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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Selected as the Japanese Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards

Her Love Boils Bathwater  (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)    (125mins, 2016)

Directed by Ryota Nakano

Wednesday, January 24 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Director Nakano made a theatrical feature debut with a family drama about a single mother Futaba (Rie Miyazawa), whose husband suddenly left a year ago leaving her with their shy daughter, Azumi (Hana Sugisaki).


Still Life Coffee Painting Workshop

Tuesday, January 30, 7-9pm


Complimentary Coffee Sponsored by

Have a sip of coffee and let your creativity flow!  Join an artist Nobuo Anzai and learn how to paint with a cup of joe.
All materials will be provided. You are welcome to bring your choice of flower, fruit or vegetable to draw, and a few objects will also be provided for your convenience.
Limited seating, RSVP is necessary.
This program is in conjunction with the “MIGRATING DREAMSCAPES: NOBUO ANZAI” exhibition.

Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl

Wednesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 7
12:30pm, 1:00pm (20min sessions)
free admission

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs at lunchtime!
The Singing Lin Bowl harmoniously combines the healing qualities of the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese counterpart, the Lin bowl. Relax and feel your stress dissipate into thin air as the sounds of the singing-Lin bowl lead you into a meditative state.
There is no charge and no reservation required. All are welcome to come, sit, listen, and refresh!



through February 6, 2018

Nobuo Anzai’s paintings are heartfelt memories of countries he calls homes— Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Japan. They are unseparated in his mind and heart through his life’s passages as a migrant worker, farmer, chef and artist.


Gyotaku: Impressions of the Sea

by dwight hwang
February 8 - 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Meet the Artist
Thursday, February 8 at 7PM

Using Sumi ink, Washi paper, and the days catch, Gyotaku (gyo =fish,  taku= stone rubbing) is the traditional method of printing fish in Japan. Strictly adopting the traditional technique and materials, the artwork by Dwight Hwang is so sophisticated and detailed as to seemingly give new life to the fish.  This is a preview show for the exhibition to be held in summer 2018 at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.


Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time

saturday, february 10, 2018
Free admission, register now

Come join our casual conversation café and meet new friends!  You'll enjoy chatting with native Japanese speakers.  All levels are welcome.  Japanese learning experience is not necessary.  We are open to everyone, ages 18 and up.


Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, february 28, 2018
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at lunchtime!
February 28 is Yoga day!  In this program, no need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair receiving relaxing instruction from a bilingual (English and Japanese) instructor. Learn simple Japanese phrases during the instruction and stretch your mind as well as your body.
There will be two free sessions beginning at 12:30pm and 1:00pm. No reservation necessary, all are welcome.


2017-18 Grants Still Available!

  1. Project Grant (Deadline: 2 months prior to project start date)