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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
“GAMBATTE! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit” Photographs by Paul Kitagaki, Jr.
“GAMBATTE! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit” is the first body of work devoted to capturing the past and the present of Executive Order 9066 through photographs and oral histories. Executive Order 9066 was issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, which led to the imprisonment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Through the juxtaposition of historic images and contemporary portraits of the same individuals if their descendants, Kitagaki takes us on a visual exploration of the Japanese concept of Gambatte, or triumph over adversity.
November 4, 2016 - April 30, 2017 Tucson Desert Art Museum
7000 E. Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85715
desertartmuseum@gmail.com
(520) 202-3888
JAPAN BY NIGHT Exhibition
Photographs by Louis Rivera
February 18 - March 30, 2017 Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 332 -2928
Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
This collection takes visitors on a journey back in time to discover the life, culture, and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors through remarkable objects from one of the best and largest collections in the world. The exhibition, organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum in Dallas, Texas, features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and masks, weapons, horse tack, and other battle gear. It traces the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai through the centuries and examines the warriors’ history through works of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design.
March 1 - July 16, 2017 Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685
(602) 257-1880
Yayoi Kusama's Birthday Celebration
Join us for a birthday celebration for Yayoi Kusama! The Japanese artist and writer turns 88 this year. Wearing polka-dots is encouraged! A permanent installation at Phoenix Art Museum, known to many as "Fireflies" is one of the artist's more whimsical works and is among the most requested artworks by Museum visitors. Inspired by a Japanese folk tale about a person in a field with 10,000 fireflies, Kusama's work brings the fairy tale to life. The piece is a dark room lined with mirrors on every surface and strands of looping LED lighting suspended from the ceiling. This deceptively small room feels as if it’s a vast, infinite galaxy of lighting and allows the viewer to enter and be surrounded, or obliterated by Kusama’s fireflies.
March 22, 2017 Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685
(602) 257-1880
Haru in the Garden - A festival welcoming spring
The premiere Japanese Cultural event of Spring “Haru in the Garden” is back for another year, presented by the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. Experience the colors and sounds of the season while strolling through entrancingly lit pathways. “Kika Shibata” Master Ikebana (Japanese Flower Art) instructor and artist of over 50 years, joins the garden with a special live performance not to be missed. There will also be traditional music throughout, a variety of Asian dishes and food trucks and of course a Japanese bar serving wine, beer, plum wine and premium sake.
March 25, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700
info@jfgphx.org
Master Kika Shibata Workshop - Creative Ikebana using branches
The Japanese Friendship Garden and Sonoran Sogetsu Study Group (SDSSG) are proud to host Master teacher Mrs. Kika Shibata for a Haru presentation on Saturday evening and a special workshop on Sunday afternoon. Shibata Sensei will teach creative expression using small branches, twigs, and flowers. Experience Mrs. Shibata’s full range of artistic, structural, and teaching experience and skill by watching the show Saturday and working with her on Sunday. The workshop will focus on the sense of harmony among the materials provided; considering line, texture, depth, color, and shapes. Come and create a beautiful art object based on the strength and placement of individual, different size branches and other materials.
March 26, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700
info@jfgphx.org
Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration
The history of the Japanese Tea Ceremony extends back over 1000 years, when the first tea plants were brought to Japan from China by a Japanese monk. The Japanese tea ceremony is a traditional ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea is ceremonially prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to a small group of guests in a tranquil setting. Presented by the Japanese Culture Club of Arizona. Limited Seating. Includes Japanese tea and sweet serving.
April 2, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sedona Posse Grounds HUB
525 B Posse Group Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-1660
Tea Ceremony
In traditional costume and following canons of etiquette established nearly 1,000 years ago, a tea ceremony master will prepare and serve you a cup of matcha, or powdered green tea, and a traditional Japanese sweet to nibble. The elegant art of the ceremony, the reverence with which it is performed, and the emotional effect it produces will leave a deep and lasting impression on you. The ceremony at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tuscon has been scheduled for 11:00 am and 1:30 pm to accommodate all who wish to participate. Reservations are required. Please RSVP by April 1 to yume.gardens@gmail.com, with your name, telephone number, and the number in your party and specify the time at which you would like to attend.
April 8, 2017
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 332 -2928
"Your Name" Screenings Start at Loft Cinemas
From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters per Second, comes a beautifully animated tale about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection – a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each another. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to connect. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars? (Dir. by Makoto Shinkai, 2016, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 106 mins., Rated PG) *This film will be presented in English subtitled and English dubbed versions*
April 9, 2017 The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 795-0844
Enchanted Evenings At Yume
Yume by lantern- and candlelight is a sight to see! And it’s even better if floating through the deepening twilight are Japanese melodies from a bamboo flute. Stroll the Gardens as darkness gently descends and enjoy live and recorded traditional music.
April 14 - 15, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 332 -2928
9th Annual Anime Drawing Contest 2017 Display at Children's Day
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix loves to promote culture through art! This contest aims to introduce and share aspects of Japanese culture with both participants and viewers alike. All valid entries will be displayed in the Japanese Friendship Garden during our annual Children's Day festival in April. Theme: "Music in the Garden." Deadline April 14, 2017.
April 23, 2017 Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700
info@jfgphx.org
"Akira" Film Screening
The film that helped introduce anime to Western audiences, the highly-influential cult classic Akira is a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock-n-roll, Japanese style, based on the comic book by Katsuhiro Otomo. (Dir. by Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988, Japan, In Japanese with English subtitles, 124 mins., Rated R)
April 28 & 29, 2017
10:00 p.m.
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 795-0844
The Edo Marionette Puppet Theater
Come and enjoy a delightful performance by the EDO MARIONETTE GROUP (江戸糸あやつり人形劇場団 on Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM! This unique show is brought to you through the collaborative efforts of the San Diego Guild of Puppetry and the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego. The Edo Marionette Group presents and preserves fine and sophisticated marionettes from the 17th century. The marionette (the string-controlled puppet, or ayatsuri ningyo) came to Japan from China about 360 years ago in the period of the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate (the so-called Edo Period 1603-1868). Various improvements have been added since then that have made the puppets sensitive, demanding, and extremely expressive. The Edo Marionette Group was founded by Mr. Mitsuru Kamijo and Mrs. Kumiko Fukuda. Their performance is poetry in motion, unbelievable virtuosity in handling the marionette, and the relationship between man and marionette. In the program, there are four dances and two segments featuring explanations of the marionette shape and structure, given in Japanese through an English interpreter.
April 30, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-2721
Ken Koshio Taiko Extravaganza
Ancient Sounds of Peace, co-produced by K2 Enterprise will present “Ken Koshio’s TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA – Salt of the Earth, taking place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in Scottsdale, however it will be the third annual show produced by Ken Koshio (first one in 2015). The theme of this year’s show is “Salt of the Earth” as the art forms of music and dance intertwine to celebrate and experience the diversity of cultures. Since ancient times, Taiko rhythms have set the heartbeat in motion, expressing the melodies and pulse of mother earth.
May 6, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E 2nd St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA EVENTS

