- Special Screening "A Good Husband"
A photographer's grown more interested in his young models than in his craft -- or his family. Ignored and dejected, his wife wants nothing more than to have a child. Such is the marriage between Shunsuke and Sakura, ten years together and on the cusp of separation. But before one fateful Christmas, they go on an Okinawan trip that promises to change everything. Starring Hiroko Yakushimaru (the mother from Always Sunset on 3rd Street) and Etsushi Toyokawa (Love Letter, 20th Century Boys), "A Good Husband" is a charming drama that looks at contemporary marriage with a tinge of fantasy and through the watchful eyes of a crop of quirky side characters. . Director Isao Yukisada has received critical acclaim (Go, Parade) and ruled the Asian box office (Crying Out Loud, in the Center of the World), and here combines his skill for sly storytelling with a tenderness that will leave the audience with tears of joy.
- Japan Benefit Concert with Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers (Special Live Broadcast)
- Play for Japan USA, a project launched by Japanese working mothers in the San Francisco Bay Area, presents a benefit concert featuring Anne Akiko Meyers, on Friday, April 29 in Woodside, CA. This special performance will be available live on the Web for a $7 donation.
Ms. Meyers is one of the most celebrated violinists who has been the featured soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and collaborated with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bolton, Chris Botti, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. She was flying over Japan when the earthquake hit the country (for her performances in Osaka, which eventually got canceled) and thus has graciously agreed to perform for us. From the comfort of your living room, you can have a front row seat to watch Ms. Meyers perform Japanese and Western classical pieces with pianist Wendy Chen. Live Broadcast will be available for viewing up to 48 hours after the conclusion of the concert.
This concert is officially endorsed by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and fiscally sponsored by the Kurosawa Piano Music Foundation, a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. All proceeds will go to Japan disaster Relief effort through American Red Cross, Ashinaga Ikueikai, Give2Asia, and Japan Center for International Exchange.
- A Benefit Concert for Japan
We invite you to enjoy the powerful beat of Japanese Taiko drums and the soothing sounds of Japanese bamboo flute and koto while helping send hope and support to the people of Japan.
With the recent tragedies in Japan, we've all wondered what we can do to help. Japanese music is what we love to do, and this concert is our way to help raise money for the people of Japan and to spread hope and positive energy through the power of music. Come join us!
- Kodo Drummers of Japan - One Earth Tour
La Jolla Music Society presents Kodo Drummers of Japan. Kodō (鼓童) is an elite taiko drumming troupe. Based on Sado Island, Japan, they have been a major force in the post-World War II revitalization of taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad.
- New Film from Japan "Zen"
The inspiring true story of legendary Zen Master Dogen is brought to life in ZEN. Nakamura Kantano, a 19th generation Kabuki actor and son of Kabuki legend Nakamura Kanzaburo, plays Dogen, a young Japanese monk in the 13th century who travels to China, determined to find his true master. There he finds a monk who teaches him that sitting in Zen meditation is the true and only path to enlightenment. Returning to Japan, Dogen risks his life to pioneer Zen Buddhism, inspiring the millions of Zen Buddhists who practice around the world today. (127 min; Not Rated)
Directed and Written by: Takahashi Banmei
Cast: Nakamura Kantaro, Uchida Tuki, Zheng Tianyong
Japanese with English subtitles
- "Shall We Dance?" - Free Open Film Night at Kiku Gardens
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) of San Diego, together with the Japanese Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) and San Diego Film Foundation (SDAFF), invite you to a free outdoor screening of the Japanese romantic comedy, "Shall We Dance." Collecting more than 50 awards and nominations around the globe, this original film prompted the U.S. re-make.
AJ Cup Golf Tournament
This charity golf tournament helps fund the core educational programs of the JSSDT. At the same time, members can enjoy playing golf!
Are you studying Japanese in high school? Come compete with your classmates and high school students all over San Diego at the annual J-CAP contest!