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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

A Story of Sweet and Sensitive Transgender Family

Close-Knit   (彼らが本気で編むときは、)

wednesday, September 27, 2017 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) lives with mother Hiromi (Mimura), but Hiromi decides to give up on her and leaves their home. Tomo, now all alone, visits her uncle Makio's (Kenta Kiritani) home. Makio lives with his beautiful girlfriend Rinko (Toma Ikuta). Rinko was born as a man and now works as a caregiver at a home for the elderly. Tomo is a little confused by the situation, but they begin to live as a family.


Free Outdoor Japanese Cinema Screening @ The Source

Enjoy Outdoor Anime Weekend @ The Source
Free Admission & Free Popcorn*!

at The Source, 1st Floor Step Plaza (6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621)

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 7:30pm
The Boy and the Beast

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
(120mins, 2015)

In Japanese with English subtitles

Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Wolf Children

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
(117mins, 2012)

In Japanese with English subtitles

Sunday, October 1, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Summer Wars

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
(115mins, 2009)
In Japanese with English subtitles

*Provided by CGV Cinemas. Limited Supply


Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl

Wednesday, October 4
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!


JFLA Lecture Series 40

Explore the Home of Japanese Mythology: Shimane

Thursday, october 5, 2017, 7PM
Free Admission, RSVP required

Shimane, a prefecture located in the northwest of Honshū, is known as the “Province of the Gods" and is rich in Shinto-based Japanese mythology and folklore. In Shimane, there are many landmarks and sites from Japanese mythology and folklore such as the “the Underworld” (Yomotsu Hirasaka), the “Birthplace of Sake”, and many others including Izumo Taisha where all deities in Japan gather once a year in Kami-ari-zuki.  In this lecture, Shinto priest Izumi Hasegawa will show us Shimane’s charm and its relation to mythology and the Japanese traditions of Shinto.  She will also provide us with useful information for travel in Shimane.

detailsclick here to RSVP

Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Winner of Best Animated Feature Award at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival

Napping Princess  (ひるね姫〜知らないワタシの物語〜)    (110mins, 2017)

Directed by Kenji Kamiyama

wednesday, october 11, 2017 @7:00PM
Free Admission, No RsVP Required

From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation. With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, Napping Princess is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past.


Performing Arts JAPAN 2018-2019

Call for Applications
Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2018 - 2019 fiscal year. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2017.