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Contents of 2011 December Issue

First fire: Buddhist celebration on New Year’s Day (Koyasan Buddhist Temple to hold the first fire ritual)

Night festival painting: A time capsule of people’s life in Edo ear (Los Angeles County Museum of Art is exhibiting “The Nigh Festival of

Tsushima Shine Screen” after one-year effort of its restoration)

Hirokazu Kosaka to create special stage “Kalpa” for Getty city wide art festival (“Kalpa” will be performed on Jan 20, but reservation will begin on Dec 20)

Annual “First Performance” event in Little Tokyo (The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles will hold “Kotohajime” perfotmative stage on Jan 8, and will open 14th Annual Shikishi Exhibition on Jan 8 and run through Feb 19)

Robert Crowder: Prolific and successful artist of Japanese style painting (A friend of late Robert Crowder explains about the life of the artist)

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits “Storytelling in Japanese Art” from Nov 19 through May 6

Meet Japan without Leaving Los Angeles

Japanese painting genre historically influenced by Chinese style – Los

Angeles County Museum of Art – Dec 1 – Mar 27 (About exhibition “Japanese Painters Look to China”)

Exhibition for 100 years old celebration of Japanese painting artist Robert Crowder- Shumei Hall, Pasadena, Nov 13 – Jan 8

Annual viewing stone exhibition – Huntington Library and Botanical Garden, Dec 27 – Jan 1 (California Aiseki Kai will present the 22nd annual exhibition)

“Meiji: Japan Rediscovered” exhibit at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, on going.

“Woven Identities of Japan: Kimono and Costumes” exhibition at Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Nov 12 – Jan28 (The second rotation)

Tohoku Bulletin

Seeing the devastated area and speaking with survivors was a life-changing experience (Japan America Society’s president Douglas Erber reports his experiences in Tohoku area)

Japanese Chamber of Commerce to present annual “Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo

Los Angeles organization “adopts” a children’s home in Fukushima (Japan America Society of Southern California starts send donation to Fukushima Aiikuen)

Recovery efforts face difficulties in offering jobs (This is an essay by Shige Higashi about the current situation in the disaster area)

Los Angeles

Kimono show sparks interest in Japanese culture in Thousand Oaks (Kimono consultant Mme. Fumi Akutagawa presented a kimono show and talk at the Brimhall Library)

The 3rd annual Miss Kimono LA Contest seeks candidates

Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute seeks 2012 Nisei Week queen candidates

The Little Tokyo Historical Society is selling 2012 calendar

Studio Ghibili Retrospective will be held from Jan 26 – Feb 12

Kendo Tournament in honor of pioneer, Jan 22 (The Southern California Kendo Federation will sponsor the Mori Hai Kendo Tournament on Jan 22)


Cutting board talk  – Adjusting recipes to local testes must be the chef’s job (Sushi Chef Institute’s Andy Matsuda talks about his planning trip to Europe)


Japanese American Cultural and Community Center: 2012 New Year’s Event

Koyasan Buddhist temple: New Year’s Day Goma Service

Japan Foundation: Japanese Language Courses Coming Soon!

California Aiseki Kai: 22nd Anniversary Exhibition of Viewing Stone Show

Sushi Chef Institute: Only 2 months, You can be s Sushi Chef!

Samurai Armor: 100% made in Japan (

Kagawa Insurance Agency (available at Japanese language)

Restaurant: Tortilla Cantina (Kirin Ichiban & Korean Taco Wednesday)

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