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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Beautiful Romance with Multilayered Sense of Cynical Amusement

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle   (179mins, 2016)

Wednesday, December 13 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED
You could win a director Iwai's autographed poster!

Nanami(Hana Kuroki) is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on “Planet,” a new social network service. One day, a young man named Tetsuya messages her and asks to meet in person. The two begin dating and quickly become engaged. When Tetsuya begs Nanami to increase her guest list for the wedding, Nanami reaches out to online-friend, Amuro(Go Ayano), a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, who hires actors to play Nanami’s guests on her big day. A few weeks following the ceremony, Tetsuya’s mother confronts Nanami with allegations of lying and cheating.


Lecture Series: Deities in Japanese Art 4

In collaboration with LACMA
tuesday December 19, 2017 @7pm

What do you know about the Wisdom Kings (Myo-o in Japanese) in Buddhism?  They are third-ranked deities after Buddhas and Bodhisattavas who, with their wrathful visages and weapons, protect the Buddhas and intimidate wayward Buddhist practitioners back into devotion.
In this lecture, we will be introduced to the many kinds of Wisdom Kings and their various roles, as well as how they are portrayed artistically.
This will be the fourth lecture in this series and will begin with a quick review of what was covered in previous lectures to give first-time attendees context as to where Wisdom Kings fit into the hierarchy of deities in Buddhism.  No prior knowledge is necessary to enjoy this fun and fascinating talk!

Note: We are now using EventBrite as our RSVP system so don't be surprised if this looks different than before!

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Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl

Wednesday, december 20
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 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!


JF Nihongo Winter 2018

January 20 - March 24
Register now!

Start your new year with Japanese!  The registration period for our JF Nihongo Winter term will start soon!
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 January 5 and get a 10% early bird discount!


kanji & calligraphy workshop

saturday, January 13 @10am
Register now! 

This workshop is suitable for Kanji starter!  You will learn types of Kanji formation, the ways of being read, and the concept of radicals.  You will also learn how to write Kanji with Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) with right posture, right way to bring an ink blush, and right stroke orders.  At the end of the workshop, let's write your favorite Kanji with calligraphy on a washi paper!


2017-18 Grants Still Available!

  1. Project Grant (Deadline: 2 months prior to project start date)


J-LEAP Host School/Organization Application Period Is Now Open!

Deadline: 1/10/18
This unique program pairs young, assistant teachers (AT) from Japan with U.S. K-12 “host schools” and their lead teachers for a period of up to two years in order to strengthen their Japanese language programs via “team-teaching”.

Bringing an AT into your classroom provides students with the opportunity to hear, learn from, and interact with a different native Japanese speaker.

All of the AT’s living/travel expenses are covered by this grant, and host schools will receive funds for purchasing new Japanese language educational materials. Lead teachers and assistant teachers will also receive professional development training by various professionals in the field of Japanese education. Take advantage of this opportunity and J-LEAP to the next level in Japanese language education!