Event & Link Date & Time Location
Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group
The Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) was established in 2008 to support the acquisition efforts of the Japanese art department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Each year, at the annual JAAG event, Robert T. Singer, curator and head of the Japanese art department, presents a number of works for acquisition. Objects of all media and time periods are examined and discussed as Mr. Singer shares information about each item with the group. The goal is not only to enlarge the museum’s collection but also to add works of the highest quality and importance.
December 24, 2016 - May 7, 2017 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6010
Youth Taiko Drumming Classes
TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to announce its next session of taiko classes for youth at their Little Tokyo Studio. The introductory class is limited to 12 students. No prior experience is necessary. Practice bachi (drumsticks) are provided.
January 8 - March 26, 2017 TAIKOPROJECT Studio
505 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 268–4011
taikoproject@gmail.com
75 Years: Remembering Japanese American Incarceration During World War II
Through photographs, letters, oral histories, and more, the exhibit highlights collections from Cal Poly and across the California State University system that have been digitized as part of the NPS- and NEH-funded CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. The exhibit also marks the 75th anniversary of the executive order authorizing the forced removal of over 120,000 Japanese American citizens and immigrants from their homes to incarceration camps in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. The anniversary or Day of Remembrance takes place on Sunday, February 19.
February 17 - July 9, 2017
Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Robert E. Kennedy Library
California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Ave, Bldg. 35
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-5760
library@calpoly.edu
Tranquility Disrupted: Japanese Internment and San Luis Obispo County
Stories of the local families whose lives were changed forever. Opening Reception and Public History Day

