2018 Past Events

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, May 23, 2018

The Whispering Star (100mins, 2015)
 

Directed by Sion Sono

 

Wednesday, May 23 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

 

A science-fiction drama by internationally popular director, Sion Sono, who brings to life a script he wrote in 1990. An android delivering packages to a decimated human race is depicted in black & white imagery and whispered dialogue.


details

Workshop, May 22, 2018

TA・TA・KE・TA・KE: Let's Play Bamboo Beat!

Tuesday, May 22, 7PM
sold out

If you have played music before, you might already be familiar with time signatures such as 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4. But have you ever heard of time signatures like 1.618 and 1.732? There is an infinite number of rhythms, including fractional, or non-integer, time signatures which, are neither random nor do they repeat. There are even fractional rhythms which go on and on and take an astronomical amount of years to complete.


details

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, May 09, 2018

Creepy  (130mins, 2016)

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Wednesday, May 9 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Creepy is film adaptation of mystery novel detailing the intertwining double enigmas of an unsolved missing family case and an odd, neighboring family. Directed by world-renowned director Kurosawa Kiyoshi, of the horror film Pulse.


details

JFLA Lecture Series, May 01, 2018

Hokusai: The Name that Sold Books Art and Commerce in Nineteenth-century Japan

Tuesday, May 1, 7pm
FREE ADMISSION

In this lecture, Dr Ellis Tinios tells a tale of deceit and low cunning, blatant plagiarism, willful misrepresentation and great art. He tells the story of ‘Hokusai’—the hottest brand in 19th-century Japanese publishing.


detailsclick here to RSVP

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, April 25, 2018

Before We Vanish  (129mins, 2017)
 

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

 

Wednesday, April 25 @7:00PM

Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

 

In his twentieth film, acclaimed international film director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse and Tokyo Sonata) reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery.


details

Sakura Matsuri, April 15, 2018

(Cherry Blossom Festival)
in the Newly-renovated Japanese Friendship Garden


Located in Brand Park, Glendale (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10am-3pm
 

April is Cherry Blossom Time in Japan. The word “Matsuri” means joyful festival. Please join us, in conjunction with Friends of Shoseian, to enjoy a full day of many exciting activities, including: Taiko drums, martial arts, tea ceremony, calligraphy, music, dance and fun learning the Japanese language!


details

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, April 13, 2018

Life is Fruity  (91mins, 2017)

Directed by Kenshi Fushihara / Narrated by Kirin Kiki

Friday, April 13 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

In-person Discussion with Kirin Kiki (Narrator), Kenshi Fushihara (Director) and Katsuhiko Abuno (Producer)

Enjoy Fresh Sunkist Oranges & Marmalade (prepared by a food expert Naoko Takei Moore)

Documentary produced by Tokai TV and directed by Kenshi Fushihara of Journey with the Gods: The Rebuilding of Ise Jingu Shrine that follows the lives of an architect and his wife. Narrated by Kirin Kiki of An. A 90-years-old architect Shuichi Tsubata lives with his wife Hideko in a one-storied house in the woods in Aichi prefecture. He built this house after the house of his master, Antonin Raymond. They grow many kinds of vegetables and fruit in their garden and harvest the crops to make their living. Their lives embody the ideal of people in this modern age.


details

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, April 11, 2018

Sweet Bean  (113mins, 2015)

Directed by Naomi Kawase

wednesday, April 11 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours.


details

JFLA Lecture Series 49, March 08, 2018

Akita Dog 101 (Wan Oh Wan!) with genuine Akitas in the House

Lecturer: Steven Takamatsu (President of Akita Inu Hozonkai, LA Branch)

Thursday, March 8 @7pm
---Photo opportunity with Japanese Akitas!---

-Special Preview Night for the Photo Exhibition: Helen Keller and Hachiko
Curator, Yumi McDonald is in person.

In this lecture, a president of Akita Inu Hozonkai, Los Angeles Branch, Steven Takamatsu explains basic history of Akita dog in U.S., his characteristics and charms, and difference between Japanese Akita and the American Akita as two separate breeds.


detailsclick here to RSVP

Photo Exhibition Special Preview Night Screening, March 07, 2018

A Dog's Happiness Depends on Who He Gets As Master

Dogs Without Names(犬に名前をつける日) (107mins, 2015)

Wednesday, March 7 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

A TV director Kanami Hisano (Satomi Kobayashi) is devastated by the passing of her beloved dog Natsu to illness. Then, at the suggestion of an esteemed senior movie director, she starts filming a movie with dogs as the theme, going to adoption centers and shelters caring for dogs within the 20km “red zone” of the Fukushima nucler accident.


details

Photo Exhibition: Helen Keller and Hachiko, March 07, 2018

Curated by Yumi McDonald

March 9 - 23, 2018
monday-friday: 10am-7pm,
 Closed on Weekends
Admission: Free

Helen Keller loved the famous loyal Akita dog Hachiko. When she visited Japan in 1937 she was given an Akita puppy from people in Akita. The exhibition introduces much less-known relations between Helen Keller, Hachiko and her Akita dogs. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to look at the pictures collected from Tokyo, Akita, New York, Boston and Westport, Connecticut where Helen Keller used to live.


details

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, March 07, 2018

An Anime Adaptation of Mary Stewart's Fantasy Novel “The Little Broomstick”

Mary and The Witch's Flower  (102mins, 2017)

wednesday, March 14, 2017 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

From Academy Award®-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.


details

Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl, March 01, 2018

Wednesday, April 18
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!


details

Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime, February 28, 2018

Wednesday, february 28, 2018
12:30pm
1:00pm
(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.


details

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 28, 2018

Loving Tribute to Unsung Hero: Kirareyaku

Uzumasa Limelight  (太秦ライムライト)  (104mins, 2014)

