Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles

日本国国旗

在ロサンゼルス日本国総領事館

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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  1. Arizona Area Events
  2. Southern California Area Events
  3. Arizona Area Ongoing Events
  4. Southern California Area Ongoing Events
  5. Special Events & Exhibitions at JICC

 

 

Local Upcoming Events

Arizona Area Events

Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

December 8, 2018 - April 18, 2020 |
Chandler Museum
300 S Chandler Village Dr., Chandler, AZ
(480) 782-2717 |

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.

1st Ever Tucson Godzilla Festival

August 24, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Metal Arts Village
3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716
520.975.9792 | steve@metalartsvillage.com

The Metal Arts Village is hosting the 1st ever Tucson Godzilla Fest! Come join us for an atomic blast filled evening! A family friendly event for new and old fans alike. The first 50 people will receive a souvenir at the door. We will be discussing Kaiju films, and giant monster television shows and games. Additionally anyone who is interested in collecting figures we will have special panels talking about the figures, contests with prizes, local artists with special prints for sale, and much, much more!

Saboten Con 2019

August 30 - September 2, 2019 |
Sheraton Grand Phoenix
340 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Saboten Con 623-232-0580 | sabotencon@mg.conmagick.com

Saboten Con is an American anime convention held in Phoenix, Arizona and organized by Monkey Paw Entertainment. The convention is held on Labor Day weekend and lasts for 4 days (Fri-Mon). It is currently hosted at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. Saboten Con is the largest anime convention in Arizona with attendance reaching 13,298 (unique) / 37,983 (turnstile) for the 2018 event

"And Then They Came for Us" Screening

September 7, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pima County Democratic Party Headquarters
4639 E. First St., Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 326-3716 | info@pimadems.org

LD 9 Democrats and the Asian-American Pacific Island Caucus will host a special screening of the documentary film AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US on Saturday, September 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM, at the Pima County Democratic Party Headquarters, 4639 E First Street.

40th Annual Koi Show & Auction

November 9 - 10, 2019 |
Oro Valley Marketplace
12155 N Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ 85737
(602) 553-2664 |

Water feature vendors. 2nd oldest show in U.S. Judge's talk on Sunday. Koi auction noon Sunday. Fun for the family. Judging Saturday. 200+ Koi on display. Super raffle. Koi vendors.

 

Southern California Area Events

At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America

May 25 - October 20, 2019 |
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414 |

At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America is a multi-media exhibition that explores and celebrates the emergence of a politically defined Asian Pacific American consciousness and identity. A co-production between Visual Communications (VC) and the Japanese American National Museum, At First Light chronicles the transformation of the un-American categorization of “Oriental” to the political identity of “Asian Pacific American” that rejected racist stereotypes, stood up for human rights, recovered lost histories, and created new cultural expressions.

BAKERU | Transforming Spirits

July 17 - October 6, 2019 |
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
6801 Hollywood Blvd. 2F and 5F, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1 (800) 516-0565 |

BAKERU: Transforming Spirits is a participatory exhibition inviting visitors to step into the supernatural world of Japanese folk traditions through a process of transformation (bakeru means ‘transform’ in Japanese). It is also a space of connection in various ways—the connection between the long-lasting folk traditions and the fast advancing digital technology, between the northern region in Japan and the world, and between the everyday space and the space of festivities.

景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, Fluctuation

July 25 - October 27, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-2721 | jfgsd@niwa.org

Emerging artist Yoichi Nakama from Kyoto, Japan will be the next exhibitor at JFG's Exhibit Hall. During his painting process, Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective representations. Nakama chooses to express his feeling about the beauty of nature, the phenomenon of light, and atmospheric changes as it occurs within Kyoto - during the process, the canvas itself is transformed into an object of nature.

Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

August 1 - 29, 2019 | Thursdays 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414 | http://www.janm.org/contact/

Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community? Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

Citizen USA: Experiences of Youth in Camp

August 3 - November 17, 2019 |
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414 |

This exhibition centers on Citizen USA, arguably the first children’s book about Japanese American incarceration. In the book, written by Charles K. Ferguson while he served as director of adult education at the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II, Jane Sato, a young incarceree at Manzanar narrates daily life in the camp and also hints at the overall uncertainty ahead. It represents what life may have felt like for children in camp.

