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Nobuo Anzai: Homage to a Nomadic Storyteller

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Three years after hosting the MIGRATING DREAMSCAPES: NOBUO ANZAI exhibition here at JFLA, we are honored to showcase Anzai’s later paintings this time as we celebrate his infinite creativity and beautiful life.


On-Demand Program

COLORFUL: A Conversation with Eto Mori and Julie Lythcott-Haims
Premiere July, 23 11AM (PDT)

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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.


Free Online Japanese Cinema Screening

Seven Girls
(144mins, 2018)
Directed by David Miyahara
Wednesday, August 4, 7PM(PDT) – Thursday, August 5, 7PM(PDT)

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The Pacific War has ended and eight prostitutes entertain American soldiers in American occupied Tokyo. They have managed to get by while helping one another, but the women are being trifled with by the men around them.


Virtual Karate Exercise at Lunchtime

New program starting on July 21!
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!


JF Nihongo

FALL 2021 online japanese course

registration starts from Thursday, august 5, 2021

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 a in classroom setting. 


Virtual Workshop: Action in Japanese

Thursday, august 12, 7PM (PT)
admission free, regisration required

Let’s play different roles by using various gestures and facial expressions!  Our popular workshop "Action in Japanese" is a great way to learn conversational Japanese!  In this workshop, Japanese actor, Naoyuki Ikeda, will teach you how to react like Japanese people in natural settings, and learning to speak spontaneously using basic Japanese phrases as well as quoting actual phrases from popular Japanese movies.

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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!


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 (


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 ( 


Free Japanese E-learning Platform “Minato”

Want to learn Japanese but don’t know where to begin your journey? Check out our free e-learning portal, “Minato”! Minato consists of a wide variety of self-study courses such as “Marugoto”, which is free structured lessons that help you immerse yourself in Japanese language and culture, as well as develop essential communication skills. Minato offers flexible courses with progress tracking at any level, which you can take, pause, and return to at any time from wherever you are. Register now and navigate your knowledge of Japan! 

Check out our "Minato" videos:
Animated Commercial: Click here!
Course Overviews: Click here!
Creating an Account & Registering for a CourseClick here!

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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!


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