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Nobuo Anzai: Homage to a Nomadic Storyteller

March 18 - June 18, 2021

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Three years after hosting the MIGRATING DREAMSCAPES: NOBUO ANZAI exhibition here at JFLA, we are honored to showcase Anzai’s later paintings this time as we celebrate his infinite creativity and beautiful life.


SOYBEAN: The Japanese Superfood! “NATTO” and “EDAMAME”

Friday, May 14, 7PM (PDT)

The soybean is a nutritious plant, rich with protein that has been an essential food in many Asian countries for thousands of years. In Japan, there are many soybean based superfoods that have been used for centuries such as tofu, miso, soy sauce, natto, and edamame. In this event, we will focus on “NATTO” and “EDAMAME”.

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2021 PEN World Voices Festival

Love and Language: Keiichiro Hirano and Juliet Winters Carpenter
Wednesday, May 19, 5:30PM (PDT)
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At the End of the Matinee, the newest work from bestselling novelist Keiichiro Hirano, one of the youngest writers to ever win the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, continues his exploration of the power of relationships. Hirano will present a short, powerful, and inspiring talk on video about the importance and resilience of love in bridging cultural divides, styled after his viral TED Talk, “Love Others to Love Yourself,” which has garnered nearly 112,000 views on YouTube. Following his talk, the author will be joined by translator Juliet Winters Carpenter to discuss their shared journey to bring this sweeping love story to English readers. The conversation will be moderated by Allison Markin Powell, award-winning translator and member of PEN America’s Translation Committee.


Wednesday, may 26, 2021
6:20PM (1 SESSION, 30MIN)
Free, no reservations necessary

Celebrating full moon Wednesday night, we will offer an evening version of “Wellness Wednesdays” on JFLA's Facebook page (!  In the quiet relaxing setting at your home, stretch your body by Hikaru’s bilingual instruction while absorbing sounds by Yuki’s Japanese singing bowls.  The full moon power will help to release your stress and give you energy!


Music Mondays: Virtual Concert

Every monday
12:30pm* (PDT)
*6:00PM (PDT) when live from Japan

We want to bring some cheer to your lives by music!   JFLA will be presenting live music performances via JFLA Facebook LIVE! Every Monday at 12:30pm, talented performers will play their repertoire dedicated specially to you. Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (   Let’s start a new week with some uplifting music at home! 


Virtual Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Every other wednesday
12:30pm (1 session, 15min)

We would like to help during these trying times.  Bilingual Yoga will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!

No need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair at home and receive an instruction from our instructor in bilingual (English and Japanese). Easy and relaxed!
There will be one session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (  Stretch and refresh yourself with us at home!


Virtual Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

every other wednesday
12:30PM (1 SESSION, 15MIN)

We would like to help during these trying times.  Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!
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 will be one session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (  Refresh and recharge yourself with us at home!


Grants Now Available!

Fiscal Year 2021-22

  1. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:  3/1, 9/1/2021

  2. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:  3/15, 9/15/2021

  3. Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses
    Deadline:  4/10/2021

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