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2014 Past Events


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Featured Events

JFLA Lecture Series 24: Heart of Japan Captured by Photographer Sanjiro Minamikawa


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

[5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90036]

Tuesday, December 9, 7PM

Admission: Free

ONE-MAN KABUKI STORYTELLER - Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA

October 10, 7:30PM

David Henry Hwang Theater
East West Players

(120 N. Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)

Admission Free
Reservation Required

FLOATING IN THE MOMENT: ARTIST TALK WITH PHOTOGRAPHER MIKIKO HARA


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Thursday, October 9, 7PM

Admission: Free

ONE-MAN KABUKI STORYTELLER - Portland


Portland, OR

October 8, 7PM

Lincoln Studio Theater
Portland State University

(1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201)

Admission Free
This Event is FULL.

ONE-MAN KABUKI STORYTELLER - Honolulu


Honolulu, HI
October 5, 7:30PM

Mamiya Theater
Saint Louis Center for the Arts

(3142 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816)

Admission Free
Reservation Required

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Superheroes Set Side-by-Side: A Cultural Comparison Between Japanese and American Superheroes


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Thursday, September 11, 7PM
Admission: Free

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Lecture Series 21: Conductor & composer Mr. Hideaki Hirai


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd. # 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Thursday, July 17, 7PM

Admission: Free

Conductor and composer Mr. Hideaki Hirai transforms classic Japanese folktales into grand operas and his own acclaimed opera, “Princess from the Moon” (Kaguya-hime) has been performed more than 20 times worldwide. In this lecture, Mr. Hirai will talk about his unique fusion of Western music and Japanese language as well as the process of creating his opera “Kaguya-hime” through public participation.

Japanese Design Today 100


UCLA Architecture & Urban Design
Perloff Hall, Decafe, Room 1302
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Friday, June 27 - Saturday, July 19, 2014
Free Admission

The Japan Foundation presents the world premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall starting on June 27. Japanese Design Today 100 showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that can be seen in Japan today, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design.
>>For Details 

 

Ten Theses on Japanese Gardens


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd. # 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Wednesday, May 21, 7PM

Admission: Free

Author of "Zen Landscapes: Perspectives on Japanese Gardens and Ceramics"(Reaktion Books, 2013), Allen S. Weiss will talk about the essential elements of Japanese gardens.

>>For Details

Operation Tomodachi and Afterwards: A U.S. Marine Corps Perspective


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, May 15, 7PM

Admission: Free

Dr. Robert D. Eldridge, the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for G-7, and Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy Officer, Marine Corps Installations Pacific (Okinawa, Japan) will talk about the actions taken by Americans immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, known as "Operation Tomodachi".

>>For Details

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KOKESHI: The Tohoku Artisan Spirit


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, April 17, 7PM

Admission: Free

Kokeshi are traditional Japanese dolls from Tohoku region that are made of wood.  Manami Okazaki, a journalist and author who recently published "Kokeshi, from Tohoku with love" will talk about Kokeshi and the Tohoku artisan spirit.

>>For Details

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Rakugo: Japanese Sit Down Comedy


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, March 22, 2PM

Admission: Free

Rakugo is traditional Japanese comedic storytelling, whose roots date back to the 16th century. Diane Kichijitsu, ダイアン吉日, a Rakugo performer originally from Liverpool, England will be visiting from Osaka to perform Rakugo in English.
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Lecture Series 16: Artist Talk with Koki Tanaka


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Tuesday, March 11, 7PM 

Admission: Free

Artist Koki Tanaka and Gabriel Ritter, curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art will talk about Tanaka’s exhibition, abstract speaking – sharing uncertainty and collective acts, which won a Special Mention at the 55th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition last year.
>>For Details

Culture & Language Events

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty


Japanese American National Museum
(100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012)
October 11, 2014 – May 31, 2015

The Japanese American National Museum celebrates Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary by exploring her colorful history and influence in art and culture. The exhibition combines a product-based, historical and sociological examination of the phenomenon of Hello Kitty with an art exhibition emphasizing her influence on contemporary art. Check janm.org/hellokitty for more information.

