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Strong and Versatile: Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Craft and Folk Art Museum (5814 Wilshire Boulevard)
Free to attend RSVP Required (event is full)

Can paper be turned into wearable clothing? Absolutely. In Japan, thread made from handmade paper has been used for weaving cloth since at least the 17th century. The cloth is called shifu (shi means paper and fu means cloth in Japanese) and traditionally it has been employed in a variety of uses, from making kimono for the elite, to work clothes for farmers. Hiroko Karuno, an expert spinner, natural dyer and weaver presents a slide lecture on the process of making Japanese handmade paper. Afterwards, she will demonstrate the intricate method of producing paper thread from a sheet of handmade paper and how to prepare it for weaving.


Passage to the Future

Traveling Exhibition

Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan

August 11 - September 2, 2017    *Opening reception on Friday, August 11 @6pm
Arena 1 Gallery (3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405)
Admission: FREE

“Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan” focuses on art produced in Japan at the beginning of the 21st century. It showcases 42 works – paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos – of eleven young Japanese artists who are presently attracting a great deal of attention, namely Atsushi Fukui, Satoshi Hirose, Maywa Denki, Tomoyasu Murata, Tetsuya Nakamura, Masafumi Sanai, Katsuhiro Saiki, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, Nobuyuki Takahashi, and Miyuki Yokomizo.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Red Turtle

Wednesday, August 30 @7pm

JFLA Auditorium (w/ Bigger Screen & Brand New 4K Projector!!)

Admission: FREE (No Reservation Required)

For Studio Ghibli's first international co-production, they invited Dutch filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit to create his first feature-length film. The result, after eight years of work, is a breathtaking, original fable about a shipwrecked man's struggle to escape a deserted island, and the unexpected course his life takes when he's prevented from leaving by the titular sea creature.


JF Nihongo Fall 2017 (Sep. 9 - Nov. 9)

Sep. 9 - nov. 9
Register Now!

Put your roots down in Nihongo and grow!  Beginning this fall, JFLA will pour its energy into providing entry-level Japanese classes which help learners develop a strong foundation in the language.  People interested in learning Japanese at JFLA will have three 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 August 25 and get a 10% early bird discount!


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.


2017-18 Grants Still Available!

  1. Learners Event Grant (Deadline: 9/1/2017)
  2. Teaching Material Purchase Grant (Deadline: 9/15/2017)
  3. Project Grant (Deadline: 2 months prior to project start date)