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Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl

Wednesday, march 21
12:30pm, 1:00pm (20min sessions)
free admission

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs 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!


Photo Exhibition: Helen Keller and Hachiko

Curated by Yumi McDonald

March 9 - 23, 2018
monday-friday: 10am-7pm,
 Closed on Weekends
Admission: Free

Helen Keller loved the famous loyal Akita dog Hachiko. When she visited Japan in 1937 she was given an Akita puppy from people in Akita. The exhibition introduces much less-known relations between Helen Keller, Hachiko and her Akita dogs. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to look at the pictures collected from Tokyo, Akita, New York, Boston and Westport, Connecticut where Helen Keller used to live.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Sweet Bean  (113mins, 2015)

Directed by Naomi Kawase

wednesday, April 11, 2017 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours.


Sakura Matsuri

(Cherry Blossom Festival)
in the Newly-renovated Japanese Friendship Garden

Located in Brand Park, Glendale (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10am-3pm

April is Cherry Blossom Time in Japan. The word “Matsuri” means joyful festival. Please join us, in conjunction with Friends of Shoseian, to enjoy a full day of many exciting activities, including: Taiko drums, martial arts, tea ceremony, calligraphy, music, dance and fun learning the Japanese language!


JF Nihongo Spring 2018

April 28 - June 30
Register now!

Study Japanese this spring!  The registration period for our JF Nihongo Spring 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!  Register by April 13 and get a 10% early bird discount!


Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time

tuesday, april 17, 2018
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.


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