April, 2017

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Featured Events

Osaka-Style English Rakugo (Japanese Sit-Down Comedy) in Las Vegas

Lowden Theater, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

(875 E Clark Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101)
Wednesday, April 5; 6-8pm
Admission: Free 

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, the Southern Nevada Japanese Teachers Association, and Clark County School District, and other community organizations, present a special one-night-only traditional Japanese entertainment spectacular in English!
On the evening of April 5, the renowned English Rakugo performer, Kaishi KATSURA will humor audiences in Las Vegas with his Kamigata (Osaka-style) English Rakugo at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts’ Lowden Theater. Also performing as part of this unique event are Asakichi KATSURA, an English Rakugo performer; Lucky Mai, a traditional Japanese-style juggler; and Masako KATSU, an accompanying shamisen player.
We hope that you can enjoy this unique experience.

(English Rakugo Performer; 2008 Cultural Ambassador for the Japanese Agency for Cultural Exchange)



Asakichi KATSURA
(English Rakugo Performer)   



Lucky Mai
(Daikagura-style acrobat and juggler)   



Masako KATSU
(accompaniment shamisen player)

Japanese sit-down comedy “Osaka-style English Rakugo” in San Francisco

San Francisco Japantown, JCCCNC Stage
(1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115)
Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9; 4-5:30pm
(Times subject to change)
Admission: Free

To celebrate and honor the 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival and 60th anniversary of Sister city relationship between San Francisco and Osaka, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is proud to bring, direct from Osaka, a special traditional Japanese kamigata (Osaka-style) rakugo comedy and variety entertainment show during the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, to bring a little Osaka flavor to San Francisco. In addition to English Osaka-style rakugo, this show will feature Japanese traditional juggling and shamisen performance. We encourage everyone to come and experience this unique style of Japanese sit-down comedy! 

Please see here for more information about the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. http://www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/17_0313a.html 

(English Rakugo Performer; 2008 Cultural Ambassador for the Japanese Agency for Cultural Exchange)



Asakichi KATSURA
(English Rakugo Performer)   



Lucky Mai
(Daikagura-style acrobat and juggler)   



Masako KATSU
(accompaniment shamisen player)

Professor Makino Special Lecture for Japanese Teachers

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Sunday, April 23 @ 4:30pm-6:30pm
Admission: Free

Special Programe for Japanese Teachers:

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Culture & Language Events

6th Annual Japanese Culture Expo

California State University, Fullerton
[800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92381)
Saturday, April 15 12-5pm
FREE admission & parking

Japanese Culture Club (JCC) at California State University, Fullerton invites you and your organization to join our 6th annual Japanese Culture Expo which will be held on April 15th from 12pm-5pm in the TSU Pavilions. Our event includes performances from traditional to modern song and dance. There will be many activities that people can engage in such as calligraphy, Japanese flower arrangements, Japanese games, and for a small fee, you can try on a traditional kimono. We hope our guests come with empty stomachs hungry for famous Japanese food like okonomiyaki, tempura, mochi, and so much more!


Santa Monica College, HSS105
[1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405]

Thursday, April 27th  
Doors open at 5:30pm, screening at 6:00pm (film 1h 45m) followed by a Q&A session
Free admission

Join us for Writer/Director Anthony Lucero’s award-winning directorial debut East Side Sushi, presented as part of the world tour of the 2016-2017 American Film Showcase. The film—the story of Juana, a Mexican immigrant who strives to become a sushi chef—tackles both race and gender roles (and not just sushi rolls). A panel discussion after the screening features director Lucero and guests, including renowned master sushi chefs Andy Matsuda (founder of The Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles) and Rogelio Cervantes (head sushi chef and manager of Amagi). Sponsored by the SMC Global Council. Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Direction and parking info>

Ordinary Scenes and Recurring Dreams: Recent Japanese 8mm Films

Echo Park Film Center
[1200 N. Alvarado St.,Los Angeles, California 90026]
Saturday, April 29 at 8 PM

Echo Park Film Center is going to present a screening program of contemporary 8mm films made by Japanese artists at 8:00pm on Saturday, April 29th. The program consists of twelve short films, showing a diverse range of works from a nightmarish narrative to an abstract animation. All films will be projected from original prints in 8mm format! Two filmmakers, Sayaka Hayami and Ryo Ishikawa, are attending from Japan, as well as a curator Tomonari Nishikawa. There will be a Q&A after the screening. More information>