Manzanar National Historic Site photo exhibit “Manzanar Pilgrimage 1983 – 2018” April 14 – July 28

Manzanar Enterance Adams

INDEPENDENCE, Calif — Manzanar National Historic Site is hosting a new photography exhibit on the visitor center’s gallery wall. MANZANAR PILGRIMAGE: Photographs from Manzanar National Historic Site 1983-2018 features the works of Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson. The show will run from April 14 to July 28, 2019. It features 35 black and white photographs taken by Mark Kirchner beginning in November of 1983 and ending in 2018. Geri Ferguson will be exhibiting a selection of her portrait photographs taken at the Annual Manzanar Potluck and Pilgrimage from the early 1980’s. The exhibit is featured in honor of the...
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Contemporary Japanese arts and crafts exhibition to come to Boston from Kyoto, Sept. 10 – Nov. 10

“Kogei-Kyoto at SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts” exhibition will be held from Sept. 10 to Nov. 10, 2019 in Boston. The Japan Society of Boston and the Artists Group Kogei-Kyoto will present this exhibition in conjunction of a city-wide celebration of Boston’s 60-year sister city relationship with Kyoto. Nearly 30 artists from the crafts collective in Kyoto will contribute exquisite handmade items to their first American exhibition at the Society of Arts + Crafts’ (SA+C) Seaport galley, 100 Pier Four Blvd, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210. Comprising traditional pieces as well as new works made...
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Japan America Society Gala: on July 11, MLB player Shohei Ohtani to be honored

The Japan America Society of Southern California will be honoring MLB baseball player Shohei Ohtani, and Netflix star Marie Kondo from the hit TV series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” at its 110th Anniversary Dinner and Gala on Thursday, July 11 at Angels Stadium. Reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 pm and dinner and gala celebration at 7:00 pm. Shohei Ohtani, also known as the “Babe Ruth of Japan” was the 2018 MLB Rookie of the Year and is currently the pitcher/hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He will be honored with the JASSC’s Kokusai Shimin...
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Outdoor Japanese Film Screening: on July 12, “MIRAI” at The Source in Buena Park

Friday, July 12 @7:30pm MIRAI (98mins, 2018) Directed by Mamoru Hosoda In Japanese with English subtitles   FREE Admission, No Registration Required The Source, 1st Floor Step Plaza 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621 The Japan Foundation Los Angeles sponsors Outdoor Movie Night: Japanese Cinema Month Friday, July 5 @7:30pm    “A Letter to Momo” Friday, July 12 @7:30pm    “MIRAI” Friday, July 19 @7:30pm    “Pop in Q” Friday, July 26 @7:30pm    “Godzilla”(1954) Outdoor Movie Night at The Source presents Japanese Cinema Month on Every Friday in July. The Japan Foundation will be showcasing popular Japanese films, anime and Kaiju films. Movies will start at 8PM...
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Los Angeles Bon Odori: on July 13 & 14, Zenshuju to hold Obon Festival

Zenshuji Obon Carnival 123 S Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 July 13 & 14, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Bon odori dance – Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 6:15 pm www.zenshuji.org  
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Okinawa Association of America Annual Picnic 2019, July 14, 11AM – 4PM

🎸 Live Entertainment 🎶 🤽‍♀️ Children’s Games and Art 🎨 🎈Water Balloon Toss 💦 💪 Tug-of-War 💪 👩‍🎓 High School Scholarship Awards 👨‍🎓 💃 Okinawan Bon Dancing w/ Live Music 💃 July 14, 2019 (Sunday) 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Whittier Narrows Recreation Park (Map) Group Picnic Area E-1 750 S Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733 On-site parking is $6 per car
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USC Pacific Asia Museum “Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited” Now – July 14

        On View from Feb. 8 – July 14, 2019 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of this contemporary artist’s first solo show—held at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in spring 1989—it displays 77 prints by this artist widely celebrated as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. The British Museum lauded Kōkei for producing Japan’s “most notable Kabuki prints” in the post-war era. Known for his bold, even disturbing, portraits of Japan’s leading actors in a dynamic theatrical form, Kōkei responds to the idiosyncratic late-18th century kabuki prints by the great Sharaku. A master in his own...
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A Warner Bros. feature film searching for teens and kids to play Japanese roles, English speaking: Deadline set for July 15

Forwarded for Debbie DeLisi & Adam DeLisi, Casting Consultants Current deadline: July 15, 2019 We’re looking for people to play JAPANESE for LEAD roles. And people to play ASIAN (Japanese a plus) for other LEAD & SUPPORTING roles. We welcome all, no acting experience necessary! Accepting submissions nationwide! PLEASE FWD THIS EMAIL & SHARE ATTACHED FLYER w/your community FAR + WIDE!  It’s vital we receive submissions ASAP! THANK YOU! Open Casting Call: Lead & supporting roles “BOX 28” (an Undisclosed Warner Bros. feature film) ESP LOOKING FOR: JUN: Male, to play JAPANESE, English speaking. Legal 18-20’s to play 18: Sharp-eyed, sinewy, tough, handsome, cool. Leader of a street gang of teenagers. Knows how to have a good...
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Textile dye art class by Setsuko Hayashi in Little Tokyo, every Wednesday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Textile dye art class is held every Wednesday, 10 am – 2 pm, at St. Francis Xavier Church Japanese Catholic Center, 222 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For information, email info@culturalnews.com or call (213) 819-4100. Chiba Prefecture- born Setsuko Hayashi graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo in design major in 1953. Meeting with fashion designer and cultural advocator Sueko Otsuka changed Hyashi’s life. From 1954 to 1973, Hayashi was a chief instructor of the textile dyeing course at Sueko Otsuka’s institutions, Otsuka Sueko Kimono Gakuin and Otsuka Textile Design Institute in Tokyo. Hayashi’s...
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Okinawa Association to present 5-day summer program for middle school students to explore Okinawan culture, family roots, July 8-12

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA)’s “Camp Warabi” is a five-day summer program for middle school students to learn about Okinawan culture, arts, and identity. College-age counselors will be selected and trained to lead campers as each day will be filled with fun learning and connecting with one’s Okinawan roots. The program is set for July 8 (Monday) – 12 (Friday), 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the OAA Center in Gardena, California. Registration is required to participate. Immersive learning – From traditional music to folk crafts, campers will have the chance to learn about Okinawa. Activities include eisaa (traditional...
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Educational center on valor of Japanese American veterans presenting “Defining Courage” exhibition

Go For Broke Defining Courage

Go For Broke National Education Center 355 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Defining Courage Exhibition www.goforbroke.org In May 2016, the Go For Broke National Education Center opened the interpretive exhibition to the public. The interpretive Defining Courage Exhibition is a hands-on and participatory learning center in the heart of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo historic district. The exhibition explores the concept of courage through the lives of the young Japanese Americans of World War II, and asks modern visitors to act with similar courage in their own lives. The exhibition is one-of-a-kind in its dynamic, hands-on, and experience-based...
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Documentary Film “Words Can’t Go There” about Shakuhachi musician Kaizan Neptune

Forwarded for Team Kaizan Team Kaizan: David Neptune, Chiaki Yanagimoto, and Mike McNamara We  hope you’re having an awesome day! For the last 5 years we’ve been pouring our heart and soul into a new documentary film directed by David Neptune called WORDS CAN’T GO THERE. It’s the story of John Kaizan Neptune, the inspiring California surfer who went to Japan to learn the shakuhachi flute and became a master of the instrument. Oh yes, he’s also David’s dad. We are SO excited to say our film is completely done!! But we’re reaching out to wonderful people like you because we need funding to get...
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