Cultural News 2017 September issue is available

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You are welcome to join the circle of 1,000 Cultural News monthly volunteer subscribers By Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher of Cultural News Japanese people like me who were born and raised in Japan in 1950s and 60s did not have much chance to learn Japanese culture and art. Because Japan lost the war against the U.S. in 1945. Under the U.S. occupation, Japanese constitution and educational system were revised drastically. Western value system, art and culture were focused more than traditional Japanese ones not only in schools but also in the Japan’s daily life. It was 1980s when...
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2017 / JANM: Free admission Sept. 17 / Transpacific Borderlands exhibition opening day

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Japanese American National Museum Tanspacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora September 17, 2017 – February 25, 2018 http://www.janm.org/exhibits/transpacific-borderlands/ September 17, Opening Day: Transpacific Borderlands Free All Day Transpacific Borderlands examines the work and experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. 11:10 a.m.–1:05 p.m.: Curator-Led Gallery Tours (limit 25 participants each; first come, first served. 11:10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Miho Hagino (Mexico)...
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2017 / Go For Broke: “Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veterans” exhibition, Aug. 15 -Sept. 17

Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran Defining Courage Exhibition Go For Broke National Education Center 355 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. “Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran,” a special exhibition will be on display from Aug. 15-Sept. 17, 2017, in GFBNEC’s “Defining Courage” exhibition, located in the historic Buddhist temple on the west side of the plaza at First Street and Central Ave. in Little Tokyo. The exhibition explores how second-generation Japanese American soldiers of World War II preserved and exemplified the samurai spirit–not only through the heroism of the 442nd Regimental Combat...
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2017 / Aratani Theatre: Afternoon of Peace – The Hiroshima & Nagasaki Experience, Sept. 16

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Shadows for Peace & Japanese American Cultural and Community Center present Afternoon of Peace: The Hiroshima & Nagasaki Experience September 16, 2107, 2:00 pm Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles Tickets: $20/$30 www.jaccc.org/afternoon-of-peace + Go Back to Top Page: Latest News  
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2017 / Nisei Week: Sep. 16 / Fashion Show by Nikkei Women Legacy Association

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The Nikkei Women Legacy Association presents Nisei Week Fashion Event 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 am – 4 pm for boutique, from 11:30 am – 2 pm for luncheon and fashion show, at Almansor Court : 700 S. Almansor Street : Alhambra, CA 91801. The 2017 Nisei Week Fashion Event will showcase elegant contemporary dresses and gowns from Bella Bridesmaids, one of a kind wearable art pieces by Janet Kaneko and a retrospective tribute to renowned Nikkei fashion designer, Iris Teragawa. Teragawa began designing women’s dresses, gowns, coats and accessories in the late 1950s.  Her stylish boutique...
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Screening “Fuchini Ttasu” directed by Koji Fukuda, Sept. 13

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The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Auditorium Wednesday, September 13, at 7:00 pm Free Screening “Harmonium” (Fuchini Tatsu) directed by Koji Fukuda www.jflalc.org
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2017 / LACMA: “Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature” May 13 – Sep. 10

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature May 13–September 10, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Whereas European art often depicts nature as something to be feared—a place of wolves and specters—nature in Japanese art is respected, even revered, as an ideal retreat for those needing meditation or tranquility. Beginning in the Heian period (794–1185), nature developed into one of the most common themes in Japanese painting. ​​​Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature features 24 paintings on scrolls and screens spanning four centuries (16th to 20th), which depict nature painted from observation or from memory...
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2017 / J-Pop Summit 2017 in San Francisco’s Fort Mason, Sep. 9-10

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J-Pop Summit 2017 www.j-pop.com/2017/
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2017 / Okinawa Association: Okinawan Identity & Languages, Sept. 9

Okinawa Association of America presents Okinawan Identity & Languages feat. musician/speaker from Hawaii, Brandon Ing Sept. 9, 2017,  6PM Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena $5 OAA members, $10 public Based in Oʻahu, Hawaii, Brandon Akio Ing is an instructor of Uchinaaguchi (one of the native languages of Okinawa) and a talented musician and songwriter. Since 2011, he has been involved with various projects and events in Okinawa and Hawaiʻi to revitalize the Ryūkyūan languages. Due to limited space, priority seating will be given to those who RSVP by Sept. 8:...
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2017 / LA Event Link: Ikebana Workshop at Gardena Valley JCI, Sept. 9

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Ikebana Workshop Where: Gardena Valley JCI, 1964 W 162nd, Gardena CA 90274 in room 207/208 When: September 9, 2017; 2:00pm-4:00pm Fee: $40.00 (includes 2 take-home arrangements) Description: Join in on an unique opportunity to learn and participate in the traditional Japanese activity of flower arranging, or Ikebana.  Bring friends or make new ones, all while gaining a new talent!  And all you need to get started is the $40 fee and your own pair of pruning sheers, which you can also use when you get home to practice on your own! http://www.jci-gardena.org/upcoming-events.html + Meditation Workshop Where: Gardena Valley JCI,...
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2017 / Little Tokyo: Program on Gardeners’ Poetry at The Escondite, Sept. 3

“Working Writers Brunch: Gardeners,” one of #90X90LA’s 90 readings in 90 days in Southern California, will be held at The Escondite  (Hideout),  410 Boyd Street, Los Angeles, 90013, on Sunday, Sept.  3, 12 noon to 2 pm. The program will feature the writings of both Japanese American and Latino gardeners and their families, both historic and contemporary. The program will include poet Jose Rios, shakuhachi player George Abe, poet and children’s book author Sunny Seki and social historian and writer Naomi Hirahara. The event is free. Attendees are free to order food during the performance. Parking is available next...
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2017 / Japan Foundation Los Angeles: “Japan Week” event to mark the completion of three-month office renovation, Aug. 28 – Sept. 2

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To mark the completion of three-month office renovation, the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, reopens with a week-long celebration titled “Japan Week on the Miracle Mile & Beyond.” All events are open to the public and free to attend, but some events require RSVP. “Japan Week” schedule: Monday, August 28 @7-9pm *Japanese conversation café “Tea Time” Converse over Japanese tea and snacks with native speakers and other learners of Japanese Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Tuesday, August 29 @7-9pm *Workshop “Japanese for Travel” Learn Japanese vocabulary and basic expressions essential for traveling to Japan as well as updated information...
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