NIPPON NIGHTS #6 : WONDER FULL!!


ROXIE
(3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Tuesday, December 16, 7PM

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.The 3rd title is “WONDER FULL!!” In this film Japanese Animation Creator, Mirai selected and joined some films from his works himself will be screened.

>For Information and Tickets

The Heart of Japan: Photo Exhibition by Sanjiro Minamikawa


Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
George J. Doizaki Gallery
(244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)

December 6 - 27, 2014

The sacred land of Ise...

2,000 years ago, Amaterasu, the deity of the sun, chose this sacred ground as her home and a great establishment for worship was erected. Over 1,500 ceremonies take place here every year to offer prayers to the well being of the nation of Japan and her people. All of the food offered during these ceremonies, from the rice and vegetables to the salt, are produced in Ise and carefully prepared by hand to place before a higher power.  It is a timeless place, ceremonially rebuilt every 20 years using methods preserved since antiquity. This tradition of ceaseless renewal has continued for 1,300 years and endures to this day.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense


J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
February 4 – June 8, 2014

Exhibition features 18 prints from the Photogenic Drawings series that the artist recently donated to the Museum

Since the mid-1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born 1948) has used photography to investigate how history pervades the present. Featuring photographs of habitat dioramas, wax portraits, and early photographic negatives brings together three separate bodies of work that present objects of historical and cultural significance in the collections of various museums.

In Focus: Tokyo


The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1679

August 5 - December 14, 2014

In Focus: Tokyo is a one-gallery photo exhibition which presents four different Japanese photographers' responses to the dense, hyperreal megalopolis that is Tokyo. The exhibition at the Getty Center is currently open and will run until December 14, 2014.

>For Details

Stop Motion Animator Lecture


The Celeste Theater, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College
(825 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)

Mondays, November 17 at 7:00pm

Admission: FREE

Anime Director Hirokazu Minegishi (Stop Motion Animator), will screen his iconic film "Komaneko - The Curious Cat" and demonstrate how to create a Stop Motion film.

>For More Information 

 

NIPPON NIGHTS #5 : SAVE THE CLUB NOON


ROXIE
(3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Tuesday, November 11, 7PM

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.The 2nd title is “SAVE THE CLUB NOON”, a documentary about Japan’s law regulating entertainments.

>For Information and Tickets

superposition by Ryoji Ikeda


Royce Hall, UCLA

(340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095)

Friday, November 7 at 8PM

Ticket: $29 - $59 ($15 UCLA students)
superposition is a performance created by sound artist Ryoji Ikeda exploring the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale— inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics. Employing a spectacular combination of synchronized video screens, real-time content feeds, digital sound sculptures and—for the first time in Ikeda’s work— human performers—superposition explores the thrilling conceptual world opened up by quantum theory. 
 

>For More Information and Tickets

Japanese Anime Film Series


Screening Room, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College
(825 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)

Mondays, November 3, 10, 24 at 6:30pm
Admission: FREE

The Japan Foundation, Colorado College and the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver are presenting six screenings of Japanese anime at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College.
Nov. 3    "SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next" / "Hide and Seek"
Nov. 10   "Planzet" / "Negadon: The Monster from Mars"  
Nov. 24   "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie"

>For More Information 

Eitetsu Hayashi & EITETSU FU-UN no KAI Ensemble “Art of Wadaiko – The Heartbeat of Japan”


McKenna Theatre, San Francisco State University

(1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132)

Saturday, November 1 at 8PM

Sunday, November 2 at 3PM

Ticket: $27 - $45

Internationally recognized as the founder of the method of playing taiko as staged art, Eitetsu has toured extensively around the world to share the art of Wadaiko which epitomizes the essence of beauty and discipline of Japanese culture.

