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Traveling Exhibition

Manga Hokusai Manga:
Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics

May 2 - August 3, 2019

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

Venue:The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Admission: FREE

This exhibition approaches the Hokusai Manga from the perspective of contemporary Japanese comics, focusing on genre, pictorial storytelling and participatory culture rather than the integration ofword and image or the role of popular characters. And instead of aiming at a historiographic verification of influences, the exhibition invites viewers to ponder their own notions about manga by comparing works from different periods while exploring the diversity therein.
(*Special Grant for School Visits to JFLA available!*)


Free Japanese Cinema Screening @SMC

Miss Hokusai (90mins, 2016)

Directed by Keiichi Hara

Friday, June 28 @7:00PM
Santa Monica College Main Campus, Humanities and Social Science Building (HSS 165)
(1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)
Free Admission, NO Reservation REQUIRED

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.


This is My Japan Video Project

What is your Japan?   We think Japanese culture no longer belongs only to the Japanese nation, but has become a global asset that anybody in the world is entitled to enjoy on their own terms. So many different aspects of Japanese culture are here to inspire your senses, enlighten your mind, engage your own creativity, and encourage your learning. In other words, Japan is yours.  Please tell us about your Japan!


Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, July 17
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs on Wednesday at lunchtime!
May 29 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 Winter 2019

September 14 - November 16
Registration coming soon!

Study Japanese this fall!  Our JF Nihongo Fall 2019 term will start on September 14!  
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!  The registration will start on August 1.  Don't miss the early bird discount!


Video Series: Go Mike-san!

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles's (JFLA's) popular video series, Go Mike-san! (Ganbare Mike-san!), is now in its 3rd season!
In these entertaining educational videos, Mike-san tries his best to navigate the ambiguous Japanese cultural and language-related situations he finds himself in working at JFLA.  You can always find new episodes on our Facebook and Instagram.  Now all past episodes are listed and available to view on our website.  Let’s check it out!


2019-20 Grants Now Available!

  1. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:  9/1/2019

  2. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:  9/15/2019

  3. Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses
    Deadline:  4/10/2019 

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


15th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship

Hakuho Foundation is now accepting applications for the 15th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.

In providing residential research opportunities, the Fellowship aims to further strengthen the base of international research into Japan and to deepen the understanding of Japan.

1. Fellowship period:

   Long-term (12 months): September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021

   Short-term (6 months): September 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021 (Round 1), or

   Short-term (6 months): March 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021 (Round 2)

2. Schedule:

   Application period: June 3 - October 31, 2019

   Notification: late March 2020

Applications will be accepted online beginning with the 15th Fellowship.

For further details, please visit our website or contact us at the address below.

Application Guide/ Online Application Form:

Activity Report [Yokogao]

- providing an introduction to the research and daily life of our Fellows