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JICC Library & Exhibitions



The JICC Library is open to the public during the Consulate's normal hours of operation. Please note the building security measures. Our reading room adjoins the Consular section and includes a space for changing exhibitions featuring Japan, Japanese culture, Japan-related themes, and local artists.

Our library collection includes materials in English and Japanese. Many of these are available for loan; please see our loan policy below. We have a range of reference materials that may be accessed in the library but may not be checked out. Links are provided for such publications that are now available online.

We also have an array of free magazines, pamphlets, maps, and flyers on Japanese culture and events. You can find them in stands in the library marked with signs indicating that they can be taken for free.

Please see below for a sample of the materials we carry. We welcome your visit!


Loan Policy

Proper photo identification indicating the borrower's current address is required in order to borrow any material.

An individual or organization may borrow up to two (2) items at a time for a period of two (2) weeks. Items may be renewed unless under reserve by another party. If items cannot be returned in person, the borrower may mail the items to the JICC Library at his or her expense.

The individual or organization in whose name items are borrowed will be responsible for any damage or loss. The JICC reserves the right to determine the extent of any damage incurred or the replacement cost for lost articles.

Items may be used for non-profit and educational purposes only. Entry fees may not be charged for showings.

Items may not be duplicated unless previous arrangements have been made with the JICC.

Designated reference materials may not be removed from the library.

Books & Audio-Visual Materials

Book topics

Topics include Japanese arts, children's interest, cooking, education, gardens, history, literature, politics, and sports.

Government Publications

We are happy to distribute the following government publications as supplies last, reserving two reference copies not to be removed from the Library. For your convenience, links are provided to those publications which are available online.

Defense of Japan Annual White Paper

Diplomatic Blue Book Summary

Foreign Press Center's Facts & Figures Japan (past archived issues only)

Japan's ODA White Paper

Statistical Handbook of Japan

Highlighting Japan (online only)

Graduate Schools, Universities, Professional Training Colleges & Japanese Language Schools Guide


Newspapers (for Reference only)

Asahi Shimbun




Japan Times


Highlighting Japan


Nihon Keizai Shimbun


Nipponia (archives)


Rafu Shimpo


Ikebana International

Japan "Realia"

We offer authentic Japanese items for display and use for cultural fairs or presentations on Japan. Please contact the JICC Librarian to see if your organization or event qualifies to borrow these items.

Food Displays
Elementary School Backpack

Video Collection

The JICC has over 350 videos and DVDs about Japan available for lending, free of charge, to schools, clubs and non profit organizations as well as individuals for non-commercial use in Southern California and the state of Arizona. We recommend our videos for your meetings or classes. We have a wide variety of videos about the country of Japan, current events and Japanese culture. Please see below for a partial list of our videos, including the most popular. If you would like a complete video catalogue, please contact the JICC librarian.

Traditional Japanese Culture
Traditional Japanese Sports


Japanese Architecture

Japanese Arts & Crafts

Japanese Cuisine

Japanese Dance

Japanese Pottery & Porcelain


Musical Instruments

Tea Ceremony







Nippon: The Land and Its People

Working Women: Personal & Social Goals

Annual Festivities & Ceremonies: Beliefs in Daily Life

Education in Japan: Children & Their Dreams

Popular Videos

Classical Theater in Japan: Noh, Bunraku, Kabuki

20 min. (#78)

150 Years of U.S. - Japan Relations

40 min.  

Mt. Fuji: A Timeless Beauty

15 min.  

Winter in Japan: Sparkling Ice, Gleaming Snow

15 min.  

Japanese Onsen: Healing the Body, Soothing the Spirit

20 min.  

Music with a Message: J-POP Japanese Music

15 min.  

Anime: Japan's Thriving Animation Culture

15 min.  

Japanese Youth: My Dream

20 min.  

Japan Video Encyclopedia

Japan Video Topics

JVT covers many topics about Japan and Japanese culture. Each month's video/DVD has three to four segments. Watch each in its entirety, or select one or two segments. This is a wonderful addition to a classroom presentation on Japan. The DVDs feature six languages (English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French); additionally, you can stream JVTs in six languages online!

Past Exhibition: LANSCA Nagoya - Los Angeles Sakura Children's Art | Aug 24 - Sep 30, 2012

Students from the City of Nagoya and the City of Los Angeles commemorate the Japan – U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial in a joint showing of cherry blossom art for exhibition in Los Angeles and Nagoya. 

Los Angeles schools which participated in this joint exhibition are: STEM at Roosevelt High School, Children’s Institute, Inc., and Mother of Sorrows School.

The entire exhibition of over 200 art works will travel to Nagoya, Japan in October for exhibition at the Nagoya Festival.  A portion of the collection is on view here.

This special project was organized by the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA).   The cities of Nagoya and Los Angeles have an annual art exchange program that is coordinated by LANSCA. 


Click here to see other past exhibitions



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