2018 Past Events

Tarfest 2018, September 22, 2018

Come and Visit Us at the 16th Annual TARFEST
Saturday, September 22 @ 1-7:30PM

venue: La Brea Tar Pits
Free admission

TARFEST is a premiere arts and culture event in Los Angeles and the Miracle Mile District. At the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles tent, you can enjoy Japanese cultural activities including uchiwa (Japanese fan) making, kite making, and Amezaiku (candy sculpting) performance .


Movie Night @Petersen Automotive Museum, August 15, 2018

New Initial D Trilogy

Friday, September 14, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

@Bruce Meyer Family Gallery

Petersen Automotive Museum

(6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90036)
 

Free Admission     *Standard parking rates apply.

This event is Full.
 

Join us for a viewing of the new Initial D trilogy, co-presented by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles and the Petersen Automotive Museum. All three films will be screened over the course of the evening. Light refreshments and Japanese animation goodies bag (limited supply) will be provided.

 


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Outdoor Japanese Movie Screening, August 10, 2018

Your Name.   (106mins, 2016)

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Sunday, September 16 (Gates Open at 7PM for seating)

@Japanese Friendship Garden
Brand Park, Glendale
(1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)

This event is full.

Enjoy outdoor movie screening in Japanese Friendship Garden located in Brand Park, Glendale. Bring a blanket or chair for sitting on the lawn to watch the movie.
You may bring your own food and drink, and have a picnic under the stars!


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Manga Lounge IKKAN, August 04, 2018

August 4, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Free Admission, No RSVP Required

Manga is a great tool to learn Japanese as well as Japanese culture!  To promote this concept of “Manga Edutainment (Education Entertainment)”, we introduce a variety of manga books to you (See the link).  In order to give you a chance to browse these manga, we are exhibiting the first volumes (first volume= ikkan in Japanese) of about 200 titles written in Japanese.  We will open the manga lounge on Saturday August 4 from 2 to 4pm (after the Tea Time event), so please come, flip through the first episodes and explore the world of manga!


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World of Washi: Unfolding Tradition and Innovation, July 26, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018 7pm
THIS EVENT IS FULL.

For 1,300 years Japan has been the world leader in paper making. Join JFLA and Hiromi Paper, Inc. as we delve into the World of Washi (Japanese paper) and its history through a special Virtual Washi Tour Presentation of Japan's paper making regions.

 


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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, July 25, 2018

The Magnificent Nine(殿、利息でござる!) (129mins, 2016)

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura

Wednesday, July 25 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

A film adaptation of Michifumi Isoda's original novel which is based on a true story from the middle Edo Period. This film comically depicts the efforts of Yoshiokajuku, an inn town in Sendai fief, to save themselves from impoverishment by running a moneylending enterprise against the fiefdom.


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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, July 20, 2018

Bittersweet(にがくてあまい) (96mins, 2016)

Directed by Shogo Kusano

Wednesday, August 8 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

The live-action adaptation of Yumio Kobayashi's romance about a straight woman who doesn't like vegetables falling in love with a gay vegetarian. The vegetable dishes meticulously presented in every volume are incorporated into the visuals.


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Performing Arts JAPAN 2019-2020, July 20, 2018

Call for Applications
Deadline: October 31, 2018

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2019 - 2020 fiscal year. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2018.


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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, July 11, 2018

The Long Excuse(永い言い訳) (124mins, 2016)

Directed by Miwa Nishikawa

Wednesday, July 11 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Romance starring Motoki Masahiro from Departures with original story, script and direction from Nishikawa Miwa of Dreams for Sale. A bestselling author discovers the joys of living for others after his wife dies and he spends time with children who have lost their mother. 


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Workshop: Japanese for Travel, July 09, 2018

Monday July 9, 2018 7pm
Free Admission
FULL

Do you have plans to go to Japan in the near future?  If so, we will get you prepared!  You will learn helpful travel tips from a tourism specialist from JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization), and essential Japanese phrases from our Japanese language course instructor.  We will demonstrate Japanese social etiquette, too, so you won't be just a "stranger" in Japan.  This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with no experience at all.


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Lecture: Squids, Our Long-Term Friends Save the World, June 28, 2018

Thursday June 28, 2018 7pm
FULL

Along with tuna and salmon, squid is one of the most popular, and its presence in Japanese culture cannot be overstated. With its high-protein and rich amino acids, squid has many benefits. Squid also has the potential to be developed as a marine resource and could be ideal in improving the global food shortage which faces us today.
In this lecture, squid lover and biologist Dr. Tomano, who has researched squid both in Japan and US, will talk about the long-term relationship between Japanese and squid, its amazing life, and the benefits of squid as food.
In the following reception, there will be a sample of Japanese delicacies using squids offered to attendees.


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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, June 27, 2018

PARKS (118mins, 2017)

Directed by Natsuki Seta

Wednesday, June 27 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

Haru, a high school girl comes to Kichijoji looking for Sachiko, the woman mentioned in a love letter of Haru’s late father. Currently living at Sachiko's address is Jun, a female university student who loves playing guitar. Jun becomes interested in Haru's cause, and together they start to search for Sachiko's family house where they meet Sachiko's grandson, Tokio. He tells them that Sachiko passed away just recently.


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Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints, June 20, 2018

Art Exhibition
June 21, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Due to the popularity, we will be extending the exhibition until July 21!
Closed on Sundays

Japanese gyotaku (lit. ‘fish rubbing’) is the unlikely marriage of fish, sumi ink, and washi paper.  Once used to record the size of an impressive catch, it has been elevated to a fine art through the efforts of gyotaku masters. "Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints" by Dwight Hwang features a selection of prints depicting freshwater, coastal and open ocean specimens alongside objects which detail the gyotaku printmaking process.


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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, June 13, 2018

The Third Murder (124mins, 2017)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Wednesday, June 13 @7:00PM
Free Admission, NO RSVP REQUIRED

2018 Cannes Film Festival, Competition, Palme d'Or winning director, Hirokazu Kore-eda turns his own original script into this psychological thriller. Making his first appearance in a Kore-eda film, Koji Yakusho co-stars with Masaharu Fukuyama, who reteams with Kore-eda for the first in four years since Like Father, Like Son.


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Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time, June 11, 2018

monday, june 11
7-9PM
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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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JF Nihongo Spring 2018, April 28, 2018

April 28 - June 30
Register now!

Study Japanese this spring!  The registration period for our JF Nihongo Spring term has started!
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!  Register by April 13 and get a 10% early bird discount!

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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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).


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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.

 


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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


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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...


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