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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.

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ARIZONA 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
7 week Japanese Cooking and Culture Class
The Japan born instructor will teach student how to make rolled Sushi and other popular Japanese food and snacks. The students will also learn how to use chopsticks and eat noodles that they have cooked. Each class will start with basic Japanese language lessons and the students will speak simple Japanese expressions. The class may be supplemented with other fun Japanese activities such as Origami as time permits. This will be a new cultural experience for American students to taste what Japanese children enjoy eating and to experience Japanese activities. Returning students are welcome.
August 15 - October 3, 2018 Agua Caliente Elementary School
11420 E. Limberlost Road
Tucson, AZ 85749
(520) 749-2235
Contact: Miki mjpimienta@msn.com or YouthProgram@tanq.org
Shonen Knife concert
The Rialto Theatre Presents: Shonen Knife (from Osaka, Japan)
September 22, 2018
8:00 p.m.
191 Toole
191 Toole Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
"Tale of Heike" Performance by Arao Tsutomu
Japanese performer Tsutomu Arao will present a musical program of "The Tale of the Heike" at Arizona State University’s Katzin Concert Hall on Sept. 24. His performance of musical storytelling with the accompaniment of the biwa (lute) is part of a larger program of events that includes a display of Japanese prints relating to "The Tale of the Heike" from the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection at Taliesin West together with prints from the ASU Art Museum collection. These will be available for viewing by appointment in the Jules Heller Print Study Room of the ASU Art Museum. These prints, all from the 19th century, illustrate characters and episodes from "The Tale of the Heike" and related literature and theater, and many feature verses by famous poets alluding to related stories.
September 24 - 27, 2018 Katzun Concert Hall (September 24)
50 Gammage Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Taliesin West (September 25)
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

University of Arizona (September 26)
Tucson, AZ 85721

Northern Arizona University (September 27)
S San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
"The Tale of the Heike" in Music and Woodblock Prints
The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright became interested in Japanese art in the 1890s and in 1905 he traveled to Japan. From that time to his late years spent at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, he maintained his collecting and studying of Japanese prints. Prints that he once owned are in major art museums around the United States. Taliesin West holds his collection of surimono, the privately printed Japanese prints commissioned by poetry societies in the early 19th century. A selection of surimono relating to The Tale of the Heike will be lent to ASU Art Museum for several weeks so that ASU students and faculty and members of the community can view them. ASU Art Museum will make its collection of ukiyo-e prints relating to The Tale of the Heike available for viewing as well.
September 24 - 28, 2018 ASU Art Museum
51 E 10th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Vase Variations: The World of Ikebana Vessels
Our newest permanent exhibition offers a unique window into Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. The vases on view at Yume are drawn from our collection of more than 200 Ikebana vessels, the largest and widest-ranging such holding in the United States. Many are more than a century old, others are contemporary, and most are handmade by Japanese artisans from bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, or glass. They illustrate an amazing breadth of design and materials, and accompanying photographs of flower arrangements show how they are used in the different schools of Ikebana practice.
October 2, 2018 - May 2, 2018 Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 332 -2928
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
info@jfgphx.org

