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!
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.
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!
The bodhisattvas are deities who have achieved enlightenment themselves but have delayed their own exit from the cycle of rebirth to guide others to enlightenment. Japanese Buddhism is full of these strange yet wonderfully virtuous attendant deities, from the monk-like bodhisattva of the hells to the horse-headed bodhisattva of compassion.
A Blend of Gorgeous, Realistic Detail and Emotionally Grounded Fantasy
Your Name. (106mins, 2016)
Directed by Makoto Shinkai
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers, living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body and he, hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet somehow, it works.
Suibokuga (水墨画), also called sumi-e (墨絵), is a form of art that uses black sumi ink to paint on washi paper. This seemingly simple monochrome art form requires various brush stroke techniques which create and express the subtle nuances of light and shade onto a sheet of paper. Artist Yoshio Ikezaki has been creating contemporary monochrome art works using sumi-e techniques and some of his works are currently on view as part of the “ATMOSPHERE IN JAPANESE PAINTING” exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Omnibus Film Based on 3 Classic Rakugo Tales
Rakugo Eiga (110mins, 2012)
Wednesday, November 8 @7PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED
*Short Translation Lecture Before The Show
This film features Japan’s traditional art, “rakugo” as its theme. It is a modern adaptation of three rakugo tales presented in three short films (“Before After” based on the rakukgo “Nezumi” or “Rat”, “Life Rate” based on the rakukgo “Shinigami” or “The Reaper”, and “Sarugoke ha Tsuraiyo” based on rakugo “Sarugoke” or “Monkey Widow”).
With the growing popularity of Japanese movies and animation, the demand for Japanese to English visual media translation is skyrocketing.
For audiences who cannot understand the original language, subtitles play a vital role in making movies entertaining. To translate dialogue into good subtitles requires special techniques to draw out the original meaning as well as the entertainment value of the movie with only a limited number of words.
In talking about how movie translation fulfills an important role behind the scenes, a professional from the industry will introduce the actual process of translating and its enjoyment. During the lecture, we will demonstrate good and bad translations using professional subtitling software and video clips from a couple of Japanese movies. This lecture is co-presented by Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy (JVTA).
One Wrong Move and It’s All-out War
Outrage (109mins, 2010)
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over sake. Long-time yakuza Otomo (Takeshi Kitano) has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes, but constant betrayal and vengeance.
Yakuza: Origin and Structure of Japan's Organized Crime Syndicates
This lecture is a three-part presentation. Part I takes the form of a historical overview, tracing the origin of the Yakuza from the early days to World War II, emphasizing the political and socio-cultural constructs that propagated the growth and spread of these traditional groups. Part II provides insight into the organizational structure of modern Yakuza crime syndicates, highlighting membership. Part III concludes the presentation with a brief examination of the most prominent laws aimed at controlling the Yakuza in Japan, as well as internationally.
Kinji Fukasaku’s “Japanese GODFATHER” adapted from newspaper articles of real life yakuza
Battles without Honor and Humanity (仁義なき戦い) (99mins, 1973)
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
*Please come with your Gang or Mafia costume.
When this film first hit Japanese screens in January 1973, partially inspired by the success of The Godfather, it blasted out a new Ground Zero for crime cinema not only in Japan, but in the rest of the world, and spawned a legendary series that would lead to additional episodes, spin-offs, and countless imitations.
Bow to Everything, Even to An Electric Pole
Campaign (選挙) (120mins, 2007)
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
A documentary that closely follows the Kawasaki city assembly by-election in 2005. This is a directorial debut of Soda Kazuhiro, that has been entered into a number of film festivals, including the official invitation from the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.
Dealing with Life and Death the Japanese Way
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @7PM
Free Admission, RSVP Required
Part I: Lecture (30mins)
“Dealing with Life and Death the Japanese Way” by Duncan Ryuken Williams (USC)
Part II: Documentary Film Screening (90mins)
Death of a Japanese Salesman (エンディングノート) (90mins, 2011)
Directed by Mami Sunada
Produced by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Part III: Q&A Session with Director Mami Sunada (30mins)
Director Sunada will answer your question (Televised live from Japan)
Winner of Best Animated Feature Award at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival
Napping Princess (ひるね姫〜知らないワタシの物語〜) (110mins, 2017)
Directed by Kenji Kamiyama
From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation. With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, Napping Princess is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past.
The second lecture will talk about Buddhas. For many, saying the name "Buddha" evokes the image of a serene ascetic or of a portly, laughing soul. However, the Buddhist pantheon is occupied by many different figures associated with the title ‘buddha’; the most prominent being Shakamuni, the historical Buddha; Amida, the Buddha of the Western Paradise; and Yakushi, the Medicine Buddha.
Shimane, a prefecture located in the northwest of Honshū, is known as the “Province of the Gods" and is rich in Shinto-based Japanese mythology and folklore. In Shimane, there are many landmarks and sites from Japanese mythology and folklore such as the “the Underworld” (Yomotsu Hirasaka), the “Birthplace of Sake”, and many others including Izumo Taisha where all deities in Japan gather once a year in Kami-ari-zuki. In this lecture, Shinto priest Izumi Hasegawa will show us Shimane’s charm and its relation to mythology and the Japanese traditions of Shinto. She will also provide us with useful information for travel in Shimane.
at The Source, 1st Floor Step Plaza (6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621)
Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 7:30pm
The Boy and the Beast (バケモノの子)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
In Japanese with English subtitles
Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
In Japanese with English subtitles
Sunday, October 1, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Summer Wars (サマーウォーズ)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
In Japanese with English subtitles
*Provided by CGV Cinemas. Limited Supply
11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) lives with mother Hiromi (Mimura), but Hiromi decides to give up on her and leaves their home. Tomo, now all alone, visits her uncle Makio's (Kenta Kiritani) home. Makio lives with his beautiful girlfriend Rinko (Toma Ikuta). Rinko was born as a man and now works as a caregiver at a home for the elderly. Tomo is a little confused by the situation, but they begin to live as a family.
Ever feel the “mid-morning slump” while at work in the office? How about taking a few minutes at lunchtime to refresh yourself?
Destress and reenergize at JFLA during our 20-minute, easy-to-do yoga stretch session! 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!
Rather than a purely academic approach to Japanese religious art, the purpose of this lecture series is to help participants’ locate visual clues by which the deities can be identified and differentiated. The figures will be contextualized within Japanese religious history and connected to their iconographical antecedents in the arts of India, China, and Korea. The first talk will introduce the indigenous religion of Shinto and the deities within; the following four will look at Buddhist deities from four distinct classes: buddhas, bodhisattvas, wisdom kings, and celestial beings.
Director, Koji Fukada's latest film uses themes of Japanese domesticity to investigate the surrounding fissures that expand to collapse a family shaken by tragedy. Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) hires Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano) in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio’s family life.
Step in Cultural Diversity through Dance!
DANCE DANCE L'ASIA
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!
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!
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.
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.
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: 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.
Can paper be turned into wearable clothing? Absolutely. In Japan, thread made from handmade paper has been used for weaving cloth since at least the 17th century. The cloth is called shifu (shi means paper and fu means cloth in Japanese) and traditionally it has been employed in a variety of uses, from making kimono for the elite, to work clothes for farmers. Hiroko Karuno, an expert spinner, natural dyer and weaver presents a slide lecture on the process of making Japanese handmade paper. Afterwards, she will demonstrate the intricate method of producing paper thread from a sheet of handmade paper and how to prepare it for weaving.