Wednesday, February 28 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

A drama that evokes the pathos of an actor who specializes in the waning samurai film genre, set at the Uzumasa film studio in Kyoto.Fukumoto Seiji, Japan's top "kirareyaku" (whose job it is to be felled with a sword by a film's star) with appearances in numerous samurai movies, plays a utility actor reminiscent of himself in his first starring role in a film.


details

Jamming’ with J-Pop Music Theory, February 23, 2018

Lecturer: Dr. Jonathan “Capital” Patterson

Friday, February 23 @7pm
Free Admission, RSVP Required

Japanese pop music (J-Pop) has been greatly widespread and continues to gain popularity throughout the world. Part of their popularity is due to the Japanese animation, manga and fashion cultures. However, J-Pop has various distinct characteristics and is meticulously constructed to stay in the listener's head. In this lecture, Dr. Jonathan “Capital” Patterson will explain J-Pop music theory and will expose their secrets. You will develop a deeper understanding of music between Japan and the West as well as appreciate J-Pop music. Come enjoy the world of J-Pop music.


detailsclick here to RSVP

Zoomadanke Kendama!, February 22, 2018

thursday, February 22 @4-6:30pm
japan house los angeles
(
Hollywood & Highland Center: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., 2F, hollywood)
Free Admission, no RSVP Required

Zoomdanke will offer a free performance and a short kendama workshop. 
Have you ever wanted to try kendama? Check out a series of free performances and workshops by celebrated performance duo “Zoomadanke” at Japan House Los Angeles. These pioneers blend the traditional Japanese cup-and-ball pastime with dance and music to create a new style of performance. Kendama is gaining popularity around the world as a new style of entertainment. Be amazed by this dynamic duo, and then give it a shot yourself!

Please check out Japan House Los Angeles Facebook page for details.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 14, 2018

The Winning Formula: A Ninja with A Cat is Even Better than A Samurai with A Cat

Neko Ninja  (猫忍)   (95mins, 2017)

Wednesday, February 14 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

The crew of “Neko Samurai” present a funny and heartwarming Ninja movie.

Kagerota, a rogue ninja, is a wanted man as his clansman believes that he knows whereabouts of the scrolls which tells the mythical skills of warriors changing appearances to win battles. Kagerota is taking "Father," an overweight, golden-haired and red-nosed cat in his bag. He believes the cat is the feline form of his long-disappeared and legendary ninja father Kuze Kenzan because of the same red nose as Kenzan's.


details

Gyotaku: Impressions of the Sea, February 08, 2018

by dwight hwang
February 8 - 28, 2018

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.  All of the fish featured in this preview show will be from Japan.


details

Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl, February 07, 2018

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!


details

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, January 24, 2018

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).


details

Lecture & Demonstration, January 22, 2018

Noh Dance, Noh Life
Invitation to A Seven-Century-Long Tradition

Lecturer/Performer: Michikazu Taneda

Monday, January 22, 7PM
This Event is FULL

A lecture and demonstration of Noh will be given by Master Michikazu Taneda who has been designated as Important Intangible Cultural Heritage in Japan. He will perform a short dance and chant to showcase the distinctive features of Noh body movements. The lecture will also cover the history of Noh and its continued status as live performing art.

 


details

Family Fun Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018 @11am/1pm/3pm
at The Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden

Located in Brand Park, Glendale (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)
All Programs are FREE and NO Reservation Necessary.

Come and experience easy Japanese craft-making and watch a demonstration of Japanese Noh-performance by a renowned master from Kyoto. Immerse your kids and yourself in Japanese culture for the whole day on Sunday.

@11am  Palm Leaf Craft (all ages)

@1pm  Kite-making (all ages)

@3pm  Noh Demonstration


details

Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime, January 17, 2018

wednesday, January 17
12:30pm, 1:00pm
(2 sessions, 20min sessions)
Free admission

Wellness Wednesdays: We offer Wellness programs at lunchtime!
January 17 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.


details

Lecture Series: Deities in Japanese Art, January 16, 2018

Session 5: Celestial Beings

In collaboration with LACMA
tuesday January 16, 2018 @7pm

Light refreshment will be provided.

The final class of deities - known collectively as the celestial beings (Ten in Japanese) - primarily serve as guardians and protectors of the Buddhist cosmos. The most prominent are the Four Celestial Guardian Kings who oversee the cardinal directions, the chief of whom came to be worshiped alone as a Buddhist deity; other examples include the Temple Guardians and Twelve Celestial Generals.  In this lecture, we will be introduced to the many kinds of Celestial Beings and their various roles, as well as how they are portrayed artistically.

This will be the fifth and final 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 Celestial Beings 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

kanji & calligraphy workshop, January 13, 2018

saturday, January 13 @10am
FULL

This workshop is suitable for Kanji starter!  You will learn types of Kanji formation, the ways of being read, and the concept of radicals.  You will also learn how to write Kanji with Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) with right posture, right way to bring an ink blush, and right stroke orders.  At the end of the workshop, let's write your favorite Kanji with calligraphy on a washi paper!  The registration will close when it becomes full.


details

MIGRATING DREAMSCAPES: NOBUO ANZAI, January 11, 2018

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.


details

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, January 10, 2018

Finding Redemption in Friendship.  Winner of Best Animation of the Year in the 26th Japan Movie Critics Awards

A Silent Voice (聲の形)   (129mins, 2016)

Directed by Naoko Yamada

Wednesday, January 10 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

A deaf elementary school girl, Shoko Nishimiya, upon transferring, meets a boy named Shoya Ishida in her new class. Shoya, who is not deaf, leads the class in bullying Shoko, because she is deaf. As the bullying continues, the class starts to bully Shoya for bullying Shoko...


details