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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
Studio Ghibli Fest
Following the success of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2018. Starting in March, the series features nine of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics offering both dubbed and subtitled versions.
March 25 - November 20, 2018 Various Locations (check for local listings)
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest
Vase Variations: The World of Ikebana Vessels
Our newest permanent exhibition offers a unique window into Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. The vases on view at Yume are drawn from our collection of more than 200 Ikebana vessels, the largest and widest-ranging such holding in the United States. Many are more than a century old, others are contemporary, and most are handmade by Japanese artisans from bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, or glass. They illustrate an amazing breadth of design and materials, and accompanying photographs of flower arrangements show how they are used in the different schools of Ikebana practice.
October 2, 2018 - May 2, 2018 Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 332 -2928
Otsukimi ~ Moonviewing 2018
Every year the Japanese Friendship Garden brings the valley a tradtional Japanese Moonviewing festival to celbrate the Fall season. Our friends at Hiro Sake will be serving tasty sake cocktails. SAPPORO USA beer garden will be serving premium, premium light, premium black and Sapporo reserve. And of course patron favorites like plum wine and sparkling sake will be available. Telescopes for star gazing provided by Phoenix Astronomical Society.
October 26 - 27, 2018 Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700
info@jfgphx.org

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA EVENTS

Event & Link Date & Time Location
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles - Marie Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer
This exhibition showcases Japanese lacquer from the private collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette. Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest in Europe, and she considered it to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate works reveal the queen's personal taste and demonstrate the high level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the 17th and 18th centuries. The loan of the boxes is part of an artistic exchange between the J. Paul Getty Museum and Versailles, where an important desk made for Louis XVI from the Museum’s collection is currently on long-term loan.
January 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019 The J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300
Studio Ghibli Fest
Following the success of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2018. Starting in March, the series features nine of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics offering both dubbed and subtitled versions.
March 25 - November 20, 2018 Various Locations (check for local listings)
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest
Windows of Little Tokyo 小東京の窓
Little Tokyo transforms into an outdoor art exhibition with 11 artworks displayed on windows across our historic, 134-year-old Japanese American neighborhood. See 11 visions of the past, present, and future of Little Tokyo!
April 28 - October 21, 2018 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking & Fine Tuning: Japanese/American Customs
Two exhibitions on Japanese automobile manufacturing and customization. The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking explores how and why Japan’s automotive industry has come to dominate the roads, paying special attention to the interesting cultural interchange between the US and Japan that grew into the symbiotic relationship of these economies and cultures. Fine Tuning: Japanese/American Customs will run concurrently with The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking, which will be on display in the Bruce Meyer Gallery, adjacent to the Customization Gallery. It is intended to bridge visitor interest between Japanese manufacturing and the prominent interest in customization of Japanese cars in Los Angeles.
May 24, 2018 - April 30, 2019 Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-964-6331
info@petersen.org
San Kei En Photography
In 1957, the San Diego – Yokohama Sister City Society was established to promote cultural exchange, friendship, and world peace through better understanding. The Society has sponsored numerous successful exchanges throughout the years promoting the arts, business, and culture to name a few. The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in Balboa Park and Yokohama’s Sankeien continue the celebration of the cities’ relationship by providing supplemental images for the other’s photo contest. Alongside images from Yokohama’s Sankeien, we want you to share your experiences at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
July 27 - October 28, 2018 Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego SanKeiEn
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-2721
jfgsd@niwa.org
Prototyping in Tokyo | A visual story of design led innovation
“Prototyping in Tokyo” is an interactive exhibition introducing the advanced technologies utilized by Professor Shunji Yamanaka in his development of cutting-edge prototypes. The exhibition highlights the importance of prototypes as objects that link new technologies and society, offering a glimpse into possible future user experiences. Creations often only shared within the research community, present the public with a unique window into the dreams and creative trials of researchers, combining technology with intrinsic Japanese aesthetics, revealing remarkable beauty.
