2017 Past Events


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Featured Events

UNCOVERING THE MYTHOLOGY OF MISO -THE PINNACLE OF HEALTHY FOOD


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, March 9 @ 7pm
Admission: Free

In this program, two renowned chefs from East Asia (Japan & Korea) will introduce the history and health benefits of Miso, along with culinary suggestions of how to incorporate this healthy product in your daily cooking. Toward the end of the program, the audience will have a chance to try out a wide selection of Miso from Japan and Korea and enjoy the difference in taste. Don’t miss(o) it!

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Rakugo (Japanese comic story) Storytelling by Yanagiya Sankyo


Garden Room A, JACCC
(244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Saturday, February 25 2pm
Admission Free

Renowned “Rakugo” raconteur Yanagiya Sankyo, who received a 2014 Japan Foundation Award for his long-term achievements in promoting Japanese culture worldwide, will be performing a Rakugo storytelling with English subtitles! More information>

Rakugo (Japanese comic story) Storytelling by Yanagiya Sankyo


Fowler Museum at UCLA
(308 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90024)
Friday, February 24 7pm
Admission free, No RSVP is required

Renowned “Rakugo” raconteur Yanagiya Sankyo, who received a 2014 Japan Foundation Award for his long-term achievements in promoting Japanese culture worldwide, will be performing a Rakugo storytelling with English subtitles! More information>

Artist Talk: TAKAHASHI HIROKO


Forum Auditorium, Otis College of Art and Design

(9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045)
Tuesday, February14 3:45-5pm

As an artist with an academic background in the areas of Japanese traditional craft, dyeing, weaving and other handicraft techniques, Takahashi has worked with numerous artisans and has raised traditional craftwork to a whole new level with the intricate geometric patterns that are unique to her work and are created from using only lines and circles. More information>

Artist Talk: TAKAHASHI HIROKO


Centrum Studio, Oregon College of Art and Craft
(8245 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, OR 97225)
Monday, February 13 12:45-2pm
No RSVP is required

As an artist with an academic background in the areas of Japanese traditional craft, dyeing, weaving and other handicraft techniques, Takahashi has worked with numerous artisans and has raised traditional craftwork to a whole new level with the intricate geometric patterns that are unique to her work and are created from using only lines and circles. More information>

Artist Talk: TAKAHASHI HIROKO


loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library
(645 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR 97301)
Sunday, February 12 2-3pm
RSVP: Mail to info@salemmulticultural.org

As an artist with an academic background in the areas of Japanese traditional craft, dyeing, weaving and other handicraft techniques, Takahashi has worked with numerous artisans and has raised traditional craftwork to a whole new level with the intricate geometric patterns that are unique to her work and are created from using only lines and circles. More information>

Transit Republic /// Program 04 talk: Collectives and alternative spaces in East Asia


This program is a discussion on current cultural and social practice collectives in East Asian cities.


Transit Republic : Program 04

Collective Asia Lecture series_2
Collectives and alternative spaces in East Asia

January 18 (Wed) 19:00 at The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

panelists:

Hiroyuki Hattori (JP)
Kenichiro Egami(JP)
Megumi Machida(JP)
Kio Griffith (LA / JP)
KT Bender (LA)
and guests TBD


This program is a discussion on current cultural and social practice collectives in East Asian cities. East Asian regions have had historical and cultural backgrounds contrary to those of the European and North American nations. A multitude of autonomous cultural and social spaces and multilayered networks have birthed in recent years contemplating alternative societies that practice labor without exploitation. On another level, these venues have served as factions to nurture experiments to open up the dialogue of creations.

"Collective Asia" creates a shared archive to capture the relationship between art and social practice in the Asian regions by gathering, collecting, translating, editing, confronting issues, and real voices of the people.

For this talk, we will begin with an introductory presentation and survey followed by a participatory exchange of information with the audience.

a Transit Republic project
presented by Art Bridge + TYPE
A Featured Event of Month of Photography Los Angeles
https://www.facebook.com/events/1228123287303122/

Supported by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Time After Time Capsule Workshop with Sebastian Masuda


Japanese American National Museum

(100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012)
Sunday, January 8 @ 11am-5pm
Admission: Free

Help kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda fill a gigantic Hello Kitty time capsule! Bring a cherished personal item or write a letter to your future self, which you will work on and decorate at the workshop before adding it to the capsule.
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Special presentation: Japanese New Year's Cuisine


Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Saturday, January 7@ 5pm-6pm
Admission free, no reservation required.

In Japan, people celebrate the New Year with specially prepared foods called Osechi-ryori (お節料理), which consist of a variety of dishes. A Japanese food specialist, Yoko Issasi, will guide us through Japanese New Year dishes and explain the meaning behind each dish and what they represent for the new year. More information>

Culture & Language Events

KODO: DADAN 2017 North American Tour


Kodo will present their program DADAN in North America for the first time, visiting 22 U.S. cities between January and March 2017.
 
