Go For Broke National Education Center “Defining Courage” ongoing

Go For Broke National Education Center will debut its new facilities and groundbreaking Defining Courage exhibition on Saturday, May 28, with a Ribbon Cutting and Homecoming Festival in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The Defining Courage exhibition will feature free timed-entry during the Homecoming Festival. Exhibition admittance is limited and early reservations are recommended at www.GoForBroke.org. Since its formation in 1989, Go For Broke National Education Center has been committed to educating the public about the responsibilities, challenges, and rights of American citizenship by using the life stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II....
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Japanese American National Museum “Special Display: Sadako’s Crane” ongoing

Japanese American National Museum Special Display  Sadako’s Crane The crane is currently on display in JANM’s Hirasaki National Resource Center and viewable as part of admission to the museum. Please check the HNRC page for its hours. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. When she was twelve, she contracted leukemia and was hospitalized. One of her roommates at the hospital told her about the Japanese belief that anyone who folds one thousand cranes would be granted a wish, so Sadako began folding cranes with the hope...
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2017 / Japanese American National Museum / Tuna Canyon Detention Station exhibition, Dec. 10, 2016 – Apr. 9, 2017

Japanese American National Museum Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station December 10, 2016 – April 9, 2017 This special display tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of imprisoned Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and Japanese Peruvians to life. This project was organized by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition; funded, in part, by a grant from...
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2017 / Buddhist Chanting: The Sound of Enlightenment with violin solo at Buddha’s Birth Celebration, April 8

Buddhist Chanting: The Sound of Enlightenment Saturday, April 8, 1:30 – 4:00 pm Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 In 2017 Buddha’s Birth Celebration or Hanamatsuri event, Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation’s theme is “Buddhist Chanting: The Sound of Enlightenment.” The 2017 Hanamasturi service will provide an opportunity to experience the sounds of different chanting styles within the Federation’s temples. And as the prelude to the 15 pieces of the Buddhist chanting, violin music will be performed by internationally recognized musician Ken Aiso. Listening and reflecting on these sounds of chanting...
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2017 / English Rakugo in Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, April 5

Osaka-Style English Rakugo (Japanese Sit-Down Comedy) in Las Vegas Wednesday, April 5, 6 – 8pm Lowden Theater, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts 875 East Clark Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101 Admission: FREE *No Reservation Required On the evening of April 5, the renowned English Rakugo performer, Kaishi KATSURA will humor audiences in Las Vegas with his Kamigata (Osaka-style) English Rakugo at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts’ Lowden Theater. Also performing as part of this unique event are Asakichi KATSURA, an English Rakugo performer; Lucky Mai, a traditional Japanese-style juggler; and Masako KATSU, an accompanying shamisen player. This Japanese entertainment event in...
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2017 / Video presentation of “Enka” songs in original context at Doizaki Gallery, Feb. 26 – April 2

Eanka installtion by Bruce Yonemoto

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center “The First Karaoke: Enka!” at Doizaki Gallery Feb. 26 – April 2, 2017 When veteran video artist Bruce Yonemoto was visiting Taiwan, he discovered the original meaning of Enka, an abbreviated form of “enzetsu no uta” (oratorical song) in 1880s in Japan. It originally described anti-government protest songs sung in the streets. In the installation of “The First Karaoke: Enka!” at the Doizaki Gallery of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, Yonemoto creates current version of original context for Enka songs in Taiwanese, Chinese, and Japanese. He updated...
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2017/Aurora Challenge Grant for Japan projects: Applications due on March 31

2016 Aurora Challenge Grant

  Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation (aka Aurora Foundation) is accepting application of 2017 Aurora Challenge Grant for Japan projects. The grant 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, 2017 and August 31, 2018. 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...
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2017 / Japan program for American high school students to visit Tohoku cities affected by the 2011 disaster, and Tokyo, Hiroshima & Kyoto, June 24 – July 9: Applications due on March 27

The Japan America Society of Southern California is accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 6th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program, a two-week people-to-people exchange and learning program in early summer 2017. Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative and sponsored by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), including The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., the exchange program offers a homestay experience with a Japanese family, visits to cities affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as educational and cultural visits to the cities of Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. The...
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2017 / Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden to present Festival of Tea in Pasadena, March 26

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will launch the first ever Pasadena Festival of Tea on Sunday March 26, from 12noon to 3pm, as part of the garden’s regular Last Sunday Open Day program series. The festival, which will be held in the traditional Japanese strolling garden on Arlington Drive, will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike. Visitors can stroll among camellias, azaleas and various fragrant and sometimes drinkable plants as spring works its magic on the beautiful hill-and-pond style garden. Originally designed in the 1930s by Kinzuchi Fujii and recently restored by Takeo Uesugi, the garden is on...
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2017 / Japanese garden in Phoenix: Festival Welcoming Spring, March 25 & 26

Japanese Garden Phoenix

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix Haru in the Garden: A Festival Welcoming Spring Saturday, March 25 6:00 – 9:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) Advance tickets: $20 member / $25 general Tickets at gate: $25 member / $30 general www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org + Workshop: Creative Ikebana Using Branches by Kika Shibata Sunday, March 26 1:00 – 3:00 pm $35 general / $30 member Instructor: Master Kika Shibata www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org
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2017 / Free screening “Persona Non Grata” – the story of Chiune Sugihara at Japan Foundation, March 22

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening program – JAPANEMA – every second and fourth Wednesday. 7:00pm at the JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Reservation is not required. March 22, Wednesday, 7:00 pm Screening: Persona Non Grata, 139 mins, 2015 Q&A session after the screening with director Cellin Gluck For more information, visit www.jflalc.org
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2017 / Contemporary Art at The Broad: “Creature” a free general admission installation, Nov. 5, 2016 – Mar. 19, 2017

50+ works by artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Condo, Ellen Gallagher, Leon Golub, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Thomas Houseago, Takashi Murakami, Tony Oursler, Susan Rothenberg explore the human and the animal Nov. 5, 2016  – March 19, 2017 LOS ANGELES-This fall, The Broad will present Creature, a free general admission installation opening Nov. 5 that will fill the museum’s first-floor galleries with more than 50 works presenting approaches to figuration and representations of the self in the Broad collection. From slick avatars and popular icons to images rooted in mythology and animal instincts, the installation will feature works by over...
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