August 17 - October 10, 2018 JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
2F Gallery
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
(Administrative office at Suite 167)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection
USC PAM presents Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, drawn from the museum’s extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia.
September 14, 2018 - January 6, 2019 USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery
“Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery” reinterprets the connecting elements of historic Japanese timber-frame construction as a compelling expression of contemporary art. Originally crafted by anonymous builders for traditional Japanese farm houses, shiguchi joinery, by its nature, remained hidden from view for hundreds of years while it locked into place the massive structural timbers of humble farm dwellings. A new exhibit organized by The Gamble House brings the work of architect, historian and preservationist Yoshihiro Takishita to Pasadena to showcase the intricate craft of the ancient joiner’s art, known as shiguchi. (Panel Discussion 9/29, Lecture 9/30, Woodworker's Tour 10/7 & 10/21, Curator's Tour 10/14 & 11/4, Sake Tasting 11/4)
September 27 - November 4, 2018 The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103
Monochromanic by Yusei Abe
Born in Kagawa, Japan, and moved to California at the age of eighteen, Yusei Abe is an illustrator, fine art printmaker, and graphic designer. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from California State University, Long Beach specializing in illustration. His artwork is influenced by Japanese and European mythology, and fairy tales which he read in his childhood. His work is rich in detail, and favor to create his artwork in black and white. He uses very fine pen and ink as his favorite medium in the most of his artwork. Yusei currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
September 29 - October 17, 2018 Giant Robot 2 - GR2 Gallery
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 246-7626
Beautiful Rice: For a Sustainable Future
“Beautiful Rice: For a Sustainable Future” is a fun and educational exploration of rice cultivation traditions in Asia over the last thousand years. Visitors learn how the flow of materials and resources connect humans with nature, and they are then asked to think about questions of sustainability in the future.
October 5 - 19, 2018 JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
5F Salon
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
(Administrative office at Suite 167)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Japanese Garden Wellness Walk
The Japanese garden is a traditional living art form that appeals to all of the senses. Explore our Japanese Garden on a guided walk with author, artist and teacher Donna Kobayashi at 10am or 1pm. She will discuss how experiencing this garden can provide inspiration and stress relief.
October 6, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Advance registration required: click here
Encuentro & Fandangobon 2018
The 6th annual FandangObon (FO) Project is a growing Angeleno tradition that culminates on October 6 with an Environmental Encuentro, and October 7 with the music and dance Festival & Farmer’s Market at JACCC, the historic cultural crossroads of Boyle Heights and Bronzeville. Hundreds of folks of all ages and cultures will celebrate connections to each other and mother earth. Co-presented by JACCC, Great Leap, Inc., Artivist Entertainment, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.
October 6 & 7, 2018 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725
Okinawan Bazaar
The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host their Annual Okinawa Bazaar on October 7 (Sunday), 11 AM - 4 PM, at the OAA Center in Gardena. This event is currently the only Okinawa-focused festival in Southern California. What started out as a small gathering of members has grown into an intergenerational cultural event that brings together hundreds of families for an afternoon of tasty food, soulful entertainment, fun games, raffle drawings (win Disneyland tickets!), and more. Volunteers will be needed on October 6 (Saturday), 7 (Sunday), and 8 (Monday). Service hours are available for students. If you are interested in helping with set-up, booth operation, and/or clean-up, please contact the OAA.
October 7, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Okinawa Association of America, Inc.
16500 South Western Avenue
Gardena, California 90247
(310) 532-1929
oaamensore@gmail.com
The Japanese American Citizen Isolation Centers of WWII: Film Screening of "A Bitter Legacy"
While the WWII War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps and the Army/Department of Justice camps that incarcerated nearly 120,0000 persons of Japanese ancestry have rightly garnered attention as examples of violations of civil liberties in the U.S., the story of citizen isolation centers for those considered troublemakers is still little known. With a focus on confinement sites in Leupp, Arizona and Moab, Utah, researcher Emiko Tsuchida and filmmaker Claudia Katayanagi will speak about these high-security camps, following the screening of A Bitter Legacy.