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA EVENTS

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)
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest
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
323-964-6331
info@petersen.org
San Kei En Photography
In 1957, the San Diego – Yokohama Sister City Society was established to promote cultural exchange, friendship, and world peace through better understanding. The Society has sponsored numerous successful exchanges throughout the years promoting the arts, business, and culture to name a few. The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in Balboa Park and Yokohama’s Sankeien continue the celebration of the cities’ relationship by providing supplemental images for the other’s photo contest. Alongside images from Yokohama’s Sankeien, we want you to share your experiences at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
July 27 - October 28, 2018 Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego SanKeiEn
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-2721
jfgsd@niwa.org
Prototyping in Tokyo | A visual story of design led innovation
“Prototyping in Tokyo” is an interactive exhibition introducing the advanced technologies utilized by Professor Shunji Yamanaka in his development of cutting-edge prototypes. The exhibition highlights the importance of prototypes as objects that link new technologies and society, offering a glimpse into possible future user experiences. Creations often only shared within the research community, present the public with a unique window into the dreams and creative trials of researchers, combining technology with intrinsic Japanese aesthetics, revealing remarkable beauty.
August 17 - October 10, 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
Photography Exhibition: TOKYO Before/After (U.S. premiere exhibition)
“TOKYO Before/After” features a selection of approximately 80 works, in which works by photographers who had captured images of Tokyo in the 1930-40s are presented in juxtaposition with those taken after 2010.
August 30 - September 29, 2018 The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Ikebena Flower Arranging
Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of floral arranging. Instructor Yumiko Kikkawa of the Ohara School of Ikebana, will guide you to see beyond the decorative and help you merge the indoors and outdoors through the mechanics of manipulation and the observation of materials for their best usage. Registration required.
September 4・11・18・25, 2018 South Coast Botanic Gardens
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
(310) 544-1948
Outdoor Movie Night: Japanese Cinema Month
Outdoor Movie Night at The Source presents Japanese Cinema Month! Every Friday in September, we will be showcasing popular Japanese films, from anime to cultural films. Movies will start at 7PM and will screened at the 1st floor Step Plaza at The Source. Free admission. No RSVP required.
September 7 - 28, 2018
Fridays
The Source OC
6940 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621
PIPEROID Workshop
Paper craft has been a part of Japanese culture since the Edo period. Piperoid is a contemporary approach to building with paper evolved from more traditional practices. Participants will experience building a character robot or animal with their own hands from paper pipes. The workshop will highlight ideas of process development and fabrication echoed in the "Prototyping in Tokyo" exhibition. Snip and build in an hour, optimizing the balance between the easiness in cutting with scissors and the strength to sustain form during assembly.
September 8 & 22, 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
To register: click here
Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection
USC PAM presents Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, drawn from the museum’s extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia.
September 14, 2018 - January 6, 2019 USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Los Angeles Anime Film Festival
Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF 2018) will be held in September. LA-AFF will showcase over 20 anime films and feature a full list of events in addition to the film screenings including an opening night red carpet gala and Q&A sessions with directors, voice actors, and film creators to further excite festival-goers.
September 21 - 23, 2018 Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center
1000 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Moon Festival
Celebrate the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox on a Saturday evening at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Whether you call it Tsukimi (Japanese "Moon Viewing"), a Mid-Autumn Festival (a harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese and Vietnamese), or the more western name, a Harvest Moon Celebration, this is the occasion when that celestial object shines brightly in the hearts of so many peoples around the world.
September 22, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
info@japanesegardenpasadena.com
Sunday Funday - Sake and Shochu Tasting
Sake is a Japanese brewed beverage made from rice, and just like wine, there are many kinds to choose from. Sweet, dry, crisp, smooth--sake comes in various flavor profiles and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Sake is one of the most popular drinks in Japan. Equally popular? Shochu. But have you ever heard of it?
September 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
(Administrative office at Suite 167)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Himalayan Buddhist Monks to Create a Sand Mandala at the Garden
The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will host a very special spiritual event during the last week of September. From Wednesday the 26th through Friday the 28th, several Himalayan monks will create a Buddhist sand mandala at the center of the garden’s En Gallery as a prayer for peace and compassion. On Sunday, September 30th at 10:30am, the monks will perform the Dissolution Ceremony during which they will deconstruct the mandala that they have spent days creating – a lesson in the impermanence of all things.
September 26 - 28, 2018 Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
info@japanesegardenpasadena.com
Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery
“Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery” reinterprets the connecting elements of historic Japanese timber-frame construction as a compelling expression of contemporary art. Originally crafted by anonymous builders for traditional Japanese farm houses, shiguchi joinery, by its nature, remained hidden from view for hundreds of years while it locked into place the massive structural timbers of humble farm dwellings. A new exhibit organized by The Gamble House brings the work of architect, historian and preservationist Yoshihiro Takishita to Pasadena to showcase the intricate craft of the ancient joiner’s art, known as shiguchi. (Panel Discussion 9/29, Lecture 9/30, Woodworker's Tour 10/7 & 10/21, Curator's Tour 10/14 & 11/4, Sake Tasting 11/4)
September 27 - November 4, 2018 The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103
Hidden in Plain Sight: Uncovering Japanese Enemy Alien Internment at Camp Livingston, Louisiana
This presentation follows the research journey of two academic librarians as they begin to address the gap in information surrounding the history of internment at Camp Livingston. Building upon the chance discovery of one extended family’s experience with Alexandria and Camp Livingston alongside in-depth primary document research, life within Camp Livingston has begun to coalesce into a clearer picture that can serve as a social justice tool to illicit the exploration of racially, ethnically, or religiously spurred political decisions that deny citizenship or violate the civil rights of citizens.
September 27, 2018
5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Dohney Memorial Library