>For Information and Tickets

JAPAN FAIR


JACCC Plaza, in Little Tokyo
(244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012) 
Saturday, November 1
Sunday, November 2

Ticket: $3 Advance/$5 Day of

Japan Fair will be filled with specialty vendors, amazing entertainment, and an abundance of foods and sake, much of which is imported from Japan just for this event. Vendor list is very long. Included are Tenkatori (Karaage) from the Oita prefecture, 100% Mikan Juice from the Ehime prefecture, and Nabedana Sake, to name just a few here. As for entertainment, come early and stay late to see all the many shows. There will be taiko performances, traditional Japanese dancing, koto musicians, and children’s choirs among the many stage shows.

>For Information and Tickets

Strings and Serpents featuring: Andy Milne, Benoît Delbecq, Tsugumi Yamamoto & Ai Kajigano


REDCAT
(631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)

Sunday, October 26, 7PM

Plying rhythmic forms and sonic colors in a shared language of improvisation, jazz pianists Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq partner with the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO, amid the swirling washes of Saki Murotani’s projected animation. Conceived and composed by Milne—founder of Dapp Theory and noted veteran of New York’s downtown jazz scene—the 75-minute epic draws on the myth of the Rainbow Serpent as it opens new multilayered dialogues between East and West, sight and sound. 

>For Information and Tickets

 

Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture In Response To The Great East Japan Earthquake


MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
(835 N. Kings Rd., West HollywoodCA 90069)
Saturday, October 25 - January 4, 2015

This exhibition presents a selection of architects' efforts as it engages the ongoing conversation of how architecture can serve communities following a natural disaster. The exhibition features works by artist Hiroyasu Yamauchi, and architects Hitoshi Abe, Manabu Chiba, Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (of Atelier Bow-Wow), Senhiko Nakata, Osamu Tsukhashi, and Riken Yamamoto.

>For Details

NIPPON NIGHTS #4 : IDOL IS DEAD


ROXIE
(3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Thursday, October 23, 7PM

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.The 1st title is “IDOL IS DEAD”, musical horror comedy stared by real Japanese idol group, BiS.

>For Information and Tickets

Film Series: Tokyo Stories


The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1679

October 18, 19

Each of the three films in this series cast Tokyo as a leading player in their own distinct way. Shot on city streets and in neighborhoods that have a certain universal look to them, these films ultimately could not have taken place anywhere else. Together, they form a modern paean to this captivating city. Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

>For Details

Wild Beast Concert Series: Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014


The Wild Beast at California Institute of the Arts
(24700 McBean Pkwy., Valencia, CA 91355) 

Friday, September 12, 6-8PM

Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014 comes to four American cities this September featuring performances by venerated artists of Japan’s musical underground: Ché-SHIZU, Maher Shalal Hash Bazand à qui avec Gabriel. This landmark tour touches the fringes of rock and pop with a naivist bent, crossing folk, improvisation, and a gleeful embrace of the unpolished. 

>For Details

Zen Calligraphy Workshop: Transcribing Sutra and Buddha Waiting list


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, June 14, 1PM

Admission: Free

Rev. Shumyo Kojima from Zenshuji Soto Mission, Los Angeles will hold a lecture and workshop of Shakyo(写経) and Shabutsu(写仏), Sutra and Buddha copying.   In writing out the sutra and copying the Buddha painting, the participant will experience Japanese calligraphy and meditation.

>>For Details

THE EVENT IS FULL

No walk-ins accepeted.

SEMPELFEST!


GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
(5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, April 26, 2-10PM 
Tickets: $10 all-day

*The following start times for each film are only approximations, as Peter Sempel will introduce each film and be available for questions throughout the entire event.

14:00- 15:40  Dandy (1988, 86min)
15:45- 17:25  Lemmy (2002, 100min)
17:30-19:05   Nina Hagen Punk+Glory (1999, 90min)
19:05-20:05   KAZUO Ohno: Just Visiting This Planet (1991, 60min)
20:10 22:00   Ameise der Kunst/Animals of Art (2010, 94min)

Filmmaker Peter Sempel will be in attendance.

