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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Beautiful Romance with Multilayered Sense of Cynical Amusement

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle   (179mins, 2016)

Wednesday, December 13 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Nanami(Hana Kuroki) is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on “Planet,” a new social network service. One day, a young man named Tetsuya messages her and asks to meet in person. The two begin dating and quickly become engaged. When Tetsuya begs Nanami to increase her guest list for the wedding, Nanami reaches out to online-friend, Amuro(Go Ayano), a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, who hires actors to play Nanami’s guests on her big day. A few weeks following the ceremony, Tetsuya’s mother confronts Nanami with allegations of lying and cheating.


Lecture Series: Deities in Japanese Art 4

In collaboration with LACMA
tuesday December 19, 2017 @7pm

What do you know about the Wisdom Kings (Myo-o in Japanese) in Buddhism?  They are third-ranked deities after Buddhas and Bodhisattavas who, with their wrathful visages and weapons, protect the Buddhas and intimidate wayward Buddhist practitioners back into devotion.
In this lecture, we will be introduced to the many kinds of Wisdom Kings and their various roles, as well as how they are portrayed artistically.
This will be the fourth lecture in this series and will begin with a quick review of what was covered in previous lectures to give first-time attendees context as to where Wisdom Kings fit into the hierarchy of deities in Buddhism.  No prior knowledge is necessary to enjoy this fun and fascinating talk!

Note: We are now using EventBrite as our RSVP system so don't be surprised if this looks different than before!

detailsclick here to RSVP

Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl

Wednesday, december 20
12:30pm, 1:00pm (20min sessions)
free admission

Mid-week fatigue is a familiar foe to many of us.  Why not maximize your relaxation and join us for a Sound Bath 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!


Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
(2 sessions, 20min/ session)

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at lunchtime!
October 18 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.


Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time

thursday, december 7, 2017
Free admission, register now!

Our popular event, the conversation café Tea Time is coming back! You will enjoy Japanese snacks and tea while you chat with native Japanese speakers. All levels welcome! Japanese language experience is not necessary—this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up!


2017-18 Grants Still Available!

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


Japanese Training Programs - NOW AVAILABLE!

Fiscal Year 2017-18

Click here and select Japanese Training Programs from the online form to contact us with any questions or to inform us of your intention to apply to one of these programs.

Call for Applications: Arts and Culture Exchange Programs for FY2018

The Japan Foundation organizes programs to introduce various aspects of Japanese arts and culture all over the world. In addition, it promotes networking and human resources development in arts and cultural fields by interactive collaboration/co-production, and through dispatching and invitation of specialists.

Click below to download the online application forms and guidelines.

Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan
Application Deadline: November 20, 2017 Closed


Exhibitions Abroad Support Program
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017