2018 / Newport Beach Film Festival to feature “3Ft. Ball and Souls” (Sanjakudama) April 30

The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 26 – May 3 and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world. www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com On Monday, April 30, the festival will present its Japanese Spotlight , an evening celebration of Japanese cinema and culture. The event will feature the US Premiere of the award winning film, 3 Ft. Ball and Souls (Sanjakudama) , followed by a festive Pacific Rim Gala . The dark comedy 3 Ft. Ball and Souls (Sanjakudama) follows four members of an internet suicide room called Life Club who plan to end their lives using explosives....
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2018 / Little Tokyo Service Center to hold seminar on corporate social responsibility in Torrance, April 30

Little Tokyo Service Center will hold a seminar, “Community Building: Nikkei Businesses and Corporate Social Responsibility,” at the Toyota Meeting Hall, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503, on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Registration and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. and the program will start at 9:30 a.m. This seminar is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. The seminar will focus on Japanese and Japanese American business perspectives on corporate social responsibility and local community building. Speakers will discuss how Nikkei businesses can engage in local community building programs...
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2018 / Super Blue & Jazz 3 nights by Yu Ooka Group Live, April 27, 28, 29

Yu Ooka Group Live Super Blue & Jazz 3 nights Michael Paulo (Sax) Barbara Morrison (Vo) Yvette Nii (Vo – 29th  only) Tateng Katindig (Keys) J.V. Vollier (Ba) Kenny Elliott (Ds) Arno Lucas (Perc) Yu Ooka (Gu) April 27, 28, 8:00PM, $20 Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center 4305 Degnan Blvd, #101, Los Angeles, CA 90008 (323) 350-1962     www.barbaramorrison.com April 29, 8:00PM, $25 Alva’s Showroom 1417 W 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732 (310) 833-7538  www.alvasshowroom.com  
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2018 / Charity concert for victims of 2011 Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan, April 29

Tulips in Harmony presents Charity Concert Series No. 8 Send Love to Japan For victims of 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Sunday April 29, 2018, 3:00 pm Peninsula Community Church 5640 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Tickets at the door: $20 adult / $15 students and kids over 3 years old Pre-sale tickets: $15 adult / $10 students and kids over 3 years old For reservation of tickets/Will call: tulipsinharmonyinc@gmail.com PayPal donation: tulipsinharmonyinc@gmail.com All contributions will be sent to Japan through the committee of Kumamoto prefecture, and will be donated to the youth orchestra organization in Miyako city,...
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2018 / Ikebana exhibition with theme of Mosaic and Haiku at Japanese American National Museum, April 28, 29

The Haruko Takeichi and Students will present “Katen: Mosaic and Haiku” at the Japanese American National Museum on April 28 and 28. 15 pieces of contemporary ikebana and 11 pieces of Haiku and Ikebana will be displayed. Katen: Mosaic and Haiku” Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 April 28 (Sat) and 29 (Sun) Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm Parking entrance from Temple Street Free Admission For details, please contact: harukoikebana@gmail.com
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2018 / Art and Mini Golf Converge in Little Tokyo, April 21, 22, 28, 29

LOS ANGELES – Noguchi Plaza, one of downtown Los Angeles’ most enduring landmarks, will be transformed when golfers and art enthusiasts come together for the Little Tokyo Open;  The Art of Miniature Golf,  starting April 21. Helping to launch the two-weekend attraction will be Mayor Eric Garcetti along with other government officials and community leaders.  The Little Tokyo Business Association, in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and Sustainable Little Tokyo, are presenting the event. Open play will begin Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children ages 3-12 play for free. All others will...
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2018 / 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2018 Manzanar At Dusk Set for April 28, 2018

Manzanar Pilgrimage

LOS ANGELES – The 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018, 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. This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided redress and reparations for the survivors of America’s World War II concentration camps, and other confinement sites, in which more than 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II....
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2018 / Pasadena Buddhist Temple to host “Growing up Sansei” Community Event, April 28

Forwarded for Pasadena Buddhist Temple “Growing up Sansei,” a community event and dialogue about our Japanese American upbringing, will take place on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 2 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple’s Sakai Hall located at 1993 Glen Avenue, Pasadena. Presented by the Pasadena Buddhist Temple in partnership with the Grateful Crane Ensemble, “Growing up Sansei,” combines a live play reading of Soji Kashiwagi’s comedy/drama, “Garage Door Opener,” and a community dialogue facilitated by Dr. Satsuki Ina, a Northern California-based psychotherapist who specializes in cross-cultural counseling and trauma. “It’s what I call my “Japanese...
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Cultural News April issue on sale now: Competitor of Cultural News is Cultural News

From: Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher of Cultural News Some long time readers of Cultural News’ email say “I do not need to read monthly newspaper Cultural News because I already read email news.” This is a typical answer when I ask them to buy the monthly newspaper for $30 for 12 issues per year. I realize the competitor of monthly Cultural News is not the Rafu Shimpo but email versions of Cultural News. I like to ask again readers of Cultural News’ email to subscribe monthly Cultural News because I spend 90% of my time for gathering information...
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2018 / Okinawa music recital “An Evening of Folk Music” in Gardena, April 22

The Okinawa Association of America presents Okinawan Music Recital: An Evening of Folk Music April 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 Gardena Buddhist Church 1517  166th Street, Gardena, CA 90247 Tickets: $25 (includes bento lunch & bottled water) Tickets will be sold at the door. On Sunday, April 22, experience the sights, sounds, and spirit of the Ryuky Islands at the Gardena Buddhist Church in Gardena. Titled “Miny no Yube” (An Evening of Folk Music), this biennial concert showcases local instructors and students who play the sanshin that is synonymous with Okinawan music. This will mark the...
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2018 / Ikebana master Kaz Kitajima to display his works at Descanso Gardens, Jan. 22 – April 22

Kaz Kitajima

Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 Beyond the Bouquet At the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens January 22 – April 22, 2018 https://www.descansogardens.org  
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2018 / Arizona Taiko concert in Cottonwood, April 21

Ken Koshio and Celebrate the Earth Concert Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Tickets: $20 – $25 Old Town Center for the Arts 5th St & Main, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 Ken Koshio is a world class Japanese Taiko drummer. Taiko is a Japanese style of percussion, which combines music, movement and spirit.  Ken pushes the boundaries of Taiko through various collaborations, creating a totally authentic and unique style of music and Taiko performance art. Click HERE for more information.
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