VISUAL AND CULTURAL ARTS


JACCC's visual and cultural arts feature timely and timeless work and empower the viewer to feel and experience Japan, the Japanese American and Asian American community and culture more fully. Through an active and engaging schedule of temporary exhibitions and cultural events each year, JACCC showcases established and emerging artists from Japan and multi-ethnic communities of Los Angeles and beyond while celebrating the intersection between fine art, Japanese traditional and popular cultures.  

UPCOMING events


THE PRICE COLLECTION: THE BUDDHA AND THE FLOATING WORLD

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, September 18 • 1-3 pm

This extraordinary exhibition was envisioned by world-renowned collectors, Etsuko and Joe Price. It features silk scroll paintings depicting the everyday life of the Edo period (1615–1868) and divine images from the Buddhist world with an ikebana flower arrangement installation by three ikebana schools – Ikenobo, Ohara-Ryu, and Sogetsu School.


PAST EVENTS


Nisei week 2016

Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14

Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21

JACCC is proud to be a long-time partner of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival. Nisei Week is an annual festival celebrating Japanese and Japanese American culture in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Nisei means 2nd generation in Japanese, describing the first American born Japanese, a group that started the festival in 1934. 

 

AJA-XXvi (women printmakers)

sunday, JUNE 26 - SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, June 26 • 1-3 pm

This exhibition focuses on exceptional American Women Printmakers: Tomie Arai, June August, Kimiko Miyoshi, and Seiko Tachibana. Their work represents the diverse printmaking from traditional stylistic approaches to contemporary installations. In conjunction with this exhibition, JACCC presents a special guest artist, Hisako Terasaki and her prints documenting decades of world travel.

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ON THE VERANDA:
BAMBOO & PETALS

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 12 & 13, 2016

10 AM - 4 PM ・GEORGE J. DOIZAKI GALLERY

This Ikebana display features three distinct flower schools from the Los Angeles Ikebana chapter - IkenoboSogetsu, and Ohara-Ryu. Organized in memory of the victims of the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.

ON THE VERANDA:
HINAMATSURI

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016

1 - 3 PM ・ TEA HOUSE ・ $30

This year's Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day) features hands-on crafts, Japanese flower arrangement with Haruko Takeichi (Sogetsu school) and hinaningyo (traditional Girl's Day doll) display. 

 
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HARUKO TAKEICHI
25TH ANNIVERSARY
CONTEMPORARY IKEBANA EXHIBITION

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 5 & 6, 2016

10 AM - 4 PM ・GEORGE J. DOIZAKI GALLERY

Haruko Takeichi (Sogetsu Teachers Association RIGI) and Group present their 25th Anniversary Exhibition: Contemporary Ikebana.

 
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18TH ANNUAL
SHIKISHI EXHIBITION

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 21, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 2:30PM

JACCC presents its 18th Annual Shikishi Exhibition with artwork submitted by the community based on the theme Hatsu-Yama (First Mountain) and/or the Year of the Monkey.

Shikishi paper-boards have been used in Japan since the 12th century for traditional painting or to inscribe poetry. Today, shikishi are given as a gift to mark a memorable or special occasion. In 1998, JACCC fused traditional and contemporary notions of the shikishi by asking over 500 people to celebrate the New Year by expressing themselves using the shikishi board. Participants included celebrities, local personalities, politicians, artists, priests, children, writers, and community members. The outcome was an intriguing and amazingly eclectic exhibit of shikishi art. 

SOGETSU SCHOOL ANNUAL EXHIBITION

SAturday, october 24 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015 

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Communication through Ikebana 

Sogetsu Ikebana connects plants with people, and people with people, bringing peace of mind and creating happiness.

 

U.S. 101 photo EXHIBITION

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015 

Professional photographers from Japan, Takashi Nakada and Shinji Imoto, and from Brazil, Kaoru Higuchi gathered at Kimura Photomart in 1977 to form the U.S. 101 Photo Club. Their goal was to create images that would be useful to the Little Tokyo and Nikkei communities and preserve legacies for all time.

