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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!*)


Outdoor Movie Night: Japanese Cinema Month

@THE SOURCE OC1st Floor Step Plaza
(6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621)

Friday, July 5 @7:30pm    "A Letter to Momo"
Friday, July 12 @7:30pm    "MIRAI"
Friday, July 19 @7:30pm    "Pop in Q"
Friday, July 26 @7:30pm    "Godzilla"(1954)

Free Admission, No Registration Required

Outdoor Movie Night at The Source presents Japanese Cinema Month! Every Friday in July, we will be showcasing popular Japanese films, anime and Kaiju films. Movies will start at 8PM and will be screened at the 1st floor Step Plaza at The Source.


Face Yoga Workshop


Tuesday, July 23 7pm
free admission, registration required

Seats are limited to 25 participants - this event is full

There are plenty of funny faces on display for you to see right now at our Manga Hokusai Manga exhibition, but how about learning to do them for real at our upcoming Face Yoga workshop? Los Angeles-based Face Yoga (yes, it’s a real thing) Instructor Koko Hayashi will teach you how to stretch and tone up your face muscles for a more healthy and youthful look while having fun along the way. Don’t miss this one-night-only fun exercise event!



Workshop: Watoji-Art of Japanese Bookbinding

Saturday, July 27
sold out

We are happy to offer this popular fun crafty workshop co-presented with Hiromi Paper Inc.once again!

In this workshop held in conjunction with our Manga Hokusai Manga exhibition, you will learn classic Japanese bookbinding technique using fine quality washi (Japanese paper) and linen thread from book artist Rachel Curry.


Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time

At the coffee bean & tea leaf
Tuesday, JULY 30
Free admission, register now

You asked, and we listened! Due to popular demand, we have decided to hold it once again at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf!  This time, it will take place Tuesday evening.  Let's get together and enjoy coffee and tea while you chat with native Japanese speakers. All levels are welcome! Japanese language experience is not necessary-this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up.

detailsclick here to RSVP

Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

Wednesday, July 31
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!


Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, August 7
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs on Wednesday at lunchtime!
August 7 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.


JFLA Lecture Series 61

Make It Real: Flying Out of Miyazaki Animation
Lecturer: Kazuhiko Hachiya

Saturday, August 10, 2pm
Free Admission, Registration required

"Möwe (Mehve)" is an imaginary aircraft which appears in Japanese comic/animated film "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" created by Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki drafted the Mehve as a "non-flying airplane." In 2003, artist Kazuhiko Hachiya, due to his continuous obsession with Mehve, began creating a real airplane that utilizes micro-jet engine. After years of trial and error, his airplane finally had a successful maiden flight in 2013.

detailsclick here to RSVP

Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time

saturday, August 17
Free admission, register now

We are having our ever popular “Tea Time” event at UCLA for the first time!  Please enjoy and explore the beautiful campus as well as getting to meet new people! Have some coffee while practicing Japanese with native Japanese speakers. All levels are welcome! Japanese language is not necessary; this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up.  

detailsclick here to RSVP

JF Nihongo Fall 2019

September 7 -
Registration coming soon!

Study Japanese this fall!  Our JF Nihongo Fall 2019 term will start on September 7,
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 online registration will start on August 1.  Don't miss the early bird discount!


Workshop: Japanese for Travel

Thursday August 22, 2019 7pm
Venue: Japan House Los angeles
Free Admission, Registration required

Do you have plans to go to Japan in the near future?  If so, we will get you prepared!  You will learn helpful travel tips from a tourism specialist from a JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) tourism specialist, and essential Japanese phrases from our Japanese language course instructor.  We will demonstrate Japanese social etiquette, too, so you won't be just a "stranger" in Japan.  This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with no experience at all.

detailsclick here to RSVP

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!


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