Returning a riding crop of 1932 Olympian Baron Takeichi Nishi from Los Angeles to Japan was realized by efforts of people in U.S. and Japan and the video announcement of the Baron Nishi’s event became available for the public to view on July 1, at https://youtu.be/n-GMKml9ecI
The video featuring a special story linking Japan and the City of Los Angeles uncovering a treasure of Olympic history was presented by the LA 84 Foundation with cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.
The video was recorded on June 3 at the LA84 Foundation in Los Angeles, and moderated by ABC7 Anchor David Ono featuring actor & producer Masi Oka, President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation Renata Simril, and Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles Akira Muto.
In 1932 at the Los Angeles Olympics, Baron Takeichi Nishi became the first and only Japanese to win a gold medal in equestrian in Olympic history.
He was beloved by the local Southern California community – a friend of Hollywood luminaries such as Charlie Chaplain and Douglas Fairbanks – and the pride of the growing Japanese American community at the time.
Just a little over a decade later as a Japanese Army officer, he died in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, as was recounted in Clint Eastwood’s film “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
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Contents of Weekly Cultural News, July 05 – 11, 2021
P01: 1932 Olympian Baron Nishi’s legacy becomes a symbolic gesture leading to Tokyo Olympics 2020 + 1
P02: 1932 Olympian Baron Nishi’s legacy becomes a symbolic gesture leading to Tokyo Olympics 2020 + 1
P03: 1932 Olympian Baron Nishi’s legacy becomes a symbolic gesture leading to Tokyo Olympics 2020 + 1
P04: Japanese Percussion Lesson #55 Narimono for Yamatogaku song “TANABATA”
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P05: Shoseian: Teahouse in Glendale, California
P06: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
P07: Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Arizona
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