August 8, 2010 |
"What brings you downtown?" the waitress asks as she seats me on a patio shadowed by the skyscrapers on Bunker Hill. I hear this question often. "Actually, I live here," I say, trying not to sound smug. "Just down the hill. " "Oh!" the waitress chirps in surprise. After all, most of the restaurant patrons work in the neighboring office buildings on Grand Avenue or Hope Street. They may stop in for a drink before heading home to a house on a grassy lot fringed with oleander and bougainvillea, but they don't live here.
February 1, 1997 |
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.
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.
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February 1, 1990 |
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."
August 18, 1996
Atlanta had the Olympics. Next month, what Japanese officials are calling the largest Japanese cultural festival ever planned in the United States will get under way in Texas. Sept. 4 is the kickoff date for Sun & Star 1996, a 100-day celebration of Japanese culture in Dallas and Fort Worth.
May 13, 2003 |
The AFLAC duck is going to Japan this month with a softer quack. In commercials designed for the Japanese market, AFLAC has ditched comedian Gilbert Gottfried's abrasive quacking of the Columbus, Ga.-based insurance company's name. Instead, a Japanese actor portrays the duck with a more soothing tone. "The Japanese culture does not like to be yelled at," AFLAC spokeswoman Laura Kane said. "Gilbert might be a little over the top." Gottfried's voice will remain in U.S.
October 13, 2002 |
I went to Japan for the first time. I went with my brother Piet and Billy Shire, who owns the Wacko store in L.A. I wanted to see the two sides of Japan that interest me. The frenetic pop culture side [is] what we did in Tokyo. Shibuya is where all the kids go to be hip and hang out. It's like Melrose Avenue but kicked up. I loved it. We went to Kyoto. That was the other side of Japanese culture, the ancient imperial state of Japan. Our host was a Japanese pop star.
November 16, 1994 |
Not so long ago, Japan was regarded with a mixture of awe, envy and fear by Americans, and the Japanese model of corporate management became something of a cult in American business circles. We watched with despair as Japanese investors collected some of the icons of American popular and corporate culture, everything from Universal Studios to Rockefeller Center. The buying spree, argues Christopher Wood in "The End of Japan Inc.