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Japan Week on the Miracle Mile & Beyond

August 28 - September 2, 2017
All Events are free!

Our center will be back!  After three months of renovation, we are gearing up to reopen our office on the Miracle Mile with a week full of events. Make sure to mark your calendars for our week-long celebration of Japanese language and culture at our new office. Admission is free for all events, but events marked with * require RSVP.  For details, click on the link below.

Passage to the Future

Traveling Exhibition

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

August 11 - September 2, 2017
*Artist talk with Miyuki Yokomizo: September 1 [Fri], 7pm
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.


Matsuri the Festival

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Free food & drinks!
Free Admission!

Enjoy live music, free food & drinks, kimono dressing & photo session etc.  Don't miss the special performance by guitarist Toshi Yanagi of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"!  This is the main event of "Japan Week on the Miracle Mile & Beyond" celebrating JFLA's re-opening.  Everyone is welcome!  Stop by and see us at our newly renovated center.  Come in your yukata! 


Japanese Conversation Cafe "Tea Time"

monday, august 28, 2017
Free admission, register now!

Let's chat in Japanese!  At this popular event, you’ll enjoy conversation with native Japanese speakers while having Japanese tea & snacks! All levels are welcome!  Bring your friends with you!  Japanese language experience is not necessary—this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up!  If you are interested in our JF Nihongo language courses, this is a good opportunity to see our classroom and to meet our staff.


Japanese for Travel

Tuesday, august 29, 2017
full, Registration closed

Do you have plans to go to Japan in the near future?  If so, prepare for your trip with us!  You will learn helpful travel tips from a tourism specialist from JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization), and essential Japanese phrases from our JF Nihongo instructors.  We will demonstrate Japanese mannerisms too, so you won't be just a "stranger" in Japan.  This workshop is suitable for beginners and those who have no experience at all.  


Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Red Turtle
Wednesday, August 30 @7pm
JFLA Auditorium (w/ Bigger Screen & Brand New 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.


Dance Dance L'Asia

Step in Cultural Diversity through Dance!


Saturday, September 2, 2017    Door Open @3:30pm  /  Show @4pm

MI Concert Hall at Musicians Institute (1655 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood, CA 90028)

Free Admission (RSVP Required)

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles will be inviting dancers from all over Asia to share their cultures through dance at this special event. Dancers include Hilty & Bosch, Ray Basa, Wizstars, Culture Shock L.A., Good Time and more!

*During the show, Hilty & Bosch will host a workshop where they will teach their exciting style of urban dance. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!

detailsclick here to RSVP

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!


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)


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.