The club was founded October 1, 1979 (10-1) and became the U.S. 101Photo Club. Since its inception, the club has had annual photo exhibitions and will be celebrating its 36th anniversary this year.

The club has 15 members, and each member constantly strives to polish technique and understanding of the art of photography.

As part of its vision, in 1992 U.S. 101 Photo Club began annual photo sessions with the Nisei Week Queen and Court, and soon after, the Pioneer awardee portraits for the Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

 

BEIKOKU SHODO KENKYUKAI 50th anniversary

SUNDAY, October 4 - 18

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 1-3PM

Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu-kai, an art of calligraphy, headed by Hiroko Ikuta, celebrates its 50th anniversary with an exhibition that reflects each individual's interpretation of calligraphy with the flow of the brush and ink.

 

THE price collection: HEART OF BEAUTIFUL JAPAN

NOW THROUGH sunday, september 27

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 1-3PM

Experience the Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, a world-renowned collection of Edo Period Japanese paintings. This extraordinary exhibition was envisioned by Joe and Etsuko Price and features the masterpieces of the late Edo period painters Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) and Suzuki Shuitsu (1823-1889), with an Ikebana Flower Arrangement installation from three Ikebana schools affiliated with JACCC – Ikenobo, Ohara-Ryu, and Sogetsu School.

Joe and Estuko Price exhibited the paintings of Hoitsu and Shuitsu in Japan after the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Their hope was to use the beauty of nature and the seasons of these Edo Period paintings to lift the spirits of Japan’s citizens and encourage them to never give up during the difficult time of rebuilding. With 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Joe and Etsuko Price will once again use the exhibition as a message of hope and peace through the exquisite paintings. 

The exhibition will include Sakai Hoitsu’s The Thirty-six Immortal Poets with Flowering Plants. Hoitsu was a talented painter and practitioner of calligraphy, and this particular piece showcases his stunning decorative paintings of birds and flowers, as well as classical Japanese literature with his beautiful calligraphy.

 

niHONGA-IN
first los angeles exhibition
sunday, july 5 - sunday, july 26

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, July 5, 2015 1-3PM.

The artists will be here for the reception and will give lecture & demonstration on the art of Nihonga painting.

Nihonga is a style of painting created in accordance with traditional Japanese artistic conventions, techniques and materials. The term Nihonga was coined in the Meiji period of the Imperial Japan, to distinguish its style from oil paintings. 

New works from Nihonga-in will showcase in the George J. Doizaki Gallery at the DownTown Little Tokyo. 

Free Admission

George J. Doizaki Gallery

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 12noon-4pm
Close Monday and Holidays

 
 

IKENOBO IKEBANA FLOWER ARRANGEMENT EXHIBITION
Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, June 13, 2015, 1-3PM

Ikenobo School of Ikebana L.A. Chapter create new forms of art, combining the flower and symbols of nature with sentiments of the artist.

Burma: An Enchanted Spirit
Wednesday, April 22 - Thursday, April 30

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
6-7PM Reception
7- 8PM Program. More info: HERE

Join us for an exhibition of photographs from David Heath. Traveling by canoe, plane, boat, train, on foot and hitching a ride on the occasional dump truck, photographer Heath crossed some of Myanmar's most remote terrain to capture the unique images found in the pages of his book, Burma: An Enchanted Spirit. “I aspired to convey the soul of the beautiful Burmese people, their mystical culture and mysterious customs, in the most artistic way possible”. 

The book notably includes a handwritten endorsement by 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy: "Truly an enchanting book - the pictures reflect the beauty and diversity of Burma faithfully."

Asia Society Southern California is excited to showcase Health's unique images during this eight day exhibition.

Click here for more information on the Book Burma: An Enchanted Spirit

More info: HERE

 
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OHARA IKEBANA LA CHAPTER BIENNIAL EXHIBITION

Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12 • 10am-5pm

George J. Doizaki Gallery

The Ohara School of Ikebana presents a display of Japanese flower arrangements featuring the splendid flowers of Spring.

