2018 / Huntington Library Lecture: Portland Japanese Garden by Sadafumi Yamauchi, Jan. 23

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Forwarded for Huntington Library Huntington Library at Rothenberg Hall Portland Japanese Garden: The Journey Continues Jan. 23 (Tuesday) 7:30 p.m. For more than 50 years, the Portland Japanese Garden has been a haven of serenity and an important center for Japanese culture. Join garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama as he reflects on the garden’s recent expansion and its newly founded institute for teaching garden history, design, construction, and maintenance. Free; no reservations required. Rothenberg Hall http://www.huntington.org  
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2018 / Japan Foundation: Noh Dance, Noh Life, Jan. 22

Japan Foundation Shoseian Noh Actor Michikazu Taneda

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, presents Lecture & Demonstration Noh Dance, Noh Life Invitation to A Seven-Century-Long Tradition Lecturer/Performer: Michikazu Taneda Monday, January 22, 7pm The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 9003 Admission Free, RSVP Required Click Here to RSVP (Eventbrite Web Page) Program Topics* – Basic knowledge and historical background of Noh – Introduction to the official style of Noh performance (Goban Date: five-play program) – Meaning behind distinct body movements (Shin Nan Nyo Kyoki: deity, man, woman, madness, and demon) – Short demonstration of dance and chants “Takasago”(Noh for celebration) and “Hagoromo”(Celestial...
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2018 / Little Tokyo: Zenshuji Temple to screen documentary “Buddhist” Jan. 21

Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Sunday, January 21, 5:00pm Free admission Film screening: “Buddhist” Japanese with English subtitles A new documentary featuring six Buddhist monks, which the film follows across Japan and around the world over two years. One of the monks the film shows is Rev. Issho Fujita, the Director of the Soto Zen International Center. http://buddhist-movie.com/english/ Japanese trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqeh4jAd1RQ 映画「Buddhist – 今を生きようとする人たち」 監督・撮影・編集 / 後藤サヤカ 出演者 / ネルケ無方、藤田一照、星覚、吉村昇洋、麻田弘潤、三浦明利 2015年/カラー/デジタル/70分
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2018 / Glendale Japanese garden to host family fun programs of Japanese culture, Jan. 21

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The Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden in Brand Park, Glendale Sunday, January 21, 2018 The first event of the year 2018 at the Shoseian Tea House in Glendale will be the Family Fun Day on Sunday, Jan. 21, that is co-presented with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. This will be a great event for children and parents, as the Friends of Shoseian will be holding two workshops for the kids: One, at 11 AM, will focus on the tradition of crafting grasshoppers with palm leaves – easy to make and so realistic. The other, at 1 PM, will...
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2018 / 2nd Annual Tucson Japanese Festival in Arizona, Jan. 20

Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition presents 2nd Annual Tucson Japanese Festival Pima Community College Downtown Campus Center 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00pm Admission: $5 per person (cash only) www.southernazjapan.org
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2018 / Japan Foundation Lecture: Deities in Japanese Art (Session 5) Jan. 16

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Special Lecture Series in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art Deities in Japanese Art Session 5: Celestial Beings by Michael VanHartingsveldt Tuesday, January 16, 7PM Information and reservation: https://www.jflalc.org/ac-lecture46-deities5
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2018 / Terasaki Nibei Lecture: “What is Shinto? The Way of Kami” Jan. 16

Forwarded for Shusse Inari Shrine of America On January 1st, we were able to successfully complete our New Years ceremony, and are grateful to have been able to welcome so many people! We pray for your happiness and prosperity in 2018! We are happy to announce that on January 16th, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa, our shrine’s senior priest, will be giving an introductory lecture on Shinto entitled, “What is Shinto? the Way of the Kami” This is a great opportunity to learn more about Shinto and Japanese culture.  Please find more information below: Announcing lecture: “What is Shinto? The Way...
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Artscape Japan / January Issue: Window on the Rich Culture of Izumo

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Forwarded for Artscape Japan January 16, 2018 Dear Friends, A happy new year to you, with best wishes for your good health in 2018 from the staff of Artscape Japan. The January 2018 issue of Artscape Japan is now up on our website, where it can be viewed at: http://www.dnp.co.jp/artscape/eng/index1801.html The next issue will be uploaded on February 1. This month’s issue features these new articles: FOCUS The Tezen Museum: Window on the Rich Culture of Izumo by Alice Gordenker FOCUS Understanding the Timeless Art of Decoration by James Lambiasi HERE & THERE Born to Be Wild: The “Untamed...
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2018 / Cultural News January Issue Published

In the first half part of the 120-year history of the Japanese immigrants in the U.S. mainland, Japanese cultural communities were their fortresses to protect their families and identities in circumstances of racial discrimination and wartime hysteria. But in the 21st century, Japanese culture becomes part of the world culture which is shared by people beyond boundaries. Now, Japanese cultural communities become new meanings such as theme parks where everyone can enjoy it. Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher of Cultural News Editorial Work Support Fund & Next 20 Project Fund – – – – – – – – –...
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2018 / Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai makes Okonomiyaki at New Year’s Festival, Jan 14

Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai

Sunday, January 14, 2018 marked the HONOLULU HIROSHIMA KENJIN KAI’S 16th consecutive year of their participation in the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s Ohana New Year’s Festival in Honolulu. For the past 16 years, the HHKK prepares and cooks Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, which can be described as a Japanese “pancake” or “crepe.” The HHKK has been graciously helped by Otafuku Sauce Company of Hiroshima, one of Japan’s leading sauce producers with a branch office located in Santa Fe Springs, California. Besides having the opportunity to learn and create Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, net proceeds from the sale are earmarked for an...
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2018 / LA Art Show to host 4 Japanese galleries, Jan. 10-14

LA Art Show will be held from Jan. 10-14 at Los Angeles Convention Center. Four Japan-based art galleries will present their booths at LA Art Show 2018. https://www.laartshow.com Gallery Fukuda (Booth #6033) Niigata-based Gallery Fukuda was founded in 1985, and a member of Tokyo Art Club. Gallery Fukuda will present a variety of Japanese art form traditional to contemporary including Ryuma Imai, popular artist in Japan and Asia; established artist Kenji Misawa; and Maiko Muro. Mizoe Gallery (Booth #4028) Mizoe Art Galleries are located in Fukuoka and Tokyo with peaceful gardens. Mizoe Gallery is specialized in collections of modern...
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2018 / Aratani Theatre: Tenrikyo Yoki Daiko Concert for its 20th anniversary, Jan 13

At Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, on Saturday, January 13, from 8pm, Tenrikyo Yoki Daiko is presenting Tsunagari: Connections to Our Past, Present, and Future concert, which reflects the group’s musical vision to tie its first 20 years of growth with new creative ideas moving forward. Several songs from Yoki Daiko’s repertoire will be included alongside new numbers being performed by the group for the first time. Featured performers of the concert include the children’s taiko class at the Tenrikyo Church, Chibi Taiko, former members from the early years of Yoki Daiko, and special guest artist Shamisen...
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