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Photography Exhibition

TOKYO Before/After
Aug 30 [Thu] - Sep 29 [Sat], 2018

Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm
Closed on Sundays & Labor Day [Sep 3]

Venue:The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Admission: FREE

“TOKYO Before/After” features a selection of approximately 80 works, in which works by photographers who had captured images of Tokyo in the 1930-40s are presented in juxtaposition with those taken after 2010.


Outdoor Movie Night: Japanese Cinema Month

(6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621)

Friday, September 7 @8pm    "Your Name."
Friday, September 14 @8pm    "Shin Gozilla"
Friday, September 21 @8pm    "Mameshiba"
Friday, September 28 @8pm    "A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story"

Free Admission, No RSVP Required

Outdoor Movie Night at The Source presents Japanese Cinema Month! Every Friday in September, we will be showcasing popular Japanese films, from anime to cultural films. Movies will start at 7PM and will screened at the 1st floor Step Plaza at The Source.


Tarfest 2018

Come and Visit Us at the 16th Annual TARFEST
Saturday, September 22 @ 1-7:30PM

venue: La Brea Tar Pits
Free admission

TARFEST is a premiere arts and culture event in Los Angeles and the Miracle Mile District. At the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles tent, you can enjoy Japanese cultural activities including uchiwa (Japanese fan) making, kite making, and Amezaiku (candy sculpting) performance .

Special Screening @Hollywood & Highland

Encore Screening!

Life is Fruity  (91mins, 2017)

Directed by Kenshi Fushihara / Narrated by Kirin Kiki

Saturday, September 29 @2:00PM

JAPAN HOUSE Los AngelesHollywood & Highland, Level 5
(6801 Hollywood BLVD., Los Angeles, CA 90028)

Free Admission, RSVP REQUIRED
This Event is full.

Enjoy Japanese fruits confections after the movie!

Documentary produced by Tokai TV and directed by Kenshi Fushihara of Journey with the Gods: The Rebuilding of Ise Jingu Shrine that follows the lives of an architect and his wife. Narrated by Kirin Kiki of An. A 90-years-old architect Shuichi Tsubata lives with his wife Hideko in a one-storied house in the woods in Aichi prefecture. He built this house after the house of his master, Antonin Raymond. They grow many kinds of vegetables and fruit in their garden and harvest the crops to make their living. Their lives embody the ideal of people in this modern age.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?) 
(90mins, 2017)

Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi

Sunday, October 7 @2:00PM (Door Opens @1:00pm)

@Torrance Cultural Arts Center, James R. Armstrong Theatre
(3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA 90503)

Free Admission
Event is Full

Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation & The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles present producer Genki Kawamura’s follow-up to his mega-hit Your Name. with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers and a sci-fi fantasy twist.

Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.


JFLA Lecture Series 53

Tuesday, october 9, 2018
free Admission, RSVP required

Dr. Kendall Brown professor of Asian Art at California State University, Long Beach traces how oil painter Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) revived his career and helped launch the "new print" movement by utilizing his skills as an artist, maven and entrepreneur.

detailsclick here to RSVP

Exhibition: Carving Across Borders: Block Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 31, 2018

Mon - Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat: Noon - 5pm
Closed on Sundays
Free admission

The Japan Foundation is honored to present the Carving Across Borders: Block Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida exhibition with the generous support of Randall and Diana Fullmer.



Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

Wednesday, October 17
12:30pm, 1:00pm (20min sessions)
free admission

Mid-week fatigue is a familiar foe to many of us.  Why not maximize your relaxation and join us for a Sound Bath at Lunchtime!
The singing bowl used for this program harmoniously combines the healing qualities of the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese traditional singing bowl. Relax and feel your stress dissipate into thin air as the sounds of the singing bowl lead you into a meditative state.
There is no charge and no reservation required. All are welcome to come, sit, listen, and refresh!


Halloween ”Spooktacular" Tea time: Let’s chat in Japanese in your costume!

tuesday, october 23
Free admission, register now

Put your Halloween costume on and join our Halloween themed conversation café, Tea Time! You will enjoy Japanese snacks and tea while you chat with native Japanese speakers. All levels welcome! Japanese language experience is not necessary—this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up !

detailsclick here to RSVP

Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, October 31
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs on Wednesday at lunchtime!
August 15 is Yoga day!  In this program, no need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair receiving relaxing instruction from a bilingual (English and Japanese) instructor. Learn simple Japanese phrases during the instruction and stretch your mind as well as your body.
There will be two free sessions beginning at 12:30pm and 1:00pm. No reservation necessary, all are welcome.


JF Nihongo Fall 2018

September 8 - november 15

Study Japanese this fall!  Our JF Nihongo Fall term has started!
People interested in learning Japanese at JFLA will have three beginner-level Japanese-language courses.  In each class, students will learn concepts and communication skills which are essential to having a well-rounded understanding of everyday Japanese! 


Performing Arts JAPAN 2019-2020

Call for Applications
Deadline: October 31, 2018

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2019 - 2020 fiscal year. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2018.


2018-19 Grants Now Available!

  1. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:   3/1/2018,  9/1/2018

  2. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:   3/15/2018,  9/15/2018

  3. Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses
    Deadline:  4/10/2018 

  4. Japanese Language Education Project Grant
    Deadline:  Two months prior to the project start date