 

The Next Generation in Sho 


Saturday, March 7 - Sunday, March 22 • 10am-5pm
Opening Reception: SATURDAY, MARCH 7 • 1pm-3pm

Tea Room 

Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu-kai, an art of calligraphy, led by Hiroko Ikuta. Showcasing new works from next generation students, the exhibition reflects interpretations of calligraphy with flow of the brush and ink. 

 

ON THE VERANDA:
BAMBOO & PETALS


March 14 & 15, 2015 • 10am-5pm
Opening Reception: March 14 • 1pm-3pm

GEORGE J. DOIZAKI GALLERY

This Ikebana display features three distinct flower schools from the Los Angeles Ikebana chapter - Ikenobo, Sogetsu, and Ohara-Ryu. Organized in memory of the victims of the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.

 

17th Annual Shikishi Exhibition
Sunday, 01.04.15 - Sunday, 02.15.15

George J. Doizaki Gallery

Every January Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern Califronia, with the JACCC heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination.

In celebration of the New Year, the JACCC distributes shikishi to members of the community to participate in a very unique exhibition, expressing hope for the New Year or a variation on the theme of Hatsu-Yuki (First Snow).

Shikishi paperboards have been used in Japan since the 12th Century for painting and writing poetry. Today inscribed shikishi are given as a gift to mark a memorable occasion.

Admission Free

 

Photo Exhibition
by Sanjiro Minamikawa

THE HEART OF JAPAN
62nd Jingu Shikinen Sengu at Ise
Dec. 6 - Dec. 27, 2014

George J. Doizaki Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 6 | 1-3 PM

The sacred land of Ise...

2,000 years ago, Amaterasu, the deity of the sun, chose this sacred ground as her home and a great establishment for worship was erected. Over 1,500 ceremonies take place here every year to offer prayers to the well being of the nation of Japan and her people. All of the food offered during these ceremonies, from the rice and vegetables to the salt, are produced in Ise and carefully prepared by hand to place before a higher power.  It is a timeless place, ceremonially rebuilt every 20 years using methods preserved since antiquity. This tradition of ceaseless renewal has continued for 1,300 years and endures to this day.

Sanjiro Minamikawa Bio

Born in Mie, Japan. Representative works include "100 artist in their atelier, 100", photographs of the art masters of the later 20th century and their studios, including Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, and de Chirico, and photographing European and American mystery writers such as Ed McBain, Graham Greene, Frederick Forsyth and Michael Crichton in their study.

Photography permission was allowed for the first time to a non-French foreigner during "Chateau de Versailles", which photographed all aspects of the world heritage Versailles Palace.

For the past few years, he has been engaged with [The 62nd Shinto-shrine transfer of the deity].

DOWNLOAD:

"The Heart of Japan" press release

 

The Calligraphy of Ito Bokuseki
Nov. 15 - Nov. 23, 
2014

George J. Doizaki Gallery

Presented by The Venice Japanese Community Center.

 
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Masud Valipour

"Way of Ink and Brush"
Oct. 25 - Nov. 9, 2014

George J. Doizaki Gallery

Viewing Los Angeles as a centrifugal force in the heartland where arts, commerce, culture, language and people thrives.

The city of Los Angeles is a destination along the contemporary Silk Road, a road that has been never ended, but has continued from Marco Polo’s original route-Punjab to Seville, Chan-an to Nara, and now to Los Angeles. The route of commerce, language and art intermingles as they journey down this path.

Sharing the common thread of Islamic art, Buddhist art, and Christian art , the calligraphers work becomes enhanced by simultaneously finding and embracing multiple disciplines. Their vision will connect in a seamless continuum, blurring the intersection of duality between tradition and modernity.

This is exhibit is presented in conjunction with the LA/Islam Arts Initiative.

DOWNLOAD:

"WAY OF INK AND BRUSH" press release
DCA's LA Islam Arts Initiative press release


Gallery Hours

Wednesday - Sunday: 12 to 4 PM
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Holidays