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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1997
Regarding the Feb. 16 article about cram schools for Japanese preschoolers: Sure, the Japanese culture can be viewed as being a trifle extreme, especially to our Western mind-set. On the one hand, they have a culture that takes education and manners very seriously--perhaps too much so. On the other hand, we have an American culture where teenagers can't speak even one sentence without using the words "you know" or "like" at least five times. I've seen our future politicians, lawyers and business leaders and frankly, I'm worried.
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June 14, 2007
Japanese gardens were introduced to the American public at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, almost immediately after which they were imitated throughout the country. They were, perhaps, the first item springing from Japanese culture to become widely accepted in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Donald Richie, an American expatriate in Japan who became that country's preeminent Western interpreter, explaining its culture - from cinema to Zen to tattoos - in books and essays that illuminated the author's psyche as much as that of his adopted home, has died. He was 88. Richie, who lived in Japan for more than 50 years, died Tuesday in Tokyo after a series of small strokes and other ailments, said his longtime friend Christopher Blasdel. An Ohio native, Richie discovered Japan in the early years of its struggle to recover from the devastation of World War II. He found a unique freedom there as a gaijin, or foreigner, who, he wrote, "could be expected to know nothing.
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July 15, 1993 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who frequently contributes to The Times Orange County Edition. This column is one in an occasional series of looks at ethnic arts and culture in and around Orange County.
It's essentially little more than a V-neck gown, yet the kimono is acknowledged to be one of the world's most exquisite garments. They've been worn in Japan since the 6th Century, but they blossomed with the decorative styles of 17th- and 18th-century artisans whose dyeing and weaving techniques continue today.
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February 1, 1997 | DON SNOWDEN
The music of Kodo, the Japanese drum ensemble that opened a three-night stand Thursday at the Wiltern Theatre, is deeply rooted in traditional Japanese culture, but the group was also an international pioneer of all-percussion touring groups. The lasting impression of the impressive 90-minute performance was how much Kodo now seems like the Japanese representative of a world full of related rhythms.
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April 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Avril Lavigne has answered critics who've labeled her new "Hello Kitty" video as racist. It appears Ms. Lavigne begs to disagree. "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…," she tweeted Wednesday, "…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan. The tune, co-written with hubby Chad Kroger of Nickelback, is heavy on references to Japan's " kawaii " culture, which encompasses all things cute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992
As a representative of many trail users--hikers, equestrians, bird-watchers, dog-walkers, nature-lovers--I attended the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting concerning the Soka property. It seems to most of us that Soka University chose an improper location for its expansion. The Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority has always wanted the location to be the center of its operations when the area becomes a national park. The Times used the word "seize" in an inflammatory manner--as though Soka will be ousted without remuneration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1990 | FRANKI V. RANSOM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1975, Grace Brophy did a favor for friends and gave a San Diego elementary school class a quick lesson in Japanese culture. That favor has since turned into an annual countywide event. Brophy is a member of the San Diego chapter of Ikebana International, a nonprofit cultural organization based in Tokyo that promotes the study of Japanese floral art. Its motto is "Friendship Through Flowers."
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