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TA・TA・KE・TA・KE: Let's Play Bamboo Beat!

Tuesday, May 22, 7PM
sold out

If you have played music before, you might already be familiar with time signatures such as 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4. But have you ever heard of time signatures like 1.618 and 1.732? There is an infinite number of rhythms, including fractional, or non-integer, time signatures which, are neither random nor do they repeat. There are even fractional rhythms which go on and on and take an astronomical amount of years to complete.


Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl

Wednesday, May 23
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 Lin Bowl harmoniously combines the healing qualities of the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese counterpart, the Lin bowl. Relax and feel your stress dissipate into thin air as the sounds of the singing-Lin bowl lead you into a meditative state.
There is no charge and no reservation required. All are welcome to come, sit, listen, and refresh!


Free Japanese Cinema Screening

The Whispering Star (100mins, 2015)

Directed by Sion Sono


Wednesday, May 23 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED


A science-fiction drama by internationally popular director, Sion Sono, who brings to life a script he wrote in 1990. An android delivering packages to a decimated human race is depicted in black & white imagery and whispered dialogue.


Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, June 6
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs on Wednesday at lunchtime!
June 6th 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.


Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time

monday, june 11
Free admission, register now

Come join our casual conversation café and meet new friends!  You'll enjoy chatting with native Japanese speakers.  All levels are welcome.  Japanese learning experience is not necessary.  We are open to everyone, ages 18 and up.


Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints

Art Exhibition
in collaboration with LACMA
June 21, 2018 - July 13, 2018

Pre-Opening Event: Gyotaku Lecture & Demonstration
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7-9pm

Admission Free, Reservation Required

Japanese gyotaku (lit. ‘fish rubbing’) is the unlikely marriage of fish, sumi ink, and washi paper.  Once used to record the size of an impressive catch, it has been elevated to a fine art through the efforts of gyotaku masters. "Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints" by Dwight Hwang features a selection of prints depicting freshwater, coastal and open ocean specimens alongside objects which detail the gyotaku printmaking process.

At a pre-opening on June 20, a brief lecture by the curator and live demonstration by the artist followed by a reception sponsored by Sotheby's Institute of Art.

detailsclick here to RSVP

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