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Echo Park Film Center
(1200 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026)
Sunday, June 4 / 3:00-5:00pm
Fee:$10 (per household) 

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is proud to bring the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) master, John Kaizan Neptune from Japan and present a bamboo music instrument making workshop for kids. Participants can learn the craft of making a bamboo instrument and also enjoy playing it with master John Kaizan afterwords.
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Jazzin' Up: Shakuhachi interpretations by John Kaizan Neptune

(123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Suite 301, Los Angeles)

Monday, June 5, 9pm/10pm

Admission: $10

John Kaizan Neptune is widely acknowledged to be among the top masters of the shakuhachi, or Japanese bamboo flute. Well-known in Japan, this California native is also an accomplished jazz artist and composer who has gained respect in both the East and West for his versatile and technically sophisticated melting pot of sounds.
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Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

(605 W. Olympic Blvd., A332 Los Angeles, CA 90015)
Thursday, June 8,  7-8:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Admission: Free

Tokyo-based writer W. David Marx will talk through his book on the development of menswear in Japan and how Japan now exports their own premium take on American classics like denim, Ivy League clothing, and streetwear to the rest of the world. More Information>

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Culture & Language Events

Film Screening: Tatara Samurai

June 2 - 8 @12pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:45pm
New People Cinema (San Francisco)
June 2 @7pm
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Sho Aoyagi: member of the EXILE Theater Company, known for Kyo, Koi o Hajimemasu (2012) which he won the 22nd Japanese Movie Critics Awards' Best Newcomer Award.

AKIRA: EXILE member, known for his film debut in Hanayori Dango F (2008), and Chanto Tsutaeru (2009), which he won the 19th Japanese Movie Critics Awards' Best Newcomer Award.

Naoki Kobayashi: EXILE member, known for Attack No. 1 (2009)

Director: Yoshinari Nishikori, known for Railways (2010) and Konshin (2013) 

Executive Producer: EXILE HIRO, known for his career as a performer of EXILE and his position as CCO of LDH WORLD.   

Composer of the Theme Song: Joe Hisaishi, known for Studio Ghibli films such as Spirited AwayHowl's Moving CastleMy Neighbor TotoroPrincess Mononoke, and many more. 

Message from Naoki Kobayashi (In Japanese):