2019 Past Events

Free Japanese Cinema Screening @SMC, June 13, 2019

Miss Hokusai (90mins, 2016)

Directed by Keiichi Hara

Friday, June 28 @7:00PM
Santa Monica College Main Campus, Humanities and Social Science Building (HSS 165)
(1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)
Free Admission, NO Reservation REQUIRED

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.


Exhibition Preview, April 22, 2019

Mini Lectures:
Old Man Mad About Painting: An Introduction to the Art of Katsushika Hokusai
May 1 @7:30pm & 8:00pM (Lectures)・7:00pm - 9:00pm (Preview)
Admission: FREE
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*Light Refreshments will be served.

Before the formal opening of the exhibition on May 2, we invite everyone to preview and celebrate it together. We will have two short lectures, "Old Man Mad About Painting: An Introduction to the Art of Katsushika Hokusai" with Japanese art historian, Meher McArthur (Academic Curator, Scripps College, Claremont and Creative Director of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena) to help us understand the world of Hokusai art. You will be one of the first people to watch and enjoy this wonderful exhibition.

JF Nihongo Spring 2019, April 20, 2019

April 20 - June 29

Study Japanese this spring!  People interested in learning Japanese at JFLA will have three beginner-level 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! 


JFLA Lecture Series 60, April 18, 2019

Cherry Blossoms Odyssey
Lecturer: Naoko Abe

Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Free Admission, Registration required

Cherry blossoms are symbols of beauty. They originated in Japan more than 2,000 years ago and can now be seen all over the world. But the role of sakura in Japanese history has been checkered and not always positive.

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Demonstration & Workshop, March 26, 2019

A Revolution in Movement:
The Traditional and Innovative World of Dance
Lecturer/Performer: Umekawa Ichinosuke

Monday, April 8, 7pm
Free Admission, Registration required

A demonstration of both classical Japanese dance and innovative unique “Buyo” will be given by Dance Master Umekawa Ichinosuke. In his performance, he will showcase the distinctive features and nuances of each dance move. Not only will participants witness two forms of art merge together, forming a cultural bridge between East and West, they will also be able to see the magical and musical flow of energy. At the workshop, Master Umekawa will show movements and techniques to master basic performance.

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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, March 08, 2019

Penguin Highway
(118mins, 2018)

Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida

Wednesday, April 10 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

An animated sci-fi fantasy adapting Tomihiko Morimi's identically titled novel. Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. He has a great rapport with The Lady at his dentist's office.


Workshop: Action in Japanese!, March 06, 2019

learn natural japanese through acting
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Free admission, reservation required

By playing a role, using gestures and facial expressions, acting is a fun way to learn natural Japanese!
In this workshop, Japanese actor, Naoyuki Ikeda, will teach you how to react like Japanese people in natural settings, and how to speak spontaneously using basic Japanese phrases. This workshop is designed for beginning Japanese learners and we welcome those who have no experience at all!

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Shabutsu: Transcribing Buddha, March 05, 2019

in conjunction with the current exhibition "Myo-o In the Shell"

Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm
Free Admission This event is FULL

The Buddhist practice of Shabutsu, transcribing Buddha is a means of spreading the Buddha Way among people through transcribing. It is also a way of praying for the fulfillment of one’s greatest wish.  This workshop instructed by Rev. Shumyo Kojima from Zenshuji Soto Mission, Los Angeles doesn't require previous experience. All materials for Shabutsu includes the Myo-o drawings by artist Takuma Kamine from the current exhibition "Myo-o in the Shell".

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Japan-Mexico Bi-National Week 2019, February 26, 2019

March 13 - March 18
Various Locations
Admission: Free
Registration Required

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, The Consulates General of Mexico & Japan in Los Angeles cerebrate a week of Japan-Mexico cultural exchange events: On March 13, as an opening night, The Art of Shinzaburo Takeda (Documentary Screening & Lecture); on March 14, film screening of "Homie Kei"; on March 15, urban dance performance show featuring Hilty & Bosch and DJ Tianguis; and on March 18, as an closing night, Japan-Mexico Business Seminar.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 26, 2019

(121mins, 2018)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Wednesday, March 27 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Drama interweaving emotional ties that transcend family, directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu. Won the Palme d'Or in competition at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.


Sakura Matsuri 2019, February 25, 2019

(Cherry Blossom Festival)
Brand Park, Glendale (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 11am-4pm

This Event is FREE

March is Cherry Blossom Time in Japan and Los Angeles. 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, tea ceremony, Awa Odori dance, music of Koto & Shamisen and Japanese food trucks!


