2017 / Glendale tea house “Shoseian” invites the public to tea workshop at Brand Library Park, March 19

Forwarded for the Friends of Shoseian Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Tea House Brand Library Park 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201 You are invited to an Introduction to Tea Workshop Sunday, March 19th, 2017 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Ever wondered what it would be like to make a cup of tea the traditional Japanese way? Learn how to whisk the tea, boil the water, choose the right cup, pour the water, present the sweet snack, sip the tea and follow the rituals of Chado – The Way of Tea. In this workshop, you will get a beautiful introduction...
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2017 / Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival March 4-5 & 11-12

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

                      Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival Expands to Two Weekends – March 4-5, and 11-12 Descanso Gardens is pleased once again to welcome springtime with its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Due to overwhelming popularity, the festival will expand to two weekends this year – Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017.   Reservations must be made in advance for timed tickets that will go on sale to the public February 17 at descansogardens.org. “Over the last several years, the flowering cherry trees have been stars of the spring...
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2017 / Hiroshima and Nagasaki experience program to be held at Long Beach center, March 12

1000 Prayers for Peace (c) Richard Yutaka Fukuhara 2012

Shadows for Peace, for the Sake of the Children: The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Experience March 12, 2017 (Sunday) Time: 1:30 to 4:00 pm The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center 1766 Seabright Avenue, Long Beach 90813 Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center presents “Shadows for Peace” featuring music by the Nori Tani and Friends, interviews with atomic survivors, Hibakusha, and artwork created from Hibakusha stories and hope and prayers for World Peace by Richard Fukuhara. This free program begins at 1:30 pm with music and the art exhibition. At 2:00 pm information about “Shadows for Peace,” the morning of August 6...
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2017/ Free lecture March 9 “the Mythology of Miso” at Japan Foundation LA

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture & Demonstration Uncovering the mythology of Miso (Soy Bean Paste) the Pinnacle of Healthy Food Thursday, March 9, 7:00 pm Miso tasting after the lecture. Light refreshments will be served. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90036 Admission: Free Reservation Required: http://jflalc.org/Japan-Korea-miso.html Guest Chefs: Yoko Issasi & Ri-Hye Park This program is co-presented by Korea Foundation. Sponsored by Chum Churum Original and Miyasaka Jozo Co., LTD.
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2017 / Free screening March 8 “A Day on the Planet” with special appearance by original story author Tomoka Shibasaki at Japan Foundation LA

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Free Screening JAPANEMA Series Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 March 8, 2017, 7:00PM Free. Reservation is not required. Beautiful Slice-of-life Film Captivating in Its Mundane Glory A Day on the Planet (きょうのできごと) 110 mins, 2003 Directed by Isao Yukisada In Japanese with English subtitles For more information about the film: http://www.jflalc.org/japanema-schedule.html#%E3%81%8D%E3%82%87%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%A7%E3%81%8D%E3%81%94%E3%81%A8 Talk session after the screening with an original story author Tomoka Shibasaki. She is the recipient of the 2014 Akutagawa Prize. This screening is supported by The Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities
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Cultural News latest issue is a labor of love for Shige Higashi.

Japanese culture: Links to connect more than 100,000 people in Southern California such as enthusiasts of Japanese art and culture, seekers for their Japanese heritage, Japan-born people rediscovering their tradition outside of Japan. Cultural News is not only monthly English newspaper but also websites and email blasts to deliver Japanese art and event information to the Japanese cultural community in Southern California and beyond. To support these efforts, Cultural News is seeking 1,000 volunteer subscribers who are willing to pay to read monthly English newspaper. With $30 per year, a volunteer will receive 12 issues of the monthly newspaper....
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2017 / Kohei Nawa’s works are on view and available for sale at The Broad’s gift shop until Sunday, Mar. 5

Through the arrangement of Japan House Los Angeles, three artworks by famous contemporary artist Kohei Nawa are displayed at the gift shop area of The Broad art museum in Downtown Los Angeles until Sunday, March 5. The displayed Nawa’s artworks include PixCell – Canary, Villus – Toy – Goku, Villus – Toy – Vegeta, and Spider. All artworks are subjects for sale. The Broad is located at 221 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. www.thebroad.org The entrance to the gift shop of The Broad is located on Grand Ave, and open to the public. Kohei Nawa was born...
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2017 / “Love to Nippon” 6th anniversary event for March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake at Los Angeles Police Department HQs, March 5

Forwarded for Love to Nippon The 6th Anniversary of Love to Nippon 2017 Sunday, March 5, 2017 at LAPD HQs Season’s Greetings & wishing you a wonderful holiday season! On behalf of the Love to Nippon Project Committee, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at the 6th Anniversary of Love to Nippon 2017 – 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial Event, which will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters – Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012....
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2017 / Arizona-based taiko players to perform Taiko Tribute for Japan’s disaster memorial “Love to Nippon” in Los Angeles, March 5

Arizona-based taiko player and taiko instructor Ken Koshio will perform a taiko tribute for the Love to Nippon 2017 event, a memorial for March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, on Sunday, March 5, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. The taiko tribute will be held at the campus of the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters, 100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Koshio will be accompanied by his taiko troupe Kenzoo from Phoenix. Originally from Nagoya, Ken Koshio is a singer and songwriter for 30 years, and taiko player and instructor for 10 years. He...
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2017 / Japan’s disaster memorial event to include Shinto ceremony & Shinto ritual for beginning of the year 2017 at Little Tokyo, March 5

Izumi Hasegawa (certified Shinto Priest by Association of Shinto Shrines) Senior Priest, Shusse Inari Jinja President, Shusse Inari Shrine of America Izumi Hasegawa of Los Angeles is a licensed Kannushi (priest) with the National Association of Shinto Shrine (Jinja Honcho) in Tokyo. Hasegawa presides Shusse Inari Shrine of America, and performs various prayer services such as business success for opening of new restaurants or offices, safe driving for a new car, safety and success of karate/judo/kendo dojos, Shichi-go-san (7-5-3 rites/blessing ceremony for children), and weddings. Shusse Inari Shrine of America is the American branch of Shusse Inari Shrine, located...
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2017 / Detroit art museum to unveil Nov. 4-5 Japan Cultural Days program at Girl’s Day event

Detroit Hinamatsuri 2017

To coincide with the opening of the Japan Gallery at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the DIA and the Japanese Business Society of Detroit will sponsor the Japanese Cultural Days on Nov. 4 (Sat) and 5 (Sun) at venues of the DIA. The detail about the Nov. 4-5 Japanese Cultural Days event will be unveiled by brochures and information panels during the Hinamatsuri event at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Sunday, March 5, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Japan Cultural Days has been organized under the Japanese Business Society of Detroit to promote a friendship between...
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2017 / Arizona: Hiroshima Calling at Tempe History Museum, AZ, March 4

Hiroshima Calling Arizona Icon

Japanese Cultural Club of Arizona and Ancient Sounds of Peace present “Hiroshima Calling” event on Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Temp History Museum, 809 East Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. Free admission. “Hiroshima Calling” hosts screening of “Paper Lanterns” a documentary about 12 American POWs, and “Prayer for Peace” concert performed by Ken Koshio and Hiroshima Taiko Hozonkai International. Program 4:45 pm: Introduction by Dan Miller 5:00 pm: Taiko Performance by Hiroshima Taiko Hozonkai (Hiroshima Historical Taiko Preservation Society)  International led by Ken Koshio 6:00 pm: Film Screening “Paper Lanterns” 7:30 pm: Discussion with the...
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