2018 / Los Angeles Memorial Day services for Japanese American veterans of all wars, May 26, 28

Los Angeles Memorial Day services for Japanese American veterans of all wars will be held as following: Saturday, May 26 at 11:00 am. Japanese American Cultural and Community Center at All Wars Memorial Monument. 244 South San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo. Monday, May 28 at Evergreen Cemetery, 204 North Evergreen Ave in Boyle Heights. Muen-to at 9:30 am. Irei-to at 10:00 am. Monday, May 28 at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Gate 10. Irei-to at 10:00 am. Japanese American veteran groups and Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation will gather at the above places.  
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2018 / Santa Barbara Historical Museum: “Only The Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station” Feb 01 – May 27

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Only The Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station February 1 – May 27, 2018 Closed Monday and Holidays Santa Barbara Historical Museum 136 East De la Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. www.sbhistorical.org Only The Okas Remain exhibition 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 prisoners — who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and...
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2018 / Japanese American wartime incarceration -themed “Behind Barbed Wire” music performances, May 26

Saxophonist Chika Inoue and pianist Mary Au will commemorate the Japanese American incarceration of 1942-1946 with recital featuring “Behind Barbed Wire.” This multimedia piece by composer Deon Nielsen Price includes poetry and documentary video Two performances are set for Saturday, May 26 in Los Angeles Saturday, May 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Beyond Baroque (theater) 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 $10 per person general admission Sponsored by the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee (www.venicejamm.com ) For tickets, contact Phyllis Hayashibara at phyllishayashibara@gmail.com or (310) 390-1576. Seating is limited. The performance of “Behind Barbed Wire” will be followed...
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2018 / Japan House Los Angeles “Takeo Paper Show: SUBTLE” April 13 – May 23

Japan House Los Angeles Takeo Paper Show: Subtle Delicate or Infinitesimal April 13 – May 23, 2018 Japan House Los Angeles, 2F Gallery Hollywood and Highland Center Japan House Los Angeles presents SUBTLE, an experimental exploration of the delicate world of paper in contemporary context. https://www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles/events/takeo-paper.html  
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2018 / Santa Monica Main Library to host an event for recalling Japanese American’s swing dance at wartime incarceration camps, May 19

Swing dance at a wartime incerceration camp

Barbed Wire to Boogie Woogie: Swing in the Japanese American Internment Camps Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 2:00PM Santa Monica Main Library 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium & North Courtyard During World War II, more than 110,000 Japanese American were incarcerated at makeshift facilities at 10 locations in remote desert in the US. And the makeshift facilities in desert were called “Camp” by interned Japanese Americans. Parents and Japanese American leaders, while they were suffering in the camps, wanted the young people to continue to lead a normal life as possible....
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2018 / Bringing Okinawa Home – program with lecture and music performance, May 19

The Okinawa Association of America in Gardena will host a cultural lecture and traditional music performance on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. The event will be led by two dynamic guest speakers/musicians from Hawai‘i, Eric Wada and Norman Kaneshiro. Titled “Bringing Okinawa Home,” the goal of this event is to promote a deeper appreciation of Okinawa. Wada and Kaneshiro will explore Okinawan identity and values through the traditional customs, native languages, and music. For attendees who are of Okinawan descent, the aim is to consider ways to embrace cultural heritage in daily life so that it can be...
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Cultural News 2018 May issue on sale: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego and more

Cultural News 2018 May Issue in on sale now. It costs $30 per year for 12 issue. For your subscription, visit http://culturalnews.com/subscription Contents: Minneapolis museum’s permanent display space for Japanese art is largest in Western world Petersen Automotive Museum launching two newest exhibitions withe Japanese automaking theme Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego/ 50 Artists – 50 Fish / Mottainai: Waste Not – Cat Chiu Phillips Craft & Folk Museum: Bamboo Los Angeles County Museum of Art / City and Cosmos: The Art of Teotihuacna / Mexico’s international archaeological project co-research director Saburo Sugiyama visits LACMA Gardena Buddhist Church...
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2018 / Japanese culture programs at The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, May 13

Celebration of Japanese Culture May 13, 2018 10:00am to 4:00pm (Last Gate Admission at 3:15 pm) The Japanese Garden 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406 (Between Victory and Burbank) General Admission: $5 Children 12 and under: $3 Seniors (62 over): $3 Gift shop Tea & Cookies will be offered in the Shoin (Extra charge will apply) Information: (818) 756-8166  www.thejapanesegarden.com Japanese Culture Programs at Japanese Garden, Shoin Building and Administration Building. (Free with Admission) Japanese Doll Display, Administrative Building, 10am to 3:00pm Japanese Doll Display by SFV Japanese Doll Making Group: View handcrafted Japanese dolls representing traditional folk...
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2018 / Specialist to explain music as healing agent at Little Tokyo Library, May 12

Music as a Universal Language: History and Neuroscience Lecture by Dr. Makiko Hirata Saturday, May 12, 2018 2:00pm to 3:00pm Little Tokyo Branch Library 203 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 612-0525 Music is the most abstract of all arts.  Some argue that music predates language.  It has been a subject of much philosophical contemplation. Today, with the use of medical technologies like fMRI, its benefit is beginning to be quantified. Dr. Makiko Hirata will introduce some of these theories, ancient and contemporary.  How can we use music as a way to attain more happiness, productivity,...
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2018 / Little Tokyo Sparkle Community Cleanup, May 12

Little Tokyo Sparkle Community Cleanup Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day Sweep-Scrape-Pick up Trash-Sidewalk Clean-up Saturday, May 12, 2018 9AM-12:30PM Join us in our efforts to clean up Little Tokyo And continue the process of building our community! SIGN-UP LINK: http://bit.ly/LTsparkle2018 Bring: gloves, Hat, sunscreen Dress Appropriately Meet at JACCC Plaza at 9 am (244 S. San Pedro St., LA, 90012) Light Lunch will be provided For more information: snagano@aol.com Sponsor and Supporters (partial list) LT COMMUNITY COUNCIL • LT PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATION • LT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION/BID • COUNCILMEMBER HUIZAR • CD14 • HCNC • JACCC • LT SERVICE CENTER (LTSC)•LT...
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2018 /Free Screening “Why The Fools Dance” at short film screening program, May 10, 3:45PM – 5:30PM

Why The Fools Dance Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM CGV Cinemas USA 621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 9005 Why the Fools Dance (website) http://www.whythefoolsdance.com/ 踊る阿呆はなぜ踊る An ANKH ARTS production Produced by Mao Sakurada Reich and Benjamin Michel Music by Shoko Hikage and Sakura Ren Cinematography by Benjamin Michel Edited by Anna Nishibayashi Directed by Benjamin Michel Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest Beyond Our Memories- Short non-fiction portraits FREE ticket required “Why The Fools Dance” includes ‘Tokushima Ren’ – LA’s own Awa Odori troupe – dancing along with Bay Area troupe ‘Sakura Ren’ at...
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2018 / Japan Foundation Lecture “Hokusai: The Name that Sold Books” by Dr. Ellis Tinios, May 1

  Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture Series 50 Hokusai: The Name that Sold Books – Art and Commerce in Nineteenth-century Japan Lecturer: Dr. Ellis Tinios, Honorary Lecturer in History at the University of Leeds, faculty member of the Rare Book School, University of Virginia, and Visiting Researcher at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:00 pm The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 In this lecture, Dr. Ellis Tinios tells a tale of deceit and low cunning, blatant plagiarism, willful misrepresentation and great art. He tells the story of...
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