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Southern California and Arizona Area Cultural Calendar


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.

Tel: (213) 617-6700 ext. 334

Local Event Calendar


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)
"Spirited Away" Free Film Screening
Hayao Miyazaki’s stunning, Academy Award-winning masterpiece, Spirited Away, was the biggest box office hit of all-time in Japan, as well as a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.
July 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 795-0844
For tickets: click here
Film screening "The Birth of Sake" and locally brewed sake tasting!
Atsuo Sakurai is owner of Arizona Sake and has brewed (or brews?) Junmai Ginjyo. (Don’t need “a”) (unless it is very rare for him to do this & he doesn’t do it regularly) He will be tapping the keg exclusively for Members and Friends of the Japanese Culture Club of Arizona. Only those preregistered for this event will be able to try the sake this evening. Film Screening "The Birth of Sake" 2016 Documentary with English subtitles.
July 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Winship House at the Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N 3rd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Registration: click here
Otsukimi ~ Moonviewing 2018
Every year the Japanese Friendship Garden brings the valley a tradtional Japanese Moonviewing festival to celbrate the Fall season. Our friends at Hiro Sake will be serving tasty sake cocktails. SAPPORO USA beer garden will be serving premium, premium light, premium black and Sapporo reserve. And of course patron favorites like plum wine and sparkling sake will be available. Telescopes for star gazing provided by Phoenix Astronomical Society.
October 26 - 27, 2018 Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700


Event & Link Date & Time Location
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles - Marie Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer
This exhibition showcases Japanese lacquer from the private collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette. Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest in Europe, and she considered it to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate works reveal the queen's personal taste and demonstrate the high level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the 17th and 18th centuries. The loan of the boxes is part of an artistic exchange between the J. Paul Getty Museum and Versailles, where an important desk made for Louis XVI from the Museum’s collection is currently on long-term loan.
January 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019 The J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300
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)
Windows of Little Tokyo 小東京の窓
Little Tokyo transforms into an outdoor art exhibition with 11 artworks displayed on windows across our historic, 134-year-old Japanese American neighborhood. See 11 visions of the past, present, and future of Little Tokyo!
April 28 - October 21, 2018 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking & Fine Tuning: Japanese/American Customs
Two exhibitions on Japanese automobile manufacturing and customization. The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking explores how and why Japan’s automotive industry has come to dominate the roads, paying special attention to the interesting cultural interchange between the US and Japan that grew into the symbiotic relationship of these economies and cultures. Fine Tuning: Japanese/American Customs will run concurrently with The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking, which will be on display in the Bruce Meyer Gallery, adjacent to the Customization Gallery. It is intended to bridge visitor interest between Japanese manufacturing and the prominent interest in customization of Japanese cars in Los Angeles.
May 24, 2018 - April 30, 2019 Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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
Mirage: Kimono Silk as Pigment by Sumi Foley
Born in Osaka, Japan, Sumi Foley has been making fabric art for more than 30 years. As a child of 4 or 5 years old, she would often spend the night at her grandmother’s house, where she learned to sew and enjoyed looking at and touching her grandmother’s kimono fabric scraps. Years later, when her grandmother was about to throw away these scraps, she asked her to give her that fabric. Since then she has been creating her “Abandoned Fabric” art, using small pieces of antique silk kimono fabric as pigment on canvas. For each work, she lovingly pieces the silk fragments together to form textile mosaics that speak of a reconstructed connection to her homeland and its traditions and to nature. On some, she stitches playful details drawn from Japanese folklore, such as foxes – auspicious creatures who serve as messengers of Inari, god of the rice harvest.
June 6 - July 29, 2018 Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
神と紙 Kami to Kami: Fukui Echizen Washi Exhibition
Echizen in Fukui Prefecture is known for its 1,500 year history of washi, papermaking. Twenty artisans from the region will present their handmade paper installations, both functional and decorative, including an exquisite paper teahouse. Supported in part by Hiromi Paper, Inc. and Fukui Washi Kōgyō Kyōdo Kumiai.
June 24 - July 29, 2018 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
Burai II - The Swords of Sorrow
An action packed ghost story of loyalty, corruption, honor, and injustice among the samurai and their younger sisters in 19th century Japan. A chamberlain of Matsugoe clan and master of Shintou Eigou Style, Takeshige, is killed by Daiji, an executioner. His enraged soul remains in this world to avenge at the hand of his younger sister, Kaede.
July 6 - 22, 2018 Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
For tickets: click here
Nisei Week Japanese Festival
Nisei Week is an annual festival celebrating Japanese and Japanese American culture in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Nisei means 2nd generation in Japanese, describing the first American born Japanese, a group that started the festival in 1934.
July 15 - August 19, 2018 Little Tokyo, Los Angeles (Various Locations)
Delicious Little Tokyo 2018
Go Little Tokyo for two days of delicious food harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo! Delicious Little Tokyo invites all foodies to experience the vast array of cuisines that the restaurants of Little Tokyo have to offer. The festivities are on Friday (7/20) and Saturday (7/21), and feature selected Little Tokyo restaurants offering giveaways, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and tastings. Come explore the culinary gems of Little Tokyo with your family and friends!
July 20 & 21, 2018 Little Tokyo, Los Angeles (Various Locations)