University Park Campus
University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Pkwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
To RSVP: click here
The Power of the Weave: The Hidden Meanings of Cloth
Cloth forms markets in which vast amounts of money circulate. As well as having deep associations with literature and painting, it occupied a major position in the culture and industry of Edo-period Japan. In cloth, we find points of similarity between the countries of Asia, as well as features that are distinct to Japan. Cloth is a product that brought about the industrial revolution in Europe. Procurement of cotton was deeply implicated in the project of colonialism. In the era of craft production, cloth held a certain kind of power. It was a power that protected and brought peace of mind to those in possession of cloth. That power was a cultural power, which is to say that it exercised its full effect only in societies that believed in it. The power of cloth derives from the relationship between nature and human beings.
September 28, 2018
4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Dohney Memorial Library

University Park Campus
University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Pkwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
To RSVP: click here
The WWII Japanese American Resettlement: New Research Workshop
The resettlement from the War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps to the regions east of the Rockies and back to the Pacific Coast towards the war's end is a critical, yet understudied aspect of the Japanese American community during and immediately after World War II. With scholars, filmmakers, and community-based historians, this workshop is a sharing of work-in-progress on how Japanese Americans resettled in the two cities of Los Angeles and Chicago.
September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Dohney Memorial Library

University Park Campus
University of Southern California
3607 Trousdale Pkwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
To RSVP: click here
Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Floral Cards
Learn from JANM’s resident origami expert Ruthie Kitagawa how to make a card adorned with cheerful origami flowers. Space is limited to 15 participants. Advance purchase of a ticket is required. $12 non-members, free for JANM members. Museum admission included.
September 29, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Japan Day at Angel Stadium
This free pre-game cultural celebration will feature entertainment for the whole family including a taiko drum performance, food, giveaways and a special guest appearance by Shohei Otani. Japan Day will take place in the State College parking lot across from Gate 2.
September 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Angel Stadium
2000 E Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
San Diego Sake Festival
BESHOCK Ramen and Quartyard present: San Diego Sake Festival ~ A celebration of World Sake Day. Join us as we guide you through the best sake from Japan. The event starts with a traditional cedar sake barrel opening ceremony "Kagami biraki." Taste over 20 different types of sake with your very own original sake glassware "Ochoco." Meet the local sake brewers and sommeliers to learn everything about sake. Hibatchi food pairing samples curated by Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop. Live music. Kampai!
September 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Quartyard
1301 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101
The Art of Shamisen — Japanese Three Stringed Lute by Honjoh Hidetaro and Ensemble
Join us for a unique afternoon featuring artists from Japan as they play the three-stringed Japanese lute, or shamisen, one of the key instruments in Japanese traditional music. This enlightening program will include performances and demonstrations along with narratives and onstage interviews with the musicians, who will be led by composer, master musician and headmaster of the Honjoh School of Shamisen, Honjoh Hidetaro. Special performances by Japanese dancers will accompany some of the music.
September 29, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 781-7171
For tickets: click here
Yatai Fest LA 2018
Coming back for Year #2, Japan Alliance is once again proud to co-host the 2018 Yatai Fest LA alongside the City of Los Angeles! We are shutting down the streets to bring you Japanese food (with a beer garden), live entertainment, and Japanese/Japanese American culture. Make sure to like and tune into our Facebook page to see the list of vendors who will participate. See you there!
September 29, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
W 186th St.
Gardena, CA 90248
Two-Day Workshop: Shibori On!
In this two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce, continue practicing itajime, arashi, nui, and other shibori dyeing techniques on a broad selection of fabrics, and learn about dyeing threads for stitching. Bring scissors and a seam ripper. Limited to 20 participants.
September 29 & 30, 2018 Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
September Open Day Last Sunday: The Pasadena Origami Festival
Pasadena Origami Festival 12 noon to 4pm---Learn to fold paper cranes, flowers and other fun forms with expert paper folders from the Pacific Ocean Paperfolders (POP) and our own Origami Club teacher Nick Cavallo in the uniquely beautiful natural setting of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, which will be transformed for the day into an outdoor paperfolding classroom. As well as origami folding workshops, we will present three talks on different aspects of origami.
September 30, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
info@japanesegardenpasadena.com
Book Talk: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Transforming Self and Society with Compassion
Join us as we hear from Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu about his new book, From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Transforming Self and Society with Compassion. Millions have found mindfulness to be a powerful practice for reducing stress, enhancing attention, and instilling tranquility. But it can offer so much more—it can transform you, make you more fully awake, alive, and aware of your connection to all beings. In Japanese, the character that best expresses mindfulness, 念, consists of two parts—the top part, 今, meaning “now,” and the bottom part, 心, meaning “heart.” In the book, Murphy-Shigematsu uses stories from his own life as the son of an Irish father and a Japanese mother, a professor in Japan and America, a psychotherapist, a father, and a husband. Come learn about the eight “heartfulness” principles that help us realize that the deepest expression of an enlightened mind is found in our relation to others.
October 1, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
East Asian Seminar Room
Dohney Memorial Library

