2017 / Japan Foundation Lecture: Deities in Japanese Arts – Session 3: Bodhisattvas, Nov. 14

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents Special Lecture Series “Deities in Japanese Art / Session 3: Bodhisattvas” in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 pm at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Street parking is available near JFLA. Click here for parking info. Admission Free, RSVP Required Rather than a purely academic approach to Japanese religious art, the purpose of this lecture series is to help participants’ locate visual clues by which the deities can be identified and differentiated. The figures will be contextualized within...
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2017 / Little Tokyo: “Kocarina” special concert at Union Church of Los Angeles, Nov. 14


Kocarina Special Concert Door-open at 5:30pm, Concert at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Suggested donation: $20 Supported by Love to Nippon Project Union Church of Los Angeles in Little Tokyo presents the Kocarina Special Concert to commemorate the centennial anniversary of its church. Union Church of Los Angeles 401 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 nichigo@unionchurachla.org Contact: Ms. Miyuki Namiki at (213) 629-3876 In 1995, Mr. Kurotaro Kurosaka brough back a wooden instrument from Hungry. He had Japanese woodworker improve the musical instrument into a high-precision musical instrument. In 1998 when Winter Olympic Games were held in...
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2017 / Mary Kageyama Nomura, 92, aka “Songbird of Manzanar” to sing in major concert, Nov. 12

Stonebridge Productions in Newport Beach, Calif., presents “The Great Nisei Reunion III,” on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2:00 pm at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The Great Nisei Reunion III Concert features The Harry James Orchestra and The Modernaires.  Also on the bill are the dynamic Island Crooners and special guest, Mary Kageyama Nomura, The Songbird of Manzanar. Mary Kageyama Nomura, The Songbird Of Manzanar, is still going strong at 92 years young and will be a guest vocalist with The Harry James Orchestra. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many Sansei, Yonsei and...
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2017 / Folk Song: Matsutoyo Kai recital with guest performer form Tokyo, Nov. 12

Matsutoyo Kai, Japanese folk music group active throughout California for more than 50 years, will present annual folk and traditional song recital with guest performer Mme. Tayafumi Mochizuki from Japan on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena. This is a rare opportunity to not only catch group performances, but also see each member perform a solo. Tickets are $15 including bento lunch. For tickets, call: (310) 800-0334 Matsutoyo (310) 619-8833 Matsutoyo Mitsuki (714) 785-8589 Matsutoyo Chie (818) 929-3070 Matsutoyo Ryo
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2017 / Honolulu: Taiko Drum & Dance concerts at Manoa campus, Nov. 3, 4 & 10, 11, 12

Taiko Drum & Dance: Hana Hou! University of Hawaii at Manoa Kennedy Theatre November 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 2017 Friday/Saturday 7:30pm & Sunday 2:00pm Directed by Betsy Fisher A Hana Hou! performance of one of most popular dance concerts presented at Kennedy Theatre. World-renowned taiko artist Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific return for a heart-pounding collaboration of dance and drums. This production showcases an interweaving of cultures that reflects and distinguishes Hawai‘i. Traditional and contemporary taiko music, together with dance from Hawaiʻi, Japan, India, and contemporary dance highlight the uniqueness of each form as well...
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2017 / Japan Foundation Lecture & Demo: Expression of Sumi Ink by Yoshio Ikezaki, Nov. 9

Lecture and Demonstration The Light in the Shadow:  Expression of sumi ink Thursday, November 9, 7pm Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles This event is full. Suibokuga (水墨画), also called sumi-e (墨絵), is a form of art that uses black sumi ink to paint on washi paper. This seemingly simple monochrome art form requires various brush stroke techniques which create and express the subtle nuances of light and shade onto a sheet of paper. Artist Yoshio Ikezaki has been creating contemporary monochrome art works using sumi-e techniques and some of his works are currently on view as part of...
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2017 / Detroit: Japan Cultural Days set for Nov. 4-5 to celebrate opening of Japanese gallery

Detroit Japan Gallery Opening

DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts will open its newly installed gallery of Japanese art on Saturday, Nov. 4. Traditional masterpieces will be displayed alongside contemporary objects to explore the complementary qualities of stillness and movement inherent in many Japanese artworks. Visitors are invited to imagine the object in their original contexts and spaces, such as tea rooms, Buddhist temples and domestic rooms. http://www.dia.org/japangallery To celebrate the opening of the new galley, a major two-day event named “Japan Cultural Days” will be held with master artists, dancers, martial art practitioners, confectionery chefs, and tea masters from Japan on...
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2017 / Contemporary Art: Yayoi Kusama related performance series – Joshua Light Show – at The Broad, Nov. 2-4

Joshua Light Show with Live Musical Performances by Lesley Flanigan, Miho Hitori’s New Optimism and Noveller In 1968, influential concert promoter Bill Graham paired the Joshua Light Show with The Broad’s special exhibition artist Yayoi Kusama to collaborate on four performances at the Fillmore East in New York, where crowds enthusiastically observed Kusama and her performers engage in self-obliteration. For three evenings in November 2017, The Broad invites visitors to step away from contemporary selfie culture to experience an immersive environment of light and sound in the spirit of Kusama’s self-obliteration performances. Joshua Light Show will collaborate with musicians...
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2017 / Pomona College: Japanese Festival Sounds, Workshop at 1:30 pm, Concert at 4:30 pm, Nov. 3

Pomona College

The Claremont Colleges, The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies Signature Event Japanese Festival Sounds Friday, November 3, 2017 Workshop at 1:30 pm in Lyman Hall, Pomona College Concert at 4:40 pm in Lyman Hall, Pomona College Do you know the renowned jazz fusion band Hiroshima or heard the yokobue Japanese flute and shakuhachi jamming jazz and western music? Either way you are in for a treat!  The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges is proud to present the three premier performing artists, Johnny Mori, Danny Yamamoto, and George Abe in concert at 4:30 pm...
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2017 / Little Tokyo: Leading Irish Band from Japan “O’Jizo” concert, Nov. 2


Leading Irish Band from Japan O’Jizo First Live Concert in Los Angeles Nov. 2. 2017, 7:00 PM Aomori Kaikan, 320 Crocker Street, Los Angeles, CA90013 Suggested donation $20 Supported by American Association of Japanese University Women & LA Nebuta Bayashi Hozon Kai For reservation & inquiries: Fusako Toyota at (310) 650-7259, toyotaflute@gmail.com O’Jizo is an instrumental band of Irish music, founded in Japan in 2008 by 3 musicians: Kozo Toyota – Flute, Koji Nagao – Guitar, and Hirofumi Nakamura – Bouzouki and Accordion. It released its first album, “Highlight”, in 2011. It composed and recorded the theme music of...
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2017 / Women’s Leadership: $2000 scholarship for female students, application accepting until Oct.31

AAJUW American Association of Japanese University Women

The American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) is currently accepting scholarship applications for 2017. AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S. – Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. Since the founding of the organization, scholarships have been awarded every year to outstanding female students. This year each awardee will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Application deadline is October 31, 2017.  www.aajuw.org/2017scholarship
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2017 / Film – Hirokazu Kore-eda Retrospective: Cinema from the Outside In, Oct. 25-29

Internationally acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda will be in Los Angeles to participate in an exciting retrospective of his films at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater and a other venues across town. The director will introduce some films and engage in Q&A about others. This exciting event is presented by the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, in association with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the USC School of Cinematic Arts; and the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Details about the...
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