RSVP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/golittletokyo
Santa Barbara Obon Festival 2018
Taiko Drumming, Bon Dance (Japanese folk dancing), Karate demonstration, Buddhist service, Origami, Game, Bonsai, Japanese craft sale, Flower arranging, and more…
July 21, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara
1015 East Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-3633
E-mail: mail@buddhistchurchofsantabarbara.org
Long Beach Buddhist Church 2018 Bon Odori Festival
Please join us for the annual Bon Odori festival coming next month.
July 21, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Long Beach Buddhist Chruch
2360 Santa Fe Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90810
Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
The VHBT Obon Festival will take place over the weekend of July 21-22, from 3PM-9PM. Come sample our teriyaki chicken bowl, vegetarian curry, chili dogs and chili rice, salad, spam musubi, and dangos for dessert. Odori (dancing) will run from 7:00PM-8:30PM on both evenings.
July 21 & 22, 2018 Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
12371 Braddock Drive
Culver City, CA 90230
Pasadena Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
Pasadena Buddhist Temple's annual Obon festival will feature food, crafts, games, cultural exhibits and demonstrations. Traditional Obon Odori dancing is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm each evening.
July 21 & 22, 2018 Pasadena Buddhist Temple
1993 Glen Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 798-4781
Bridge USA Japanese Summer Festival 2018
This festival features over sixty booths filled with food, kimonos, and souvenirs, and that’s just scratching the surface at this annual summer celebration featuring martial arts demonstrations, professional dancers, live music, and a traditional Mikoshi parade.
July 22, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Dr.
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 781-7150
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego Bon Odori Festival
Join us on August 3rd and August 4th as The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) and Buddhist Temple of San Diego (BTSD) will host the annual Bon Odori Festival on Aug. 3rd and 4th! They continue the tradition of celebrating the circle of life together, as done each summer in Japan for generations, and welcome everyone to join the celebration!
For two days, you will be able enjoy a variety of merchants, engage in family friendly activities, treat yourselves to Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and experience cultural performances throughout each day! Each festival day will also be highlighted with traditional Bon Odori practices.
August 3 & 4, 2018 Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-2721
San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
Food, Games, Taiko Drum Performance, Martial Arts Demonstrations ,Bonsai Exhibits, Crafts for Kids, Traditional Japanese Dance
August 4, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6996 Ontario Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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
International Peace & Humanity Day 2018
SD-WISH invites you to come together to promote peace & harmony among all people, cultures, and nations. Our main purpose is to educate and inspire communities, kids, youth, families, and leaders for future generations on how to collaborate with people from different backgrounds. The International Peace & Humanity Day is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome.
August 6 & 10, 2018 Yokohama Friendship Bell on Shelter Island
1402 Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106

Coronado City Council Chambers/Community Pool
1825 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Gardena Buddhist Church Obon 2018
Dancing, food, games, community.
August 11 & 12, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Gardena Buddhist Church
1517 W. 166th St.
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 327-9400
San Diego Padres Japanese Community Night (vs. Angels)
In community partnership with the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, join the Padres in celebrating Japanese Community Night at Petco Park. Come together with the San Diego Japanese community for a night of fun and festivities. Only the first 500 fans who purchase the dedicated Japanese Community Night ticket package for August 13 will receive a Japanese Community Night hat
August 13, 2018 Petco Park
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
For tickets: click here
Natsumatsuri Family Festival
Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities. FREE ALL DAY!
August 18, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
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
Tsukemono 101 August 26, 2018 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
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
OC Japan Fair
Grab your friends, and celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festival in Southern California. Enjoy the experience of shopping, tasting, and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performance, games, Kimono models and more!!
October 19 - 21, 2018 OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For ticket information: click here
Tama Do – Energetic Healing with Pat Aoki
Each of us has an internal flow of energy that has been called “Ki” in Japanese and “Chi” in Chinese. Our energy field can be influenced and enhanced by a combination of sound, color, aroma and movement therapy. Join us as we experience all of this, along with a bowl of Matcha tea.
October 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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

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

San Diego Area Ongoing Events


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