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We continually update this calendar to include Japanese cultural events and activities in our jurisdiction. Please note, however, that events and organizations listed are not necessarily sponsored or endorsed by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. For detailed information about events, please contact the organizer/s directly. If your organization would like an event posted to this calendar, please submit requests to the Japan Information and Culture Center, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles for consideration.

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ARIZONA AREA EVENTS

Event & Link Date & Time Location
Cool Nihongo - Enjoy Learning Language and Culture
Join us in our authentic Japanese Garden for the opportunity to meet and mingle with other Japanese language and culture enthusiasts. There will be a variety of fun topics to learn and practice your knowledge in a relaxed friendly setting. This is our first year offering "Cool Nihongo". We encourage this group to be a mix of culture enthusiasts, language learners, and native speakers. If you are interested in Japanese culture or language and want to meet others who are as well, join us! We look forward to meeting you!
November 3, 2017 - June 1, 2018
First Fridays
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700
info@jfgphx.org
Studio Ghibli Fest
Following the success of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2018. Starting in March, the series features nine of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics offering both dubbed and subtitled versions.
March 25 - November 20, 2018 Various Locations (check for local listings)
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest
Cool Nihongo: Enjoy Learning Language and Culture
Head to the Japanese Garden for the opportunity to meet and mingle with other Japanese language and culture enthusiasts. There will be a variety of fun topics to learn and practice your knowledge in a relaxed friendly setting.
June 1, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700
info@jfgphx.org
Taiko Extravaganza 2018 - "The Tree of Life"
Scottsdale, Arizona – Ancient Sounds of Peace (WYVEAA ) co-produced by K2 Enterprise, presents “Ken Koshio TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – The Tree of Life” taking place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for the 4th annual show in Arizona (first one in 2015). Our past shows have been a big success to reach a lot of local people through the message of Koshio’s Life Beats. The last audiences commented how they felt connected to the soul and energy throughout this masterpiece of performing art.
June 23, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
For tickets: click here

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA EVENTS

Event & Link Date & Time Location
Studio Ghibli Fest
Following the success of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2018. Starting in March, the series features nine of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics offering both dubbed and subtitled versions.
March 25 - November 20, 2018 Various Locations (check for local listings)
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest
"Takeo Paper Show: SUBTLE" Exhibition
Celebrate Spring with SUBTLE at Japan House. This exhibit is an experimental exploration of the delicate world of paper in contemporary context. Familiar and everyday, paper is featured in innovative creations that awaken acute human perception through multiple, sophisticated design experiences. Curated and directed by Kenya Hara.
April 13 - May 23, 2018 JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
2F Gallery

Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
(Administrative office at Suite 167)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
New Exhibition in the En Gallery - Abundant Garden: Recent Works by Kaoru Mansour
Showing April 22 to June 1. During the garden's open hours or by appointment.
April 22 - June 1, 2018 Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
info@japanesegardenpasadena.com
Narisawa Satoyama Exhibition
Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa is known for his dedication to all things natural. His mission? "Bring nature to the plate." He seeks out ingredients from forests and fields (and uses traditional and French haute cuisine techniques) to produce dishes ranging from sea snake broth to Wagyu beef at his Tokyo restaurant, Narisawa, which is regularly included on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. He sometimes calls his cuisine "innovative Satoyama," referencing a population that lives near forests and oceans in harmony with nature. His work will be the focus of an exhibit, "Satoyama," the result of a collaboration with Brazilian photographer Sergio Coimbra. Presented by JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.
May 1 - 31, 2018 Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, California 90012
Workshop: TA・TA・KE・TA・KE: Let's Play Bamboo Beat!
In this workshop, participants will be able to play enigmatic rhythms with handmade bamboo percussion that could perplex even a pro. That said, these rhythms contain a festive, folk feel despite their underlying complexities. To start, we will learn about the “rhythm of the golden ratio”, or so-called “music of the sixth dimension”. Handmade bamboo percussion will be provided to participants, and you are welcome to bring any other types of small, wooden percussion with you as well. The workshop will be led by Japan-based artist Akio Hizume whose large-scale, site-specific bamboo installation will be shown at the Craft and Folk Art Museum BAMBOO exhibition from May 27 through September 9, 2018.
May 22, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
RSVP Required: click here
Bamboo Exhibition
Bamboo explores the trajectory of historical and contemporary Japanese bamboo basketry. Influenced by utilitarian woven forms to exquisitely crafted Chinese tea ceremony baskets, the art form developed into a distinctive Japanese style encompassing a diverse range of functional and sculptural forms. A major selection of historical and contemporary works from the Los Angeles-based Cotsen Collection form the foundation of the exhibition, demonstrating the breadth of techniques and approaches utilized by bamboo artists over the years. The exhibition culminates with a large, site-specific bamboo installation by Japan-based artist Akio Hizume. This exhibition is supported by Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, with additional support from the Pasadena Art Alliance.
May 27 - September 9, 2018 Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-4230
16th Annual Beer & Sake Festival
The Japan Society’s Beer & Sake Festival is a popular and fast-growing charity tasting event featuring local restaurants serving sumptuous appetizers and breweries pouring tasty beers and sakes. The festival also includes art booths, a silent auction, a raffle, and exciting entertainment. Guests will enjoy the dynamic sounds of San Diego Taiko, and tuna cutting demonstration. Proceeds from the Beer & Sake Festival support educational and community outreach programs.
June 1, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way
Valley Center, CA 92082
For tickets: click here
Dan Kwong: What? No Ping Pong Balls
Performance artist Dan Kwong teams up with taiko artist Kenny Endo for this moving and hilarious tribute to Kwong’s rebellious late mother, Momo Nagano. Kwong traces Nagano’s journey from her all-American girlhood in Los Angeles to World War II incarceration camp, her life as a single mother raising four kids, and her transformation from housewife to Venice Beach artist. By including video interviews with other Japanese American single moms from the 1960s through today, Kwong weaves together the multiplicities of their experiences while revealing commonalities from their shared cultural background.
June 3, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Walk the Farm 2018
Join us on a one and a half mile walk around a real working farm sampling fresh fruits and vegetables as we remember and send thoughts of "kibou" to those that are still suffering from the effects of the earthquake/tsunami on March 11, 2011.
June 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
Film Screening and Discussion—The Ito Sisters: An American Story
This engaging 2017 documentary from director Antonia Grace Glenn focuses on the experiences of Issei and Nisei women whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. At the heart of the film are three Nisei sisters: Natsuye (Nancy), Haruye (Lillian), and Hideko (Hedy), who were born on a farm in the Sacramento River Delta and whose lives were directly impacted by significant historical events such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Great Depression, and World War II.
June 16, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Summer Floral Cards
Learn to make a summery floral card. This workshop is free, but RSVPs are required using the link below. Limited to 25 participants.
June 23, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
RSVP: click here
Author Discussion—Life After Manzanar by Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist
What happened to Japanese Americans when they were released from America’s concentration camps like Manzanar after World War II ended? Life after Manzanar seeks to answer this question by shedding light on the “Resettlement”—the relatively unexamined postwar period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry were finally released from custody.
June 23, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
For tickets: click here
Shibori: From Moth to Cloth
Join Glennis Dolce for a two-day workshop exploring the making of silk handkerchiefs (mawata) from silkworm cocoons. Reel your own thread, then use it in craft projects. Video from Dolce’s recent trip to Japan will also be shown. Bring scissors and a seam ripper.
June 23 & 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
For tickets: click here
Sam Francis, Mystic Artist in Japan
Sam Francis was a world-renowned artist who became famous in Japan. Join us as you learn more about the man and his life from a videotaped interview with him, as presented by his longtime personal assistant of 5 years, Douglas Shields. You will also enjoy a delicious bowl of Matcha tea.
July 15, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shoseian "Whispering Pine" Japanese Tea House
Brand Park
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Memorial for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings at the Japanese American National Museum
Admission on Saturday, August 4: Pay What You Wish. In commemoration of the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which occurred on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Wish Tree will be featured. Participants can write down their personal wishes for peace on a piece of paper that they tie to the tree.
August 4 - 9, 2018 Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Two-Day Workshop: Shibori On! Continuing Explorations in Shibori and Indigo
In this two-day workshop, participants will continue working with indigo and shibori dyeing using a broad selection of beautiful vintage and one-of-a-kind fabrics. Shibori techniques of itajime, arashi, nui, and more will be practiced with both new and continuing students. Bring scissors and a seam ripper.
August 4 & 5, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
For tickets: click here
The Kimono Class with Sasaki-sensei
Summer time means it is the season of the Yukata – this is the lightweight summer kimono. All participants will get to wear one and enjoy a delicious bowl of Matcha tea.
August 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Shoseian "Whispering Pine" Japanese Tea House
Brand Park
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Author Discussion—Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura by James Matsumoto Omura; edited by Arthur A. Hansen
The late journalist James “Jimmie” Omura was among the fiercest opponents of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. In his sharply written columns, Omura called out leaders in the Nikkei community for what he saw as their complicity with the US government’s unjust and unconstitutional policies. Among the first Nikkei to seek governmental redress and reparations for wartime violations of civil liberties and human rights, Omura paid dearly for his bravery; he was shunned by the Nikkei community and excluded from the standard narrative of Japanese American wartime incarceration until later in life.
August 25, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
RSVP: click here
Omotesenke Tea Ceremony by Omotesenke Domonkai members
Omotesenke is one of the schools of the Japanese tea ceremony. Join us as we learn more about the uniwue methods this style uses to prepare tea in the traditional Japanese manner.
September 16, 2018
11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Shoseian "Whispering Pine" Japanese Tea House
Brand Park
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Donn Draeger and His Koryu: Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu & Katori Shinto Ryu Kenjutse: A Lecture & Video Presentation by Master Michael Belzer
Join us for our big annual event. Every year, we add more and more! Enjoy the Koto harp and the Taiko drums. Learn Shodo – calligraphy. Enjoy two tea ceremonies, martial arts, Asian art and gifts, massage, food from the Okamoto Food Truck, and more surprises to be announced!
December 16, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shoseian "Whispering Pine" Japanese Tea House
Brand Park
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201


