Go For Broke: “Defining Courage” ongoing

Go For Broke Defining Courage

Go For Broke National Education Center 355 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Defining Courage Exhibition www.goforbroke.org In May 2016, the Go For Broke National Education Center opened the interpretive exhibition to the public. The interpretive Defining Courage Exhibition is a hands-on and participatory learning center in the heart of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo historic district. The exhibition explores the concept of courage through the lives of the young Japanese Americans of World War II, and asks modern visitors to act with similar courage in their own lives. The exhibition is one-of-a-kind in its dynamic, hands-on, and experience-based...
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Japanese American National Museum “Special Display: Sadako’s Crane” ongoing

Japanese American National Museum Special Display  Sadako’s Crane The crane is currently on display in JANM’s Hirasaki National Resource Center and viewable as part of admission to the museum. Please check the HNRC page for its hours. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. When she was twelve, she contracted leukemia and was hospitalized. One of her roommates at the hospital told her about the Japanese belief that anyone who folds one thousand cranes would be granted a wish, so Sadako began folding cranes with the hope...
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Terasaki Budokan: Groundbreaking ceremony for $25 million community sports facility project

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The groundbreaking ceremony of a $25 million-project to build community sports facility in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, was held by Little Tokyo Service Center in the morning of August 3, 2017. The sports facility was named Terasaki Budokan in honor late Dr. Paul I Terasaki because his family foundation provided a critical lift to the fundraising efforts. 38,000 square foot gymnasium will include: two indoor basketball courts, martial arts tournament space, community room, garden view terrace, garden & special event space, community garden, children’s play area, and underground parking. Taiko drumming and a ceremonial Aikido performance kicked off the...
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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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Cultural News 2017 October Issue on sale now

Cultural News 2017 October Issue

You are welcome to join the circle of 1,000 Cultural News monthly volunteer subscribers By Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher of Cultural News Japanese people like me who were born and raised in Japan in 1950s and 60s did not have much chance to learn Japanese culture and art. Because Japan lost the war against the U.S. in 1945. Under the U.S. occupation, Japanese constitution and educational system were revised drastically. Western value system, art and culture were focused more than traditional Japanese ones not only in schools but also in the Japan’s daily life. It was 1980s when...
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Dealing with Life and Death, lecture and screening, Oct. 18

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Mini Lecture & Documentary Film Screening Dealing with Life and Death the Japanese Way Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7PM Free Admission, RSVP Required Part I: Lecture (30mins) “Dealing with Life and Death the Japanese Way” by Duncan Ryuken Williams (USC) Part II: Documentary Film Screening (90mins) Death of a Japanese Salesman  (エンディングノート)  (90mins, 2011) Directed by Mami Sunada Produced by Hirokazu Kore-eda Part III: Q&A Session with Director Mami Sunada (30mins) Director Sunada will answer your question (Televised live from Japan) https://www.jflalc.org/ac-endingnote  
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2017 / Author Talk: Steve Ryfle , author of “Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa” at Little Tokyo, Oct. 14

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On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Steve Ryfle comes to the Little Tokyo Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library to present ISHIRO HONDA: A LIFE IN FILM, FROM GODZILLA TO KUROSAWA, the first major overview of the life and career of the director behind the original GODZILLA (1954) and many of its beloved sequels and spin-offs of the 1950s and ‘60s. Ryfle is a former Los Angeles Times reporter as well as a noted scholar of Japanese science-fiction and film; he co-wrote the book with Ed Godziszewski, also a noted genre scholar. Nearly 10 years...
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Free anime screening “Nipping Princess” Oct. 11

Nipping Princess

JAPANEMA: Japanese film free screening Anime “Nipping Princess” (110 mins, 2017) Directed by Kenji Kamiyama In Japanese language with English subtitles Winner of Best Animated Feature Award at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 PM JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 For more information, visit https://www.jflalc.org/ac-japanema-101117
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Lecture “Deities in Japanese Art: Buddha” Oct. 10

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents Special Lecture Series ” Deities in Japanese Art” in a collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Lecturer is Michael VanHartingsveldt, researcher and curatorial intern with the Pavilion of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm: Session 1: Shinto Oct. 10 at 7:00 pm: Session 2: Buddhas Nov. 14: Session 3: Bodhisattvas Dec. 19: Session 4: Wisdom Kings Jan. 16: Session 5: Celestial Beings https://www.jflalc.org/ac-lecture41-deities2
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2017 / Gardena: Annual Bazaar at Okinawa Association of America, Oct. 8

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The Okinawa Association of America will host their Annual Bazaar on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 am – 4 pm at the OAA Center, 16500 South Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247. The Annual Bazaar is the largest fundraiser and the only annual event in Los Angeles area that showcases Okinawan culture, entertainment and food. http://oaamensore.org
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2017 / Legacy project for Japanese American wartime detention site at Tuna Canyon: Fundraiser set for Oct.8

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition will hold a fundraising luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 11:00 am, to help support efforts to preserve and share the stories of Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, Japanese Peruvians, and others unjustly detained after the outbreak of World War II. Featured during the luncheon will be an original performance created especially for the event by the Grateful Crane Ensemble based on the diaries, letters, and poems of the Tuna Canyon prisoners detained between December 1941 and October 1943. Also honored will be the unsung heroes of the Japanese American community, among them...
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2017 / Los Angeles-based koto master Yoko Awaya with violinist Sachiyo Yoshimoto to perform at Japanese garden event in Phoenix, Oct. 6-7

Los Angeles-based koto master Yoko Awaya and violinist Sachiyo Yoshimoto will be invited to perform at “Otsukimi: Moon-viewing Festival” in the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix on October 6 and 7. Yoko Awaya and Sachiyo Yoshimoto Koto and Violin Friday & Saturday, October 6 & 7 Bridge in the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix http://japanesefriendshipgarden.org/otsukimi2017 Yoko Awaya Los Angeles-based Yoko Awaya in one of the leading Koto artists in the U.S. who has been invited to perform in major cities throughout the U.S. She was also featured in American television and motion picture soundtracks and recording. Yoko Awaya studied...
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