‘Hatsu-Kaze,’ Shikishi Exhibit at JACCC

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The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo, will mark the beginning of 2012 with its annual “Kotohajime” event on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with “Hatsu-Kaze” (First Wind), an artistic journey through Western and Eastern performing arts and traditions, curated by the creative vision of JACCC artistic director and “Pacific Standard Time” artist Hirokazu Kosaka.

Performers: Kim Eung Hwa Dance Academy and Performing Arts School, Professional Training Program students of The Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, Katada Kikusa, Jyorokusho Kineya, Yasoyo Kineya II, and IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.

The event will be held outdoors in the JACCC Plaza. Admission is free.

The JCCCNC’s 14th annual Shikishi Exhibition will be on view from Jan. 8 to Feb. 5 at the George J. Doizaki Gallery.

In celebration of the new year, the JACCC distributes shikishi to members of the community to participate in this unique exhibition, expressing hope for 2012 or a variation on the theme of “Hatsu-Kaze.”

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 3. The use of the standard-size shikishi is the only requirement for participation. For more information, visit www.jaccc.org.

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