2017 / Pasadena Garden Talk: Power and Beauty of Japanese Sword, Oct. 27

The Power and Beauty of the Japanese Sword: A Special Evening at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden By Meher McArthur The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena will hold a special evening with collectors of Japanese swords on Friday, Oct. 27 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The evening will offer visitors a rare opportunity to see swords from several major periods in Japanese history, some of which were undoubtedly used in battle. The sword is one of the most highly revered objects in Japanese traditional culture. Said to embody the spirit of the samurai warrior, the sword – especially the...
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2017 / Okinawa Association: 1st World Okinawan Day at Torrance Cultural Art Center, Oct. 26

1st Uchinaachu Day in Torrance

1st Annual World Uchinaachu Day October 26, 2017, 7 -9PM Torrance Cultural Art Center, Toyota Meeting Hall Featuring Guest Performers from Okinawa, directed by Daiichi Hirata Forwarded for the Okinawa Association of America Celebration of heritage: Torrance event with guests from Okinawa “Let us set off, to the five continents we will call home.” These powerful words were said over a century ago by Kyūzō Tōyama, historically known as the grandfather of Okinawan immigration. In honor of the first Okinawan immigrants who fearlessly traveled across the world, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host the inaugural World Uchinānchu...
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Free screening of “Campaign” (2007), Oct. 25

Film Campaign

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Free Japanese Cinema Screening Bow to Everything, Even to An Electric Pole Campaign  (Senkyo)   (120mins, 2007) Directed by Kazuhiro Soda Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00PM Free Admission, No RSVP Required A documentary that closely follows the Kawasaki city assembly by-election in 2005. This is a directorial debut of Soda Kazuhiro, that has been entered into a number of film festivals, including the official invitation from the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007. https://www.jflalc.org/ac-japanema-102517
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2017 / Pacific Standard Time: Mexican mural depicting wartime incarceration at Union Station, Sept. 29 – Oct. 22

Barbara Carrasco’s 1981 portable mural contains 51 scenes depicting the history of Los Angeles, with an emphasis on the experiences of marginalized groups. These vignettes range from the city’s original native inhabitants and the railroad’s impact on the city’s growth to the whitewashing of David Alfaro Siqueiro’s mural “America Tropical” and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The agency that commissioned the mural objected to Carrasco’s frank telling of history from a Chicana perspective and censored the piece. http://muralesrebeldes.org To read more details of the story, pick up the October issue of Cultural News: http://www.culturalnews.com/subscription
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2017 / Gardena: Meeting for Shinto prayer and meditation, Oct 22

Shusse Inari Shrine of America Regular Shrine Association Meetings When: Sunday, October 22nd, 4-5pm Where: Echo Hall, 15016 Daphne Avenue*, Gardena, CA 90249 *This street is also called Nader Place Suggested donation: $10 per person RSVPs/inquiries: Facebook Messenger or website contact page facebook.com/shusseinari http://shusseinarishrine.org
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2017 / Japan’s singer Aki Yashiro concert at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Oct. 21

Aurora – Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation presents Aki Yashiro Benefit Concert in L.A. Saturday, October 21, 5:00 p.m. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Produced by Mirion Kikaku & Creative Enterprise International, Inc. Aki Yashiro was born in the city of Yashiro in Kumamoto Prefecture. She made her debut in 1971 and became widely known with the song “Namida Goi” (Tear Love) in 1973. Since then, she has had many hit songs including  “Ai no Shuchaku Eki” (Terminal Station of Love), “Mo Ichido Aitai” (I Want to See You Again), and “Funa Uta” (Song of the Boat). In 1980, she...
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Dealing with Life and Death, lecture and screening, Oct. 18

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Mini Lecture & Documentary Film Screening Dealing with Life and Death the Japanese Way Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7PM Free Admission, RSVP Required Part I: Lecture (30mins) “Dealing with Life and Death the Japanese Way” by Duncan Ryuken Williams (USC) Part II: Documentary Film Screening (90mins) Death of a Japanese Salesman  (エンディングノート)  (90mins, 2011) Directed by Mami Sunada Produced by Hirokazu Kore-eda Part III: Q&A Session with Director Mami Sunada (30mins) Director Sunada will answer your question (Televised live from Japan) https://www.jflalc.org/ac-endingnote  
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2017 / Cultural News 2017 October Issue on sale now

Cultural News 2017 October Issue

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 / Author Talk: Steve Ryfle , author of “Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa” at Little Tokyo, Oct. 14

Book Cover Ishiro Honda Icon

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Steve Ryfle comes to the Little Tokyo Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library to present ISHIRO HONDA: A LIFE IN FILM, FROM GODZILLA TO KUROSAWA, the first major overview of the life and career of the director behind the original GODZILLA (1954) and many of its beloved sequels and spin-offs of the 1950s and ‘60s. Ryfle is a former Los Angeles Times reporter as well as a noted scholar of Japanese science-fiction and film; he co-wrote the book with Ed Godziszewski, also a noted genre scholar. Nearly 10 years...
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Free anime screening “Nipping Princess” Oct. 11

Nipping Princess

JAPANEMA: Japanese film free screening Anime “Nipping Princess” (110 mins, 2017) Directed by Kenji Kamiyama In Japanese language with English subtitles Winner of Best Animated Feature Award at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 PM JFLA Auditorium, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 For more information, visit https://www.jflalc.org/ac-japanema-101117
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2017 / Japan Foundation: Lecture “Deities in Japanese Art: Buddha” Oct. 10

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents Special Lecture Series ” Deities in Japanese Art” in a collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Lecturer is Michael VanHartingsveldt, researcher and curatorial intern with the Pavilion of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm: Session 1: Shinto Oct. 10 at 7:00 pm: Session 2: Buddhas Nov. 14: Session 3: Bodhisattvas Dec. 19: Session 4: Wisdom Kings Jan. 16: Session 5: Celestial Beings https://www.jflalc.org/ac-lecture41-deities2
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2017 / Gardena: Annual Bazaar at Okinawa Association of America, Oct. 8

Okinawa Assoication of America OAA Taiko Icon

The Okinawa Association of America will host their Annual Bazaar on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 am – 4 pm at the OAA Center, 16500 South Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247. The Annual Bazaar is the largest fundraiser and the only annual event in Los Angeles area that showcases Okinawan culture, entertainment and food. http://oaamensore.org
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