Ongoing Events & Online Exhibitions

Arizona Area Ongoing Events

Public Tea Ceremony The Japanese Friendship Garden presents authentic tea ceremonies for the public on the third Saturday of each month (except February -It will be held on 2/13) that the garden is open. The ceremonies are presented by tea volunteers, wearing beautiful kimonos in our Musoan tea house. Guests are met at the entry gate and conducted to the teahouse by a docent who explains features in the tea garden and other interesting facts about the teahouse itself. Third Saturday of each month (various times), Japanese Friendship Garden; 1125 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003; For more info: (602) 256-3204 or (602) 274-8700

First Friday Please join us for our First Friday Event on the first Friday every month when the garden is open, runs from 4:00pm until 6:00 pm (until 7:00pm for spring and summer time). The Japanese Friendship Garden will offer live music, performances and much more! A beer and wine bar will be open for your enjoyment. Free parking and a free admission! (Donations welcome.)

First Friday of each month 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Japanese Friendship Garden; 1125 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003; For more info: (602) 256-3204 or (602) 274-8700

Fushicho Daiko Performances, Watch a rehearsal, learn about Taiko classes, and try your hand at playing loud! First Friday of each month
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; 925 N.W. Grand Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Los Angeles Area Ongoing Events & Online Exhibitions

Japanema: Japanese Cinema Night Screening at Japan Foundation of Los Angeles: The Japan Foundation provides high quality Japanese films for free on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. 7:00p.m., Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Online Collection of Japanese Art (online collection), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Anime Club – Otaku Path! Otaku path is an anime club dedicated to expanding the awareness and appreciation of Japanese animation and culture. It's all about anime, manga, art, craft, cosplay, games, learning Japanese and most importantly getting together and having a lot of fun. First Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Little Tokyo Branch Library- Los Angeles Public Library; 203 S. Los Angeles St.; Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 612-0525

Baseball Gallery at Sports Museum of Los Angeles (features items from Babe Ruth and Dodgers visits to Japan)
The Sports Museum of Los Angeles (SMLA) includes a gallery devoted exclusively to visits to Japan by American baseball stars, including the legendary Babe Ruth and the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Japan gallery is a part of an exhibition that features the most spectacular collection of vintage baseball, Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers memorabilia and collectibles anywhere. Open Saturdays
(10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and Sundays (11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Sports Museum of Los Angeles 1900 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90007 (888) 540-8223

Edo Society: Toys (online collection), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

First Friday Origami Club Origami is one of Japan’s most exciting contributions to world culture and is now practiced by children, adults, artists and scientists all around the world. Join the Origami Club on First Fridays of every month and learn from local origami enthusiast and skilled folder, Nick Cavallo. The club will hold its first meeting on Friday, May 4th. We will provide origami paper and the spectacular natural setting of our garden to inspire the creation of flowers, fish, birds and other natural wonders – all folded from paper. First Friday of each month 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden; 270 Arlington Drive Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 399-1721
info@japanesegardenpasadena.com

