2017 / Sunday tea ceremony at Doizaki Gallery, Little Tokyo, April 23, 30, May 7, 14

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center The George J. Doizaki Gallery First Annual Sado, Kado, Shodo Cultural Exhibition Sunday, April 23, 30, May 7, 14 The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents the First Annual Sado, Kado, Shodo Cultural Exhibition of the three Japanese traditional arts – flower arrangement, calligraphy, and tea ceremony – featuring Omotesenke, Urasenke, Edo Senke, Ogasawara Sencha School, Sogetsu School, and Ohara School of Ikebana from Sunday, April 23 to Sunday, May 14, 2017 in the George J. Doizaki Gallery. This free and open to the public exhibition will feature an installation combining the art of ikebana...
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2017 / Community-wide Little Tokyo Clean-Up event to take place, May 13

Little Tokyo Sparkle! Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day Community Cleanup Trash Pick-Up / Graffiti Removal / Sidewalk Clean-Up Saturday, May 13, 2017 9AM – 12PM Join us in our efforts to clean up Little Tokyo and continue the process of building our community! Sign-Up Link: www.bit.ly/sparklemay17 Bring: Glove, Hat, Water Bottle, Sunscreen Dress Appropriately Meet at JACCC Plaza at 9 am Light lunch will be provided It’s SPARKLE time again!! Sponsors and Supporters (partial list) LT Public Safety Association/Koban, LT Business Association/BID, Councilmember Huizar CD14, JACCC, LTSC, KIZUNA, LT Historical Society, HCNC, Sustainable LT, LT Vibes, LT Rotary Club, JANM, METRO/Go Little...
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2016 / Little Tokyo Sparkle! The 1st Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day, Nov. 5, 2016

Over 300 participants scraped gum, swept the sidewalks, pickup up trash and cigarette butts, removed stickers from posts, washed windows, sparkled Little Tokyo and celebrated with a delicious curry rice lunch in the 1st annual Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day, Nov. 5, 2016. (Source: Little Tokyo Sparkle!)  
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2017 / Screening “Ghost in the Shell” 2017 version, March 31 – May 11

  Showtimes for “Ghost in the Shell” through May 11 – AMC Classic Marina Marketplace 6 – Map 1:00pm, 6:15pm – Regency Norwalk 8 – Map 11:45am 2:30pm 5:10pm 7:50pm 10:30pm – AMC Theatres, Puente Hills 20 – Map 9:10pm, 11:45pm + Screening “Ghost in the Shell” 2017 version, ongoing from March 31 release The Landmark Theater, 10850 West Pico Blvd., at Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 PG 13, 1 hour, 46 mins Screening “Ghost in the Shell” 1995 original anime version, Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm The Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Directed...
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2017 / Japan’s Fuzjko Hemming Piano Recital at Colburn School, May 10

Fuzjko Hemming

Partially-deaf legendary pianist Fuzjko Hemming will be back in Los Angeles for a special concert in support of The Humane Society of the United States DATE: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Zipper Hall (inside the Colburn School) 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 PROGRAM: Chopin: Etudes Op.25-1, Op.10-3, Op.10-5, Op.10-12 Debussy: Jardins sous la Pluie, Clair de Lune Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14, Op.27-2 “Moonlight Sonata” Liszt: Grande Etudes de Paganini No.6 Liebestraume, La Campanella ARTIST: Fuzjko Hemming, piano TICKET: $40, $30 ($15 for seniors & students for limited amount) Brown Paper Tickets fuzjko.brownpapertickets.com (800) 838-3006...
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2017 / UCLA invites the public to Kyogen programs with Mansaku Nomura, May 5, 8, 9

An Evening of Kyogen

The Yanai Initiative Japanese Performing Art Program at UCLA, Waseda University in Tokyo present 5 days of Kyogen programs with living national treasure Mansaku Nomura and his Mansaku-no-Kai from May 5-9. An Evening of Kyogen with Mansaku Nomura & Mansaku-no-kai will be held at Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo on May 6 at 5 pm, and May 7 at 5 pm. In UCLA campus, the following programs will be presented: Nomura Mansaku lecture  “Living Kyogen” A lecture by Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura, presented by the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University. When: May 5, 2017 at 10:30...
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2017 / “An Evening of Kyogen” with Japan’s living national treasure Mansaku Nomura at Aratani Theatre, May 6-7

