2018 / Japan Foundation: Kanji & Calligraphy Workshop, Jan. 13

Japan Foundation Kanji Workshop

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Kanji & Calligraphy Workshop Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:00AM Full – Registration closed https://www.jflalc.org/courses-kanji1
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2018 / Japan Foundation Screening: A Silent Voice (2016), Jan. 10

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Free Japanese Film Screening Wednesday, January 10, 7PM “A Silent Voice” (聲の形)129 mins, 2016 Directed by Naoko Yamada Winner of Best Animation of the Year in the 26th Japan Movie Critics Award For more information, visit https://www.jflalc.org/ac-japanema-011018
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2018 / Japanese American National Museum to present Oshogatsu Family Festival, Jan 7

JANM Oshogatsu Family Festival

In celebrating the Year of the Dog, the Japanese American National Museum presents the 2018 Oshogatsu Family Festival on Sunday, January 7, 11am – 5pm. http://www.janm.org/events/2018/oshogatsufest/ Foster/Adopt a Dog, 11am – 2pm Come meet dogs that need a permanent home and learn about a fostering program. Presented in partnership with Dogs Without Borders. Lucky Soba Noodles, 11am – 3pm Kidding Around the Kitchen will give out sample bowls of lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the New Year. Kids can top the soba with their choice of tofu, vegetables, and nori. While supplies last....
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2018 / Cultural center to present 2018 KOTOHAJIME stage with Okinawan dance and Biwa (lute) music, Jan. 7

KOTOHAJIME Hatsu-zora (First sky) Sunday, January 7, 2018 1 pm. Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo Every January, Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California, with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination. For its 35th anniversary, Kotohajime, JACCC’s signature New Year celebration, will welcome 2018 and celebrate the Year of the Dog. Curated by Master Artist in Residence, Hirokazu Kosaka, Kotohajime features stunning performances and live music, including ritual shooting of the arrow, breaking the sake barrel, and traditional and contemporary dance...
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2018 / Little Tokyo hosts 20th annual New Year’s celebration events

Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California presented the 20th annual Oshogatasu (New Year Celebration) in Little Tokyo on Jan. 01, 2018 from 11am to 4pm at the Weller Court, the Japanese Village Plaza, and the Frances Hashimoto Plaza. Thousands of visitors gathered at Little Tokyo of Los Angeles and enjoyed Japanese foods and atmospheres of the celebration. (Cultural News Photo)    
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2018 / News Year Celebration in Little Tokyo: Japanese song “Gion Kouta” performed by Matsutoyo Kai

Matsutoyo Kai Gion Kouta

On Jan. 01, 2018, Japanese song “Gion Kouta” (Song of Gion) was performed by the Matsutoyo Kai with lead vocal Matsutoyosen Sato with a dance of Mastsutoyonatsu Sato at the Weller Court stage of New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo events sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California. ロサンゼルスの民謡団体「松豊会」による「お正月イン・リトル東京」の舞台。「祇園小唄」の歌い手は佐藤松豊扇。踊りは佐藤松豊捺。(Cultural News Video)
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2018 / New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo: Japanese song “Tokyo Ondo” performed by Matsutoyo Kai

Tokyo Ondo

On Jan. 01, 2018, Japanese song “Tokyo Ondo” (Tokyo Song) was performed by the Matsutoyo Kai with lead vocal Toshie Fujita at the Weller Court stage of New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo events sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California. ロサンゼルスの民謡団体「松豊会」による「お正月イン・リトル東京」の舞台。「東京音頭」の歌い手はふじた・としえ。(Cultural News Video)
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2018 / New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo: Japanese song “Shan Shan Uma Dochu” performed by Matsutoyo Kai

Shan Sham Uma Dochu

On Jan. 01, 2018, Japanese song “Shan Shan Uma Dochu” (Shan Shan Road with Horses) was performed by the Matsutoyo Kai with lead vocals Aki Hirahara (9 years old) and Fuka Hirahara (7 years old) on the Weller Court stage of New Year Celebration events sponsored by Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California. ロサンゼルスに民謡団体「松豊会」による「お正月イン・リトル東京」の舞台。「しゃんしゃん馬道中」を歌うのは、平原あき(9歳)と平原ふうか(7歳)の姉妹。(Cultural News Video)
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2018 / New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo: Kid’s toy “Daruma Rolling Down”

Daruma Rolling Down

On Jan. 01. 2018, kid’s toy “Daruma Rolling Down” was featured at Kid’s Corner in the Hashimoto Plaza of Little Tokyo. Kid’s Corner was a part of New Year Celebration events  sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California. (Cultural News Video)
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2018 / New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo: Kid’s game “Ton Ton Sumo”

Ton Ton Sumo

On Jan. 01, 2018, kid’s game “Ton Ton Sumo” was featured at Kid’s Corner in the Hashimoto Plaza of Little Tokyo. Kid’s Corner was a part of New Year Celebration events sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California. (Cultural News Video)
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2018 / New Year’s Eve: Ritual of releasing 108 worldly desires

Joya no kane at Nishi Betsuin

In Buddhism teaching, people are always attached with 108 worldly desires. In the ritual of New Year’s even in Japan, monks ring a temple bell for 108 times symbolizing the release of 108 worldly desires. In Los Angeles, Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Buddhist Temple hosts ringing temple bell ritual every year. This event is opened to the public. In the eve of the year 2018, near 100 people came to the temple and ring the bell. (Cultural News Video)
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2018 / Little Tokyo: New Year Celebration events to be held, Jan. 01

Led by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, various community members of Japanese American will recreate an atmosphere of  Japan’s New Year’s Day Cerebration aka Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo on Jan. 1 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Oshogatsu cerebration will take place at Weller Court, Japanese Village Plaza and the Francis Hashimoto Plaza in Little Tokyo. The event will feature traditional Japanese food, entertainment and cultural activities such as a mochi making demonstration, a kimono fashion show, Taiko drums, a Lion dance and the list goes on. The Oshogatsu is one of the most exciting...
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