October 7, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rosen Family Screening Room (227)
Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

University Park Campus
University of Southern California
3607 Trousdale Pkwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
To RSVP: click here
"Doberman Cop" Film Screening with Sonny Chiba
Based on the manga by Buronson and Shinji Hiramatsu, DOBERMAN COP is a one-of-a-kind cop movie featuring Sonny Chiba as tough-as-nails Joji Kano from Okinawa, who is investigating a savage murder in Tokyo’s nightlife scene. Settling between Fukasaku’s masterful “Battles Without Honor and Humanity” series, this is the yakuza genre elevated to art form, as Joji takes on all kinds of bikers, drug pushers and lowlifes - none of whom suspect that this seemingly naive man will never relinquish his bear-trap grip. With Fukasaku regulars filling out the secondary cast and Chiba at a charismatic peak, it’s a pure shot of adrenaline to the heart, delivered with the force of a chest kick. Discussion following with actor Sonny Chiba, who will sign merchandise in the lobby at 2:00 PM.
October 7, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tickets: click here
Kami to Kami II: SCI-ARC X Washi Exhibition
Traditional Japanese washi meets the architectural thinking of students at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC). Professor Alexis Rochas encourages students to explore the infinite possibilities of washi in the context of the world of architecture. This exhibition blends together the 1,000 year old tradition of washi and higher technology. This exhibition is made possible in part by Hiromi Paper, Inc.
October 7 - 28, 2018 Doizaki Gallery
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700
Shin Hanga and America: Yoshida Hiroshi's Journey from Painter to Print-Maker
In this lecture, Dr. Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian Art at California State University, Long Beach, traces how oil painter Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) revived his career and helped launch the "new print" movement by utilizing his skills as an artist, maven and entrepreneur. It concludes with his late works of Japanese and Asian subjects, suggesting his complex relationships to "Eastern" and "Western" cultures.
October 9, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Carving Across Borders: Block Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida
The Japan Foundation,Los Angeles is honored to present the Carving Across Borders: Block Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida exhibition with the generous support of Randall and Diana Fullmer. This exhibition is a collection featuring 22 woodblock prints by Hiroshi Yoshida in which he captured the beauty of what he saw in Japan, the United States and around the world.
October 10 - 31, 2018 The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Japanese Garden Celebration
Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual festival set in our Japanese Garden. Enjoy family-friendly events including a tour of the garden, taiko drum performances and crafting.
October 13 & 14, 2018 Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Bonsai Academy
Bonsai master Ted Matson leads an intensive four-session gakko, or school, in the art of bonsai. Geared to beginners, the sessions explore the history of bonsai, basic tree botany and horticultural challenges, design concepts, training techniques, and bonsai display. Register online. This is a two weekend academy. Class will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, October 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2018.
October 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2018 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Register: click here
Ask Marty: An Insider's View of Japan through the Eyes of an American Rockstar
Why did the American legendary guitarist Marty Friedman leave one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history and decide to move to Japan in 2003? And more importantly, what has kept him there ever since, over 15 years later? Marty Friedman will expose Japan to you in ways you’ve never contemplated. Please send in your questions to Marty on five areas of life in Japan: language, music, lifestyle, manners, food, or any other burning questions you may have, and he will answer them as candidly as a rockstar possibly can! It’s time to unlock your inner Japanese.
October 15, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
RSVP requested: click here
Special Lecture at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles by Dr. Narushige Michishita
Four Future Scenarios for North Korea: What Are the Implications for the United States and Japan, and How Should We Respond? Dr. Michishita is a specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula. He is the author of North Korea's Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (Routledge, 2009) and Lessons of the Cold War in the Pacific (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2016). Dr. Michishita is also serving as a member of National Security Secretariat Advisory Board of the Government of Japan and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.