JFLA Lecture Series: TAKARABUNE, February 21, 2019

Dancing Mavericks Change The World

Saturday, March 16, 2pm
japan house los angeles, Hollywood & Highland, Level 5
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles)
free admission, registration required

In this lecture, the members of Takarabune will share their life stories, their original inspiration behind becoming the first professional Awa-Odori dancers, how they maintain the delicate balance of keeping the tradition while breaking out of it, and most importantly, how they envision changing the world as ‘Dancing Mavericks.’ Toward the end of the lecture, the audience will be taught by the troupe how to move like mavericks and have crazy fun!

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Be a Voice Actor!: Challenge Yourself with Japanese Voice-Acting, February 21, 2019

thursday, February 21 @7pm
free admission
Both registration and WAITING LIST are full

Are you an anime or Japanese drama fan?   Have you ever wanted to try speaking the Japanese lines from actual scenes from the movies?  What techniques have professional Japanese voice actors used to bring out the rich emotion and personality in their on-screen characters?
Professionals will give you the chance to challenge yourself in the world of voice-acting using scenes from popular anime and drama and recording tools.  They will also tell you about the actual process of voice-acting and provide a comparative look between Japanese and American industries.  Be a voice-actor in Japanese!
*This workshop is targeted for Japanese language learners.

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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 21, 2019

Liz And The Blue Bird
(90mins, 2018)

Directed by Naoko Yamada

Wednesday, March 6 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Students and best friends Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki prepare to play a complex musical duet, "Liz and the Blue Bird," for oboe and flute. Though they play beautifully together and have been friends since childhood, Mizore and Nozomi find that with graduation looming and the duet proving difficult, their friendship begins to buckle under the pressure.


JFLA Lecture Series 58, February 20, 2019

action in print: visual narrative in edo-period popular literature
Lecturer: Dr. ellis tinios

wednesday, february 20, 7pm
japan house los angeles
free admission, registration required

In this lavishly illustrated talk Dr. Ellis TINIOS will introduce illustrated popular fiction produced for a mass audience in Japan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—a varied body of printed material worthy of wider appreciation.


Awa-Hop, February 12, 2019

Witness Two Forms of Street Dance, Urban & Earthy, Collide at El Rey!

@El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles)
Monday, March 18 @7PM (Door Opens @6PM)

Admission: FREE  *General ADMISSION,  All Ages

Registration Required

Awa-Hop is a dance performance show double-featuring the twin street dance unit from Japan, Hilty & Bosch and the Awaodori Entertainment Troupe, TAKARABUNE. Hilty & Bosch's phenomenal dance performances have astonished not only Japanese dancers but also dancers around the world. On YouTube, their videos have had over 35 million views, further increasing their popularity internationally. TAKARABUNE pushes the limits of Awaodori, a 400 year-old traditional art form. TAKARABUNE’s signature dance style is so aggressive and vigorous that it has been characterized as ‘dance beyond awaodori’.

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Takuma Kamine: Myo-o in the Shell, February 06, 2019

art exhibition
February 7 - March 9, 2019

When Takuma Kamine first encountered the images of Buddhist guardian deities as a child, he was filled with awe and fear. As a working artist now, Kamine has crystallized those initial emotions into figures which borrow elements from Japanese animation and comics.  The exhibition will feature a selection of Kamine’s sculptures including representations of the Five Great Wisdom Kings (J: Godai Myo-o) and of his drawings which include the Five and add three more to round out the Eight Great Wisdom Kings (J: Hachidai Myo-o) grouping.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, January 30, 2019

Love at Least
(109mins, 2018)

Directed by Kosai Sekine

Wednesday, February 13 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Romance film adaptation of the novel from Akutagawa Prize-winning author Motoya Yukiko. Moving depiction of the growing distance between a woman dealing with isolation and a vacuous guy. Feature film debut from video director Sekine Kosai.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, January 30, 2019

Isle of Dogs
(101mins, 2018)

Directed by Wes Anderson

Wednesday, February 27 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots.


Encore Screening, January 30, 2019

(98mins, 2018)

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

Saturday, March 2 @1PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

2019 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Film, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.


Encore Screening, January 17, 2019

Yoko the Cherry Blossom
(115mins, 2015)

Directed by Gen Takahashi

Saturday, January 26 @1PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

The inspiring true story of a rural Japanese high school teacher's lifelong quest to create the very first artificially pollinated hybrid cherry blossom, to fulfill a promise he made to his beloved students before they were sent off to the battlefields to fight in World War II.


kanji & calligraphy workshop, January 12, 2019

saturday, January 12 @10am

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