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order

9066 and share your own or your family’s stories.
February 19 - July 31, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Opening Reception
February 19, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
History Center Museum
696 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-0638
THE FIRST KARAOKE: ENKA!
Bruce Yonemoto’s new body of work, a multi-channel media installation refreshes the original political content of Enka songs - traditional-style Japanese popular ballads - by enlisting the help of artists to write contemporary lyrics to recently popular Enka melodies. In addition to Yonemoto’s installation, an installation of vintage Enka album covers will be on display. Artists participating include Kaz Oshiro, Koki Tanaka, Taro Hattori, among others. Enka! is made possible in part by a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.
February 26 - April 2, 2017 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
The Art of the Kimono
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art enhances the understanding of heritage and celebrates diversity in San Luis Obispo County through art, multi-cultural events, and education. The Art of the Kimono, on display from March 3 – April 30 at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, features historic and contemporary kimonos on loan from the History Center of San Luis Obispo County and private collections.
March 3 - April 30, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-8562
Flat and Folded
Ana Lisa Hedstrom is a world-renowned textile artist best known for her contemporary adaptations of shibori. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is honored to present Flat and Folded: Shibori by Ana Lisa Hedstrom from March 3 – April 30, 2017. Hedstrom’s thoughtful and inventive artwork features an amalgam of homemade natural and indigo dyes on kozo paper, textiles, and assembled wool felt. After college, Hedstrom lived in Kyoto. In the heart of the Asian cultural capital, she developed a deep appreciation for Japan’s graceful and natural aesthetic. Upon her return to the United States, she began practicing the ancient art of shibori, a Japanese resistance dye technique historically used to decorate kimono fabric. Using this laborious method, Hedstrom achieves intricately detailed patterns and culturally significant color combinations. Each unique artwork is made exclusively by hand.
March 3 - April 30, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-8562
New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
George Takei is a pioneering actor and passionate civil rights activist. Curated by author, journalist, and cultural critic Jeff Yang, New Frontiers will present a comprehensive exploration of Takei’s life, featuring numerous never-before-seen personal items. Visitors will learn not just about Takei but also about the constantly evolving fabric of America’s cultural identity, political outlook, social mores, and media landscape.
March 12 - August 20, 2017 Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
YOSHIO IKEZAKI: ELEMENTS
The exhibition features selected works from 1991 to 2016 consisting of sumi ink and watercolor paintings, handmade layered Washi paper sculptures, and cast metal sculpture installations. It is organized around a dialog between materials and images that exemplify four essential elements and their ongoing states of process: Fire/Earth (Hi/Taichi), Water/Air (Mizu/Kuki), Mind Essence/Beingness (Ki), Matter Energy/ Impermanence (Ku).
March 17 - May 28, 2017 Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
ArtCenter College of Design
1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
World Baseball Classic Championship Round at Dodger Stadium (Team Japan in Semi-Final)
Team Japan, undefeated through the first two rounds of the World Baseball Classic, will play in the semi-finals on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00pm as part of the Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Join us to root for Team Japan!
March 20 - 22, 2017

