Open House at Japanese Language School in Gardena, May 15, 2010

Open House at Japanese Language School in Gardena, May 15, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010, from 9:50 am to 11:35 am, Japanese Language School at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute invites public to their school’s Open House. There will be opportunities to learn about their Japanese language school program, and meet their teachers and parent group. Japanese Language School at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is located at 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247, (310) 324-6622, jls@jci-gardena.org New registration package for 2010-2011 is available. New families are welcome. A highlight event for this current school year was their school field trip to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical...
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Children’s Day Festival at Little Tokyo’s Japanese Center, May 15, 2010

Children’s Day Festival at Little Tokyo’s Japanese Center, May 15, 2010

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) presents it’s 27th Annual Children’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 15 at the Center’s campus in the heart of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. A one day festival, where kids rule, families have a blast and people can engross themselves in cultural activities, cuisine, arts and entertainment around Japanese culture. The Children’s Day Celebration is JACCC’s signature festival honoring the cultural diversity and children of Southern California. Make your way downtown this May 15 and once in Little Tokyo look up to the skies for the giant multi-colored carp kites...
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Children’s Matsuri at Temecula with the theme of “Folktales, Folkart & Folks,” May 8, 2010

Children’s Matsuri at Temecula with the theme of “Folktales, Folkart & Folks,” May 8, 2010

The Temecula Sister City Association presents “Children’s Matsuri” on Saturday, May 8, from 11 am to 5 pm at Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. “Children’s Matsuri” is a celebration of Japanese culture through educational crafts, games, entertainment and food. This year’s theme is “Folktales, Folkart & Folks.” The theme of “Folktales, Folkart & Folks” will be the focus of all of the fun crafts and games. There will educational crafts and learning materials for each participant to take home. There will be “The Art of the Kokeshi,” make your own Kokeshi doll workshop, an Ikebana...
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Exhibition – Intertwined: Bamboo and Stem – at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, April 24 – May 9, 2010

Exhibition – Intertwined: Bamboo and Stem – at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, April 24 – May 9, 2010

Contemporary Bamboo Art Exhibition  by Kenichi Nagakura Saturday April 24 through Sunday May 9 Reception on Sunday, April 25, 3:00 – 5 :00 pm George J. Doizaki Gallery at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 628-2725 www.jaccc.org Free Admission On the Veranda Cultural Programs Bamboo Forest: An Insight by Kenichi Nagakura Sunday April 25, 1:00 –3:00 pm Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Garden Room $20 General Admission, $15 JACCC Members, $18 Seniors/Students World-renowned bamboo sculptor Kenichi Nagakura of  Shizuoka will feature his expressive and unique artwork at...
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Deputy Chief Terry Hara to be presented Local Hero Award by KCET public television station, May 6

Deputy Chief Terry Hara to be presented Local Hero Award by KCET public television station, May 6

May 6, 2010 Deputy Chief Terry Hara is selected as a recipient of the 15th Annual Local Heroes Awards by Union Bank and KCET public media television station. The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 6 at the KCET studio in Los Angeles. Terry S. Hara :  As deputy chief and commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Personnel and Training Bureau (PTB), Terry Hara is responsible for overseeing the training of police recruits and the administration of human resources for the department. Deputy Chief Hara joined the LAPD in February 1980 after having been introduced to...
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Architect Ted Tokio Tanaka to be presented Local Hero Award by KCET public television station, May 6

Architect Ted Tokio Tanaka to be presented Local Hero Award by KCET public television station, May 6

May 6, 2010 Architect Ted Tokio Tanaka is selected as a recipient of the 15th Annual Local Heroes Awards by Union Bank and KCET public media television station. The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 6 at the KCET studio in Los Angeles. Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA, principal of Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects, has made significant contributions to Los Angeles urban landscapes, including the well-known Los Angeles International Airport Beautification Enhancements Project. In 1994, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored Mr. Tanaka for his outstanding work. He has served as president of AIA/Los Angeles, the organization’s first...
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2010 / Torrance Sister City Association to celebrate 38th Annual Bunka-Sai event, May 1, 2

