2017 / Los Angeles Screening of “Tatata Samurai” at Regal LA LIVE, June 2-8

Tatara Samurai

Los Angeles Screening of “Tatata Samurai” at Regal LA LIVE, June 2-8 www.elevenarts.net/tatarasamurai/   June 2-8 Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 – Map 12:00pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm June 2, 3, 4 Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre – Map 9:55pm Gosuke is a young, kind-hearted boy, living in the Sengoku Period. Born in the village that specialized in forging steel in a traditional practice known as Tatara, Gosuke is predestined to become the grand master of steel, known as Murage. However, when his village’s master of swordsmanship is slain, Gosuke decides he must be the one to protect his village, and leaves his home behind...
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2017 / Japan Foundation to present Shakuhachi program by John Kaizan Neputune at Little Tokyo jazz club, June 5

The Japan Foundation presents “Jazzin’ Up: Shakuhachi Interpretations by John Kaizan Neputune” program on Monday, June 5, from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Bluewhale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, Suite 301 (Little Tokyo), Los Angeles, CA 90012. Admissions are $10 John Kaizan Neptune brings to the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) a new and dynamic sound and feeling entirely his own. A California-born American, Neptune received his master’s certificate in the Tozan School of Shakuhachi in 1977, at which time he was awarded the name “Kaizan” (“Sea Mountain”). He is the author of the book SHAKUHACHI, and has performed and...
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2017 / Little Tokyo’s ikebana exhibition featuring 90th anniversary of Sogetsu School, June 3-4

Sogetsu Ikebana

This year’s annual ikebana exhibition by Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Sogetsu School in Japan. The exhibition will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 -4, 2017, from 10 am – 5 pm at the Doizaki Gallery of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Free admission. With the theme of “A Tribute to Iemotos” this exhibition consists of four sections which representing the style of the four iemotos (Grand Masters) of the Sogetsu School: Sofu Teshigahara, Kasumi Teshigahara, Hiroshi Teshigahara, and Akane...
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2017 / Los Angeles Bulletin Board – Free Wine & Sake Tasting, June 3

Yamato Sake Free Tasting

June 3, (Saturday) 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Redac Gateway Hotel, 20801 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 Wine & Sake Tasting for free Presented by Delori Beverages     info@delorisfoods.com
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2017 / Workshop on Online Security and Identity Theft Prevention to be held in Little Tokyo, June 3

Little Tokyo Service Center Logo

Forwarded for Little Tokyo Service Center A free educational workshop for seniors and their caregivers will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, located at 505 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 in Little Tokyo. The event is free and open to the public. Both programs will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese. We use technology everyday for entertainment, convenience, staying in touch with families and friends and obtaining news and information. It is often difficult to tell the difference between legitimate websites and malicious...
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2017 / Yoshio Ikezaki’s selected works from 1991 to 2016 displayed at “ELEMENTS” exhibition in ArtCenter, March 17 – May 28

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in ArtCenter College of Design 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 Yoshio Ikezaki: ELEMENTS March 17 – May 28, 2017 Curated by Jacki Apple The exhibition features selected works from 1991 to 2016 consisting of sumi ink and watercolor paintings, handmade layered Washi paper sculptures, and cast metal sculpture installations. It is organized around a dialog between materials and images that exemplify four essential elements and their ongoing states of process: Fire/Earth (Hi/Taichi), Water/Air (Mizu/Kuki), Mind Essence/Beingness (Ki), Matter Energy/ Impermanence (Ku). The exhibition is accompanied by a 64 page catalog. An internationally exhibited...
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2017 / Screening “Your Name.” at Laemmle theaters, April 7 thru May 25

Opening at theaters in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017 From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other....
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2017 / Glendale’s Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Tea House to host Memorial Tea for accomplished artist Tyrus Wong, May 21

Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Tea House in Brand Library Park, Glendale, will host Memorial Tea for Tyrus Wong on Sunday, May 21, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is a fundraising event by the Friends of Shoseian. Suggested entrance donation $20 per person will be paid at the door. Tyrus Wong (Oct. 25, 1910 – Dec. 30, 2016) created the look and style of Disney’s 1942 film Bambi. He recently passed away at the age of 106! Limited seating. RSVP by May 15 to friends@shoseianteahouse.com http://shoseianteahouse.com
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2017 / Mini-fundraising dinner of “Far East Feast” is planned for non-profit theater company Grateful Crane Ensemble, May 20

Chef John Nishio

The Grateful Crane Ensemble, non-profit theater company about Japanese American history, will hold a mini-fundraising dinner at a chef’s residence in Pasadena on Saturday, May 20 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Local Japanese Americans who remember Chinameshi (Chinese food) from the old Far East Café in Little Tokyo can once again savor the flavors of chowmein, pakkai and homyu at the Far East Feast which will be planned for the Grateful Crane Ensemble. Like many Nikkei or Japanese American who miss the flavors of the old Far East, Chef John Nishio, a Sansei from Pasadena who has fond...
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2017 / Mini-fundraising dinner of “Far East Feast” is planned for non-profit theater company Grateful Crane Ensemble, May 20 – Headline Version

Chef John Nishio

The Grateful Crane Ensemble, non-profit theater company about Japanese American history, will hold “Far East Feast,” a mini-fundraising dinner at a chef’s residence in Pasadena on Saturday, May 20 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Tickets for the Far East Feast are $125 per person.  Seating is limited to the first 16 people. For information and reservations, call the Grateful Crane hotline at (310) 995-5841.  
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2017 / Free sample copy of Cultural News 2017 May issue

Cultural News 2017 April May

Monthly Cultural News is not free paper. One year subscription in the U.S. is $30. Cultural News 2017 May issue is just on sale. Articles include: Los Angeles County Museum acquires c1810-Kyoto River panels by Okyo style painter Portland Japanese Garden completes Cultural Village designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma “Momotaro” meets Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at charter school in Los Angeles and more Free sample copy is available now. Please send your name and address to higashi@culturalnews.com
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2017 / Fullerton Arboretum to present bonsai exhibit, April 22 – May 14, Sat. & Sun.

JACCC Nsei Week Bonsai

Fullerton Arboretum 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92831 657-278-3407 www.fullertonarboretum.org April 22 – May 14, 2017 Saturdays & Sundays: 12 pm – 4 pm Open to the public. Donations are appreciated The Fullerton Arboretum is pleased to announce the opening of the Bonsai Exhibition on Green Scene Weekend, April 22-23,  and continuing through May14, 2017. Exhibit will be in the outdoor display area adjacent to the Orange County Agricultural & Nikkei Heritage Museum. Participating in the exhibit: Orange Empire Bonsai Society Orange County Bonsai Society Kofu Bonsai Kai Viet Bonsai Today Society  
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