October 16, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1:30 pm – Light Sushi Lunch
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
2F Gallery
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
(Administrative office at Suite 167)
Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP by Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Please e-mail to japanconsulatela@ls.mofa.go.jp withˈyour name, title, company/school/other affiliation, and whether you require parking.
The World of Noh Masks
HIDETA KITAZAWA has worked extensively with non-Japanese performers to create evocative contemporary masks. His interaction with playwrights, actors and directors leads him to the creation of forms that fit their vision. His masks grow from a deep knowledge and thorough mastery of the centuries-old techniques of traditional mask-making. A single block of hinoki -- a Japanese cypress -- is chosen, and after preparing a clay model, chisel is laid to grain. Meticulously painted watercolors are applied to gesso-coated wood, and the actor brings the mask to life on stage. In this lecture, Maestro Kitazawa will explain the process of Noh mask making. Also, you will have a rare opportunity to touch and wear some of his masks to feel their supernatural power.
October 16, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Free, RSVP: click here
Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl
Mid-week fatigue is a familiar foe to many of us. Why not maximize your relaxation and join us for a Sound Bath at Lunch Time! The singing bowl used for this program harmoniously combines the healing qualities of the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese traditional singing bowl. Relax and feel your stress dissipate into thin air as the sounds of the singing bowl lead you into a meditative state. There will be two 20-minute sessions from 12:30pm and 1:00pm. There is no charge and no reservation required. All are welcome to come, sit, listen, and refresh.
October 17, 2018
November 21, 2018
December 19, 2018
12:30 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Flower Arrangement Class: Halloween Arrangement
Registration online form https://goo.gl/yP7rtJ
October 17, 2018 Nibei Foundation
11570 w. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Registration online form: https://goo.gl/yP7rtJ
Wooden Chopsticks, Metal Chopsticks: Grab Japanese and Korean Culture through the Languages
Japan and Korea are neighboring countries that share many similarities and differences in customs and language. For example, both countries use chopsticks but did you know that the types of chopstick are different? What other similarities or differences do these countries share? In this lecture, by sampling video clips from various Korean and Japanese programs, we will explore some unique aspects of the two cultures, especially as it connects to how people communicate with one another. This lecture is for everyone--people who speak and don’t speak Korean and Japanese. All are welcomed to explore the two cultures with us.
October 17, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Animation is Film Festival
ANIMATION IS FILM is a major animation festival produced by GKIDS in collaboration with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood. The inaugural event took place October 20-22, 2017 at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (TCL Chinese 6 Theater) and featured a highly selective showcase of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, short film programs, VR Lounge, and both juried and audience awards. Includes: North American Premiere of "Mirai," North American Premiere of "Okko's Inn," World Premiere of "Modest Heroes: Ponoc," "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," "Summer Wars," "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas," "Penguin Highway," "Wolf Children," "The Boy and the Beast," and Q&A's with Director Mamoru Hosoda.
October 19 - 21, 2018 TCL Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
OC Japan Fair
Grab your friends, and celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festival in Southern California. Enjoy the experience of shopping, tasting, and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performance, games, Kimono models and more!!
October 19 - 21, 2018 OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For ticket information: click here
Tama Do – Energetic Healing with Pat Aoki
Each of us has an internal flow of energy that has been called “Ki” in Japanese and “Chi” in Chinese. Our energy field can be influenced and enhanced by a combination of sound, color, aroma and movement therapy. Join us as we experience all of this, along with a bowl of Matcha tea.
October 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Shoseian "Whispering Pine" Japanese Tea House
Brand Park
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Lecture-Demonstration: Ohara School of Ikebana
Hiroki Ohara, fifth-generation headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana, presents a lecture-demonstration of the Japanese art of ikebana flower arranging in celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. Hiroki Ohara is a practicing contemporary artist, whose large-scale, site-specific works have blurred the boundaries of ikebana, land art, and performance art. Rothenberg Hall.
