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Live Jazz Concerts
In Celebration of The Japan/Jazz Connection:
The Akiko Tsuruga Trio
Saturday, September 25th, 7pm to 9:15pm
Japan’s Embrace of Jazz:
Akiko Tsuruga-organ, Bob Kenmotsu-sax with Lewis Nash-drums
Full-length performance plus discussion.
September 26th, at 3pm
110 E Roosevelt St Phoenix, AZ 85004
***Japanese Culture Club Use Promo Code OSAKA at check out to receive $10 off any ticket.
This show presents two Japanese jazz stars in a trio setting with jazz’s quintessential rhythm master, Lewis Nash. Organist Akiko Tsuruga has been described as “Sweet and Funky”, “Cute and Bad” and “A composer and performer extraordinaire.” The legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith says: “Akiko’s playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings in the music world.” Saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu has a deeply a personal and original way of playing that grooves and swings, and the incomparable Lewis Nash on drums brings his unmistakable pulse to the band. It can’t swing harder than this…guaranteed!
September 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm:This will be an enlightening conversation and full-length performance by Lewis Nash with two of his very favorite Japanese musicians! Nash has toured Japan well over 100 times, where he and many other American jazz musicians are widely respected and revered. This special matinee will reveal the reasons that American Jazz is so appreciated by Japanese audiences. It will be a culturally illuminating discussion and thrilling afternoon of masterfully played music.
Registration opens this Sunday, August 22 at 11 AM EDT.
Screening period from September 10 to 13 (72 hours).
📽 We still have tickets left for Part 1 here!
Register now so you can watch it just in time for Part 2.
Enjoy Part 2 of Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern from September 10 - 13!
The original anime aired from 1978-1979 with several live-action films released in the 70s, 80s, and early 2000s. Two decades later, Haikara-San has returned with a new look and a modern retelling of the original series in this two-part feature film! This remake also features the final story arc that was never animated in the first 42-episode anime adaptation (1978-1979).
Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern been rediscovered by new audiences in recent years thanks to the enduring popularity of the original manga. In a 2005 poll, it ranked #95 on a list of the top 100animation series of all time, based on a nationwide survey of Japanese viewers from all age groups.
JAPANESE FILM SCREENING
12 Months of KAI (Subtitled)
Sunday, Aug 15 at 2:20pm
Saturday, Aug 21 at 9:10am
Sunday, Aug 22 at 4:55pm
Directed by: Mutsumi Kameyama
Phoenix Film Festival
Scottsdale 101 Harkins
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054
Purchase Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5149945
Director: Mutsumi Kameyama will be at the film screenings.
Mutsumi Kameyama was born on August 31, 1989 in Tokyo, Japan.
She is a director and writer, known for “12 Months of KAI”, “My life, mom’s life” and “SOMNIUM”(Web Episode).
Special Event from Hiroshima
Webinar on Thursday, June 24 from 7:00PM – 8:00PM, PDT
Hiroshima Reconstruction After Atomic Series
Free Webinar by Cultural News, Los Angeles
Thursday, June 24, from 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
Hiroshima Reconstruction After Atomic Bombing: Peace Memorial Park Plan by Tange Kenzo
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This free webinar is a part of “Hiroshima Reconstruction After Atomic Bombing” series presented by Cultural News.
Immediately after the tragedy of the 1945 Atomic bombing, people in Hiroshima started reconstruction of the city. In 1946, the Hiroshima City Municipality decided the master plan of the
reconstruction including green belt and parks.
By 1949, the master plan of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was prepared and the construction budget was allocated by the national government.
In creating Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Tange Kenzo took very important role. Tokyo-based architect Tange spent three years in Hiroshima when he was a high school student.
In 1949, the national design competition for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was held, and Tange won the first prize.
Tange’s plan was extraordinary because that created the best solution for the Peace Memorial Park plan by planning the axis of the Atomic Bomb Dome over a river. In 1949, the preservation of the Atomic Bomb Dome was not decided yet.
Designs of the second and third prizes did not include the axis with the Atomic Bomb Dome.
In Tange’s plan, the axis made a right angle with Peace Boulevard. And the axis was set on the line toward the Atomic Bombing Dome. On the axis, a museum and memorial monument were placed as gates.
The speaker of this webinar is Mr. Manabu Yamasaki from Hiroshima. Yamasaki is a retired city planner of the Hiroshima City Municipality, and a leader of public space utilization movement in Hiroshima.
As panelists of the webinar, those who are promoting peace and culture will join from Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, Arizona.