2016 / Two documentary videos on Japanese American life to be screened at Little Tokyo, April 16

In August 2015, a group of students from the University of Tokyo visited Los Angeles to interview Japanese Americans for their video projects. English – Japanese bilingual documentary videos are now available for screening in Los Angeles.

Screening Schedule

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
3:30 pm Doors Open
4:00 pm Screening Two Videos

4:30 pm Q&A Session

Little Tokyo Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
203 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/YIXdElvM83

Walk in are welcome.  Free Admission.


The documentaries will be aired on UTB (18.2).

“Japanese Confectionary” April 14, at 11am,  4pm,  7pm
“Nihongo” April 21, at 11am,  4pm,  7pm


Confectionary at Little Tokyo

A Japanese Confectionary shop at Little Tokyo

“Japanese Confectionary” (15 min)

Director / Producer: Kanako Arata

With Hohki Watanabe and Toru Oda

What Japanese confectionaries can tell us about the immigrant society?

Every day early in the morning, Brian Kito, a Japanese confectionary artisan, starts working at Fugetsudo, a Japanese confectionary shop found by his grandfather in Little Tokyo, to make fresh mochi. Brian’s mochi confectionary and Fugetsudo have been a community tie for Japanese Americans in Little Tokyo for years.

Minamoto Kiccho An, a Japanese confectionary company established in Japan after WWII, has worked to incorporate new ideas into the industry since its beginning. Minamoto Kiccho An recently opened branches in Southern California to put their innovative products to the test in American market.

By juxtaposing the two different business practices of Japanese confectionary makers, Japanese Confectionary depicts the value of Japanese confectionary and various reception of it in the United States today and in the past.

A Japanese language class at Sawtelle Gakuin in West Los Angeles.

A Japanese language class at Sawtelle Gakuin in West Los Angeles.

“Nihongo” (20 min)

Director / Producer: Kae Seki

Cinematographer: Megumi Iwano

What heritage language means for Japanese Americans.

Which language immigrant parents will give to their children is always a big issue. Because the language conditions the attitude of every life, cultural practice, social network, and people’ identity.

Japanese parents in the United States are eventually forced to make a decision which language they should give to their children. Some parents want their kids to learn Japanese, other parents want them to become more American.

The document team interviewed senior Japanese Americans who experienced the wartime internment during WWII, younger Japanese Americans who learn Japanese on the Internet, and young Japanese who came to the United State recently.

Nihongo explorers various ideas and thoughts on Japanese language education among Japanese and Japanese Americans in Los Angeles.