2018 / Los Angeles: Okinawa Bazaar 2018 on Sunday, Oct. 7

The Okinawa Association of America presents its largest annual fundraiser and Los Angeles’ only Okinawan festival October 7, 2018 (Sunday), 11 AM – 4 PM OAA Center in Gardena 16500 S. Western Ave, Gardena, CA  90247 www.oaamensore.org Use street-side parking BAZAAT TIPS: Before you stand in line to buy food… Booths will only accept pre-paid scrips. When you arrive, be sure to buy your scrips at the Information/Scrips Booth before you get into any of the food lines. $1 = 1 scrip. “Early bird gets the rafutee” Many food and merchandise items tend to sell-out quickly (especially the souvenirs...
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2018 / Michigan: Japanese cultural festival in Novi, suburb of Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 7

On Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Japan Festival will be held in Novi, suburb of Detroit in Michigan. The event will take place at Novi High School, located at 24062 Taft Road in Novi. Admission is free. The festival’s opening ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. The following programs and demonstrations are scheduled for the festival: A Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony Flower arranging and calligraphy Traditional dance Taiko drumming Kendo (Japanese Martial Arts) Japanese children’s games and attractions Also, exhibitors from Shiga Prefecture, JCMU (Japan Center for Michigan Universities), the Novi Public Library,...
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2018 / Discover Nikkei web-based project seeks submissions that explore Japanese descendants’ roots for new journal series

Los Angeles—Discover Nikkei, a web-based project of the Japanese American National Museum, has launched the seventh edition of its Nikkei Chronicles, an annual theme-driven online journal with an open call for writings. This year’s theme is Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage. Nikkei (emigrants of Japanese descent) can be found all over the world, living diverse lives and adapting to a variety of environments. The one thing that binds Nikkei together is their common heritage as people of Japanese ancestry. Previous editions of Nikkei Chronicles have explored the ways Nikkei express their culture, whether through food, language, or tradition....
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2018 / Los Angeles: Shamisen workshop with Headmaster Honjoh Hidetaro, Sept. 30

Nihon Buyo Kai of California Shamisen workshops for Beginners and for Intermediate/Advanced students The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 The workshops will be led by Honjoh Hidetaro, who is recognized by Japan’s Cultural Affairs Department as a master artist and composer. This is a very rare opportunity to learn from a master of the art who will be assisted by his protégés. The Beginner’s workshop will be from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in the upstairs classroom area.  Instruments for the Beginner’s session will be provided, but seating is limited.  The minimum age for the Beginner...
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2018 / Himalayan Monks to Create a Sand Mandala at the Storrier Stearns Garden in Pasadena, Sept. 26-29

<Forwarded for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden> Himalayan monks will create a Buddhist sand mandala, as a prayer for peace and compassion, over a three-day period at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Visitors are invited to watch them at work during the garden’s open hours of 10am to 4pm, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 26 -29. The event will take place in the center of the garden’s En Gallery of Art. Guests are also invited to the Dissolution Ceremony during which the monks will deconstruct the mandala that they have spent days creating–a lesson in the impermanence of...
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2018 / Los Angeles Angels Baseball to host Japan Day, Sept. 29

ANGELS TO HOST JAPAN DAY PRESENTED BY JAPAN AIRLINES The pre-game cultural celebration will take place on September 29 ANAHEIM – The Angels will host Japan Day Presented by Japan Airlines at Angel Stadium from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, prior to their game against the Oakland Athletics. Pre-game cultural celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium, and include a taiko drum performance, Japanese cultural dances, food, giveaways, and a special guest appearance by Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani. Event highlights include:  Scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani for a special onstage interview...
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2018 / Japan Foundation presenting photography exhibition “TOKYO Before/After” Aug. 30 – Sept. 29

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Photography Exhibition TOKYO Before/After August 30, Thur. – Sept. 29, Sat, 2018 Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm Closed on Sundays & Labor Day The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Admission: FREE “TOKYO Before/After” features a selection of approximately 80 works, in which works by photographers who had captured images of Tokyo in the 1930-40s are presented in juxtaposition with those taken after 2010.
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2018 / Los Angeles: Shamisen concert with Headmaster Honjoh Hidetaro at Armstrong Theatre, Sept. 29

Nihon Buyo Kai of California “The Art of Shamisen – The Japanese Three-Stringed Lute” By Honjoh Hidetaro & Ensemble Saturday, September 29, 2018  –  2:00pm James Armstrong Theatre 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA   90503 Tickets:  $40, $30, $25 To purchase:  torrancearts.org/the-art-of-shamisen/ Join us for a unique afternoon featuring renowned artists from Japan as they play the three-stringed Japanese lute, or shamisen, one of the key instruments in Japanese traditional music. This enlightening program will include performances and demonstrations along with narratives and onstage interviews with the musicians, who will be led by composer, master musician and headmaster of the Honjoh School of Shamisen, Honjoh Hidetaro....
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2018 / Japan Foundation Outdoor Screening at The Source in Orange County, Sept. 28

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Outdoor Movie Night: Japanese Cinema Month THE SOURCE OC 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621 Friday, September 7 @8pm    “Your Name.” Friday, September 14 @8pm    “Shin Gozilla” Friday, September 21 @8pm    “Mameshiba” Friday, September 28 @8pm    “A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story” https://www.jflalc.org/ac-japanema-the-source-2018 Free Admission, No RSVP Required Outdoor Movie Night at The Source presents Japanese Cinema Month! Every Friday in September, we will be showcasing popular Japanese films, from anime to cultural films. Movies will start at 7PM and will be screened at the 1st floor Step Plaza...
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2018 / USC Lecture: “Hidden Meanings of Cloth” by Yuko Tanaka, President of Hosei University, Sept. 28

USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture lecture series The Power of the Weave: The Hidden Meanings of Cloth Yuko Tanaka, President of Hosei University (Professor of Social Sciences) Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm Doheny Memorial Library, East Asian Seminar Room (110C) RSVP  https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/cjrc/event.cfm  
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2018 / Van Nuys’ Japanese Garden to present Harvest Moon Festival, Sept. 23

<Forwarded for the Japanese Garden> Harvest Moon Festival SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Last Gate Admission at 3:15 PM) Join us for the Japanese Garden’s Harvest Moon festival. Guests will spend the day enjoying traditional Japanese stories, the artwork for gyotaku/fish printing of artist, Dwight Hwang, the celebratory beats of San Fernando Taiko, and hands-on moon-themed activities for all ages. Location: Japanese Garden, Shoin Building and Administration Building FEE: Free with Admission No Reservations required General Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under: $3.00 Seniors (62+): $3.00 LOCATION: THE JAPANESE GARDEN 6100 WOODLEY AVE., VAN NUYS,...
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2018 / Pasadena / 30th Annual Mutual Trading Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo, Sept. 22

Pasadena Convention Center
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