2017 / Merging of ancient rhythms with modern music, Phoenix-based Ken Koshio to present Taiko Extravaganza at Scottsdale, May 6

Ken Koshio Taiko Extravaganza Salt of the Earth Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. (Door opens at 6:30 p.m) Scottsdale Center for the performing Arts 7380 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 Ancient Sounds of Peace presents “Taiko Extravaganza”- Salt of the Earth. Phoenix-based Ken Koshio brings together a diverse fusion of musicians and artistic groups- combined with Japanese Taiko Drumming! A show for anyone looking to experience a wave of powerful vibrations and witness the merging of ancient rhythms with modern music, unlike any performance you will see this summer! www.kenkoshio.com Purchase Tickets: https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/taiko-extravaganza-salt-of-the-earth/ This concert is supported by the Consulate General...
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2017 / Makoto Taiko with Grammy winner Koji Nakamura to present annual concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, May 6

Makoto Taiko Annual Concert 2017

Forwarded for Makoto Taiko With a history of Sold-Out shows, Makoto Taiko presents RISE! This powerful concert of Japanese drumming will feature Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura, guest artist Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and the Makoto Taiko ensemble. The performance will be Saturday, May 6th at 7pm at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center (APAC) located at 188 Campus Drive in Arcadia. Free parking is available at and around the venue.  Visit MakotoTaiko.org for Tickets and Information. With a foundation forged from intensive training with the renowned Taiko group Ondekoza, Koji Nakamura has helped craft Makoto Taiko into one of the...
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2017 / Orange County Buddhist Church to hold Buddha’s birth celebration event, April 29, 30

OCBC Hanamatsuri 2017

The Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim will be sponsoring its annual Hanamatsuri Festival in celebration of the birth of the Buddha. The two-day event, April 29th-30th, will feature exhibits and performances uniquely Japanese, as well as a variety of ethnic foods. There will be boutique and craft items, games for children, books, and Dharma School displays of student work. Saturday, April 29th, 1:00 – 8:00 pm Sunday, April 30th, 1:00 – 8:00 pm Admission is free. OCBC is located at 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim 92804  (714) 827 – 9590
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2017 / LACMA: Families: Andell Family Sundays—Bright Design: Awazu Kiyoshi, April 9, 23, 30

April 9, 23, 30, 12:30PM – 3:30PM Forwarded for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA: Families: Andell Family Sundays—Bright Design: Awazu Kiyoshi, April 9, 23, 30, 12:30PM – 3:30PM Families: Andell Family Sundays—Bright Design: Awazu Kiyoshi April 9, 23, 30 | 12:30 pm L.A. Times Central Court Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays! Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection. Create memories together and have fun! Japanese graphic designer Awazu...
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2017 / Manzanar National Historic Site to host Pilgrimage Weekend 2017, April 28-30

Manzanar National Historic Site News Release on March 23, 2017 Manzanar to Host Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 28-30, 2017 INDEPENDENCE, CA—Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 48th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066, ultimately authorizing the US Army to forcibly remove and incarcerate all Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona. The government incarcerated more than 11,000...
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2017 / 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage & 2017 Manzanar At Dusk Set for April 29

Manzanar Pilgrimage

Forwarded for the Manzanar Committee LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2017 — “Never Again To Anyone, Anywhere! 75th Commemoration of Executive Order 9066” is the theme for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below). This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate 75 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the unjust incarceration of more than 110,000...
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2017 / Newport Beach Film Festival to feature “The Long Excuse” (Nagai iiwake) at Japanese Spotlight event, April 24, 27

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival to feature “The Long Excuse” (Nagai iiwake) at Japanese Spotlight event, April 24, 7:30PM & April 27, 5:00PM + Newport Beach, Calif. – On Monday, April 24, 2017 the 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will present its Japanese Spotlight, an evening celebration of Japanese cinema and culture. The event will feature the U.S. Premiere of the highly anticipated film, The Long Excuse (Nagai iiwake), followed by a festive Pacific Rim Gala. The Long Excuse is based on a book about a widowed writer who lost his wife in a bus crash. He tries...
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2017 / Little Tokyo Rotary Club to host talk event by daughter of first U.S. diplomat assigned to Hiroshima after the Atomic-bombing, April 25

Charcoal Girl

Rotary Club of Little Tokyo will host talk event “My Hiroshima story: Waging peace after the A-Bomb” at Miyako Hotel, 328 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 on Tuesday, April 25 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Costs are $35 per person including refreshments and snack buffet. The event is open to Rotary members and non-members. For RSVP, email to okamoto.rclittletokyo@gmail.com Farida Fotouhi, daughter of American diplomat assigned to Hiroshima, was 6 years old when she arrived at Hiroshima in 1953. And she spent four and half years in Hiroshima and attended an all-Japanese grade school. At age...
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2017 / Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, April 22-23

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

The 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and the City of Monterey Park are pleased to present the 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on April 22-23, 2017. Entry to the festival is free to the public. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754. Take the time to see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of...
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2017/ Torrance Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival, April 22-23

Torrance Bunkasai 2017

Forwarded for the Torrance Sister City Association THIS WEEKEND!!!  The 45th Annual Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival presented by the Torrance Sister City Association on Saturday/Sunday, April 22 & 23 from 11-5 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center ( 3341 Torrance Blvd). Asian-themed craft faire with 22 vendors; children’s games, food Japanese cultural arts performances and exhibits This is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Sister City Exchange Program Free and open to the public Event Schedule: http://www.torrancesistercity.org/downloads/2017/schedule2017.html All proceeds benefit student cultural exchange program with Kashiwa, Japan. Thank you for your kind support!
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2017/ Tohoku & Kumamoto fundraising event with screening document and panel discussion, April 22

Screening Stories from Tohoku

The JET Alumni Association of Southern California & Arizona is hosting a Tohoku & Kumamoto Fundraiser featuring a screening of Stories From Tohoku and panel discussion on April 22, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The panel will include Brian Kito of Fugetsu-Do, Darrell Miho and Megan Ono, moderated by Co-Producer Debra Nakatomi. Tickets are $25. All donations will benefit the Japan American Society’s Relief Funds and support the communities of Tohoku and Kumamoto. Please visit https://jetaasc.org/?p=638 for more information. http://www.rafu.com/2017/04/tohoku-kumamoto-fundraiser-at-jaccc/
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2017 / “Ise Shrine” to be discussed at USC Japanese religion program’s screening, April 21

USC Ise Discussion

Forwarded for The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture Film Screening and Panel Discussion Ise: Patterns of Japanese Culture Friday, April 21, 2017 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Part I – Film Screening and Panel Discussion Leavey Library Auditorium (LVL 17), Leavey Library, USC Opening Remarks by Kiyoshi Shimizu (President, Kogakkan University) Keynote Speech by Katsuji Iwahashi (Jinja Honcho, Association of Shinto Shrines) 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Part II – Reception University Club Patio, USC One day in 2013, the photographer and filmmaker Masaaki Miyazawa stumbled upon the Shikinen Sengu, a Shinto ceremony practiced once...
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