Skip to Main Content


Free Japanese Cinema Screening

MAQUIA: When the Promised Flower Blooms  (さよならの朝に約束の花をかざろう)
(115mins, 2018)

Directed by Mari Okada


Tuesday, December 18 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.
*MAQUIA mini-poster giveaway! (while supplies last)

Animation that marks the directorial debut for Mari Okada, the scriptwriter of works including The Anthem of the Heart. Depicts the "eternal moment" of a boy and girl who meet amidst the passage of time.


Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, december 19
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs on Wednesday at lunchtime!
December 19 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.


Photograph Exhibition: NOVUS PLANTS

jANUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019
celebrate new year with pre-opening event: Januray 9
7:00pm-7:30pm Live ikebana performance by satsuki palter (ohara school of ikebana los angeles chapter)
7:30pm- movie screening: yoko the cherry blossom

As we celebrate the beginning of the new year, JFLA will host an exhibition featuring photographs from a selection of works by Hiroki Ohara, artist and fifth-generation Headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Yoko the Cherry Blossom
(115mins, 2015)

Directed by Gen Takahashi

Wednesday, January 9 @7:30PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

The inspiring true story of a rural Japanese high school teacher's lifelong quest to create the very first artificially pollinated hybrid cherry blossom, to fulfill a promise he made to his beloved students before they were sent off to the battlefields to fight in World War II.


kanji & calligraphy workshop

saturday, January 12 @10am
Register now!

This workshop is suitable for all Kanji starters!  You will learn various types of Kanji formations, the ways they are read, and the concept of radicals.  You will also learn how to write Kanji with Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) with correct posture, the right way to bring an ink brush, and the right stroke orders.  At the end of the workshop, let's write your favorite Kanji with calligraphy on washi paper!  The registration will close when it becomes full.

detailsclick here to RSVP

Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

Wednesday, January 16 & 30
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!


JF Nihongo Winter 2019

January 19 - March 21
Register now!

Study Japanese this winter!  Our JF Nihongo Winter 2019 term will start on January 19!
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 before January 11 so that you can get the early bird 10% discount!


2018-19 Grants Now Available!

  1. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:   3/1/20189/1/2018

  2. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:   3/15/20189/15/2018

  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