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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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Local Event Calendar

ARIZONA AREA EVENTS

Event & Link Date & Time Location
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, 2019 Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 332 -2928
Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River
The main exhibit produced by museum staff, Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River, will debut at the opening. This profound display explores the experiences of more than 16,000 Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their west coast homes at the beginning of World War II and placed in the Gila River Internment Camp, located south of Chandler. This all new exhibit builds on the museum’s previous work on Japanese-American interment and includes objects from the Gila River camp from museums across the country.
December 8, 2018 - April 18, 2020 Chandler Museum
300 S Chandler Village Dr
Chandler, Arizona
(480) 782-2717
"I want to eat your pancreas" Film Screenings
She said, “I want to eat your pancreas.” Based on the award-winning novel by Yoru Sumino, “I want to eat your pancreas” is an uplifting, coming-of-age tale that has captivated the hearts of millions. The film captures an emotional journey between two polar opposites who discover the true meaning of compassion while trying to find happiness.
February 7 & 10, 2019 Various Locations
Fragile Cherry Blossoms Contrast With Japan’s Hard Urban Edge in “Sakura: Photography By Mark Taylor”
The delicate pink “sakura,” or cherry blossom, is the beloved herald of spring in Japan. Outings to parks to stroll and picnic under blooming cherry trees and to reflect on the fleeting character of life as petals fall are especially popular with residents of the country’s heavily built-up cities. Opening February 9 at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, the exhibition “Sakura: Photography by Mark Taylor” departs from the usual idyllic portrayals of cherry blossom season. Instead, it embraces the opposition visible in the sight of nature flowering amid the dense visual grid of buildings, power lines, freeways, and signs in Japan’s urban jungle.
February 9 - May 4, 2019 Yume Japanese Gardens
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 303-3945
yume.gardens@gmail.com
35th Annual Arizona Matsuri: A Festival of Japan
Featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on 4 stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix.​ Free admission.
February 23 & 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Heritage & Science Park
115 North 6th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Ken Koshio Taiko Extravaganza 2019 - MIGRATIONS
We are featuring amazing artists that will be involved in Taiko Extravaganza 2019. Derrick Suwaima Davis-7 times Hoop Dance World Champion; Zarco Guerrero-Mask Maker and Performer; Ryon Polequaptewa-Hopi traditional flute player, singer and drummer; Mel Bridges-Soul Singer and Percussionist; Dashmesh-Didgeridoo; Stevie Hagel-Percussions; Garrison Jones-Keyboardist; Johnny Walker-Bassist; John Paul Mendes-Taiko Drummer; Miro Koshio-Taiko Drummer; Koshio Gumi-Taiko Family and More!!
June 1, 2019
7:00 p.m
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA EVENTS

Event & Link Date & Time Location
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
Yutaka Murakami
Yutaka Murakami was born in Takarazuka City, Hyogo, Japan in 1961. He was awakened to Shinto shrine Buddhist temple worship since childhood and he pushes forward an original study of Shinto and the old Shinto. Since 2004, as a mean to express and depict the various images at the time of Shinto Shire worship, he investigated the creation of characters and paintings about the auspicious which in turn, he dedicates to many Shinto shrines. In addition, his painting grew a favorable reception as the “the painting calling for fortune" from many successful leaders, such as business owners and medical professionals, and are seen as popular gifts for celebration and lifetime milestones.
November 2, 2018 - January 27, 2019 Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-2721
Photography Exhibition - Novus Plants
As we celebrate the beginning of the new year, JFLA will host an exhibition featuring photographs from a selection of works by Hiroki Ohara, artist and fifth-generation Headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana. Since he took on the role as Headmaster at the tender age of 6, he has been immersing all of his senses to attune to the plants he works with. His experiences working with plants from an early age have broadened his artistic expression.
January 10 - February 2,