Gardena Bonsai Society, The Gardena Bonsai Society meets regularly at the Nakaoka Community Center on the first Friday of the month at 7 p.m. The Society is a group for the novice and the experienced bonsai artist, with each meeting being highlighted by demonstrations and lectures. Lessons are also available on Wednesday nights. The Annual Bonsai Show is held on the first weekend of May. First Friday of each month, 7:00 p.m., Ken Nakaoka Community Center (1670 W 162nd, Gardena, CA) ; (310) 217-9537

Gardena Kawai Sumi-e Club The Kawai Sumi-e Club meets every Tuesday evening from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Nakaoka Community Center. Sumi-e is the Japanese art of black and white painting;Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Ken Nakaoka Community Center 1670 West 162nd St. Gardena, CA 90247. (310) 217-9537

Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings, Pacific Asia Museum

Howard and Asiant Art Collection, a museum-quality collection of Asian artifacts, is available to seventh-grade students and community groups. The Howard Committee provides docent-led tours of the Howard and Asian Art Collection to seventh graders in the Long Beach Unified School District and to community groups requesting tours. Committee members are also responsible for maintaining the collection. The tours are designed to correlate with the seventh grade world history curriculum, providing students with an opportunity to experience a museum and learn about Asian history, culture, and art. Assistance League of Long Beach provides bus transportation for children to view this collection during the school year. Programs are also available to community groups by contacting the Assistance League of Long Beach office. For more information, contact: Assistance League of Long Beach Philanthropic Center; 6220 East Spring St. Long Beach, CA 90815; (562) 627-5650

Little Tokyo Walking Tour (Self-guided), Little Tokyo Service Center

Japanese Storytime Children, parents, and caregivers, join us for our fun and lively Japanese storytime. Listen to exciting and entertaining stories told in Japanese by our STAR reader; First and Third Saturday of each month; 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Little Tokyo Branch Library - Los Angeles Public Library; 203 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 612-0525

Japanese Book Club; Enjoy a discussion in Japanese about the books you've read together or share the latest articles that you've found interesting.One Saturday of per month 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Little Tokyo Branch Library- Los Angeles Public Library; 203 S. Los Angeles St.; Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 612-0525

Japanese Tea House Tours: Learn the traditions behind the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse. Informal tours are offered at 20-minute intervals on the second Monday of every month. No reservations required. General admission. Held on the second Monday of each month from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (every 20 minutes). For more information, contact: The Huntington Library, Arts Collections, and Botanical Gardens; 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108; (626) 405-2100

The Nature of the Beast: Animals in Japanese Paintings and Prints, Pacific Asia Museum

Origami for Teens and Young at Heart
Join us for a workshop to make origami. Participants will learn about the history of this craft and then make their own origami creations! All supplies will be provided. First Thursday of each month 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Little Tokyo Branch Library 203 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 612-0525

Oshaberi Tuesday! (ongoing): Are you addicted to the culture of cute? Do want to practice your Japanese? Maybe you just have to admit you're a total Japan otaku. Or maybe you are Japanese, looking to meet other Japanese in the area. All are welcome! Both gaijin and nihonjin. Come to practice English or Japanese, socialize about culture, study, or just sit back and relax. All skill levels are welcome! New people show up every week, and have a great time.Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Big Joy Family Bakery & Café; 4176 Convoy St. San Diego, CA 92111

South Coast Bonsai Association Meeting
The South Coast Bonsai Association meets the fourth Sunday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of December. For additional information contact Ken Ueda at (310) 987-6345. No registration required for this meeting. Meetings are open to the public. Fourth Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; South Coast Botanic Gardens; Classroom A; 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.; Palos Verdes, CA 90247; (310) 987-6345

The Southern California Haiku Study Group is devoted to studying, writing, and sharing haiku in English, there is no membership fee, and beginners are always welcome. The group meets ever third Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; USC Pacific Asia Museum; 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101; (626) 449-2742

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden: Open Days, Last Sunday of Every Month, 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, California 91105 , Telephone: (626) 399-1721
E-mail: info@japanesegardenpasadena.com

Tea & Talks: Starting in November (2016), on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, Yurie Halchak will serve tea and Japanese sweets, and give a talk in the teahouse about the history and customs surrounding tea in Japanese culture. First and Third Thursdays of each month
1:00 p.m.; Storrier and Stearns Japanese Garden; 270 Arlington Dr.; Pasadena, CA 91105; (626) 399-1721; info@japanesegardenpasadena.com

Teahouse and Garden: Visitors and members are welcome to experience the ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden. Trained Teahouse volunteers are available to share their skills and answer questions about the rich traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony; Second Saturdays; 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden; 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93105; (805) 682-4726


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