Kazuo Ohno: Just Visiting This Planet (short version)
This documentary film is a portrait of the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno.  Inspired by German Ausdruckstanz and the dancer La Argentinia, Ohno created Butoh (Butoh means “Step into the dark”) at the end of the 1950’s as an expression of “thankfulness for pure life” and as a protest against the beginning Americanization of Japan after WWII. Ohno’s dance is lighthearted and full of joy, and at the same time shows us the deepest darkness.

The film follows the then 84 year old Ohno as he dances, teaches, cooks and interacts with  his family, animals, and young Butoh students. The film’s music is an eclectic mix of German underground bands and Franz Schubert’s works.

Kazuo Ohno, (1906- 2010) was a Japanese dancer and the founder and inspirational figure of dance Butoh, as well as the author of numerous books on the dance style.


Peter Sempel, born in Hamburg in 1954, is a film director, photographer and screenwriter. He grew up in Australia, but returned to Germany in 1968 to study literature and sports at the University of Hamburg. Since 1981 he has worked as a film maker. He lives in Hamburg. 

A Musical Play "Castaway Otokichi - The Cornerstone of US-Japan Friendship"


Seattle Center - Armory
(305 Harrison St., Seattle,WA 98109) 
Friday, April 25, 1PM (Short), 3PM (Full Show)
Admission: Free 

A Musical play of the three shipwrecked Japanese sailors who washed ashore in  Washington State 180 years ago. 

BURAI -Standing All Alone-


Theatre Theatre
(5041 W. Pico. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019)
April 25 - May 11(Fri., Sat., Sun. Only)

An original scripted drama, is a Japanese Samurai play peformed in English. They will take you to Japan in the 1840s, where Samurais still existed. Experience the authentic sword fighting right in front of your eyes. Time travel with them and witness the world of BURAI!

>>For Details
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Chapman Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)


Chapman University, Attallah Piazza
(One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866)
Tuesday, April 22, 5-8PM

The event will feature a wide array of Japanese food and decorations, giving the atomosphere of an authentic Japanese festival. It is characterized by its Japanese cultural performances, such as traditional taiko drum and shamisen performance, martial arts, and various students performances. There will also be calligraphy, origami, and tea ceremony demonstrations.    

For inquiry: chapman.nihongo@gmail.com

TAIKOPROJECT and Ryutaro Kaneko: LIFERHYTHM


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Bing Theater
(5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, April 19, 2014 @7:30pm

LifeRhythm seamlessly blends the sublime virtuosity of renowned percussionist Ryutaro Kaneko with the undeniable energy of TAIKOPROJECT, an ensemble of premiere taiko drummers committed to preserving and advancing the Japanese art of taiko in the U.S. From the small Japanese cymbals known as chappa to the five-foot-diameter, 300-pound Ohira drum, LifeRhythm showcases a variety of taiko instruments, as well as the yokobue (Japanese bamboo flute), marimba, and koto (Japanese harp), in an unforgettable heart-pounding experience.

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Announcement for Japanese Teachers


2014 JET-MIP
Send a HS Student to Japan For Two Weeks Next Summer

On March 11, 2011, two Americans participating in the JET Program as assistant English language teachers lost their lives during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Taylor Anderson, who was in Ishinomaki City and Montgomery Dickson, who was in Rikuzentakata City will be forever remembered as cultural ambassadors representing the U.S. They had a positive influence on the people and communities they served and JET-MIP was created immediately following the disaster to commemorate their work. This is the fourth year of this program and we will again provide 32 high school students the opportunity to visit Japan, with a focus on the Tohoku region, and learn about Japanese language and culture first hand.