2010 / Torrance Sister City Association to celebrate 38th Annual Bunka-Sai event, May 1, 2

  The 38th Annual Torrance Bunka-Sai May 1 (Saturday) 11:00 AM  – 5:00 PM May 2 (Sunday)    11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503 Free parking, free admission   Torrance Sister City Association will be celebrating Japanese culture and festivities at the 38th annual Bunka-Sai Japanese cultural festival from Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Ken Miller Recreation Center on 3341 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance. Bunka-Sai is the perfect family-friendly outing to experience the culture of Japan and supporting a great cause. Every...
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Screening of “The Harimaya Bridge” in Irvine, April 23-May 6

Screening of “The Harimaya Bridge” in Irvine, April 23-May 6

The Harimaya Bridge Daily: 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:10pm, and 10:00pm April 23 – May 6, 2010 Regal Westpark8 3755 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92606 (949) 622-8609 Excerpt from Director Aaron Woolfolk interview The Harimaya Bridge has been a fascinating journey because you had two different film aesthetics – American and Japanese – kind of competing to get their way. You had that in me … I of course grew up with the American film aesthetic, but my inspiration for this was Japanese films and trying to achieve what I liked about them. But you also had it with the people...
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Film: Ken Ochiai’s three short films at Asian Film Festival, May 4

Film: Ken Ochiai’s three short films at Asian Film Festival, May 4

Award winning director, Ken Ochiai will screen three of his films, “Half Kenneth,” “Lucky Lotus,” and “No More” at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2010. He will attend the screenings for Q&A. Most notably “Half Kenneth,” a heart warming story about half-Caucasian/half Japanese brothers who escape from the Japanese American internment camps, has been selected by over 30 international film festivals all over the world. “Half Kenneth” won numerous awards including the Best Short Film at the Rome International Film Festival, Governor of Tokyo Award and Best Short Film at the Short Short Film Festival which is...
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Film: “Villon’s Wife” depicting the life of Osamu Dazai, at Asian Film Festival, May 5

Film: “Villon’s Wife” depicting the life of Osamu Dazai, at Asian Film Festival, May 5

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presents one of the most acclaimed Japanese films from last year, VILLON’S WIFE. Directed by prolific director Kichitaro Negishi (WHAT THE SNOW BRINGS, Festival 2007). VILLON’S WIFE (Viyon no tsuma) (Japan, 2009) April 30 (Friday) 7:30 PM • Laemmle’s Sunset 5 8000 Sunset Blvd. (at Crescent Heights Blvd), West Hollywood May 5 (Wednesday) 4:30 PM • Downtown Independent 251 South Main Street (Between 2nd and 3rd streets), Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles General admission is $12 For tickets, visit http://asianfilmfestla.org/2010/ The film depicts a post-war Tokyo still raw from the destructive events...
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Film “The Harimaya Bridge” Director/Writer Aaron Woolfolk answers questions

Film “The Harimaya Bridge” Director/Writer Aaron Woolfolk answers questions

Aaron Woolfolk, director of “Harimaya Bridge” (Cultural News Photo) This text is provided by Eleven Arts, distributor of the film. Q: How did The Harimaya Bridge come about? Aaron Woolfolk: After college, I went to live and work in Japan as an English teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. After that I returned to the U.S. and went to graduate film school. It was while I was in school that I started to think about how I could establish a career as a filmmaker, and what could make me stand out. I had loved my experience...
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Takehisa Yumeji: Young German art scholar’s falling in love with his art

Takehisa Yumeji:  Young German art scholar’s falling in love with his art

It has now been about 4 years since I first came across works of the popular Japanese artist Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934). During my study at Kyoto University I tried to visit museums and exhibitions as often as possible. When a friend asked me to accompany her to a Yumeji exhibition I first asked her, “who’s exhibit?” In fact, I hadn’t heard the name before, although I had already studied about early 20th century Japanese art. Cultural News, 2010 January Issue By Sabine Schenk in Hanford, California (Japanese names are spelled in traditional order with last names appearing first.) My...
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