University Park Campus
University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Pkwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
To RSVP: click here
Japanese Garden Wellness Walk
The Japanese garden is a traditional living art form that appeals to all of the senses. Explore our Japanese Garden on a guided walk with author, artist and teacher Donna Kobayashi at 10am or 1pm. She will discuss how experiencing this garden can provide inspiration and stress relief.
October 6, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Advance registration required: click here
Encuentro & Fandangobon 2018
The 6th annual FandangObon (FO) Project is a growing Angeleno tradition that culminates on October 6 with an Environmental Encuentro, and October 7 with the music and dance Festival & Farmer’s Market at JACCC, the historic cultural crossroads of Boyle Heights and Bronzeville. Hundreds of folks of all ages and cultures will celebrate connections to each other and mother earth. Co-presented by JACCC, Great Leap, Inc., Artivist Entertainment, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.
October 6 & 7, 2018 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
Okinawan Bazaar
The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host their Annual Okinawa Bazaar on October 7 (Sunday), 11 AM - 4 PM, at the OAA Center in Gardena. This event is currently the only Okinawa-focused festival in Southern California. What started out as a small gathering of members has grown into an intergenerational cultural event that brings together hundreds of families for an afternoon of tasty food, soulful entertainment, fun games, raffle drawings (win Disneyland tickets!), and more. Volunteers will be needed on October 6 (Saturday), 7 (Sunday), and 8 (Monday). Service hours are available for students. If you are interested in helping with set-up, booth operation, and/or clean-up, please contact the OAA.
October 7, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Okinawa Association of America, Inc.
16500 South Western Avenue
Gardena, California 90247
(310) 532-1929
oaamensore@gmail.com
The Japanese American Citizen Isolation Centers of WWII: Film Screening of "A Bitter Legacy"
While the WWII War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps and the Army/Department of Justice camps that incarcerated nearly 120,0000 persons of Japanese ancestry have rightly garnered attention as examples of violations of civil liberties in the U.S., the story of citizen isolation centers for those considered troublemakers is still little known. With a focus on confinement sites in Leupp, Arizona and Moab, Utah, researcher Emiko Tsuchida and filmmaker Claudia Katayanagi will speak about these high-security camps, following the screening of A Bitter Legacy.
October 7, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rosen Family Screening Room (227)
Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

