Mare Vaporum – performing arts stage by Zen archer, musicians and dancers, Oct 16 at 8PM

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles and the 2011 World Festival of Sacred Music present the official closing night event of the Los Angeles festival with Mare Vaporum (Sea of Vapour) on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 8 pm on the world-famous JACCC Plaza at 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Conceived and directed by JACCC Artistic Director, artist, and Zen archer Hirokazu Kosaka, this performance features choreographer and Butoh dancer Oguri, harmonica player Testuya Nakamura, singer Rafael Lopez-Barrantes flamenco guitarist Ethan Margolis, The Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, Vox Dance Theatre, and live and recorded music by, and live and recorded music by Yuval Ron.

Kosaka’s vision blends traditional Japanese rites of purification with classical and contemporary Western sensibilities. The program will close this year’s World Festival of Sacred Music, a celebration held every three years to present the artistic accomplishment and rich diversity in Los Angeles.

Named after a lunar dark plain on the south side of the moon, Mare Vaporum reflects one’s personal journeys toward purity in the darkness of night. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 for JACCC members. The performance will be held on the JACCC Plaza, designed by the renowned Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi.

The World Festival of Sacred Music began with a vision by the Dalai Lama 2006, who called to people around the world to try and organize a festival of music on every continent. Since then, the festival has aimed to reflect shared values and cross boundaries through the power of music. In its fifth year, the 2011 festival will focus on the global warming crisis and the dislocation and suffering it poses to our planet. Visit to learn more about the festival.

Born in Japan, Kosaka is an ordained Shingon Buddhist priest; a master in the art of Japanese Zen archery; and Artistic Director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. After graduating from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1970, he continued to study in the fields of esoteric Buddhist art. He has been actively advocating Japanese culture and art at JACCC since 1984.

Mare Vaporum: Sunday, Oct. 16, 8 pm, JACCC Plaza in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, (213) 628-2725. Tickets: $20 General Admission, $18 JACCC Members

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