NJE Deadline: February 8, 2014
Application Deadline: April 16, 2014

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Hina Dolls on Display


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
February 14-March 28, 2014
Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12pm-7pm
Wednesdays & Fridays 12pm-4pm
Every 2nd & 4th Saturdays 12pm-4:30pm

In celebration of Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day), which is held on March 3, our Japanese doll set is currently on display in our library. Please make sure to visit us to see this seasonal display.

"Hafu" Screening


World Affairs Council Auditorium
(312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco)
Thursday, March 20 @ 7PM

One in forty-nine babies born in Japan today have one non-Japanese parent, a trend that is rarely addressed in mainstream media.

This documentary film follows the lives of five “hafus” (biracial  or ethnically half Japanese) as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as a mono-ethnic nation.

What does it mean to be hafu? What does it mean to be Japanese? And what does all of this mean for Japan? Come see for yourself, meet the director and support your community!

Screening will begin promptly at 7PM followed by Q&A with Director Megumi Nishikura at 8:30PM.

Seats are limited - grab your tickets here

The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Pavilion for Japanese Art
(5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036)
February 1–April 20, 2014

The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collectionfeatures works by artists Itō Jakuchū, Nagasawa Rosetsu, Maruyama Ōkyo, Suzuki Kiitsu, Sakai Hōitsu, and Kawanabe Kyōsai, among others. The masterpieces on view in the exhibition are part of the renowned collection of Etsuko and Joe Price.

In 2013 this exhibition traveled to three cities in the Tōhoku region of Japan, which was directly impacted by the great earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The exhibition was a gesture of solidarity and support for the citizens of the Tōhoku region and was greeted with enormous gratitude and enthusiasm in Japan.

The exhibition will take place in two parts. 
Part I  February 1–March 9, 2014
Part II  March 15–April 20, 2014

>>For Details

Lecture Series 17: Noh Theatre in the 21st Century


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd. # 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, March 13, 7:30PM
Admission: Free

Noh is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 13th-14th century. Its subjects are taken from history or classical literature, and it is structured around song and dance. Its most obvious characteristic is that the main actor performs while wearing a mask of exceptional beauty. It is highly stylized and refined performing art that takes place upon a very simple stage.

A lecture and demonstration of Japanese traditional Noh theatre will be given by professional Noh actors Tatsushige Udaka and Haruna Tanaka. They will perform a short dance and chant to showcase the distinctive features of Noh body movements while introducing the role of Noh masks and costumes. The lecture will discuss Noh's continued status as live performance art and how Noh actors of the 21st century connect to the traditional theatre form.

>>For Details

Love to Nippon 2014


3.11 Memorial Event
Lessons Learned from the March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
LAPD Headquarters
Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
(100 W. 1st St., Los Angeles) 
Saturday, March 8, 2014

1:00-4:00pm
Outside Door Opens for Fukushima & other Booth Presentations
1:30-2:30pm
Interfaith Service by NIFGLT & LABTF Payers, Flower & Incense Offerings
3:00-5:00pm
Memorial Program at Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium

>>For Details

The Art of the Future: Itō Jakuchū's Colorful Realm


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 
Brown Auditorium 
(5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 2PM

The past 20 years have witnessed a meteoric rise in the acclaim of the painter Itō Jakuchū (Japan, 1716–1800), which is owed in no small part to the Price Collection, which includes many important works by the artist. Yukio Lippit, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities and professor of history of art and architecture at Harvard University, explores the remarkable artistry of Jakuchū through his celebrated set of 33 nature scrolls, Colorful Realm of Living Beings, widely believed to be the greatest work of bird-and-flower painting in Japan.

>>For Details

"The Great Passage" Screening


The Egyptian Theatre

(6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)

Wednesday, March 5 @ 7:30PM

Admission: General: $11

American Cinemateque Member: $7

JFLA in collaboration with the Japan Business Association (JBA) and American Cinemateque presents the screening of "The Great Passage," which was selected as Japan's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

THE GREAT PASSAGE (FUNE WO AMU)
(2013, 133min. / Director: Yûya Ishii)
In Japanese with English subtitles. 

