2018 / OBon Festival at Higashi Honganji Temple in Little Tokyo, July 28, 29

Vista Buddhist Temple, July 28-29 West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple, July 28-29 Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, July 28-29 Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo holds Obon Festival on July 28 – 29, 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 505 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Higashi Honganji provides free park and ride service with courtesy of METRO this year. Free parking is set up at S&P Parking, 428 East Temple Street (at Mangrove), next to the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station. Free parking is available from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Free shuttle to and from Higashi...
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2018 / Asano Taiko US, offshoot of historic taiko maker, to reconvene legend taiko groups at 5th anniversary, July 29

Torrance-based Asano Taiko U.S., offshoot of Japan’s 409-year old drum company, Asano Taiko, celebrates its 5th anniversary with a full-length concert featuring ensembles from Southern California, San Francisco, and Japan. The concert reconnects artists who performed at the company’s founding, Yoko and Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Chieko Kojima, and Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, with ground-breaking Los Angeles ensembles including Kinnara Taiko, TaikoProject, and UnitOne. The concert is to be held Sunday, July 29 at 3:30pm at Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.  Tickets are $30, available at jaccc.org. Founded in 1609, Asano Taiko crafts Japanese drums from...
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2018 / Pasadena Japanese garden hosting “Mirage: Kimono Silk as Pigment by Sumi Foley” at its En Gallery, June 8 – July 29

Mirage: Kimono Silk as Pigment by Sumi Foley June 8 – July 29 En Gallery at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105 http://www.japanesegardenpasadena.com/ Inspired by her grandmother, Japanese artist Sumi Foley has been cutting up pieces of antique kimono fabric and lovingly piecing them together into textile mosaics that speak of a reconstructed connection to her homeland and its traditions and to nature. Sumi was born in Osaka, Japan. Sumi combines traditional Japanese aesthetics and her own unique vision and technique to create her art pieces for more than 30 years. www.sumifabricart.com  
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2018 / Japanese American Cultural and Community Center hosting Fukui Echizen Paper Exhibition, June 24 – July 29

Paper (Kami) and Paper (Kami):  Fukui Echizen Paper Exhibition June 24 – July 29 Gorge J. Doizaki Gallery Japanese American Cultural & Community Center 244 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.jaccc.org Opening Reception: Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Echizen in Fukui Prefecture is known for its 1,500 year history of washi papermaking. Twenty artisans from the region will present their handmade paper installations, both functional and decorative, including an exquisite paper teahouse. Supported in part by Hiromi Paper, Inc. and Fukui Washi Kogyo Kyodo Kumiai.
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2018 / In most of Hiroshima Prefecture, Disaster Warning Expired as of July 29 at 11PM in Japan Time

As Typhoon #12 passed Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefectural Government expired most of disaster warning issued in previous day. Typhoon #12 remains in Northern Kyushu area, and is pouring rain in Kyushu and Shikoku area. In Hiroshima City and Kure City, there is no rain. As of 11:00 PM, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Japan Time Source: www.bousai.pref.hiroshima.jp Evacuation Order (Red Colored Zone in the map) Aki County, Kumano Town, only in Kawasumi 5-chome area In the rest of all Kumano Town, Evacuation Order was expired. Evacuation Advisory (Orange Colored Zone in the map) Hiroshima City, Asa-Kita-ku Hiroshima City, Higashi-ku...
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2018 / Update: Hiroshima Prefecture Disaster Warning Areas Reduced as of July 29 at 3:30PM in Japan Time

As Typhoon #12 is moving over Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefectural Government issues the following warnings: As of 3:30PM, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Japan Time Source: www.bousai.pref.hiroshima.jp Evacuation Order (Red Colored Zone in the map) Hiroshima City, Asa-Kita-ku Hiroshima City, Aki-ku Aki County, Kumano Town Aki County, Kaita Town Evacuation Advisory (Orange Colored Zone in the map) Hiroshima City, Higashi-ku Kure City Aki County, Saka Town Aki County, Fuchu Town Source: www.bousai.pref.hiroshima.jp  
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2018 / Update: Hiroshima Prefecture Disaster Warning Areas Reduced as of July 29 at 2:00PM in Japan Time

