Representing the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), Hirokazu Kosaka is the co-curator of the Voices of LA visual arts exhibition “Veranda: Contemplating Spaces In Between.”
Founded in 1971 and sited in Little Toko, the mission of the JACCC is to present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs.
Hirokazu has been actively advocating Japanese culture and art on behalf of the JACCC since 1984. He has curated more than two hundred exhibitions in the George J. Doizaki gallery, and has written and directed many original performances throughout Los Angeles, including a solo exhibition at MOCA and performances at the Aratani Japan America Theater. Most recently he kicked off the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival by transforming the John Paul Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation with lights, Butoh dancers, and hundreds of spools of colorful thread – representing the Kalpa, Sanskrit for “a long period of time.”
Hirokazu is also an ordained Shingon Buddhist Preist, a master of the art of Japanese archery, and has continued to study Esoteric Buddhist art since he graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1970.