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Little Tokyo Design Week supports Japan Platform through the U.S.  Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund

Please be sure to visit the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: A Photojournalistic Exhibition of the Disaster Container Gallery which will be located on the Plaza of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center to make a donation to help rebuild Japan. 

Your donation will greatly help the people who have suffered and continue to suffer from the disaster of March 11. Any funds donated will be disbursed to Japan Platform (JPF), an international emergency humanitarian aid organization which offers more effective and prompter emergency aid, in response to the world situation, focusing on the issues of refugees and natural disaster, as well as other US Japan Council supported organizations. Go to the website for more information or to make an online donation.


We are currently seeking sponsorship for the July 2011 festival. Contributions at all levels will help fund artist installations, student exhibits, and live events such as symposiums and film screenings which will all be provided free of charge to the public. We hope you will join us in bringing this first time event to life in the streets of Little Tokyo!

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Little Tokyo Design Week congratulates Brandon Shigeta for winning the First Golden Astroboy Award!

On July 13, 2011, the soft opening of Little Tokyo Design Week commenced with an opening ceremony along with a Jury Walk for the container and street exhibits. The prestigious jury included the following members:

Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD Programs, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

Junichi Ihara, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles

Councilwoman Jan Perry

 Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA Director

Bill Watanabe, Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director

The Jury deliberated and came up with the finalist. The winner of the Golden Astro Boy award. Brandon Shigeta, was officially announced on the final day of Little Tokyo Design Week. 

Comments from the jury:

“There were a few reasons why I thought Brandon’s exhibit was the strongest. It wasn’t a piece that would have typically been found in a museum or gallery. He really conceived it for the container, and it worked well in that context. It also expanded the idea of what design is. And I think it was great how he engaged the audience in that it was filmed and people were able to take a piece of the exhibit. Brandon really thought out all aspects of this project and did a great job.”

-Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA Director


ARTCUBE images by Victor Leung.

Brandon Shigeta is a Los Angeles based designer. On completing his graduate studies in architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design Brandon won the prestigious Rotch Travelling Scholarship, which allowed him to visit many countries throughout Asia to document temporary metropolitan phenomena. His photographs were soon picked up by renowned fashion blog HYPEBEAST. Having worked in cutting edge design offices in Atlanta, Seoul and Tokyo Brandon brings a vibrant contemporary sensibility to his graphic design and photography. The art blog Arrested Motion regularly features his singular travel imagery and event coverage  You may see numerous examples of Brandon's work on his travel blog

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