2012 October / Japanese culture events in Southern California

Cultural News 2012 Oct Front PageCultural News 2012 October Issue

Nisei Week Queens: Japanese American Women Stories – A whole year of learning to be Japanese America    By Erika Mariko Olsen, 2011 Nisei Week Queen

Woodblock prints of “the Tale of Genji” – inspired themes to e exhibited at Scripps College

Showcase for celebrating a centennial of Japanese major film studio “Nikkatsu”

Miniature sculptures called “Netsuke” on view at LACMA

Contemporary Shodo exhibition by seven calligraphers

Tohoku after 3/11 Earthquake and Tsunami / There is much more that needs to be done   By Naomi Hirahara

Christian mission building houses and relationships at disaster area

Folk songs of Tottori and Shimane to be performed by artists from Japan

New deputy consul general arrives at Los Angeles

Japanese garden turns to be Noh theater

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Gallery MUJO – “Sprang Out” by Machiko Naganuma exhibition, thru Oct 30

Gallery MUJO – “LA  * kawaii * Exhibition” thru Oct 28

Kabuki dance – Hananokai Recital at Keiro Retirement Home, Oct 28, 1 pm

Ikebana exhibition by Ohara School at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Oct 27, 28

Scripps College Williamson Gallery Opening – Genji’ World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, Oct 27

Nikkatsu at 100: A centennial of Japanese Cinema at USC, Oct 26-28

JAPANEMA: MATINEES “Setting Sail from the Ruins” Oct 24, noon

LACMA Japanese Pavilion closing – Ohie Toshio and the Perfection of the Japanese Book, Oct 21

Fundraising – West Los Angeles JACL presents Aki Matsuri Boutique at Venice Japanese Community Center, Oct 21, 9:30 am – 3 pm

Fundraising – “Big Bargain Sale” at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, Oct 21, 8 am – 2 pm

Junko Ueno Garrett Piano Recital featuring Bach at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 South Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020, Oct 20, 8 pm     Ticket $10

On the Veranda: Approach and Observation – Lecture and Performance by Hirokazu Kosaka – at Loyola Marymount University Laband Art Gallery and Murphy Recital Hall, Oct 18, 7 pm

JAPANEMA: MATINEES “Fukushima Hula Girl” Oct 17, noon

Japan Study Club – Comedy improvisation troupe Cold Tofu, postponed to Nov 13 from Oct 16, 6:30 pm

Tohoku University professor Kazuyuki Tohji lecture at USC / Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake – Building Smart Community at Doheny Memorial Library, Oct 15, 12:30 – 2 pm

Decorative bookbinding artist Ohie Toshio in person, LACMA, Oct 14 at 2 pm

Matsutoyo Kai Folk Song Show  – Featuring Tottori and Shimane regions, Oct 14, 1 pm

16th Annual Japan America Kite Festival at North Side of Seal Beach Pier, Oct 14, 11 am – 4:30 pm

Contemporary Shodo exhibition by seven calligraphers, Oct 13 – Oct 21

Butoh dance by OGURI – Angel City Jazz Festival 2012 at REDCAT, Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, Oct 12, 9:30 pm

North American Japanese Garden Association 2012 Conference in Denver, Oct 12 -14

JAPANEMA: MATINEES “CanYou See Our Light? – First Festival after the Tsunami” Oct 10, noon

Decorative bookbinding artist Ohie Toshio in person, LACMA, Oct 9 at 2 pm

Scripps College Williamson Gallery – Lecture – Writing as Koan: An Art Critic Learns the Zen of Narrative Non-Fiction  – By Kay Larson, Oct 9

Pacific Asia Museum Closing – Gajin Fujita: “Ukiyo-e” in Contemporary Painting, Oct 7

Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute’s 2012 Annual Bazaar, Oct 7, 11 am – 4 pm

East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center’s Akimatsuri Fall Festival, Oct 6, 12 – 8 pm

“Farewell To Manzanar” A Conversation with autor Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & Film Screening, Oct 6, 2 – 5 pm

Rafu Bussan’s Big Fall Sale, Oct 5 – Oct 28

Gallery MUJO – “LA  * kawaii * Exhibition” Oct 3 – 28        Artist Reception, Friday, Oct 12, 7 – 9 pm

Japanese for Fun: Making Sushi in Japanese, Oct 3, 7 – 9:30 pm

JAPANEMA: MATINEES “Cast Me If You Can” Oct 3, noon

Rio Hondo College – Yoshio C. Nakamura Solo Exhibition, Oct 2 – Nov 15          Reception and Meet & Greet the Artist on Thursday, Oct 4, 7 – 8:30 pm in Room LR 128

Gallery MUJO – “Sprang Out” by Machiko Naganuma exhibition, Oct 1-30     Reception, Saturday, Oct 13, 5:30 – 8 pm



“Kokoro Craft Boutique” to be held for benefit of Japanese American National Museum, Sept 30

Decorative bookbinding artist Ohie Toshio in person, LACMA, Sept 30 at 2 pm

California State University Dominguez Hills – Author and Artist talk  on Wednesday, Sept 16, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm –  Dr. Don Hata and Hatsuko Mary Higuchi will be speaking on Japanese Americans and World War II. Extended education building EE-1205 at SCUDH campus. Fee for $5, parking for $4.  http://www.csudh.edu/olli/ArtsCultureLang.html

Decorative bookbinding artist Ohie Toshio in person, LACMA, Sept 11 at 2 pm