2018 / LA Women’s Koto Ensemble at Mount Saint Mary’s University‘s Music Festival, March 25

Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles Doheny Campus 10 Chester Place Los Angeles, CA 90007 Women in Music Festival Sunday, March 25 https://womeninmusicfestival.org LA Women’s Koto Ensemble  (Registration: waiting) 4:00pm – Pompeian Room Performance: LA Women’s Koto Ensemble The resonant sounds of the koto zither evoke the majesty of the Japanese court, inviting both contemplation and inspiration. Ten virtuoso koto players perform modern compositions in traditional kimonos. 5:30pm – Auditorium Workshop Explore the koto with Yoko Awaya, Tomoya Nakai, Yuki Yasuda, Sachiyo Yoshimoto, and other members of the LA Women’s Koto Ensemble. Yoko Awaya Yoko Awaya is a noted...
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2018 / Screening of short film “Path of Dreams” inspired by Japanese legend beauty at LA Live, March 24

  Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival Shorts Program Four Saturday, March 24, 6:30 pm LA Live Regal Cinema, 1000 W Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 https://www.goelevent.com/LAWFF/e/ShortsProgramFour Inspired by one of the most famous Japanese legends of Ono no Komachi, this mystical film reveals the passion behind Komachi’s most seductive and heartbreaking poetry. Path of Dreams Directed by Tamara Ruppart Written by Velina Hasu Houston Produced by ELEVEN ARTS, True Heart Films, in association with Minx Pictures Executive Produced by Ko Mori In poetic Japan, Ono no Komachi, a beautiful poetess, strikes a tantalizing bargain with Shosho, a...
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2018 / Japan Foundation Japanese language courses, Jan. 10 – Mar. 24

Japan Foundation JF Nihongo

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles will provide “JF Nihongo Winter 2018” Japanese language course from Jan. 20 – March 24 JF Nihongo Winter 2018 January 20 – March 24 The Japan Foundation Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Three Beginner-level Japanese-language courses: * Everyday Japanese 1 (Saturday, 9:30 am – 11:30 am) * Everyday Japanese 2 (Saturday, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm) * Everyday Japanese 3 (Saturday, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm) In each class, students will learn concepts and communication skills which are essential to having a well-rounded understanding of everyday Japanese. A...
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2018 / L.A. participants invited to Okinawan language conference in Hawaii, March 23-24

Forwarded for Ukwanshin Kabudan in Hawaii Ukwanshin Kabudan and the Ka Haka Ula o Keelikolani Center for Hawaiian Language invite members of the Los Angeles Okinawan community to attend the 2018 LooChoo (Ryukyu) Identity Summit: “Sustaining the Breath of Our Native Languages.” The three-day conference will take place March 23 – 25 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii Island. Early registration is open until March 1. “E Ala E!” is the Hawaiian call to wake up, just like the rising of the sun. In the native Okinawan language, “Kataibusan” means to want to speak. In this fourth...
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2018 / Japan Foundation photo exhibition “Helen Keller and Hachiko” March 9 – 23

Japan Foundation Los Angeles www.jflalc.org Photo Exhibition: Helen Keller and Hachiko Curated by Yumi McDonald March 9 – 23, 2018 Monday-Friday: 10am-7pm, Closed on Weekends Admission: Free Helen Keller loved the famous loyal Akita dog Hachiko. When she visited Japan in 1937 she was given an Akita puppy from people in Akita. The exhibition introduces much less-known relations between Helen Keller, Hachiko and her Akita dogs. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to look at the pictures collected from Tokyo, Akita, New York, Boston and Westport, Connecticut where Helen Keller used to live.  
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2018 / New Japan House debuts fashion innovator in Hollywood, Jan. 19 – Mar. 21

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is opening its gallery on the second floor of the Hollywood & Highland entertainment center with an inaugural exhibition of works by the internationally acclaimed, experimental Japanese fashion label, ANREALAGE. Admission is free. On view from Jan. 19 to Mar. 21, this immersive exhibition is the solo North American exhibition debut by designer Kunihiko Morinaga, one of a vanguard of next-generation Japanese fashion innovators. Titled A Light Un Light, the exhibition will introduce visitors to Morinaga’s boundary-pushing concepts through a selection of recent experiments with technology, fabrics and optical illusions. Installations examine qualities of light,...
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2018 / Musical “Allegiance” starts at Aratani Theatre, Little Tokyo, Feb. 21

Musical Allegiance February 21 – April 1, 2018 Starring George Takei Aratani Theatre 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 For Tickets Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken. Rejoice in one family’s triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness in the new musical Allegiance, presented by the nation’s premiere Asian American theatre company, East West Players, with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave...
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2018 / Terasaki Nibei Foundation to present stories of orphanages supported by Japanese American before WWII, March 20

The Terasaki Nibei Foundation presents “Southern California Shonien (Children Home) Story “ by Mikko Arimoto Henson on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:00 pm at its building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 Free admission. For more information, contact Naoko Okada, coordinator of the Terasaki Nibei Foundation, via nibei@nibei.org or (310) 479-6101 ext. 134 The Nanka Shonien, Japanese Children’s Home of Southern California which was established in 1914, was once a shining example of Japanese American social establishment before World War ll. Speaker Mikko Arimoto Henson spent more than past ten years researching the institution’s founder Joy Kusumoto...
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2018 / 5th Annual Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival, March 18

Forwarded for the Sister City Association of Huntington Beach The 5th Annual Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on March 18, 2018 from 10:30-5:30 in Huntington Beach Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave. This FREE community event brings together people from all over Orange and Los Angeles counties to celebrate Japanese music, dance, arts, crafts and food under the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees in Central Park, which were a gift to our city from our Sister City Anjo, near Nagoya, Japan. The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and Huntington Beach Mayor and City Counsel will be opening...
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2018 / Martial arts lecture & demonstration at Shoseian Teahouse, Glendale, March 18

Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Teahouse invites you to a presentation by Michael Belzer: Donn Draeger and His Koryu: Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu & Katori Shintō Ryu Kenjutsu March 18, 2018, 10 AM – 1 PM Shoseian “Whispering Pine” Teahouse Brand Library Park, 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201 Donn F. Draeger was a pioneer in the martial arts of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. He authored over 30 books and magazines and “opened the door” for all future western practitioners to study the Koryu – classical martial arts of Japan. LISTEN to Donn Draeger speak about his life and...
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Cultural News 2018 March Issue published with front page story of musical “Allegiance”

Unlike most publications which depend on advertisement revenues, Cultural News is supported by paid subscriptions. Your participation to volunteer subscriber program is appreciated. Start your subscription now Cultural News also seeks Editorial Work Support Fund & Next 20 Project Fund – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – Subscription to Cultural News   Name: _____________________________________________   Address: ___________________________________________ Amount: $30 for US subscriber Email Address:__________________________________________ Make check payable to: Cultural News, P.O. Box 48678, Los Angeles, CA 90048 For more information, contact Shige Higashi...
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2018 / Free screening “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” at Japan Foundation, March 14

JAPANEMA: Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday, 7:00 pm at JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free to attend. Reservation is not required. Street Parking is available. March 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM An Anime Adaptation of Mary Stewart’s Fantasy Novel “The Little Broomstick” Mary and The Witch’s Flower     (102mins, 2017) Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi From Academy Award®-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty – comes a dazzling new adventure about...
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