Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Welcome Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity but to get more of these books into classrooms and libraries. Multicultural Children’s Book Day is a non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness about children’s books that celebrate diversity and to get more of these books into classrooms and libraries. To date, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, along with literacy partners, authors, and publishers, has donated over 10,800 books to parents, teachers, and librarians. Multicultural Children’s Book Day strives to shine the spotlight on the diverse books and authors that often get overlooked by mainstream publishing and media. Go to the website listed above […]

2022 Aki Matsuri Performance Schedule

9:50 – 10:00 – BK Taiko (Anita Gallegos, Sensei) – Signaling the start of Aki Matsuri 2022 with drumming 10:00– 10:15 – Highland High School Navy JrROTC Color Guard (Under the direction of Capt. Bill Lane/ Presentation of the Colors/Flags), with Yoko Tadda (Singing of the National Anthem) 10:15 – 10:25 – Welcoming Remarks 10:25 am 10:45 am – BK Taiko (Anita Gallegos, Sensei) – Japanese Drumming 10:45 am 11:00 am – Yoko Tadda (Singer, Japanese songs and Shigin/Japanese poetry) 11:00 am 11:05 am – Miyagi Ryu Okinawa Dance (Yaeko Miyazato, Sensei from CA) 11:5 – 11:15 am – Yoko Tadda (Singer, Japanese songs and Shigin/Japanese poetry) 11:20 – 11:35 – […]

80th Anniversary of Topaz

Join Tessaku and JAMP as they commemorate the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Topaz confinement site. This Topaz descendant led event will take place from September 8-10. If you would like to attend in person, click here to register: https://tinyurl.com/WakasaRegistration . There are a limited number of seats available. If you cannot attend in person, the live stream will be available to view here: https://tinyurl.com/WakasaTownHall .We encourage anyone who would like to ask questions about James Wakasa, the Wakasa Monument, or the controversy, to submit a question anonymously: https://tinyurl.com/WakasaQuestions . Join Diana Tsuchida as she shares the story of how her grandfather was sent to Leupp from Topaz for being a troublemaker. Diana will moderate […]

Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ)(lit. Tearful Memories)

Playing at the Century Cinemark Rio 24 Director and Screenplay: Isao Takahata – 1993 – 118m – Japan Aug 28 Sunday at 7:00pm (English dub) Aug 29 Monday at 7:00 pm (In Japanese with English subtitles)  It’s 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), and the encounters […]

Review: ‘Inu-oh’ is a psychedelic Japanese anime rock opera for the ages

Review provided by Paul Mayer NMACL’s J-film/anime resident Otaku. By Justin Chang Los Angeles Times Film Critic  Aug. 11, 2022 4:14 PM PT The phantom that haunts the eccentric Japanese rock opera “Inu-oh” is not the comeliest of creatures — not at first, anyway. Like most of the hallucinatory sights and transporting sounds in this feature-length anime, Inu-oh, as he comes to be known, tends to shapeshift in accordance with director Masaaki Yuasa’s whims. An ancient Noh dancer born under highly mysterious circumstances, he bursts into the frame on spindly human legs, an overgrown extendable arm flailing behind him like a kite. Two oddly positioned eyes peer out from behind a […]

Finding Moon Rabbit

written by JC Kato and JC2 Koko’s family is removed from their homes and sent to Heart Mountain, WY during WWII. She tries to become a Girl Scout so she can greet her father when he joins them from Santa Fe camp. While living in the internment camp, she learns the true meaning of GAMAN, a Japanese word for Patience with Dignity. Order on the website below FindingMoonRabbit.com

Speaking Nikkei

Join the JACL Young Professionals Caucus for their latest podcasts! In the episode above, Zara and Dylan interview the newly elected JACL YPC representative and a long-time JACL member to discuss, Enough is Now, Weaving Together our Intergenerational Stories. You can find Speaking Nikkei on your favorite podcast sites. About the Podcast Once, long ago, a group of young Nikkei youths wanted to put together a webinar series to highlight young people doing important work in our communities. COVID-19 threw a bit of a wrench in those plans, and as Zoom fatigue became a real concern for so many of us, we decided to revitalize the idea as a podcast. […]

Japanese Films

COMING IN AUGUST to THE GUILD CINEMA3405 CENTRAL AVE. NEALBUQUERQUE, NM 87106tel: (505)255-1848fax: (505)232-9385www.guildcinema.com INU-OH – view a trailerAug 28 to Aug 31Sunday thru Wednesday 8pmDir. Masaaki Yuasa – 2021 – 97m – Japan – In Japanese with English subtitles From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (MIND GAME. THE NIGHT IS SHORT WALK ON GIRL), hailed by IndieWire as “one of the most creatively unbridled minds in all of modern animation,” comes a revisionist rock opera about a 14th-century superstar whose dance moves take Japan by storm. Born to an esteemed family, Inu-oh is afflicted with an ancient curse that has left him on the margins of society. When he meets the blind musician Tomona, a young biwa […]