2023/6/22 : Japanese American Cultural & Community Center to award Hirokazu Kosaka, JACCC’s Master Artist-in-Residence at June 22 Anniversary Dinner

Hirokazu Kosaka, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s Master Artist-in-Residence, will receive the JACCC President’s Award at the JACCC 42nd Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 22, in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center will hold its 42nd Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 22, from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

Guests are invited to JACCC’s Isamu Noguchi Plaza for “YUME: Imagine the Possibilities.”

The JACCC statement said “The community is invited to join us for an evening as we imagine the possibilities and share our plans to ensure that JACCC continues to nurture and elevate Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture for many years to come – thus fulfilling the hopes and dreams (yume) of JACCC’s founders.”

As part of the celebration, the JACCC will recognize the significant accomplishments of the honorees. The Terasaki Family Foundation and IW Group, Inc. will receive the Chairman’s Award in recognition of serving as exemplary role models through their philanthropic, social, and cultural activities benefiting the community at large.

For his continued excellence at JACCC, Master Artist-in-Residence Hirokazu Kosaka will receive the President’s Award.

For tickets and more information, visit https://jaccc.org/events/yume/

The Terasaki Family Foundation has supported the JACCC, since its beginning, around 40 years ago. The statement of the foundation said “Our family is very honored to win the JACCC Chairman’s Award. Our family grew up in the area and has always looked to visiting Little Tokyo to learn and experience our Japanese heritage.

“We would like our younger, and future generations, to be exposed to our Japanese heritage. As the world changes, we don’t want the Japanese culture to fade out of existence. It’s a difficult time, with many social problems around the world. As Japanese Americans spread out from this community, both geographically and through the blending of multiple cultures, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain interest and access to Japanese culture. We need to try to educate the young of all races, as there are so many interesting things to learn and experience. We believe this is the role of the JACCC, and why our family foundation continues to support this organization.”

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Since joining JACCC’s staff in 1983, Master Artist in Residence Hirokazu Kosaka has been actively advocating for Japanese arts and culture. Over the past forty years, he has curated more than 200 exhibitions and 40 “Kotohajime” (The Beginning of Things) new year performances, as well as written and directed original performances throughout Los Angeles, including at the Aratani Theatre and a solo exhibition at MOCA.

In 2012, the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time (PST) commissioned Mr. Kosaka to create a performance to open the PST series for which he transformed the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation. In 2013, a retrospective of Mr. Kosaka’s works (1967-1974), “Project Series 46: Hirokazu Kosaka on the Verandah,” was exhibited at the Pomona College Art Museum. In 2017, for his excellence in creative accomplishments in performance and theater, Mr. Kosaka received the prestigious US Artist Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mr. Kosaka is currently working with scholars to provide his personal and historical knowledge to transcribe, translate, and digitize the Los Angeles Issei Poetry Collection. This impressive collection, assembled by the prolific Issei writer Morio Hayashida (Mr. Kosaka’s grandfather), consists of Japanese-language writings by Issei authors, much of which were thought lost due to World War II and the incarceration camps.

To honor Mr. Kosaka’s work with esteemed culture-bearers in preserving and nurturing Japanese and Japanese American art forms, JACCC is poised to open the Kosaka Center for Arts and Culture. Hosting classes in kadō (way of the flower), sadō (way of tea), shodō (way of writing), and more, the Kosaka Center will become the only place in Southern California where–under one roof–these art forms are studied.

Born in Wakayama, Japan, Mr. Kosaka graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles in 1970 and has since continued to study in the fields of Traditional and Contemporary Art. He is an ordained Shingon Buddhist priest and a master of the art of kyudō (Japanese archery).