DADAN was created by artistic director and Japanese “Living National Treasure” Tamasaburo Bando.  Simply meaning “Drumming Men”, DADAN features only the company’s young male members and is unique among Kodo’s programs in its absence of singing, dancing, flutes and female performers.  Instead, this production exclusively uses taiko drums of all shapes and sizes, as well as other forms of percussion.

The climax of DADAN features a succession of compelling solos, and with each new drummer’s relentless and rhythmic pounding of the hirado o-daiko (big low drum), the reverberations build to soul-stirring heights. DADAN simultaneously challenges the limits of the player’s physical, technical, psychological and spiritual talents. For a preview of DADAN, click HERE

JANUARY
01/26        Capitol Theatre                                                  Yakima, WA
01/28-29   Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall                    Berkeley, CA

FEBRUARY
02/1          Oregon Symphony Presents, Schnitzer Hall      Portland, OR
02/3-4       Meany Center                                                    Seattle, WA
02/7          Walt Disney Concert Hall                                    Los Angeles, CA
02/8          Segerstrom Center for the Arts                          Costa Mesa, CA
02/10-11   Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts          Scottsdale, AZ
02/14-15   Newman Center                                                 Denver, CO
02/18        Cincinnati Arts Association, Aronoff Center        Cincinnati, OH
02/22        Mccoy Center for the Arts                                   New Albany, OH
02/24        Depauw University, Green Center                      Greencastle, IN
02/26        Symphony Center                                               Chicago, IL

MARCH
03/1-4      Brooklyn Academy of Music                                New York, NY
03/7         Kutztown University                                             Kutztown, PA
03/9         UCONN, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Storrs, CT
03/11       Florida Theatre                                                    Jacksonville, FL
03/13       Blumenthal Performing Arts Center                     Charlotte, NC
03/15       Strathmore Music Center                                     Bethesda, MD
03/17       Modlin Center for the Arts                                    Richmond, VA
03/19       Symphony Hall                                                     Boston, MA
03/23       Lensic Theater                                                     Santa Fe, NM
03/25       Smith Center for the Performing Arts                   Las Vegas, NV

Transit Republic /// Program 05 Okinawa Graveyard Club to Mud Man : Films by Yamashiro Chikako


January 24, 2017 8-10pm / ECHO PARK FILM CENTER 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026 / $5 admission


Transit Republic /// Program 05
January 24, 2017

Films by Yamashiro Chikako
8-10pm

program:

“Okinawa Graveyard Club” (2004)
“Your voice came out through my throat” (2009)
“Sinking Voices, Red Breath” (2010)
“A Woman of the Butcher Shop” (2012)
“Mud Man” (2016)

$5 admission 
ECHO PARK FILM CENTER
1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/

a Transit Republic project
presented by Art Bridge + TYPE
A Featured Event of Month of Photography Los Angeles
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Chikako Yamashiro is a contemporary video artist and photographer based in Naha, Okinawa exploring the legacies of Japanese colonization in the nineteenth century; the brutal Battle of Okinawa of World War II; and the ongoing occupation of Okinawa by both Japan and the American military to the present. Most of Yamashiro's practice utilizes her own body, serving to symbolize the situation of Okinawa. Still, her works cannot be neatly categorized as simplistic arguments of good and evil; the lyrical quality of her expression allows them to be interpreted in various ways, and in them one finds universal themes such as femininity and physicality, the connection between life and death, memory and storytelling. 

Yamashiro’s recent exhibitions include: From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art (2016-17, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco/USA), SEVEN JAPANESE ROOMS (2016-17, Fondazione Carispezia, La Spezia/Italy), 2016 Aichi Triennale (2016, the former Meiji-ya Sakae Building, Aichi), the 8th Asian Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2015-16, Queensland Art Gallery /Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane/Australia), East Asia Feminism: FANTasia (2015, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul/Korea), MAM Project 018:Chikako Yamashiro (2012, Mori Art Museum Gallery 1, Tokyo). Selected publications include: Circulating World The Art of Chikako Yamashiro (2016, Yumiko Chiba Associates), Chikako Yamashiro (2012, Yumiko Chiba Associates).
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about Transit Republic

Folding out and unpacking as a circulatory exhibition of contemporary photography and new media works of Asia, the Americas and other pan Pacific countries, Transit Republic is a social practice and activation based “publishing project in motion”; an arts and publishing collective; a community engagement and research project; and field work of on site curating and interviews conducted by the leading curators of the Collective Asia Project which was founded earlier this year by Chihiro Minato (photographer, writer, educator and director of Aichi Triennale 2016), Hattori Hiroyuki (curator, writer of Aichi Triennale 2016), and Kenichiro Egami (independent curator, writer, photographer). . 

