Archives for August 14, 2019

Go Little Tokyo for Summer Festival Season and Foodie Adventures

Los Angeles Tanabata Festival (2018). Photo provided courtesy of Go Little Tokyo.

Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights into one of Los Angeles’ most lively neighborhoods, is home to unforgettable annual cultural festivals, a jam-packed foodie haven, unique Japanese goods stores, and so much more! Let Go Little Tokyo be your neighborhood guide to discovering the best eats and energetic happenings in the always Delicious Little Tokyo this summer. Grab your friends and family, and Go Metro to Little Tokyo to experience all of the festival-fun the summer season has to offer within this 135-year-old historic neighborhood.

Coming off of Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo, an all-newLittle Tokyo Food Guide has been released to satisfy all of your summer cravings. With over 100 different eateries found in Little Tokyo, you’re sure to find one in the curated guide to complete your festival day with something scrumptious! Visit restaurants loved by respected food critics and Los Angeles’ celebrities such as actor Randall Park, who shared that “[his] family loves Little Tokyo. We’re there all of the time. The last place we ate at was a hand-crafted pizza spot and bar called Baldoria.”

Grab the Delicious Little Tokyo Food Guide on your way to admire traditional kazari decorations at this year’s Tanabata Festival. The colorful decorations, commemorating the folk tale of two stars in love, are hung above the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) Plaza in Little Tokyo from August 10-11. That same weekend, on Saturday, August 10th from 11 am-5 pm, JANM also hosts their annual Natsumatsuri Family Festival featuring free activities ranging from an origami corner and tasting Okinawan treats, to live performances that are sure to bring joy to everyone’s faces.

Stop by and enjoy the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running multi-weekend ethnic festivals celebrating its 79th Anniversary this August. Come out and pay homage to those who blazed the trail for Japanese-American tradition within the vibrant city of Los Angeles during two weekends of free, family-friendly cultural events, interactive activations, live music, and more on August 10-18. Returning this year out of “paw-pularity,” join Aki the Akita and friends at Aki’s Pup up Party on Sunday, August 11 and treat yourself and your pup to shopping, food, and fun for pups of all ages and sizes.

This year’s 7th Annual FandangObon Festival bridges the participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango of Veracruz, Mexico, Japanese Buddhist Obon circle dances, and West African dance and drums. Come out on Sunday, October 6th and honor three distinct cultures coming together. 

Find more information in your Go Little Tokyo guide or for additional family-friendly ideas, visit The Delicious Little Tokyo Food Guide is available at the following locations: Bunkado,Cafe DemitasseCafe DulceJapanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), Japanese American National Museum (JANM), JapanLAJapangelesMiyako HotelRafu Bussan, and The Little Tokyo Koban.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

Dive under the sea through a new art exhibit at the Aquarium, Aug. 19-Oct. 30

Image by: John Enright

Journey to the tropical waters of Hawaii, teeming with marine life, as you explore ocean-themed art by painter John Enright.

From playful dolphins to awe-inspiring sharks, a new art exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific will be filled with ocean-themed paintings by John Enright inspired by his animal encounters in Hawaiian waters. The art exhibit will be on view at the Aquarium from August 19 through October 30 on the second floor landings outside the entrances to the Tropical and Northern Pacific Galleries. John Enright hopes that viewers of his artwork are inspired to become ocean stewards and protect marine life from pollution. He began painting seascapes and images of marine life after moving to Hawaii and encountering animals like whales, sharks, and sea turtles as a diver.

He studied at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. He later worked as an art director in advertising and in the music industry. Through his companyArctura Murals, he has coordinated and completed over four hundred murals for numerous international clients.

WHEN:           August 19, 2019 – October 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA, 90802

COST:            Included with general admission–$34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), $24.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members, prices subject to change

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

One Child Nation – Extraordinary Documentary Tackling The Controversial Chinese One-Child Policy

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another – from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions. Wang digs fearlessly into her own personal life, weaving her experience as a new mother and the firsthand accounts of her family members into archival propaganda material and testimony from victims and perpetrators alike, yielding a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization.

One Child Nation is a stunning, nuanced indictment of the mindset that prioritizes national agenda over human life, and serves as a first-of-its-kind oral history of this collective tragedy – bearing witness to the truth as China has already begun to erase the horrors of its “population war” from public record and memory.  KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ella L. comments, “This film is powerful and informative. It left a severe impact on me and I left the theater feeling angry and grateful that I have grown up in a privileged part of the world, where I do not have to deal with issues such as the ones faced in this movie. The film is brilliantly produced and it is essential that it, and similar films are being made during this time period.” See her full review below.

One Child Nation

By Ella Ladd, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

One Child Nation is a politically charged and extraordinary documentary that exposes the evils of the Chinese government and relates it back to issues that we face in modern-day America. This film is powerful and informative. It left a severe impact on me and I left the theater feeling angry and grateful that I have grown up in a privileged part of the world, where I do not have to deal with issues such as the ones faced in this movie. The film is brilliantly produced and it is essential that it, and similar films are being made during this time period.

One Child Nation is a unique film that tackles the controversial one-child policy enforced by the Chinese government from 1979 to 2015. Interviews with people such as government officials (titled “family planning officials”), doctors, nurses, village chiefs, women who have been affected by the policy, and even human traffickers, filmmaker Nanfu Wang develops a heartbreaking and shocking narrative. She exposes how the Chinese government forcibly aborted babies late-term and induced pregnancies, killing infants, while feeding propaganda to their people and glamorizing the one-child policy. The inhumane behavior of these officials, doctors and nurses, as well as the mistreatment and victimization of women, children and families in China are the main subjects of the film. 

One Child Nation addresses many controversial and taboo topics, but does so in a way that is very simple to understand, while still making you think and evaluate the wrongdoings of China and its people. The importance of choice and freedom are some of the many crucial themes highlighted throughout the film. One Child Nation is an engaging and thoughtful documentary. I was never bored while watching and, even after the gears in my head were still turning and I was still thinking about it. 

I give One Child Nation 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 14 to 18, because of the disturbing images and sensitive topics that were intense and difficult for me, as a teenager, to watch. Adults will appreciate it as well. One Child Nation is a significant documentary film. I had never heard about China’s one-child policy before this movie. This film will educate people about the horrors and oppression that the Chinese people faced under this law and allow people to think and formulate their own opinions regarding this topic. One Child Nation is a poignant and relevant film that provoked deep thoughts and emotion, which I will never forget. Opens in theaters nationwide August 9, 2019.