(Team Japan plays March 21 at 6pm)
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
866-DODGERS
For tickets: click here
60th Annual Bonsai Show
Discover the timeless appeal of an ancient horticultural art form as the California Bonsai Society presents its 60th annual show, featuring more than 100 beautiful specimens created by bonsai masters. General admission. Brody Botanical Center.
March 25 - 26, 2017 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Brody Botanical Center
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Cultural Concert: Bright Gem Koto Ensemble
Traditional Japanese music followed by tea and refreshments.
March 25, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
King David's (SLO) Masonic Lodge
859 Marsh St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 545-5681
For tickets, contact History Center of San Luis Obispo
(805) 543-0638
6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
The City of Torrance invites the community to celebrate the first signs of spring under the blooming cherry trees at the sixth annual Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival. It will be held on the east side of Columbia Park, 4045 190th Street in Torrance, near the corner of 190th Street and Prairie Avenue. As is traditional in Japan, the community is invited to bring blankets to sit on while they picnic under the blossoms of more than 110 cherry blossom trees. Entertainment typically includes groups from all over Asia – including Polynesian dancers, an Indian music ensemble, Taiko drumming and more. Members of the Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild will exhibit and sell their artwork, and food trucks and booths will have items available for purchase.
March 26, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Columbia Park
4045 190th St.
Torrance, CA 90504
First Pasadena Festival of Tea
The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will launch the first ever Pasadena Festival of Tea as part of the garden’s regular Last Sunday Open Day program series. The festival, which will be held in the traditional Japanese strolling garden on Arlington Drive, will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike. It will provide a unique opportunity for the garden’s visitors to learn from experts about different types of tea from Asia and beyond, both caffeinated and herbal blends. A limited number of visitors will be able to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, held at 12pm and again at 2pm with Mikko Nakatomi in the garden’s Japanese Niko-an teahouse (reservations are required). During the afternoon, three presentations will be given in the living room of the main house: What You Need to Know about Pu'er Tea by Linda Louie of Bana Tea Company, Cupping Taiwan’s Oolong Teas by Thomas Shu and Japanese Green Tea 101 by Tiffany Williams and Patti Harrison. Space will be limited so early arrival is recommended.
March 26, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
info@japanesegardenpasadena.com
Framing a New Elegance: The World of George T. Marsh and His Japanese House
Originally conceived by art dealer George T. Marsh as an exotic setting in which to sell curiosities, the building that in 1912 became The Huntington’s Japanese House is a beautiful remnant of a transformational moment in design history. Art historian Hannah Sigur discusses Marsh and his house in the context of the people, expositions, objects, and above all the distant country that, at the turn of the 20th century, sparked a radical break with the past, making Japanese aesthetics the basis of good taste.
March 28, 2017
7:30 p.m.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Rothenberg Hall
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Demonstration - International Bonsai Artist Mauro Stemberger
Stop by the Japanese Garden and watch award-winning bonsai artist Mauro Stemberger create a living masterpiece for The Huntington’s bonsai collection. The working demonstration is open to all visitors. Stemberger’s lifelong passion for bonsai—he started as a teenager, collecting wild trees from the Alps—and his professional background as an architect have given him a unique eye for design along with the technical skill to transform specimens into dramatic living sculptures.
April 1, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Japanese Garden, Bonsai Court
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era (1912–1926) and Beyond
Combining modernity, scenic tranquility, and Japanese romantic fantasy, Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era (1912–1926) and Beyond showcases several important and well-known Japanese artists and their works from the Museum's collection of East Asian Art, many for the first time. This exhibition focuses on two major movements, Shin Hanga (New Prints) and Sosaku Hanga (Creative Prints), which arose in the 1910s in Japan, after the end of the Ukiyo-e prints from the Edo Era (1615–1868). The notion of Sosaku Hanga continues to the modern day, so some of these contemporary printmakers, practicing Western printing techniques, are also included in the exhibition.

