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We continually update this calendar to include Japanese cultural events and activities in our jurisdiction. Please note, however, that events and organizations listed are not necessarily sponsored or endorsed by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. For detailed information about events, please contact the organizer/s directly. If your organization would like an event posted to this calendar, please submit requests to the Japan Information and Culture Center, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles for consideration.

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ARIZONA AREA EVENTS

Event & Link Date & Time Location
Studio Ghibli Fest
Following the success of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2018. Starting in March, the series features nine of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics offering both dubbed and subtitled versions.
March 25 - November 20, 2018 Various Locations (check for local listings)
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest
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

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
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
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
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
Origami in the Garden
Making its premier debut in California at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden this fall, Origami in the Garden² is an outdoor sculpture exhibition of larger-than-life origami creations. Created by Santa Fe artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the sculptures capture the delicate nature of Origami, a paper art form originating in Japan and celebrated around the world. Created in museum quality metals, the artworks each tell the story of a single piece of paper as it transforms into a soaring bird, emerging butterfly, galloping pony and many other remarkable forms. The exhibition features the Boxs' own compositions as well as collaborations with world renowned origami artists: Tim Armijo, Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert J. Lang. In addition to the artwork that will transform the Garden, we will be offering many events and classes related to the exhibition. Check out Origami in the Garden² events and classes below!
October 20~, 2018 Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625 8767
info@rsabg.org
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
19th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States, and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (US Premiere) to luminary independent work like Patrick Wang’s award-winning In the Family (North American Premiere). Each year, the festival brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema. This year, the 19th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 160 films from 28 countries at 6 different venues in San Diego from November 8-17, 2018. Films include: "Okaasan (Mother)," "Our Ballad in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)," "Don't Cry With Me," "Ten Years Japan," "Inland Sea," Asako I & II," "Yocho (Foreboding)," "Vision," "One Cut of the Dead," and "Mori, the Artist's Habitat."
November 8 - 17, 2018 Various Locations
Living National Treasure Manji Inoue Exhibition & Sale
Manji Inoue, designated a Living National Treasure, celebrates 400th Anniversary of Arita-yaki ware. Arita-ayki are potteries made in Arita, Saga prefecture. Its attration is simplicity and crystallinity but hard and indestructible potteries.
November 17 & 18, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721
Ikebana with CA Native Plants
Join Ikebana instructor Yumiko Kikkawa as she guides you through the ancient Japanese artform of flower arranging in this special demonstration and workshop. California native plants from the Garden will provide the palette for creating your very own Ikebana arrangement. Material fee included in the cost of the class.
November 17, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625 8767
info@rsabg.org
Re-Imagining Kurosawa
Dr. David Desser (Dean, Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film) will help you “Re-Imagine Akira Kurosawa” as he provides you unique insight into Kurosawa and his classic film, High and Low (1963), which was adapted from Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom. Panel discussion/Q&A session follows the lecture (special guest panelists: TBA). At JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Level 5
November 26, 2018
7:00 p.m.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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
"Kiki’s Delivery Service" Film Screening
From the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who moves to a new town with her chatty black cat and uses her broom-flying ability to start a business. Free. No reservations.
January 3, 2019
12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500
info@skirball.org
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


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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