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Zoomadanke Kendama!

thursday, February 22 @4-6:30pm
japan house los angeles
Hollywood & Highland Center: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., 2F, hollywood)
Free Admission, no RSVP Required

Zoomdanke will offer a free performance and a short kendama workshop. 
Have you ever wanted to try kendama? Check out a series of free performances and workshops by celebrated performance duo “Zoomadanke” at Japan House Los Angeles. These pioneers blend the traditional Japanese cup-and-ball pastime with dance and music to create a new style of performance. Kendama is gaining popularity around the world as a new style of entertainment. Be amazed by this dynamic duo, and then give it a shot yourself!

Please check out Japan House Los Angeles Facebook page for details.

Jamming’ with J-Pop Music Theory

Lecturer: Dr. Jonathan “Capital” Patterson

Friday, February 23 @7pm
Free Admission, RSVP Required

Japanese pop music (J-Pop) has been greatly widespread and continues to gain popularity throughout the world. Part of their popularity is due to the Japanese animation, manga and fashion cultures. However, J-Pop has various distinct characteristics and is meticulously constructed to stay in the listener's head. In this lecture, Dr. Jonathan “Capital” Patterson will explain J-Pop music theory and will expose their secrets. You will develop a deeper understanding of music between Japan and the West as well as appreciate J-Pop music. Come enjoy the world of J-Pop music.

detailsclick here to RSVP

Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Loving Tribute to Unsung Hero: Kirareyaku

Uzumasa Limelight  (太秦ライムライト)  (104mins, 2014)

Wednesday, February 28 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

A drama that evokes the pathos of an actor who specializes in the waning samurai film genre, set at the Uzumasa film studio in Kyoto.Fukumoto Seiji, Japan's top "kirareyaku" (whose job it is to be felled with a sword by a film's star) with appearances in numerous samurai movies, plays a utility actor reminiscent of himself in his first starring role in a film.


Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, february 28, 2018
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at lunchtime!
February 28 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.


Gyotaku: Impressions of the Sea

by dwight hwang
February 8 - 28, 2018

Using Sumi ink, Washi paper, and the days catch, Gyotaku (gyo =fish,  taku= stone rubbing) is the traditional method of printing fish in Japan. Strictly adopting the traditional technique and materials, the artwork by Dwight Hwang is so sophisticated and detailed as to seemingly give new life to the fish.  This is a preview show for the exhibition to be held in summer 2018 at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.  All of the fish featured in this preview show will be from Japan.


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