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Sunday, May 7, 2017 -

An Evening of Kyogen With Mansaku Normura & Mansaku-no-Kai, plus a visit to LACMA - could be our last chance to see this show!

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Leaving San Diego at 10:30 am from the Old Naval Hospital Parking Lot (11 am pick up at La Costa Park-and-Ride) and heading for LACMA. Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group is the exhibition related to the theme of the day. Don't forget to see the snuff bottle exhibition (Courtenay's snuff bottles are on display).

Thirty-five years after he first shared the joy of kyogen with Los Angeles theater-goers, Living National Treasure Mansaku Normura returns with the Mansaku-no-Kai Company for an evening of warm, lifeaffirming comedy.

Richard Sweeney - paper sculpture
Also, starring Mansai Nomura and Yukio Ishida, this program of three short masterpieces (The Owl, The Kawakami Headwaters, and Tied to a Stick) displays the full range of a theatrical form that has kept audiences laughing since the fourteenth century. With this pared down staging and stylized acting, kyogen offers an absolutely unique theatrical experience. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles. (Pre-show with artists at 5:00pm, Performance at 6:00 pm for 90 minutes)


Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group

The Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) was established in 2008 to support the acquisition efforts of the Japanese art department of the LACMA. Each year, a few objects of all media and time periods are examined and discussed as Mr. Singer, curator and head of the Japanese art department, shares information with the group. The goal is not only to enlarge the museum’s collection but also to add works of the highest quality and importance. This exhibition is a testament to the success of this endeavor, and celebrates the first 10 years of acquisitions made by the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group, or through the efforts of individual JAAG members.


The Asian Arts Council organizes bus trips to other Southern California institutions and arranges travel opportunities to other venues featuring Asian art.

Past bus trips have included docent-guided visits to the USC Pacific Asia Museum, the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Long Beach State Japanese Gardens and Art Museum, the Getty Center, the Bowers Museum and Scripps College. Other bus trips have included exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum.