Cranes

Maruyama Okyo’s screens of “Cranes”was acquired in 2012 by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Maruyama Okyo (1733-95) is pivotal to Japanese art history for being one of the first artists to paint directly from nature rather than from paintings and sketches. Of his five most famous pairs of screens, four are registered National Treasures by the Japanese government and may therefore never leave Japan except on lone. Only these legendary screens remain unregistered, and on Feb. 22, 2011 after two-year campaign by LACM’s Curator of Japanese Art, Robert T. Singer, the Ministry of Culture of Japan granted...
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LACMA displaying calligraphy (c.1840-60) of Lord Tokugawa Nariaki at Japanese Pavilion

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24, 2016 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art www.lacma.org Lord Tokugawa Nariaki Japan, 1800 – 1868 Snow, Moon, Flower Calligraphy, c 1840 – 60 Set of three hanging scrolls, ink and pigment on paper Gift of the 2008 Japanese Art Acquisitions Group M. 2008.11.1-.3 This calligraphy triptych bears the character for “snow” on the right scroll, “moon” on the central scroll, and “flower” on the left scroll. “Setsugetsuka” (snow, moon, flower) is a timeless Japanese poetic phrase...
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