2018 / “Tuna Canyon Detention Station” street signs to be installed, April 12

April 12, the Department of Transportation of City of Los Angeles will install street signs at 10 am on the intersection of La Tuna Canyon Road, Tujunga Canyon Blvd., and Honolulu Avenue. Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and David Ryu introduced the motion for the marker that reads “Tuna Canyon Detention Station WW2 Confinement Site.” Light refreshments will be served.  
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2018 / Japan Foundation free screening “Sweet Bean” April 11

JAPANEMA: Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday, 7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free to attend. Reservation is not required. Street Parking is available. April 11, 2018, 7:00 PM A Delicacy Unites A Vendor and An Old Lady Sweet Bean    (113mins, 2015) Directed by Naomi Kawase Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro...
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2018 / Torrance Bunka-Sai Japanese Cultural Festival, April 7, 8

Torrance Sister City Association presents its 45th annual Bunka-Sai Japanese Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd. at Madrona Ave. This annual event features authentic demonstrations of Japanese dance, instrumental music, folk singing, taiko drums, calligraphy, origami, and martial arts including: kendo, judo, aikido and naginata. Ikebana (flower arranging), bonsai and Girl’s Day dolls on display. Kamishibai story-telling in English and Japanese, games and crafts for kids. A fun and educational event for families and all ages. Free admission and free parking....
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2018 / Buddhists to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at Little Tokyo, April 8

The 2018 Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation’s Hanamatsuri will take place this year on the Buddha’s actual birthday, which is Sunday, April 8. The program begins at 1:30 pm and will be held at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple at First and Vignes streets in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s Hanamatsuri theme is, “I Alone am the Honored One…Means You and Me.” This theme emphasizes that Buddhism embraces and honors all life equally. Rev. Mas Kodani will be the guest speaker and, following the service, Nobuko Miyamoto and her group will perform FandangObon. Also included will be...
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2018 / Screening – LA Premier of Ninomiya Ryūtarō’s “Sweating the Small Stuff” April 6

LOCARNO IN LOS ANGELES APRIL 5-8, 2018 THE DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW www.locarnoinlosangeles.com Sweating the Small Stuff Directed by Ninomiya Ryūtarō Japan 114 min. Friday. April 6, 3:00 pm The Downtown Independent, 251 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Japanese director and actor Ninomiya Ryutaro’s second independent feature, Edaha no koto (Sweating the Small Stuff), receives its Los Angeles Premiere at Locarno in Los Angeles, April 5 – 8, hosted at the Downtown Independent. ABOUT THE FILM Built like a fireplug and about as talkative, 27-year-old Ryutaro works in a garage in Yokohama. He is introduced...
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2018 / Portland Japanese Garden presents bamboo art exhibition, Feb. 3 – April 1

Portland Japanese Garden 611 SW Kingston Ave Portland, OR 97205 Hanakago: The Art of Bamboo and Flowers February 3 – April 1, 2018 Pavilion Gallery & Tanabe Gallery This exhibition features more than 30 museum quality bamboo baskets and sculptures from the collection of Portland resident Peter Shinbach, along with pieces loaned by TAI Modern in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the leading Japanese bamboo art gallery in North America. The collection includes work by Living National Treasure bamboo artists, many from the Kansai region with an emphasis of 12-15 baskets by Kyoto artists. Throughout the two months of the...
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2018 / Musical “Allegiance” at Aratani Theatre, Feb. 21 – April 1

Musical Allegiance Aratani Theatre, Little Tokyo February 21 – April 1, 2018 playing Thursdays through Sundays Thursdays, and Friday on 8:00PM Saturdays on 2:00PM and 8:00PM Sundays on 2:00PM Buy Tickets Theater company East West Players and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center are presenting the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance starring stage and screen star George Takei, who is joined by Broadway cast members Elena Wang as Kei Kimura, Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka, Scott Watanabe as Tasuo Kimura, and Janelle Dote as Executor. Takei is known for his founding role as Mr. Sulu...
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2018 / Japanese American Cultural and Community Center / TOYO: BEHIND THE GLASS EYE, part II, February 21 – April 1

Toyo Miyatake

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Exhibition TOYO: BEHIND THE GLASS EYE, part II February 21 – April 1 George J. Doizaki Gallery Toyo: Behind the Glass Eye juxtaposes Toyo Miyatake’s pre-war studio work with his photographs of life in the Manzanar incarceration camp —some captured secretly before being caught and some after he was eventually allowed by the authorities to serve as camp photographer. www.jaccc.org  
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2018 / “The Art of Haiku” Exhibit Opens at the California State Library in Sacrament, January -April

SACRAMENTO (January 22, 2018) – The California State Library kicks off the new year with an exhibit of haiku poem cards, known as shikishi. Created by some of Japan’s most prominent haiku poets of the 20th century, the shishiki combine poetry and artful calligraphy on fine handmade paper. Shikishi are typically given as gifts to mark a special occasion, and the exhibit features works that were a gift from the Museum of Haiku Literature in Tokyo to the Haiku Society of America, whose archives are housed at the State Library. “We are excited to share this unique collection with...
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2018 / Portland Japanese Garden accepting applications of professional training seminar until March 31

Forwarded for the Portland Japanese Garden Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart This week marks the last opportunity to apply for the beginner-level of the “Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart” professional training seminar, which takes place Sept. 20-27 at the Portland Japanese Garden and offsite venues. You have until March 31 to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn drawing and design, stone setting, bamboo fence construction, pruning, and other techniques in an immersive, hands-on environment framed eloquently in the culture and philosophy of tea. The course is taught by visiting instructors from Japan, Garden staff, and...
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2018 / Aurora Foundation accepting applications for $5,000 scholarship until March 30

Aurora Challenge Grant (CG) will be awarded to a citizen of the USA who resides in California and has a unique dream, in any field of endeavor, which is related to Japanese culture and which would never be possible to realize without traveling to Japan between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. There is no age limit and no GPA/Scholastic achievement requirement. The award will go to an individual with a creative dream or challenge that, if fulfilled, would contribute to global goodwill and intercultural appreciation. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship which can be used to...
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2018 / UCLA Asian Language to host performative reading featuring Tawada Yōko, Suga Keijirō, and Matthew Fargo, March 29

On March 29, the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures will host a performative reading featuring the celebrated author Tawada Yōko, who writes in both Japanese and German; poet, critic, and scholar Suga Keijirō; and Tokyo-based programmer and creative engineer Matthew Fargo. Titled “Common Confusions,” this innovative, dazzling event weaves together fiction and poetry by Franz Kafka, Tawada, and Suga against a visual backdrop created using programming specially created by Fargo. When: March 29, 2018, 6:00–7:30 pm Where: 314 Royce Hall in UCLA Westwood Campus Free and open to the public Pay-by-Space parking is available in Lot 3...
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