An Evening of Kyogen

The Yanai Initiative at UCLA, Waseda University, and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center present An Evening of Kyogen with Mansaku Nokura & Mansaku-no-Kai Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5 pm Sunday, May 7, 2017, 5 pm 5pm “Discovering Kyogen” featuring Mansai Nomura 6pm Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Performed in Japanese with English subtitles. Aratani Theatre 244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles CA 90012 Tickets $40, $30, $20 Website festivalofsacredmusic.org and JACCC.org Phone: (213) 680 3700 Thirty-five years after he first shared the joy of kyogen with Los Angeles theatergoers, Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura returns with the Mansaku-no-Kai Company...
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2017 / Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group, Dec. 24, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art www.lacma.org The Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) was established in 2008 to support the acquisition efforts of the Japanese Art department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The group was founded by an important and long-time donor to LACMA and major supporter of the arts in Los Angeles, and is made up of like-minded individuals who share a desire to bring the beauty of Japanese art to the...
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2017 / LACMA displaying Maruyama Okyo’s “Canes” (1772) at Japanese Pavilion. Dec. 24, 2016 – May 7, 2017

LACMA Maruyama Okyo Screens Cranes

Maruyama Okyo’s screens of “Cranes”was acquired in 2012 by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Maruyama Okyo (1733-95) is pivotal to Japanese art history for being one of the first artists to paint directly from nature rather than from paintings and sketches. Of his five most famous pairs of screens, four are registered National Treasures by the Japanese government and may therefore never leave Japan except on lone. Only these legendary screens remain unregistered, and on Feb. 22, 2011 after two-year campaign by LACM’s Curator of Japanese Art, Robert T. Singer, the Ministry of Culture of Japan granted...
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2017 / LACMA displaying calligraphy (c.1840-60) of Lord Tokugawa Nariaki at Japanese Pavilion, Dec 24, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24, 2016 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art www.lacma.org Lord Tokugawa Nariaki Japan, 1800 – 1868 Snow, Moon, Flower Calligraphy, c 1840 – 60 Set of three hanging scrolls, ink and pigment on paper Gift of the 2008 Japanese Art Acquisitions Group M. 2008.11.1-.3 This calligraphy triptych bears the character for “snow” on the right scroll, “moon” on the central scroll, and “flower” on the left scroll. “Setsugetsuka” (snow, moon, flower) is a timeless Japanese poetic phrase...
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2017 / LACMA /1960s-70s era Japanese graphic design exhibition at Japanese Pavilion, Oct. 15, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Awazu Kiyoshi, Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated October 15, 2016–May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Designer and artist Awazu Kiyoshi (1929–2009) devoted his career to political advocacy and collaborations within Tokyo’s artistic community. In stark contrast to the prevailing modernist dogma, which sought universal and impersonal set of symbols, Awazu imbued his expressive, hand-drawn designs with local traditions. He argued that the designer’s mission was “to extend the rural into the city, foreground the folklore, reawaken the past, summon back the outdated.” Awazu Kiyoshi Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated focuses on Awazu’s...
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2017 / Okinawa Performing Arts Committee to mark 30th Anniversary at Armstrong Theater with dance and music show, May 7

Utayabira Uduyabira 2015

To commemorate 30th anniversary of the Performing Arts Committee (Geino-bu) of the Okinawa Association of America, “Utayabira Wuduyabira” Okinawa music and dance showcase will be held at Armstrong Theatre in Torrance on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20. Contact the OAA office at oaamensore@gmail.com or (310) 532-1929. The first “Utayabira Wuduyabira” was held at the Orange County Buddhist Church on May 21, 1989 to finance as well as help fulfill its mission. “Utayabira Wuduyabira” literally means “Let’s Sing, Let’s Dance.” The latest “Utayabira” showcase will have a theme of Okinawan folk life in traditional era. Geino-bu...
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