As Typhoon #12 is moving over Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefectural Government issues the following warnings: As of 2:00PM, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Japan Time Source: www.bousai.pref.hiroshima.jp Evacuation Order (Red Colored Zone in the map) Hiroshima City, Asa-Kita-ku Hiroshima City, Aki-ku Aki County, Kumano Town Aki County, Kaita Town Mihara City Evacuation Advisory (Orange Colored Zone in the map) Kure City Higashi-Hiroshima City Aki County, Saka Town Aki County, Fuchu Town Preparation for Evacuation (Yellow Colored Zone in the map) Preparation for Evacuation (Yellow Colored Zone in the map) Fukuyama City Yamagata County, Kita-Hiroshima Town Source: www.bousai.pref.hiroshima.jp
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2018 / Hiroshima Prefecture under Disaster Warning as of July 29 at 9:00AM in Japan Time

As Typhoon #12 is moving over Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefectural Government issues the following warnings: As of 9:00AM, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Japan Time Source: www.bousai.pref.hiroshima.jp Evacuation Order (Red Colored Zone in the map) Hiroshima City, Asa-Kita-ku Hiroshima City, Aki-ku Aki County, Kumano Town Aki County, Saka Town Aki County, Kaita Town Mihara City Shobara City Aki-Takata City Evacuation Advisory (Orange Colored Zone in the map) Kure City Etajima City Aki County, Fuchu Town Toyota County, Osaki-Kamijima Town Takehara City Onomichi City Fuchu City Miyoshi City Jinzeki-Takahara Town Preparation for Evacuation (Yellow Colored Zone in the map) Preparation...
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2018 / Nisei Week Baby Show at Centenary United Methodist Church, Little Tokyo, July 28

2018 Nisei Week Baby Show Applications Now Available LOS ANGELES – June 5, 2018 – The 2018 Nisei Week Baby Show will be held on Saturday, July 28 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Children 1 year to 6 years of age are encouraged to enter this great family event in one of three categories: Tiny Tots – 1 year to 23 months old (check-in 9 am/10 am judging); Romper Stompers – 2 to 3 years old (check-in 11 am/12 pm judging); and Jet Setters – 4 to 6 and 1 month years old...
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2018 / Japan Foundation Los Angeles to present “World of Washi” lecture, July 26

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture Series 52 World of Washi: Unfolding Tradition and Innovation Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 pm The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Street parking is available near JFLA. Click here for parking info. Admission: FREE (RSVP required) Click here to RSVP The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and Hiromi Paper, Inc. will present a lecture to meet Japanese papermakers from Yamagata, Saitama, Fukui, and Kochi prefectures, and learn about the 1,300 years history of washi (Japanese paper). The Japanese papermakers will showcase their signature papers desired by artists,...
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2018 / Japanese sword play “The Swords of Sorrow – BURAI II” (July 6 – 22) has been cancelled

The Swords of Sorrow – BURAI II at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica has been cancelled due to illness of the lead actor. For ticket refund, contact (310) 799-6110. For update information about the BURAI stage, check at facebook.com/buraiproductions Cancelled The Swords of Sorrow – BURAI II – The tale of a samurai ghost – July 6 – July 22 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 www.edgemarcenter.org
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2018 / Prime Minster Shinzo Abe visits disaster sites in Hiroshima: 10,000 personnel of police and national guard deployed

July 2018 Heavy Rain Damage Report in Hiroshima Prefecture (37th Edition) As of July 21, 2018, 4:00PM, Japan Time Reported by Disaster Management Headquarters of Hiroshima Prefecture Casualty Hiroshima City: Death, 22; Missing 3 Kure City: Death 24; Missing 1 Saka Town: Death 16; Missing 1 Higashi-Hiroshima City: Death 12; Missing 1 Kumano Town: Death 12; Missing 0 Hiroshima Prefecture Total: Death 107, Missing 7, Serious Injury 29, Injury 79 House Damage Hiroshima City: Totally destroyed 86; Half destroyed 164, Partially destroyed 98, Flooded 500 Kure City: TD 115; HD 120; PD 151, Flooded 352 Saka Town: TD 50;...
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