2018 / Senshin Buddhist Temple to present “Bon Odori” event, June 30

Senshin Buddhist Temple 1311 W 37th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007 Bon Odori Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 4:30 pm: Senshinji Hatsubon Service 7:00 pm: Senshinji Bon Odori 9:00 pm: Omairi in Hondo, Sento Shogon (1000 oil lamps), Otoki 10:00 pm: Horaku: Kinnara Taiko, etc Bon Odori Dance Time 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Email: senshinji@gmail.com  Phone: (323) 731-4617
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2018 / Japanese American National Museum to host War Bride symposium, June 30

Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.janm.org Legacies of Postwar Japan’s “War Bride” Era Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:00 AM—6:00 PM SOLD OUT, FREE / This event is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, email visitorservices@janm.org. During and shortly after the US-Allied Occupation of Japan, the Japanese women who fraternized with soldiers often met opposition from their families and were shunned by other Japanese. Many mixed-race children faced severe prejudice for being “impure” and born from the former enemy. This symposium brings together various stakeholders to tell the stories of the war brides...
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2018 / Ford Theatres to host Japanese folk dance JAM session, June 25

JAM Session: Japanese Folk Dance Ford Theatres 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068 JAM Sessions | Free Monday, June 25, 2018, 7:00 PM Ticket Information: FREE Reservations recommended; space is limited. Buy Tickets Discover the beauty and grace of Japanese festival dancing with Christine Inouye. Seize the moment and try your hand at these celebratory bon dances set to ondo music by Japanese folk fusion ensemble Minyo Station. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Artist Links: Christine Inouye Minyo Station NOTE: Hollywood...
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2018 / San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, June 23, 24

San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival Obon Festival June 23 – 24, 2018 www.sfvhbt.org Obon Festival Hours Sat: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sun: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Bon Odori Dancing Saturday: 7:00 pm Sunday: 6:30 pm Taiko Drum Performances will precede Bon Odori (Japanese Folk Dancing) each evening Community Center Demonstrations Obon Festival now features demonstrations by SFV Japanese American Community Center Clubs. Visit the gym and dojo to watch our talented community perform, and then head to the yagura for taiko and obon dancing. Admission: Free Festival Location: San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima,...
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2018 / Venice Japanese Community Center to present annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) June 23, 24

The Venice Japanese Community Center will present its annual Natsu Matsuri, or summer festival, on Sat., June 23, 12 pm – 9 pm, and Sun., June 24, 11 am – 8 pm. As an annual schedule, Miss Western Los Angeles, VJCC/WLA JACL Nisei Week Candidate will be announced during the Natsu Matsuri Fest. www.vjcc.com  
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2018 / Annual Long Beach Japanese Festival at Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, June 23, 24

2018 Annual Japanese Festival Saturday, June 23, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bon Odori at 7:00 pm Sunday, June 24, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bon Odori at 6:30 pm Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center 1766 Seabright Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813 https://www.lbjcc.org
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2018 / Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Matsuri, June 23, 24

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Matsuri Saturday, June 23, 12 noon to 8:00 pm Sunday, June 24, 12 noon to 6:00 pm Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247 www.jci-gardena.org
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2018 / Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum to present Japanese tea demonstration, June 24

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA Learn the significance of traditions, kimonos, and the tea itself that embody Japanese culture Japanese Tea Demonstration Sunday, June 24, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 pm Tickets: $50 RSVP at info@santaynezmuseum.org or (805) 688-7889 Seating is limited.
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2018 / Art Club of San Diego to present 16th annual exhibition of Japanese art and sumi-e painting at Balboa Park, June 23, 24

The Art Club of San Diego The 16th annual exhibition of Japanese art, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, in Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California. The exhibition will feature sumi-e paintings, nihonga, byobu, ceramics, and Sogetsu School of Ikebana floral arrangements. For more information, contact: Joseph Crosss  sumijoe@gmail.com  (619)584-7727 For information about the Balboa Park, the general public can...
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2018 / Arizona: Phoenix-based taiko master Ken Koshio to present “Taiko Extravaganza 2018” June 23

Scottsdale, AZ – Ancient Sounds of Peace and K2 Enterprise present “Ken Koshio TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – The Tree of Life” at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2ndz Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Taiko Extravaganza 2018 is the 4th annual show of Ken Koshio and his groups in Arizona. Tickets: $30 – $50 https://www.kenkoshio.com/show
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2018 / Ford Theatres to host “Rhythmic Relations 2018” — Japanese taiko meets Bollywood, June 23

Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT returns to the Ford Theatres in Hollywood with its thrilling, heart-pounding and joyous blend of percussion and choreography, joined by youth performing group Kitsune Taiko and special guest Blue13 Dance Company. The show opens with new and favorite taiko songs, followed by an exhilarating, fun and inspiring mix of percussion and contemporary Indian dance. Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m.  The grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. In addition to a variety of food and beverages available on site, patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink (wine and beer are...
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2018 / West Covina Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, June 23

West Covina Buddhist Temple’s 2018 Obon Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center, 1203 W. Puente Ave, West Covina, CA 91790. https://www.facebook.com/WestCovinaBuddhistTemple The festival lasts all day, starting from 2:00 pm and lasting until 9:00 pm. Japanese culture, cuisine, and the exciting and spiritually meaningful Bon Odori Dancing. 2018 Demonstration Schedule 3:00 pm Shinkendo 3:30 pm Hoshun Kai Minyo Dance Group 4:00 pm Eibukan Goju Ryu Karate 4:30 pm West Covina Kendo 5:00 pm West Covina Judo 5:30 pm Martial Arts Innovations 6:00 pm Kishin Daiko Manto-e Service (a...
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