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National Jul 29, 2006

'Azumi' gets Hollywood premiere

Three years after its release in Japan, the popular action film "Azumi" premiered in Hollywood this week, with its director and producer walking the red carpet. Crowds lined up outside the Egyptian Theater in Los Angelese as director Ryuhei Kitamura and producer Mataichiro Yamamoto were ...

'Manga' reading program promotes literacy among Los Angeles teens

National Jul 24, 2006

'Manga' reading program promotes literacy among Los Angeles teens

Inspired by the increasing popularity of "manga" in the U.S., the Los Angeles Public Library and publisher Tokyopop have launched a program featuring colorful Japanese-style comic book characters to promote teenage reading and literacy. The Manga Madness Summer Reading Club kicked off June 15 at ...

A-bomb legacy fading: filmmaker

National Apr 15, 2006

A-bomb legacy fading: filmmaker

After the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki passed last August, filmmaker Steven Okazaki began worrying that the attacks and their cautionary lessons are being forgotten. "If you really ask young people, they know very little about Hiroshima and Nagasaki," ...

Pappa Tarahumara intrigues L.A. with contemporary Japanese dance

National Feb 15, 2006

Pappa Tarahumara intrigues L.A. with contemporary Japanese dance

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) In an evocative blend of experimental and traditional art, the Tokyo dance ensemble Pappa Tarahumara captivated audiences recently with the West Coast premiere of its haunting work "Ship in a View." The eclectic group, named for the Tarahumara Indians of northwestern Mexico, ...

U.S. designers turn to Japan for ideas

National Jan 20, 2006

U.S. designers turn to Japan for ideas

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) From Tokyo's trend-setting Harajuku shopping district to the timeless artistry of kimono hand-woven in Kyoto, Japanese style and culture are growing sources of inspiration for American fashion designers and artists. That influence has emerged in a variety of forms -- Tokyo street-style ...

National Nov 23, 2005

UCLA A-bomb exhibit offers a lesson on horror

For most students at the University of California at Los Angeles, exposure to the human element of nuclear warfare has been limited to discussions in history classes or textbook entries on World War II. "It's so little -- what we get in our textbooks, you ...