Introverted Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) is a wash-out as a salesman, but with his linguistics degree, he’s the ideal replacement for a departing editor working on a new dictionary entitled The Great Passage. The project requires years of painstaking work, but Mitsuya is sustained by his love for an aspiring chef (Aoi Miyazaki). "It's the power of words to enlighten and connect us that remains the constant and gives this charming film its special place on the shelf." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times.

SEATJ 2014 Conference - Charlotte, NC


The 2014 SEATJ Annual Conference will be held on February the 22nd (Sat) and the 23rd (Sun) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. At this year’s conference, the theme will be “Keeping Japanese alive: prospects and possibilities for strengthening Japanese programs in the Southeast” and we hope to collectively engage the many challenges and opportunities confronted by Japanese programs throughout the region. Here in the Southeast, where Japanese is often considered to be a minor language, we frequently hear terrible news of the elimination or curtailment of Japanese programs, and loss of faculty appointments.
More Information Coming Soon.

Workshop on the Japan Foundation Standard


Location: Seattle, WA
Time and Date: 9 AM – 4:15 PM on Saturday, February 15, 2014  (Registration at 8:30)

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington is pleased to announce this one-day workshop is an introduction to the Japan Foundation Standard.  The speaker, Ms. Tomoyo Shibahara - Japanese language adviser at the Japan Foundation, Sao Paulo,  will compare the JF Standard with the ACTFL Standards and discuss how the JF Standard may be adopted in accordance with the institutional needs.

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The Room Nobody Knows


NIWA GEKIDAN PENINO 
February 6-9, 8PM

On the Boards
MERRILL WRIGHT MAINSTAGE THEATER
(100 W. Roy St., Seattle, WA 98119)

Enter a surreal fever dream in this psycho-erotic tale from modern Japan. Overworked and undersexed, a fatigued student’s brain conjures the bizarre tale of two brothers and their un-nameable erotic fantasies. Their comically claustrophobic world plays out on a candy-colored, meticulously constructed miniature set replete with pig faces, giant phalluses and secret compartments. 

Niwa Gekidan Penino seeks to transcend the existing framework of drama through their performances in non-theatrical spaces and sets that transform the stage. Led by playwright/director (and former psychiatrist) Kuro Tanino, the company has performed abroad in Switzerland and the Netherlands. This will be their first US tour.

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ShadowLight Productions - Poro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu


January 15th - 19th

Fort Mason Center, Southside Theater, Bldg D
(2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94123)

Poro Oyna is a new multidisciplinary shadow theater work bringing the mythology of the Aynu (also commonly spelled as “Ainu”) tribe of Hokkaido, Japan, to life on stage, illuminating the power of this little known indigenous culture from the past and present.

Created by shadow master Larry Reed in collaboration with musician OKI, the leading torchbearer of the Aynu culture; and Tetsuro Koyano, a shadow theater artist in Tokyo, the project tells the legend of Ainu Rakkur, the beloved demi-god, who rescues the Sun Goddess from the evil Monster, restoring the order in the land of humans.

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Library Hours

Information Center Open


Information Center Schedule:
・Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12PM - 7PM
・Wednesdays & Fridays: 12PM - 4PM
・Second and Fourth Saturdays: 12PM - 4:30PM*

*Saturday schedule is subject to change
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays

JF Course Events

Making Friends 1 (Tue)


Making Friends 1 (Sat)


Mastering Kana (Sat)


Making Friends 2 (Sat)


Making Friends 3 (Sat)


Business Japanese (Thu)


Mastering Kana (Wed)


Making Friends 2 (Thu)


Fun with Friends (Tue)


JF Nihongo Tea Time


Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2014 
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: JFLA Classroom
Admission: $2 (Cash Only - Registration Required)
Information: http://www.jflalc.org/courses-teatime.html