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Onigiri: Ever-Evolving Japanese Soul Food

Wednesday, October 20
7 PM (PT)

This will be our 7th year that we have teamed up with TABLE FOR TWO USA to present Onigiri Action campaign supportive event and we are excited to invite you to join us once again. In this event, you will learn about this year’s campaign theme and how to participate in the campaign. Then, you will deepen your knowledge about onigiri (rice ball) through a presentation by Yusuke Nakamura, chairperson of the Onigiri Society in Japan. He will talk about the fascinating history, facts, and recent trends about onigiri, a simple yet ever-evolving Japanese food. 

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Online Lecture: KAIBYO: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, from Nekomata to Nekomusume

October 26, 2021 @7PM (PT)
Free admission
registration required

All cats are magical, but the cats of Japan have secrets of their own. If they live long enough, their tails split, they stand on their hind legs, and they start to dance. Bakeneko, nekomata, kasha, nekomusume, and even the ubiquitous “lucky cat” called the maneki neko—come learn some of the secrets of Japan's magic cats from Zack Davisson, yokai scholar and author of "Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan".

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Virtual Lecture: Wooden Chopsticks, Metal Chopsticks

Grab Japanese and Korean Culture through the Languages

Thursday, November 18 7pm (PT)

Japan and Korea are neighboring countries that share many similarities and contrasts in customs and language. In this lecture, by sampling from various Korean and Japanese video clips, we will explore some unique aspects of the two cultures, especially as it connects to how people communicate with one another.  This lecture is for everyone--regardless of your previous knowledge of either country's language. All are welcomed to explore the two cultures with us!

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JF Nihongo

NEW! winter 2022 online japanese class course listing 

Study Japanese with a teacher and classmates in a “virtual” classroom!  This online course uses Japan Foundation's textbook, "Marugoto" as well as original online resources instructed by our experienced language teachers.  For this special course, the tuition price is discounted 20% off of our regular tuition, which takes place in an in-classroom setting. 


My Life, My Japanese

New Video series

We interviewed five individuals who have learned Japanese to varying degrees at different points in their lives for a variety of reasons. This has led them to meet amazing friends, explore new career paths, and see the world from new perspectives. For the interviewees, Japanese will continue to be a part of their lives. We hope these videos will encourage you to consider learning Japanese, too!


On-Demand Program

COLORFUL: A Conversation with Eto Mori and Julie Lythcott-Haims
Click Here to Watch

In collaboration with Counterpoint Press, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles invites you to listen to internationally-acclaimed author Eto Mori discussing her bestselling book, Colorful, which is now available in English! Joined by New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, the authors discuss not just their crafts and writing practices, but also the tragedy of depression and suicide amongst youths.


Virtual Karate Exercise at Lunchtime

Every three weeks on wednesday
12:30pm (1 session, 15min)

Whether at work or at home, let's refresh yourself for 15 minutes on your lunchtime together with us!  Karate Exercise will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!
World class instructors from Kyokushin Karate of Los Angeles will give you a set of beginner’s level exercises from their basic movement with their English instruction. 
There will be one 15-minute session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (  Achieve the unity of body and spirit!


Japanese Training Programs - NOW AVAILABLE!

Fiscal Year 2022
April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Click here to contact us with any questions or to inform us of your intention to apply to one of these programs.

Virtual Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

every three weeks on wednesday
12:30PM (1 SESSION, 15MIN)

Whether at work or at home, let's refresh yourself for 15 minutes on your lunchtime together with us!  Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!
The singing bowl used for this program harmoniously combines the healing qualities of the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese traditional singing bowl. Relax and feel your stress dissipate into thin air as the sounds of the singing bowl lead you into a meditative state.
There will be one session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page ( 


Virtual Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Every three weeks on wednesday
12:30pm (1 session, 15min)

Whether at work or at home, let's refresh yourself for 15 minutes on your lunchtime together with us!  Bilingual Yoga will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!

No need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair at home and receive an instruction from our instructor in bilingual (English and Japanese). 
There will be one session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (


Grants Now Available!

Fiscal Year 2021-22

  1. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:  3/1, 9/1/2021

  2. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:  3/15, 9/15/2021

  3. Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses
    Deadline:  4/10/2021

  4. Japanese Language Education Project Grant
    Deadline:  Two months prior to the project start date


Stage Beyond Borders

The Japan Foundation (JF) has started the project “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS—Selection of Japanese Performances,” which presents outstanding Japanese stage performances online for people throughout the world who are seeking opportunities to enjoy Japanese stage performances amid the spread of COVID-19.

Performing arts is one of the earliest forms of entertainment that through strangers and various environments stirs the imagination about ongoing stories and provides hopes and hints about the real world. The Japan Foundation’s online project “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS—Selection of Japanese Performances” is expected to encourage hope for all people who enjoy performing arts by presenting outstanding Japanese stage performances beyond borders in multiple languages. The Japan Foundation hopes to cultivate new fan bases for performing arts and also approach theater professionals in order to hold performances at overseas theaters once interactions among people are allowed to resume.

Please visit the following website for upcoming performances:

Select DETAILS below to see past performances!


Music Mondays Virtual Concert Playlist

Weekly Program in April 2020 –  May 2021

Thank you to all of the amazing artists who made Music Mondays possible!  We offered this virtual live concert series during lunch time every Monday from April 2020 to May 2021 via JFLA Facebook LIVE.  From traditional Japanese music to contemporary Jazz to J-Pop, over 80 talented performers from the U.S. and Japan contributed this program by playing their repertoire dedicated specially to you. 
And thank you to all of you who viewed Music Mondays.  We hope we were able to cheer you up over the past year. You can still view the performances anytime with the playlist.  Please enjoy!