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Garcetti’s ‘Japan: Reverence for Beauty’ at Doizaki Gallery

An image from "Japan: A Reverence for Beauty." (Copyright © Gil Garcetti 2015)

An image from the book “Japan: A Reverence for Beauty.” (Copyright © Gil Garcetti 2015)

“Japan: A Reverence for Beauty,” a photography exhibit by Gil Garcetti, will be on display at the George J. Doizaki Gallery, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, from Nov. 6 to Dec. 11.

Opening reception will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

In his book 2015 book “Japan: Reverence for Beauty” (Balcony Press), Garcetti’s lush photographs, accompanied by thought-provoking essays from experts in Japanese artistic disciplines, address a unique quality of Japanese culture: the appreciation of and need for beauty — both man-made and natural — in virtually every aspect of life.

Gil Garcetti

Gil Garcetti

For years Garcetti has been enthralled and puzzled by the reverence the Japanese people have for everyday beauty. He asks: What makes the Japanese people unique in their need for beauty? What can Westerners learn from this ancient culture and history? How can a better understanding of the role beauty plays in the daily life of the Japanese enhance our own lives?

Garcetti, who has published eight books of photography, is a former district attorney of Los Angeles County and the father of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. For more information, call (213) 628-2725 or visit

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