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Lecture Series: Deities in Japanese Art

Session 5: Celestial Beings

In collaboration with LACMA
tuesday January 16, 2018 @7pm

Light refreshment will be provided.

The final class of deities - known collectively as the celestial beings (Ten in Japanese) - primarily serve as guardians and protectors of the Buddhist cosmos. The most prominent are the Four Celestial Guardian Kings who oversee the cardinal directions, the chief of whom came to be worshiped alone as a Buddhist deity; other examples include the Temple Guardians and Twelve Celestial Generals.  In this lecture, we will be introduced to the many kinds of Celestial Beings and their various roles, as well as how they are portrayed artistically.

This will be the fifth and final 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 Celestial Beings fit into the hierarchy of deities in Buddhism.  No prior knowledge is necessary to enjoy this fun and fascinating talk!

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Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

wednesday, January 17
12:30pm, 1:00pm
(2 sessions, 20min sessions)
Free admission

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs at lunchtime!
January 17 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.


Family Fun Sunday

Sunday, January 21, 2018 @11am/1pm/3pm
at The Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden

Located in Brand Park, Glendale (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)
All Programs are FREE and NO Reservation Necessary.

Come and experience easy Japanese craft-making and watch a demonstration of Japanese Noh-performance by a renowned master from Kyoto. Immerse your kids and yourself in Japanese culture for the whole day on Sunday.

@11am  Palm Leaf Craft (all ages)

@1pm  Kite-making (all ages)

@3pm  Noh Demonstration


Lecture & Demonstration

Noh Dance, Noh Life
Invitation to A Seven-Century-Long Tradition

Lecturer/Performer: Michikazu Taneda

Monday, January 22, 7PM
This Event is FULL

A lecture and demonstration of Noh will be given by Master Michikazu Taneda who has been designated as Important Intangible Cultural Heritage in Japan. He will perform a short dance and chant to showcase the distinctive features of Noh body movements. The lecture will also cover the history of Noh and its continued status as live performing art.



Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Selected as the Japanese Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards

Her Love Boils Bathwater  (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)    (125mins, 2016)

Directed by Ryota Nakano

Wednesday, January 24 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Director Nakano made a theatrical feature debut with a family drama about a single mother Futaba (Rie Miyazawa), whose husband suddenly left a year ago leaving her with their shy daughter, Azumi (Hana Sugisaki).


Still Life Coffee Painting Workshop

Tuesday, January 30, 7-9pm

Have a sip of coffee and let your creativity flow!  Join an artist Nobuo Anzai and learn how to paint with a cup of joe.
All materials will be provided. You are welcome to bring your choice of flower, fruit or vegetable to draw, and a few objects will also be provided for your convenience.
Limited seating, RSVP is necessary.
This program is in conjunction with the “MIGRATING DREAMSCAPES: NOBUO ANZAI” exhibition.

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Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl

Wednesday, January 31
12:30pm, 1:00pm (20min sessions)
free admission

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs 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!



through February 6, 2018

Nobuo Anzai’s paintings are heartfelt memories of countries he calls homes— Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Japan. They are unseparated in his mind and heart through his life’s passages as a migrant worker, farmer, chef and artist.


Gyotaku: Impressions of the Sea

by dwight hwang
February 8 - 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Meet the Artist
Thursday, February 8 at 7PM

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.


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 has started!
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!


2017-18 Grants Still Available!

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