Folding in and wrapping up, the objective of this research publication is the world-making compilation of informative dialogues and findings forming into Art Bridge’s 5th issue, the first of its kind to incorporate a true DIY manifesting of collecting local news as well as creating a platform for collaborative possibilities, ethos of change and critical togetherness.

The title Transit Republic is inspired by the short lived (25 day) Republic of California before the Gold Rush.


staff:
Chihiro Minato (JP) 
Kenichiro Egami (JP) 
Hattori Hiroyuki (JP) 
Ayumi Sekikawa (JP) 
Alternative Media Library (JP) 
Ai Iwane (JP) 
Chikako Yamashiro(JP)
Kaori Nakasone(JP)
Kiyoko Sakata(JP)
Masao Okabe(JP)
Megumi Machida(JP)
Satoko Nema(JP)
Ayumi Hara (JP)
Kinjo Tohru(JP)
Manabu Miki (JP)
Jazoo Yang (Busan) 
Jiro Ueta (Seoul) 
Listen To The City (Seoul) 
Michael Leung (Hong Kong) 
HK Farmer’s Almanac (Hong Kong) 
Lee Chung Fung (Hong Kong) 
J-J Gong (Taiwan) 

guest curators:
Agustin H Carlos (Cuba)
Daniela Lieja Quintanar (LA / Mexico)

and more TBA

event inquiries, appointments, requests and collaborations:
please email to: kiogriffith@gmail.com

Transit Republic /// Program 01 "Reading Footprints : Four Women Foresight"


Opening reception and talk at a group exhibition of contemporary women photography and video "Reading Footprints : Four Women Foresight"


Transit Republic /// Program 01
January 14, 2017
opening reception and talk 

"Reading Footprints : Four Women Foresight"
Group Exhibition of Contemporary Women Photography and Video

Venue: Arena 1 Gallery
(3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, California 90405)
7-10pm

Ai Iwane
Kaori Nakasone
Kiyoko Sakata
Satoko Nema

on view until January 30, 2017

Reading Footprints is a group show surveying contemporary Japanese women photography and video. The photography and video work portray each artist’s culture not as vanishing, but as part of a lively, assertive group of people confident about the importance of their cultures in the past, their importance to the present and their influence on the future. They sometimes use images identified within the changing cultural landscape, but these images are not used as emblems of a generic unified past. Instead the images carry specific messages or stories about how individual artists interpret their native community, family and intricate histories, how they experience the present, or what they project for tomorrow.

― Kio Griffith

a Transit Republic project

presented by Art Bridge + TYPE
A Featured Event of Month of Photography Los Angeles

Supported by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

https://www.facebook.com/events/1408731679145017/

Tomoaki Shibata: Real-time visual art broadcast


The Eskwilax Hour (online broadcast)
Friday, January 13th 4pm-6pm (PST)

Artist Tomoaki Shibata will perform live on web broadcat. Please access  The Eskwilax Hour (dromebox.com) to view his performance live. More information>

ASCENT: A Film by Fiona Tan


The Getty Center
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Tuesday, January 10 @ 7pm
Admission is free; a ticket is required.

Art on Screen presents the North American premiere of Fiona Tan's film ASCENT (2016, 80 min.). Through a gray blanket of cloud, the contours of a mountain can be barely discerned. This is Mount Fuji, a volcano with many faces and of immeasurable cultural and symbolic significance. Four thousand exceptional and diverse photographs from the past 150 years form the basis for this film. More information>  
Photo credit: Still from ASCENT, 2016. Courtesy Fiona Tan and Antithesis Films. Photo: Collection of Izu Photo Museum

OSHOGATSU FAMILY FESTIVAL


Japanese American National Museum

(100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012)

Sunday, January 8 @ 11am-5pm
FREE ALL DAY!

Welcome the Year of the Rooster with crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!

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Library Hours

Library Open


Library Schedule:

・Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12PM - 7PM
・Wednesdays & Fridays: 12PM - 4PM
・Second and Fourth Saturdays: 12PM - 4:30PM*

*Saturday schedule is subject to change
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays

Other Events

Tokyo Ska Paradaise Orchestra at Skanking Reggae Festival 2017


Ihomi & Goldenvoice present
Skanking Reggae Festival 2017
Featuring Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Shrine Expo Hall
(665 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007)
Saturday, March 11 Doors open at 4pm

Ticket Price: $50 Advance General Admission & VIP Package $100
On Sale: Monday, Jan. 30 at 10am PST at AXS.com
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