Hirokazu Kosaka: Artistic Director, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Raised as a monk in an 800-year-old Buddhist monastery in Japan, Hirokazu Kosaka has a lot of tradition to live up to. But the Artistic Director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Little Tokyo isn't one to follow tradition. Trained at the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), his conceptual works incorporate elements of Zen Buddhism, ancient calligraphy, and archery to create a cross-cultural experience which seems a perfect fit for the sprawling microcosm of Los Angeles.

Hear how Kosaka ended up in Los Angeles, which he calls a "contemporary Silk Road" and an "incredible place," in the Arrival Story linked below.

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