University Park Campus
University of Southern California
3607 Trousdale Pkwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
To RSVP: click here
Shin Hanga and America: Yoshida Hiroshi's Journey from Painter to Print-Maker
In this lecture, Dr. Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian Art at California State University, Long Beach, traces how oil painter Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) revived his career and helped launch the "new print" movement by utilizing his skills as an artist, maven and entrepreneur. It concludes with his late works of Japanese and Asian subjects, suggesting his complex relationships to "Eastern" and "Western" cultures.
October 9, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Carving Across Borders: Block Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida
The Japan Foundation,Los Angeles is honored to present the Carving Across Borders: Block Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida exhibition with the generous support of Randall and Diana Fullmer. This exhibition is a collection featuring 22 woodblock prints by Hiroshi Yoshida in which he captured the beauty of what he saw in Japan, the United States and around the world.
October 10 - 31, 2018 The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Japanese Garden Celebration
Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual festival set in our Japanese Garden. Enjoy family-friendly events including a tour of the garden, taiko drum performances and crafting.
October 13 & 14, 2018 Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Wooden Chopsticks, Metal Chopsticks: Grab Japanese and Korean Culture through the Languages
Japan and Korea are neighboring countries that share many similarities and differences in customs and language. For example, both countries use chopsticks but did you know that the types of chopstick are different? What other similarities or differences do these countries share? In this lecture, by sampling video clips from various Korean and Japanese programs, we will explore some unique aspects of the two cultures, especially as it connects to how people communicate with one another. This lecture is for everyone--people who speak and don’t speak Korean and Japanese. All are welcomed to explore the two cultures with us.
October 17, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
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
Outdoor Movie Night: Godzilla (1954)
JANM presents the granddaddy of all monster movies, the original Japanese Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira)! Made at a time when Japan was still recovering from the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this remarkably human drama has spawned more than 30 remakes and sequels. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the rampaging radioactive beast destroy an intricately detailed miniature of Tokyo as it was meant to be seen—on the big screen!
October 25, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.
October 27, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Jewelry Workshop—The World of Washi: Beginner Class
Instructor Reiko Nakano will teach participants how to make a necklace of hand-made washi beads floating on a silk thread anchored by tiny knots, along with a playful keychain. Techniques will includes washi-wrapping, looping, and wrapping wire. Please bring sharp scissors, a shoebox for supplies, a snack, and a desire to learn. Additional materials provided. Limited to 12 participants.
November 3 & 4, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
RAMEN Festival San Diego!!
The San Diego Ramen Festival is the newest and most exciting food event happening in San Diego! It’s time to get your ramen on – and you can go ramen crazy on Thursday, November 29th, at the Third Annual San Diego Ramen Festival!
November 29, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
1000 N Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
For tickets: click here
Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Wreaths and Cards
Get ready for the holidays and learn from JANM’s resident origami expert Ruthie Kitagawa how to make a holiday-themed origami card and a wreath. Space is limited to 15 participants.
December 1, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Art & Study of Taiko
Staff and students of Asano Taiko US and Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) present contemporary and traditionally inspired taiko repertoire in their end-of-year recital. Performances are interspersed with explanations of the roots and context of taiko and commentary on the challenges and joys of learning Japanese drums.
December 1 & 2, 2018 James R. Armstrong Theatre
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 781-7171
Hiroya Tsukamoto Performance
Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was 13, and took up the guitar shortly after. The rest, as they say is history. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States.
December 7 & 8, 2018 George Nakano Theatre
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 781-7171
Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters During WWII
A symposium exploring allies of Japanese Americans during World War II who defended and supported those living under martial law in Hawaii, in the U.S. military, and behind barbed wire in War Relocation Authority camps as well as in their resettlement once out of camp. Leading scholars, filmmakers, and writers present their findings about Buddhist and Christian clergy, African American and Chinese American leaders, and others who courageously spoke out for the Japanese American community. This event is co-sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum.
December 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
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
Japanese Female Immigration in the U.S. and U.K.: Kensington, A Play by Velina Hasu Houston
How does one build a life for oneself in a country that you weren’t born in and didn’t grow up in? Such is the challenge for an immigrant, challenges that bring a lot to bear upon family relations. Japanese women emigrate to many places, two destinations being the United States and the United Kingdom. How does living in either nation shape the identity of the Japanese female immigrant with regard to acculturation variances, relations with citizens of color, the texture of familial relationships, and gender identity? A staged reading of Kensington, a play by Velina Hasu Houston, explores the impact of immigration and choices about acculturation on the reunion of two sisters – one a short-term immigrant to England, one a permanent immigrant to the United States – after a decade-long estrangement. The reading and a post-play talkback provide gateways for discussion about how immigration and its circumstances affect family relations.
March 1, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
University Park Campus
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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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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