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Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints

Art Exhibition
in collaboration with LACMA
June 21, 2018 - July 13, 2018

Pre-Opening Event: Gyotaku Lecture & Demonstration
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7-9pm

Admission Free, Reservation Required

Japanese gyotaku (lit. ‘fish rubbing’) is the unlikely marriage of fish, sumi ink, and washi paper.  Once used to record the size of an impressive catch, it has been elevated to a fine art through the efforts of gyotaku masters. "Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints" by Dwight Hwang features a selection of prints depicting freshwater, coastal and open ocean specimens alongside objects which detail the gyotaku printmaking process.

At a pre-opening on June 20, a brief lecture by the curator and live demonstration by the artist followed by a reception sponsored by Sotheby's Institute of Art.

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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

PARKS (118mins, 2017)

Directed by Natsuki Seta

Wednesday, June 27 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Haru, a high school girl comes to Kichijoji looking for Sachiko, the woman mentioned in a love letter of Haru’s late father. Currently living at Sachiko's address is Jun, a female university student who loves playing guitar. Jun becomes interested in Haru's cause, and together they start to search for Sachiko's family house where they meet Sachiko's grandson, Tokio. He tells them that Sachiko passed away just recently.


Lecture: Squids, Our Long-Term Friends Save the World

Thursday June 28, 2018 7pm

Along with tuna and salmon, squid is one of the most popular, and its presence in Japanese culture cannot be overstated. With its high-protein and rich amino acids, squid has many benefits. Squid also has the potential to be developed as a marine resource and could be ideal in improving the global food shortage which faces us today.
In this lecture, squid lover and biologist Dr. Tomano, who has researched squid both in Japan and US, will talk about the long-term relationship between Japanese and squid, its amazing life, and the benefits of squid as food.
In the following reception, there will be a sample of Japanese delicacies using squids offered to attendees.

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Workshop: Japanese for Travel

Monday July 9, 2018 7pm
Free Admission, register now!

Do you have plans to go to Japan in the near future?  If so, we will get you prepared!  You will learn helpful travel tips from a tourism specialist from JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization), and essential Japanese phrases from our Japanese language course instructor.  We will demonstrate Japanese social etiquette, too, so you won't be just a "stranger" in Japan.  This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with no experience at all.

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2018-19 Grants Now Available!

  1. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:   3/1/2018,  9/1/2018

  2. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:   3/15/2018,  9/15/2018

  3. Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses
    Deadline:    4/10/2018 

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