Fujitsu Appreciation Party 2015The 3rd annual appreciation party with industry partners was held on October 27th in San Francisco. Fujitsu invited guests from all over the world to strengthen the bonds with the company. Since it was a party by a Japanese company, guests felt a touch of Japanese influence throughout the event. After the Kagamibiraki (breaking of a sake barrel) ceremony, Dassai, a premium sake from Yamaguchi, was served in Masu wooden boxes with the company logo engraved. Fujitsu technology is used to assist in the production
of Yamada Nishiki rice, the ingredients for Dassai. Since this particular rice is difficult to raise, Fujitsu’s agricultural cloud technology, Akisai,records temperatures and the moisture of the soil. Rice production became much more stable. Guests enjoyed the sake with sushi. Special guests were also a fun thing to look forward to. Last year’s world champion of beat boxing, Gene Shinozaki, collaborated with music producer and guitarist, Scooter Oyama. They lit up the party by performing a jazz arranged Japanese tune. 150 people attended the party this day.
Bach Collegium JapanOn October 25th, Bach Collegium Japan performed at the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA. This orchestra was founded by the organist, Masaaki Suzuki, in 1992. The group is a mix of orchestra and choir, mainly performing music composed by Bach. 11 members of the orchestra will be performing at 12 locations in the US for its tour. 6 concertos and religious numbers by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel highlighted the soloists. The hall was filled with loud applause.
Manzanar Photo Exhibit by Ansel Adams175 photos taken by Ansel Adams of the Manzanar incarceration camp and related documentsare displayed at the Jewish cultural institution, Skirball Cultural Center. 220 miles north of LA, 120 thousand Japanese and Japanese Americans were sent to the Manzanar incarceration camp as enemy aliens. Adams was already an accomplished landscape photographer at the onset of the war. He visited the incarceration camp 6 to 7 times since October of 1943 and took photo squestioning the discrimination policy. the Manzanar incarceration camp as enemy aliens. Adams was already an accomplished landscape photographer at the onset of the war. He visited the incarceration camp 6 to 7 times since October of 1943 and took photos questioning the discrimination policy. His photos capture the beauty of nature and the people’s resiliency. Adams also interviewed his subjects and left many portraits. 14 works by Dorothea Lange, a documentary photographer who captured the dark side of society, and 12 photos by Toyo Miyatake, who was interned at Manzanar are also displayed. Mine Okubo’s illustrated memoir Citizen 13660: The Art of Mine Okubo is also presented. It is the first time for the Skirball Cultural Center to focus on Japanese American matters. Both are until February 21st.