October 21, 2018
2:00 p.m.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
Register: click here
Designing the Future
What is the future fundamentally? At its most basic, the future is unknown. It can only be predicted on the basis of known circumstances: current technologies, attitudes, and lifestyles. Early 20th century proposals of the future contained fantastic landscapes and preposterous technologies. But as the 20th century drew to a close, futurists shifted focus from the distant future to the near future. At the same time, the “present” became shorter. Instead of lasting three or four years, it was reduced to the brevity of a news cycle. Driven by the ever-increasing speed of technological and social change, the “present” and “future” became one and the same. Without a temporal distinction, how else can the future be conceived? How can we visualize the future, when it is same as the present? On October 25, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will hold a conversation about the design of the future in an era in which the “future” exists in the present. The discussion will be led by three professionals who specialize in envisioning and creating the future.
October 25, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Keck Hall
960 E 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 613-2200
Outdoor Movie Night: Godzilla (1954)
JANM presents the granddaddy of all monster movies, the original Japanese Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira)! Made at a time when Japan was still recovering from the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this remarkably human drama has spawned more than 30 remakes and sequels. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the rampaging radioactive beast destroy an intricately detailed miniature of Tokyo as it was meant to be seen—on the big screen!
October 25, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.
October 27, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
"Sakurasaku" Film Screening & Special Program “Dementia"
Special Guest: Masashi Sada, a singer-songwriter and a novelist, was born in Nagasaki, Japan. He began playing the violin at the age of 3 years and 8 months, moved to Tokyo for violin studies after completing sixth grade, and formed a music duo named “Grape” in 1972 with his high school music buddy Masami Yoshida.
October 27, 2018
1:30 p.m.
Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700
Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is proud to present “SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE,” a showcase of over 100 models and large-scale photographs of past and current projects by the celebrated Japanese architect. Named the Wall Street Journal’s Architecture Innovator of The Year in 2014, Fujimoto has designed public and private buildings around the world since establishing his atelier in 2000.
October 27 - December 12, 2018 JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
2F Gallery
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Masashi Sada Benefit Concert in LA
Since May 2018, Sada has been on a nationwide concert tour for his 45 th anniversary year. On July 4, he also released Reborn: Masashi Sada at His Birth, his first album after switching to Victor Entertainment.
October 28, 2018
5:00 p.m.
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 937-6607
Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime
Ever feel the “mid-morning slump” while at work? How about taking a few minutes at lunchtime to refresh yourself? Destress and reenergize at JFLA during our 20-minute, easy-to-do yoga stretch session! No need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair receiving relaxing instruction from a bilingual (English and Japanese) instructor. Learn simple Japanese phrases during the instruction and stretch your mind as well as your body. There will be two free sessions beginning at 12:30pm and 1:00pm. No reservation necessary, all are welcome.
October 31, 2018
November 7, 2018
12:30 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510
Jewelry Workshop—The World of Washi: Beginner Class
Instructor Reiko Nakano will teach participants how to make a necklace of hand-made washi beads floating on a silk thread anchored by tiny knots, along with a playful keychain. Techniques will includes washi-wrapping, looping, and wrapping wire. Please bring sharp scissors, a shoebox for supplies, a snack, and a desire to learn. Additional materials provided. Limited to 12 participants.
November 3 & 4, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Sogetsu Ikebana Annual Exhibition
Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch invites you to its annual flower arrangement exhibition. Sogetsu School was founded by the late headmaster Sofu Teshigahara in 1927 in Japan. Teshigahara developed a school of ikebana that is deeply rooted in Japanese tradition while embracing the evolution of the modern age.
