Japanese Culture: From LA to TA

Japanese culture is alive and well from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles.  One individual who can attest to the Tel Aviv, Israel part is Mozes Victor Konig.  Last week, he had the opportunity to enjoy Japan Day courtesy of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Eat. 

Hosted by Tel Aviv’s Embassy of Japan, for the last 11 years this event is intended to offer families a taste of Japanese culture within a Japanese-based atmosphere.

“I found it to be a really hands-on experience of Japanese culture,” Mozes Victor Konig, Tel Aviv, Israel based photographer said.  “Getting a taste of the tradition, hearing the language and meeting Japanese people living in Tel Aviv is about as real as it gets,” he said.

“This actually gave me a taste for learning more about Japanese culture.  Next time I’m in Los Angeles – hopefully at Thanksgiving time – I would like to visit the exhibition taking place at Japan House, ‘Bakeru: Transforming Spirits.’ It is very hands-on for kids which is appealing to me as there is an interactive display whereby you put masks on which – with the aid of digital technology – turns them into Japanese folklore figures. Tales include: Shishi Odori (beast dance), Nahamage (deity frightening kids who misbehave) and more.”

Japanese-Israeli relations have been improving in the last five to ten years.  In 2015, the Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, visited Israel; the first time in a decade a Japanese PM had ever made the trip.  The idea behind the trip was to improve relations between the two countries and this has been happening ever since.