Related events:
Concert: Sounds of Japan, April 7, 2017
Lecture: From Ando Hiroshige to Mori Yoshitoshi, April 22, 2017
2 Day Workshop: Woodblock Printing, May 6 & 7, 2017
Lecture: Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era (1912-1926) and Beyond, May 25, 2017
April 7 - August 13, 2017 The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA
(619) 232-7931
Lunchtime Lecture and Exhibition Preview
Special speaker Alan Scott Pate, guest curator and researcher, joins us for an exclusive first look at KANBAN – Traditional Shop Signs of Japan. Alan, who also authored the comprehensive 160 page catalogue that accompanies this exhibition, will provide insight into the fascinating and lively history of the Museum’s collection of Japanese kanban. Alan will lead the first tour through the new exhibition following the lecture.
April 14, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park, Plaza de Panama
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)239-0003
Kanban - Traditional Shop Signs of Japan
Kanban, a fusion of art and commerce, refers to the traditional signs Japanese merchants displayed street side to advertise their presence, denote the products and services to be found inside, and to give individual identity and expression to the shop itself. Created from wood, bamboo, iron, paper, fabric, lacquer, and even stone, kanban form a rich, visual vocabulary of traditional advertising. Elongated panels of lacquered wood ornamented with elegantly inscribed calligraphy; whimsically carved three dimensional scenes of carp climbing waterfalls or munificent deities presiding over hoards of bounty; oversized, functional Buddhist prayer beads; stencil dyed segments of colored cloth fluttering in front of an open doorway, geta clogs; sword scabbards; iron furniture fittings; combs; parasols; writing brushes; images of seductive courtesans with painted faces and coiffed hair; and giant silk thread skeins are all signs and images that would have been a familiar sight on traditional Japanese commercial streets. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to enter this world and to figuratively walk and shop the streets of traditional Japan.
April 15 - October 8, 2017 Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park, Plaza de Panama
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)239-0003
CSUF JCC 6th Annual Spring Expo - Shiki
The CSUF Japanese Culture Club (CSUFJCC) proudly presents our 6th Annual Spring Culture Expo! Our theme for this year will be Shiki (4 Seasons), and will feature lots of performances including chorus, traditional and modern dances, instrumentals, and more! Aside from performances, there will also be flower arrangements you can make, traditional Japanese clothing you can try on, and tons of other activities you can do all for FREE!!! So come on out and bring yourself, your family, and your friends to this exciting expo! The event will be at the Portola Pavilion A, B, and C at California State University, Fullerton.
April 15, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
California State University Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
Awaya-kai 40th Anniversary Koto Concert
Presented by the Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory (Awaya-kai), the concert features a diverse, international mix of musical genres, including Flamenco artists Paco and Yolanda Arroyo from Spain, Chinese erhu player Yun-he Liang, koto classics, Japanese folk songs, an exciting Anime theme song, and Okinawa folk music, dancing, and Nation of Ryukyu Festival Drums. Awaya-kai members have performed over 1,500 times in the past 40 years throughout the United States, and Mrs. Amaya enjoys exploring many styles of music and collaborating with international artists.
April 15, 2017
2:00 p.m
James Armstrong Theater
3330 Civic Center Dr.,
Torrance, CA 90503
For tickets: www.awayakai.com; or call Katsuko Teruya at (310) 997-6132 or Beverly Findlay-Kaneko (714) 651-0734; or visit Sakuraya in Gardena (310) 323-7117 or Uyehara Travel in Little Tokyo (213) 680-2499.
JF Nihongo Japanese Language Courses Spring Term
The courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners, as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills. Each course focuses on specific themes and learning goals, such as inviting friends or writing an e-mail. Each course is offered once a week for 9 weeks.
April 18 - June 27, 2017 The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
jpcourse@jflalc.org
Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio with guest artist James Newton
Pianist, composer and bandleader, Kei Akagi has been a mainstay of the international jazz world for over two decades. A member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980’s, Kei has released 13 CD's as a leader and has appeared on over 60 others as a sideman including Miles Davis’ last recorded works. Joined by bassist Shunya Wakai and drummer Tamaya Honda, the Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio has given over 400 performances worldwide and is renowned for its lyricism and refined musical invention. Experimenting with modern concepts within jazz improvisation, the Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio is helping to move forward the evolution of the piano trio into the 21st century. James Newton is a legendary composer and musician voted top flutist for a record-breaking 23 times by DownBeat magazine.
April 19, 2017
8:00 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4646
Locarno in Los Angeles (Film Festival)
Acropolis Cinema, the Locarno Festival, and the Swiss Consulate General of Los Angeles collaborate to present the inaugural edition of Locarno in Los Angeles. The festival's main program is comprised of a hand-selected group of films from the 69th Locarno Festival’s Competition, with ten features, all Los Angeles premieres, representing nine different countries. From Japan, the film Destruction Babies directed by Tetsuya Mariko will be screened.
April 21-23, 2017
See Schedule of Events for specific screening times and other events
The Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1033
20th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
The 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and the City of Monterey Park are pleased to present the 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on April 22-23, 2017. Planned and coordinated by community volunteers, the Cherry Blossom Festival strives to provide a cultural arts event that offers a forum for learning, entertainment, fun, and support of community.
April 22, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