2019 Pre-Opening Event
January 9, 2019
7:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Step Back in Time
In 2010, Bob Tanabe, a building contractor clearing an apartment building for renovation, stumbled upon a treasure trove. 40 years of materials from the old Ninomiya studio that had been languishing and was about to be incinerated. Unsure what to do, but cognizant of the value of these photos, Tanabe posted an ad on Craigslist asking any interested parties to take the collection. Local assistant director/cameraman, Michael Risner, was intrigued by the ad and ended up picking up about half of the discovery which included approximately 100,000 negatives that were stuffed into garbage bags.
January 12 - 31, 2019 The Perfect Exposure Gallery
2424 W. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91803
(213) 381-1137
(213) 381-1138
contact@theperfectexposuregallery.com
Master Class with Naomi Kawase: The Possibilities of Film
Often seen as a stepping-stone for directors toward longer format films, the short film remains an under-utilized and under-appreciated medium in the US. In Japan and Asia, however, short film is quickly evolving and expanding, due to digitalization and a greater demand for short-length and easily-consumable media. The format embraces all genres, including drama, documentary, music video, and the recently-emerging “branded short film” produced by companies for marketing purposes. Free. Registration required.
January 17, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Theatre 1
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Level 3
Hollywood, CA 90028
Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood
“Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood” is a one-day film festival program that aims to introduce the world of Japanese and international short films through screenings, live discussions, and presentations by industry leaders. Short Shorts first visited Hollywood in 2002, and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will bring the festival back in 2019, following its grand opening in Hollywood & Highland in August. Originally conceived to promote short films to a Japanese audience, the Short Shorts Film Festival has grown to receive over 10,000 short film submissions from over 130 countries annually. Free. Registration required.
January 17, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Theatre 1
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Level 3
Hollywood, CA 90028
"The Laws of the Universe Part 0" Film Screenings (2 Locations)
“Can we save the Earth?” Five high school students at a boarding school encounter alien abduction and realize that there are some malicious aliens hiding in the school… They then begin the journey exploring the Truth behind UFOs & aliens then later discover that the battle associated with the future of the Earth was about to begin. Please join us for our Jampanese anime movie screening, The Laws of the Universe, Part 0, with the voices of Dylan McDermott (Miracle on 34th Street), Tom Kenny (Spongebob), and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance). Free admission.
January 19, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mission Valley Library
2123 Fenton Pkwy
San Diego, 92108

