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JICC Past Exhibitions


Watercolorist Osamu Saito and his students "Sakura"

June 1 - July 31, 2012

Watercolorist Osamu Saito and his students celebrate the 2012 Cherry Blossom Centennial with paintings depicting sakura, now on view in the library of the Japan Information & Culture Center at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

Mr. Saito teaches watercolor at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena, California.  Artists whose works appear in the exhibition are: Yuriko Baba, Fumiko Ige, Kimiko Kudo, Emiko Miyazaki, Kyoko Matsumoto, May Seki, Yasuko Saito, Kimiko Uno, Reiko Yamada, Osamu Saito (instructor)



Tohoku Children's Art

March 20 - April 19, 2012

Through their art, children of Tohoku expressed feelings of "kizuna," the bonds of friendship, that supported them through the disaster.  Many of these children were affected by the earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011.  The exhibition is in library of the Japan Information & Culture Center at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles from March 13 - April 17, 2012.  The children's art project is part of the "Global Festa Japan 2011" event held in Tokyo in October 2011 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC).  


Ceramics by Mariko Bird

January 4 - March 19, 2012

Mariko Bird uses unusual shapes and glaze techniques to evoke a surreal quality to her ceramic sculptures.  Her work is now on display.


Watercolor Paintings of Osamu Saito

November 1, 2011 - March 19, 2012

Watercolor paintings by artist Osamu Saito are now exhibited in the library of the Japan Information and Culture Center.  Through skillful plays of color, sunlight is portrayed as through a window or through water, warming the picture’s subject as well as the viewer.



Transportation by En Tengara

June 23 - December 29, 2011

Transportation vehicles are the focus of En Tengara's artistic creations.  Constructed with paper, these 3D replicas put excitement and nostalgia into mass transit.


Children’s Art from the City of Nagoya, Japan

September – October 2011

Delightful children’s art from the City of Nagoya is now on display in the library of the Japan Information & Culture Center.  Children’s art is exchanged every year through the bi-lateral relationship of the Los Angles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA).   Children’s ages 6 – 16 participate. Each year LANSCA sends 100 pieces of art from children of Los Angeles to Nagoya city.  Nagoya exhibits all the art they receive from their children’s art exchange.  Here on display, is a portion of the art that came from Nagoya city this year. Contact the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA) for more information.


Origami Creations by Keiro Members

May - October 2011
Residents of the Keiro Retirement Home's origami club display their crafts in the library of the Japan Information & Culture Center at the Consulate. The members of the origami club are Yoko O'Malley, Chiyoko Matsui, Kotoko Toji and Techi Yoneda.


Tanabata Dreams by Richard Fukuhara

July 18 - September 2, 2011

Artist Richard Fukuhara took photographs of last summer's tanabata decorations at the 2nd annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo.  While photographing the streaming tanabata decorations, he felt the enduring strength of the Japanese American Issei community. This year's tanabata festival will be from August 12-15.




Watercolor Wisdom from Keiro Retirement Center’s Watercolor Club

April 25 – June 17, 2011

Under the guidance of their instructor, Mrs. Hiroko Muramoto, residents of Keiro Retirement Center’s watercolor class express their artistry and wisdom through painting.  Nine artists display their work in the library of the Japan Information & Culture Center in the Consulate. The artists whose works are exhibited are: Gaigo Funaki, Tomie Hattori, Mayumi Hirahara, Kumiko Kodani, Hiroko Muramoto, Yoko O’Malley, Fujie Wade, Techi Yoneda and Satoye Yoshise.

Hiroko Muramoto, Garden Lit from the West

Gaigo Funaki, Asa no Yasai

Mayumi Hirahara, Planters

Satoye Yoshise, Winter Landscape


Rosa Odow Watercolors

January – March 2011

Rosa Odow is an award winning watercolor artist and popular art teacher.  Of the variety of subjects she paints, on display in this exhibition are paintings of delightful koi and brilliant flowers.  Her works are interpretations encompassing the expressions of realism and abstraction.   Rosa Odwo spent over 20 years in the field of fashion illustration before turning to the fine art of watercolor and mixed media painting.


Toys from Japan

October – December 2010

From folk toys to popular plush toys, a range of genres is on exhibition.

Nagoya City Art

October – December 2010

These adorable art pieces come from school children of the City of Nagoya.   Every year, children send their art across the Pacific Ocean as part of the children’s art exchange, one of the projects of the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA). Their charming work is on display in the library of the Japan Information & Culture Center.



March – April 2010


L.A. Tokyo Kai Photo Contest Exhibition: The City of Tokyo

March 2 – April 30, 2010

Late in Spring by Takao Izumi

Imperial Palace by Patricia Omoto

Asakusakko by Keiichi Urakami

Asakusa: People Who are Part of Tokyo

A Day at Meiji Park by Daniel Tam-Lung

Tokyo Tower Night by Yuki Asakusa


Hina Matsuri

March 8 – April 1, 2010

Art work created by Asahi Gakuen students to commemorate Girls Day, which is celebrated in Japan each year on March 3rd.



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