Rebuild Japan

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.

www.usjapancouncil.org/fund

 

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!

Click here to make a secure contribution to this fund now.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

*Subject to change

THURSDAY 7/14
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  • 5:00-6:00 pm
    • Directors Symposium Tateuchi Democracy Forum (JANM)
    • Join the directors of leading, globally renowned LA schools of architecture in an exciting dialog addressing new 
      inter-relationships and future trajectories of architectural education, practice and global metropolitan life.

      Presented by Hitoshi Abe, Qingyan Ma, Ming Fung, and Andrew Zago
  • 6:00-7:30 pm  
    • The Metropolis of Me: New Narratives of Urban Interface Tateuchi Democracy Forum (JANM)
    • The cities of the future will be where our myriad, personally tailored virtual worlds become coincident with each other. Three new voices in art and design examine this new type of urban existence - one of customizable, design-able, coincidence.


      Presented by Tim Durfee, Ben Hooker, Keiichi Matsuda, Jon Rafman
      and Sputniko!

  • 7:00-9:00 pm
    • LTDW Bar Crawl Throughout Little Tokyo
    • Download and print the Restaurant and Bar Crawl Passport and Map here or pick one up at the LTDW Information Source near JANM
    • Join us for the official LTDW Bar Crawl. Make sure to check out all the special deals as well as a sweet prize for those who check out all the locations!

 

FRIDAY 7/15
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  • 4:00-6:00 pm         
    • RE-ENVISIONING the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District & Little Tokyo Community: A Neighborhood Design Workshop JACCC Room A, B, C
    • SCI-ARC, the Southern California Institute of Architecture and METRO invite members of the community to a Neighborhood Design Workshop, exploring a more livable future via walking, biking and mass transit. The Neighborhood Design Workshop will be orchestrated by Peter Zellner, coordinator of SCI-Arc’s Future Initiatives Urban Design post graduate program and will focus on identifying key objectives for a more transit integrated community.
  • 5:30 pm                   
    • Food Trucks near JACCC Plaza
  • 6:00-7:30 pm         
    • Your Body is a City Tateuchi Democracy Forum (JANM)
    • This symposium features Japanese critic, Hiroki Azuma, author of Otaku: Database Animals, presenting recent work on urbanism, technology and embodiment, and in conversation with Benjamin H. Bratton.


      Presented by Benjamin H. Bratton and Hiroki Azuma

      Translation by Jordan Yamaji Smith

  • 8:30pm                    
    • Outdoor Film Screening: Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) JACCC Plaza
    • Join us for an Outdoor Film Screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro). My Neighbor Totoro depicts themes critical 

      to contemporary Japanese culture and emphasizes the importance of how tradition coexists with modernity. The film’s ability to embrace the real with fantasy, urban and rural, humans with nature continuously illustrates a cohesive, beautiful juxtaposition of two opposing worlds—the world as it is and the world that is to come

      Walt Disney Home Entertainment Presents A Studio Ghibli Film, MPAA: G. © Disney © Studio Ghibli

 

SATURDAY 7/16 
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  • 3:30-5:00 pm
    • Ultra Exposure, Reception Tateuchi Democracy Forum (JANM)
  • 5:00-6:30 pm
    • Ultra Exposure, Symposium Tateuchi Democracy Forum (JANM)
    • Ultra Exposure will explore the continued relevance of the 1970 Osaka Expo for thinking about the future city and the potential of design and technology to instigate positive change. This symposium will feature architects, artists, historians and theorists concerned with our understanding of how seemingly fleeting spectacles - like the fantastical architecture of world’s fairs, the seductions of new gadgets and the euphoria of imagining future utopias – determine the expectations we make of the present in both significant and enduring ways. A Gallery Reception with wine will take place in the JANM Lobby at 3:30pm. Be sure to RSVP at www.ltdesignweek.com

      Presented by Sylvia Lavin, Elizabeth Diller, Rene Daalder, Nicholas de Monchaux, Machiko Kusahara and Hiroki Azuma
  • 6:00 pm                   
    • Food Trucks & Music by DJ Eric J. Lawrence of KCRW 89.9FM JACCC Plaza
  • 8:00-10:00 pm       
    • PechaKucha Night JACCC Plaza
    • Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), PechaKucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. Featuring 48 leading contemporary voices with “Future City” as its thematic focus, LTDW PechaKucha Night will be a dynamic, multi-faceted presentation of visionary cities and city life. Emcees include Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein (PechaKucha Founders) as well as Barbara Bestor and Mohamed Sharif. Check out www.ltdesignweek.com for a complete listing of presenters. 

      Sponsored in part by TOTO.
  • 10:00-11:30 pm     
    • LTDW Official After Party with Music by DJ Anthony Valadez of KCRW 89.9FM JACCC Plaza
    • Join us at the official LTDW After Party, an exciting outdoor event that will feature music by DJ Anthony Valadez of KCRW 89.9FM, dancing, cosplay, sake tasting, famous Los Angeles Food Trucks and more. Come dressed up or just come to take in the invigorating atmosphere and enjoy the music, fashion and fun.There will be a cosplay contest with prizes from Anime Jungle & Pocky!
    • Cosplay Party Contest! 
      • There will be a cosplay contest with prizes from Anime Jungle & Pocky! 
      • 1st Prize: 50 Boxes of Pocky!
      • 2nd Prize: 30 Boxes of Pocky!
      •  3rd Prize: 20 Boxes of Pocky!
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SUNDAY 7/17
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  • 3:00-5:00 pm        
    • Golden Astroboy Award Ceremony and Environment in the Future City East West Players
    • A symposium exploring the culmination of Tokyo/LA Houses Container exhibit that speculates beyond the Future City with several prominent guest architects and critics.  Prior to the symposium, there will be a “Golden Astro Boy” award trophy awarded to the best designer installation.

      Presented by Joe Day, Christopher Hawthorne, Sou Fujimoto, Neil Denari, Masataka Baba,   Akihisa Hirata and Lisa Iwamoto.


SHIPPING CONTAINER GALLERIES AND DISPLAYS 
*Open entire week of LTDW
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  • Higashinihon Earthquake Installatoin
  • Robot Box: Japanese Robots Leading a Bright Future
  • WIFI / Interactive Exhibit
  • Toyota Alternative Energy Vehicle Display
  • Exhibits by USC, UCLA, SCI-Arc, & Art Center College of Design
  • Three Container Exhibits by Chiyoda 3331
  • High-Tech Housing Display by Daiwa House
  • Tokyo / L.A. Houses
  • And many more!


MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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  • Art in the Streets (MOCA)
  • Ultra Expo (JANM)
  • Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo (JANM)
  • Struggling Cities: From Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s (JACCC)