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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


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
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
Glendale Community College Japanese Festival
Presentations, Performances, Cultural Displays, Demonstrations, Vendors, Snacks, and more.
March 26, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Glendale Community College
Student Union 104 E
6000 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302
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)


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
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
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
Book Talk: Women and the Tea Ceremony by Rebecca Corbett
Although women make up around ninety percent of tea ceremony practitioners in contemporary Japan, histories of the practice typically ignore women’s presence until the late 19th century. In her recent book, Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan, Rebecca Corbett writes women back into the history of chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) in the Edo (1603–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods. In her talk, Dr. Corbett will introduce some of the main trends we can identify for women’s tea practice in these periods, including connections between learning tea and entering into service in an elite household, how studying tea was presented as a way for lower class women to become graceful, and how some groups of women, such as nuns, practiced tea as an art form that included the production and connoisseurship of utensils such as ceramic tea bowls and bamboo tea scoops.
March 10, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Storrier and Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
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
Japan-Mexico Week! Opening Night: The Art of SHINZABURO TAKEDA
Takeda talks about the universality of the human being seen through the eyes of a Japanese painter that has adopted the ancient Mexican culture, merging in his art two apparently unknown and different worlds. Shinzaburo Takeda arrived to Mexico fifty years ago and has been shaping a great school of art in the city of Oaxaca for three decades, giving to his students not only his pictorial technique, but more importantly helping them discover their true identity, and in that way helping them to live and develop his own art.
March 13, 2019
7:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Japan-Mexico Week! Film Screening of "Homie Kei" Chicano de Japones | Japanese Chicano
This documentary depicts a former Japanese gang member named KEI who spent more than 10 years in U.S. prisons and encountered Chicano gang members. His experiences enlightened and changed him forever, and in this film, KEI looks back at his rough time with the Japanese gang (“YAKUZA”) and how he appreciates and cherishes his close friendships with former Chicano gang members.
March 14, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles
CCCM Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts

2401 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Japan-Mexico Week! Hip Hop Dance Night with Hilty & Bosch and DJ Tianguis
Hilty & Bosch is a Japanese two-man dance unit that performs all over the world. The duo’s astonishing performance is reversed throughout the globe. Their YouTube videos have received over 35 million hits. The two have made appearances in 5 continents, over 30 countries, and 150 major cities in shows, musicals, workshops, TV programs, as judges and more. In the year of 2014, they had a solo performance in Japan which ended in great success. Since then, they have been taking part in Web commercials and attending fashion shows as guest stars, broadening their horizons in different areas of entertainment business.
March 15, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles
CCCM Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts
2401 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
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
2019 Cherry Blossom Festival
The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center and Plaza West Covina are proud to present the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival.
March 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Plaza West Covina
112 Plaza Dr.
West Covina, CA 91790
For more information: contact East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
(626) 960-2566
JCC 8th Annual Culture Expo - Journey Through Japan
The California State University Fullerton Japanese Culture Club is proud to present its 8th Annual Spring Culture Expo on March 23rd in CSUF Titan Student Unions Pavilions A, B, and C! Join us on this special day to learn about some of Japan's most popular regions. Our theme this year is Journey Through Japan, and we will be introducing various locations and some fun facts and activities for each place. Come see the art gallery we have prepared with works from local artists featured around the theme: Journey through Japan. We have a variety of vendors, performances, and food trucks showcasing Japanese culture, so come see what the hustle is about!
March 23, 2019
12 PM- 5 PM
California State University, Fullerton
TSU Pavilions

800 North State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831
Pasadena Festival of Tea
One of the garden’s most popular events, the Pasadena Festival of Tea will be held again this year at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden during its regular Open Day Last Sunday on March 31 from 10am to 4pm. With spring in full bloom in the garden, the festival will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike. Local tea vendors will offer tastings and sales of a wide variety of teas and tea accessories. Tasting cups will be included with admission so visitors can sample Darjeeling and Assam teas, Korean herbal blends, Chinese Oolong and Puerh teas, Taiwan Oolong teas, herbal blends and flavored teas.
March 31, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Storrier and Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721

Ongoing Events & Online Exhibitions

Arizona Area Ongoing Events

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Area Ongoing Events & Online Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings, Pacific Asia Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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