Pasadena Central Library 4F Studio Room
285 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Two-Day Workshop: Indigo, Shibori, and the Making of an Offering Bag
In a departure from the regular indigo and shibori workshop, the first day of this workshop will focus on indigo and shibori dyeing of recycled fabrics and threads. Those will then be used the following day to make a replica of a komebukuro, or offering bag. These bags, in which offerings were taken to the local temple, were originally made from either scraps of leftover and reusable household textiles or from unused family kimonos. As inspiration as well as for construction ideas, we will study several pieces of antique boro (tattered and mended) textiles and both antique and vintage komebukuro bags. Several contemporary pieces will also be on display. Fabrics will include hemp, silk, cotton, and linen.
January 19 & 20, 2019 Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Ave.
Los Angeles ,CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
2019 International Coming of Age Ceremony
Hosted by the Japanese Friendship Garden, Azunakai, and the San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society, the Coming of Age Ceremony (Japanese: "Seijin-shiki") is an important rite of passage for many young Japanese adults in Japan, just turning twenty. Many of them attend a ceremony at their local community center, dressed in traditional kimono or western suits to celebrate the new chapter in their lives. Unmarried women have the chance to wear the elaborate long-sleeved kimono called furisode. Families and friends will take many photos together on this occasion. Students from all cultures and backgrounds are highly encouraged to attend this event. Kimono rental service is available, and participants are welcome to wear any other formal or cultural attire.
January 20, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-2721
Border-Crossing Botanicals: The Curious History of Saffron in Japan
Saffron was unknown in Japan until the early seventeenth century, when merchants in the employ of the Dutch East India Company presented a small amount of the precious substance to the Tokugawa shogun. Two centuries later, saffron came to be incorporated into all manner of prepared herbal medicines. Dr. Susan Burns, University of Chicago, will explore the incorporation of saffron into Japanese pharmacology, a complex process that involved the rise of natural science and a “productive confusion” that linked saffron with other botanicals. Free. No reservations required. Rothenberg Hall.
January 22, 2019
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Naoki Urasawa Artist Talk & Book Signing - “Drawing My World: An Interview with Naoki Urasawa”
Since his professional debut in 1983, Naoki Urasawa has continually pushed the limits of the manga medium, engaging readers with his innovative compositional techniques and versatile drawing prowess, as he creates highly engrossing works that are both introspective and philosophical. Urasawa is considered a modern manga master, combining dynamic storytelling and transcendent artistic skill in his development of rich and sophisticated characters. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams, and at times underlying fears of humanity.
January 23, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
2F Gallery
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
Los Angeles, CA 90028
This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is pleased to present the work of manga artist, Naoki Urasawa. The exhibition, ‘This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA’ marks the first North American exhibition for the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist. Urasawa is considered a modern master, combining dynamic storytelling and transcendent artistic skill in his development of rich and sophisticated characters. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams, and at times underlying fears of humanity.
January 23, 2019 - March 28, 2019 JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
2F Gallery
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Sake Social 2019
Sake + Food curated by Scott Hada of Aki Restaurant. With your entry: Receive a limited edition VJCC Sake Glass; Learn about the different kinds of sake; Enjoy 8-10 Sake Tastings; Food pairings (Heavy hors d'oeuvres); Cocktail Attire.
January 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venice Japanese Community Center
Multi-Purpose Room
12448 Braddock Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Finding Okinawa: Conversations with Artists/Authors
On Sunday, January 27, 1 p.m., the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Gardena will host Finding Okinawa, a mini symposium featuring conversations with three artists of Okinawan descent: author/playwright Jon Shirota from Hawaii, local filmmaker/educator Gena Hamamoto, and illustrator Flor Kaneshiro from Argentina (short biographies below). In addition to talking about their work, they will touch upon their experiences as third- and fourth-generation Okinawans and how their identity inspired certain projects.
January 27, 2019
1:00 p.m.
Okinawa Association of America (OAA)
Yamauchi Building
16500 South Western Avenue
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 532-1929
oaamensore@gmail.com
Japan Food Expo 2019
This event will feature food, sake, and travel exhibits from 50+ exhibitors. Wheter you just love eating Japanese food or want to be the Japanese food guru among your friends, this is the event for you!
February 2, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hilton Hotel Los Angeles/Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-2500
Author Discussion—John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy
Join us for the Los Angeles launch of the book John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy. John Okada’s only published work, No-No Boy, is about a Japanese American who refuses to fight for the country that incarcerated him and his people in World War II. When released in 1957, the novel languished in obscurity until it was rediscovered and reissued in 1976 to become a celebrated classic of American literature.
February 2, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Ave.
Los Angeles ,CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Shamisen & Hayashi Concert of Yamatogaku Music
Yamatogaku is a modern-take on Japanese classical Kabuki music featuring shamisen, singing and percussion. This show is a rare opportunity to experience Yamatogaku, featuring prominent Japanese artists from Tokyo including: Yamato O-sho (headmaster of Yamatogaku music) on shamisen, and Katada Shinjuro IV (leading Kabuki percussionist) on percussion.
February 2, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ken Miller Recreation Center
3341 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, California 90503
For tickets, call (805) 477-8303 or email fujijapanesemusic@gmail.com
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2019: Evolution” North America Tour
This production showcases the perpetual creative evolution of taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo under the artistic direction of Tamasaburo Bando. Following its premiere in Aug. 2016 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as one of three Kodo 35th Anniversary Commemorative
Concerts, this performance toured extensively throughout Japan and Europe. The 2019 North American tour will be the first time this work is presented in the Americas.
February 7, 9, 10, & 12, 2019 Various Locations
"I want to eat your pancreas" Film Screenings
She said, “I want to eat your pancreas.” Based on the award-winning novel by Yoru Sumino, “I want to eat your pancreas” is an uplifting, coming-of-age tale that has captivated the hearts of millions. The film captures an emotional journey between two polar opposites who discover the true meaning of compassion while trying to find happiness.
February 7 & 10, 2019 Various Locations
Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi
Come explore the new possibilities of Japanese washi paper with Reiko Nakano. Our main project will be a washi/commercial beaded necklace integrated into a metal chain via looping and wrapping. The second project will be a washi wrapped metal bracelet.
February 9 & 10, 2019 Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Ave.
Los Angeles ,CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Kei Akagi & Friends: An Evening of Modern Jazz with the Tokyo Trio
Since its formation in 2001, the Tokyo Trio – Kei Akagi (piano), Shunya Wakai (bass), and Tamaya Honda (drums) – has recorded seven critically acclaimed albums and performed over 500 concerts in Asia, Europe, Africa, and America. Featuring Akagi’s compositions, the trio’s music spans the spectrum of jazz from post-bop to the avant-garde.
February 15 & 16, 2019
8:00 p.m.
University of California Irvine
Winfred Smith Hall
4004 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92617
JAPAN UPDATE Symposium
Presented by the Japan America Society of Southern California, the symposium will feature expert speakers and their perspectives on Japan, US-Japan business trends, trade and how they see the future of US-Japan relations as we enter a new world of fundamental geopolitical changes, particularly those centered in Asia, and rising nationalism and protectionism around the world. The event will highlight U.S.-Japan connections at the national, state and local levels, including Japanese economic and business ties with Southern California that remind us why a strong U.S.-Japan relationship is important for our collective livelihood here.
February 21, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
InterContinental Los Angeles Hotel
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 284-6500
To register: click here
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
To RSVP: click here
Origami Workshop
Get expert instruction in the art of Japanese paper folding at 2pm on March 9. All levels welcome. Prior experience with origami not necessary, but children 12 and under should be assisted by an adult.
March 9, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Origami Workshop
Try your hand at the art of origami with help from experts at this drop-in activity. No registration required.
March 10 & 17, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
7th Annual Japan Bowl of California
Japan Bowl® of California is an academic team competition that tests the achievements and caliber of high school students who are studying the Japanese Language. This uniquely designed high school contest evaluates not only the students’ proficiency of the Japanese language, but also their knowledge about Japan as a country. Japan Bowl recognizes their efforts to study such a complex language and encourages these students to enhance their Japanese language skills even further each year. The competition format models popular quiz shows such as, “It’s Academic,” the longest-running television high school quiz show in the world. Teams sent to Japan Bowl® can compete at three different levels depending on how long they have studied Japanese.
March 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90045


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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