2018 / Japanese American ensemble to embark 3rd goodwill tour to Tohoku, Sept. 9 -21

GRATEFUL CRANE ENSEMBLE 2018 GOODWILL TOUR TO TOHOKU, JAPAN SEPTEMBER 9 – 21, 2018 By Soji Kashiwagi, The Grateful Crane Ensemble On Sunday, September 9th, Grateful Crane will embark on our third goodwill tour to Tohoku, Japan to sing songs of hope and inspiration for tsunami survivors in some of the hardest hit areas of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. Over eight days from September 11 to September 18, we will perform and participate in 15 concerts or interactive musical workshops for children, youth, adults and seniors. Venues include public housing facilities, kindergartens, a nursing home, a Mochi Buffet/Arboretum,...
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2018 / Huntington Library to inaugurate Dr. Genshitu Sen Lecture Series, Sept. 18

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Dr. Genshitsu Sen Lecture Series Peace through a Bowl of Tea September 18, 2018, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Glenn Webb, Professor Emeritus at Pepperdine University, will discuss the globalization of the Japanese tea ceremony in the decades following World War II. Webb’s lecture inaugurates the Dr. Genshitsu Sen Lecture Series, which focuses on Japanese tea culture. The annual lecture is generously supported by Toshie and Frank Mosher.
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2018 / Japan Foundation/ Outdoor screening of “Your Name.” at Glendale’s Japanese Garden, Sept. 16

Outdoor Japanese Movie Screening in Shoseian/Japanese Friendship Garden Located in Brand Park, Glendale, 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201 “Your Name.” 106 mins, 2016 Directed by Nakoto Shinkai Sunday, September 16, 2018, Screening at 7:30PM Gates Open at 7:00PM for seating This Event is FULL. Please bring a blanket or chair for sitting on the lawn to watch the movie. You may bring your own food and drink, and have a picnic under the stars! *Some snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
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2018 / Glendale’s Japanese Garden to present Omote-senke Tea Ceremony, Sept 16

Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Tea House Brand Library Park 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201 Omote-senke Tea Ceremony Sunday, September 16th, 2018 11:00 AM – 1st Seating 12:30 PM – 2nd Seating “Omote Senke” has its own customs and traditions that we would like to highlight for You with this tea ceremony. Come and learn the very unusual and interesting story about this style of tea and the others that are associated with it from Professor Sachiko Okazoe (Soko). Donation : $20 per person RSVP by September 13 to : Friends@shoseianteahouse.com Please indicate the number of people in your...
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2018 / Terasaki Nibei Foundation Lecture: The Wonder of Japanese Green Tea, Sept. 11

Lecture by Mr. Masanori Den Shirakata, Owner of Den’s Tea
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2018 / Craft and Folk Art Museum hosting “Bamboo” exhibition, May 27 – Sept. 9

Craft and Folk Art Museum 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 937-4230   www.cafam.org Exhibition: Bamboo May 27 – September 9, 2018 The Bamboo exhibition explores the evolution of Japanese bamboo basketry from a purely functional art form into complicated, distinctly Japanese sculptural forms of variable scale. A major selection of historical and contemporary works from the Los Angeles-based Cotsen Collection are central to the exhibition, as well as a large-scale, interactive bamboo installation by Japan-based artist Akio Hizume. This exhibition is supported by Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, with additional support from the Pasadena Art Alliance and the...
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All households in Hokkaido lost electricity immediately after the earthquake

Magnitde 6.7 earthquake hit Hokkaido on Sept. 06, 2018 at 3:08 am in local time. Near 3 million households, all customer of Hokkaido Power, lost electricity immediately after the earthquake. 330,000 households recovered electricity as of 4:00 pm on Sept. 6. All train operations in Hokkaido was suspended immediately after the quake. JR Hokkaido announces all train operation would be suspended until 12:00 noon of Sept. 7. +     (Following Source: Japan Times as of Sept. 6 in Japan time) At least seven people are dead and 32 people unaccounted for in Hokkaido after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake —...
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Aug/Sep Issue of Cultural News just published, free sample available now

Thank you for waiting for the August/September issue of Cultural News. The latest Cultural News is now available. In this issue, we report efforts of volunteers, municipalities, and government for recovering works from the July 2018 Western Japan Heavy Rain Disaster. For your free sample issue, please send your name and postal address to higashi@culturalnews.com Cultural News Editor Shige Higashi visited Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture from Aug. 3-9. Higashi will talk his report at the Japanese Community Pioneer Center on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Pioneer Center is located at the third floor of the...
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Donations for Editorial Support Project to send Cultural News Editor to Hiroshima and Kure, Japan for disaster report

Editorial Support Project: July Flood – One of the Worst Disaster of Japan The flood that occurred in the western part of Japan in July 2018 marks one of the worst disasters in Japan. Across 13 prefectures, more than 200 people were killed and more than 30,000 houses are damaged. In my home town Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 24 people were killed, and 1000 houses are damaged. In Kure City, major roads have been reopened, but vital train traffic JR Kure Line is shut down, and causes heavy traffic congestion in main highways as of July 30. On-going reports...
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2018 / Japan-based painting artist Yukiko Chikamoto debuting at MOE gallery in West Hollywood, Aug. 18 – 31

Japan’s emerging painting artist Yukiko Chikamoto is presenting her first exhibition in Los Angeles at MOE gallery, 636 N Robertson Blvd, 2nd Floor #A, West Hollywood, CA 90069, from Aug. 18 -31. Gallery hours are from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Gallery phone is (424) 303-7107. http://gallerymoe-la.com Chikamoto is currently a graduate student at master course of art education at Tokyo Gakugei University in Tokyo. She was selected as the 2017 winner of the Robert Crowder Award by the Nihongain, artist association for Japanese painting in Japan. Robert Crowder (1911-2010) was renowned Japanese style painter in Los Angeles, and...
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2018 / Screening “A Whale of a Tale” at Laemmle Music Hall, Aug. 24-30

Laemmle Music Hall 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Aug. 24 – 30, 2018 12:10 pm, 5:10 pm, 7:40 pm https://www.laemmle.com/films/44138 A Whale of a Tale Production/distributor: Fine Line Media Director/producer: Megumi Sasaki Executive producer: Taro Maki Directors of photography: Takashi Orikasa, Taiki Sugioka Editor: Bernadine Colish Composer: David Majzlin 97 minutes In 2010, Taiji, a sleepy fishing town in Japan, suddenly found itself in the worldwide media spotlight. The Cove, a documentary denouncing the town’s long-standing whale and dolphin hunting traditions, won an Academy Award and almost overnight, Taiji became the go-to destination and battleground for activists...
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2018 / Education center on valor of Japanese American veterans presenting museum-class Japanese sword exhibit, July 24 – Aug. 26

Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles presents special sword exhibition “Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Military Intelligence Service” from July 24 – August 26, 2018. “Nikkei Samurai” sword exhibition is held within the permanent exhibition “Defining Courage” located in the historic Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist temple on the west side of the plaza at First Street and Central Avenue in Little Tokyo. For over seven centuries, Japan was ruled by its military elite – the samurai. Though the samurai class was abolished 150 years ago, their elegant swords, the perfect fusion of form and function, still...
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