November 3 & 4, 2018 Doizaki Gallery
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700
"Art of Japanese Calligraphy" by Master Kuni Yoshida November 6, 2018 Nibei Foundation
11570 w. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Miso Made Easy
Miso-making is the "gateway" introduction to Japanese ferments. Simple to make and with only three ingredients, the only difficult part is to remain patient while waiting for nature to do its thing. This intimate hands-on class will cover how to make your own batch of miso. We’ll also make a simple “Ichiban Dashi” stock from scratch, and discover how simple it is to make better-than-restaurant quality miso soup at home. Instructor: Yoko Maeda Lamn is a County of Los Angeles Certified Master Food Preserver and an instructor at the Institute of Domestic Technology.
November 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Watanabe Exhibition Center (JACCC 1F)
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700
RAMEN Festival San Diego!!
The San Diego Ramen Festival is the newest and most exciting food event happening in San Diego! It’s time to get your ramen on – and you can go ramen crazy on Thursday, November 29th, at the Third Annual San Diego Ramen Festival!
November 29, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
1000 N Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
For tickets: click here
Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Wreaths and Cards
Get ready for the holidays and learn from JANM’s resident origami expert Ruthie Kitagawa how to make a holiday-themed origami card and a wreath. Space is limited to 15 participants.
December 1, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Art & Study of Taiko
Staff and students of Asano Taiko US and Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) present contemporary and traditionally inspired taiko repertoire in their end-of-year recital. Performances are interspersed with explanations of the roots and context of taiko and commentary on the challenges and joys of learning Japanese drums.
December 1 & 2, 2018 James R. Armstrong Theatre
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 781-7171
Hiroya Tsukamoto Performance
Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was 13, and took up the guitar shortly after. The rest, as they say is history. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States.
December 7 & 8, 2018 George Nakano Theatre
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 781-7171
Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters During WWII
A symposium exploring allies of Japanese Americans during World War II who defended and supported those living under martial law in Hawaii, in the U.S. military, and behind barbed wire in War Relocation Authority camps as well as in their resettlement once out of camp. Leading scholars, filmmakers, and writers present their findings about Buddhist and Christian clergy, African American and Chinese American leaders, and others who courageously spoke out for the Japanese American community. This event is co-sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum.
December 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414
Soba: A Life of Longevity
Food writer, cooking instructor, and buckwheat advocate Sonoko Sakai will demonstrate the proper traditional soba-making technique and presentation in this intimate culinary workshop. Learn how to make and serve soba in this hands-on class just in time to celebrate the New Year with toshikoshi soba!
December 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Watanabe Exhibition Center (JACCC 1F)
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700
Donn Draeger and His Koryu: Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu & Katori Shinto Ryu Kenjutse: A Lecture & Video Presentation by Master Michael Belzer
Join us for our big annual event. Every year, we add more and more! Enjoy the Koto harp and the Taiko drums. Learn Shodo – calligraphy. Enjoy two tea ceremonies, martial arts, Asian art and gifts, massage, food from the Okamoto Food Truck, and more surprises to be announced!
December 16, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shoseian "Whispering Pine" Japanese Tea House
Brand Park
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Japanese Female Immigration in the U.S. and U.K.: Kensington, A Play by Velina Hasu Houston
How does one build a life for oneself in a country that you weren’t born in and didn’t grow up in? Such is the challenge for an immigrant, challenges that bring a lot to bear upon family relations. Japanese women emigrate to many places, two destinations being the United States and the United Kingdom. How does living in either nation shape the identity of the Japanese female immigrant with regard to acculturation variances, relations with citizens of color, the texture of familial relationships, and gender identity? A staged reading of Kensington, a play by Velina Hasu Houston, explores the impact of immigration and choices about acculturation on the reunion of two sisters – one a short-term immigrant to England, one a permanent immigrant to the United States – after a decade-long estrangement. The reading and a post-play talkback provide gateways for discussion about how immigration and its circumstances affect family relations.
March 1, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
University Park Campus
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Ongoing Events & Online Exhibitions

Arizona Area Ongoing Events

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Area Ongoing Events & Online Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings, Pacific Asia Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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