April 23, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Barnes Park
350 S. McPherrin Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 307-1388
First Annual Sado, Kado, Shodo Cultural Exhibition
Join JACCC on this Cultural Celebration featuring traditional Japanese cultural groups: Omotesenke, Urasenke, Edo Senke, Ogasawara Sencha School, Sogetsu School, and Ohara School of Ikebana. To celebrate the cultural program, JACCC presents the First Annual Sado, Kado, Shodo Cultural Exhibition of the three Japanese traditional arts: flower arranging, calligraphy, and tea from Sunday, April 23 to Sunday, May 14, 2017 in the George J. Doizaki Gallery and the Tea Room. Every Sunday at 1 PM, the Japanese tea ceremony will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. Major tea schools Omotesenke, Urasenke, Edo Senke, and Ogasawara Sencha School will be performing their Art of Tea.
April 23 - May 14, 2017 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
Japanese Tea Experience
Explore the traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony in a 90-minute program that includes a tour of The Huntington's ceremonial teahouse, Seifu-an, and its surrounding tea garden, followed by a participatory tea ceremony in the Ikebana House.
April 23, 2017
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Ikebana House
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Manga Otakus and Newbies
Manga otakus, come show off and discuss the manga you love. Manga newbies, come investigate what manga is all about! If you have ever wanted to learn about manga, this is the book group for you. This book group is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and no registration is required - for ages 9-17. For more information please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
April 26, 2017
4:00 p.m.

May 24, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA
(310) 618-5964
Fujimatsuri Bazaar
Entertainment, food, games, country store, nursery plants.
May 6, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gardena Buddhist Church
1517 W. 166th St.
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 327-9400
An Evening of Kyogen with MANSAKU NOMURA & MANSAKU-NO-KAI
Thirty-five years after he first shared the joy of kyogen with Los Angeles theatergoers, Living National Treasure MANSAKU NOMURA returns with the Mansaku-no-Kai Company for an evening of warm, life-affirming comedy. Also starring MANSAI NOMURA and YUKIO ISHIDA, this program of three short masterpieces (The Owl, The KawakamI Headwaters, and Tied to a Stick) displays the full range of a theatrical form that has kept audiences laughing since the fourteenth century. With its pared-down staging and stylized acting, kyogen offers an absolutely unique theatrical experience. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.
May 6 & 7, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725

For tickets to May 6th performance: click here
For tickets to May 7th performance: click here
Introduction to Polite Japanese
Politeness in Japanese is essential for smooth communication in social settings. In this course, you will be familiarized with the system of honorifics (“keigo” in Japanese). You will learn how to use basic honorifics at various levels depending on different situations. Course of three meetings. The courses are aimed for those at the B1 level* and consist of a concise set of three meetings (once a week for three weeks).
May 6 - 20, 2017 The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
jpcourse@jflalc.org
Workshop with Kyogen Actor: Nomura Mansai
On Tuesday May 9th, Kyogen actor Nomura Mansai will be hosting a workshop here at UCLA. This once-in-a-lifetime event is free to all and anyone is welcome to attend! Please RSVP to the Facebook event if you would like to attend!
May 9, 2017
10:00 a.m.
University of California Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-4321
15th 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, a tuna cutting demonstration and Samurai sword fighting demonstration. Proceeds from the Beer & Sake Festival support educational and community outreach programs. ***This event is for guests 21 and over***
June 16, 2017
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


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

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

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.Third Saturday of each month 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 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

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


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