BEGIN - EXCLUSIVE Los Angeles Concert

September 1, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Okinawa Association of America (310) 532-1929 | oaatickets@gmail.com

Straight from Okinawa for their very first mainland US concert, BEGIN takes the stage at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on September 1st. This exclusive show is hosted by the Okinawa Association of America (OAA), which is celebrating its 110th Anniversary this year.

Anison USA 2019

September 1, 2019 |
Red Gate Recorders
4440 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90014
(323) 510-1232 | info@anisonusa.com

Anison USA is the first event in America that covers Anison music, which resembles Japan's great Anime festivals. We're kicking off this event with the best of Japanese and American Anison music Idols and bands. What is Anison music, you ask? Anison is the music/soundtracks from all Anime series, movies and Japanese video games, Anison is a mix of genres such as J-Pop and J-Rock. We promise you a great experience as if you were in Japan.

"Real Geisha, Real Women" 2019 West Coast Tour

September 4 - 6, 2019 |
Various Locations
Portland Japanese Garden, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica Pier, Edgemar Center for the Arts, Suihoen Japanese Garden, Storrier Sterns Japanese Garden, Portland, OR; Santa Monica, CA; Van Nuys, CA; Pasadena, CA
(323) 761-7510 | https://www.jflalc.org/about-us

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles proudly presents three authentic geisha performers from Kyoto, Japan, along with geisha expert Peter MacIntosh for a series of extraordinary cultural events during their inaugural U.S. West Coast tour. Through dance, music, lectures and film, they will be introducing the beauty and mystery of Kyoto's "flower and willow world." This will be a rare opportunity to meet with real geisha and learn the history and continuing traditions of ancient Japan.

Iced in Paradise—Naomi Hirahara’s New Hawai‘i Mystery

September 7, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414 | http://www.janm.org/contact/

Join Naomi Hirahara for a discussion about her love of shave ice and why she made the Garden Isle the location of her new novel. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo, Hirahara has published several nonfiction books on the Japanese American experience in addition to her mystery novels and books for younger readers.

Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi

September 14, 2019 | 11:00 .m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414 | http://www.janm.org/contact/

Washi is a traditional Japanese handmade decorative paper that dates back to the seventh century. Unlike machine-made paper from wood pulp, washi is made from the inner bark of plants such as mulberry, bamboo, and wisteria and hemp. The intertwining of fibers results in a paper that is strong, durable, washable, and acid-free. Its thin, smooth, soft surface can be printed with vivid colors and complex designs.

Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

September 18, 2019 | 12:30pm
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761 - 7510 |

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.

Hanashi Oral History Pop Up

September 21, 2019 | 11:00 .m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414 | http://www.janm.org/contact/

Come see a selection of Go For Broke National Education Center’s Hanashi (“to talk”) Oral Histories. GFBNEC has been recording interviews of Nisei veterans of World War II as well as their contemporaries in the armed forces for over twenty years. Stay for as many interviews as you like; this day-long opportunity does not have formal presentations or introductions.

Two-Day Workshop: Shibori Plant Dye (Kusakizome)

September 21, 2019 | 11:00 .m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414 | http://www.janm.org/contact/

Kusakizome has a long tradition in Japan with in-season plant materials collected regionally and used for different purposes. For this workshop, you will use a variety of locally sourced plant materials on a variety of silks with simple mordants. There will be a light indigo vat available to “shift” colors and simple shibori binding techniques will be used to test the plant dye materials. Each participant will also make a test sample notebook for reference during future crafting projects.

Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art

September 22 - December 8, 2019 |
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6010 |

Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art celebrates one of the most distinctive and compelling aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan's unique spiritual heritage of Shintō and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for nature—and the place of animals within that realm—is expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints.

Super Dimension Convention 2019

October 5, 2019 |
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 781-7171 | superdimensioncon@gmail.com

What began as "MacrossWorld Con" in 2001 as small fan meet-up has blossomed into an annual event attended by hundreds, attracting visitors around the globe! This year's celebration will be held on October 5th from 11am - 7pm (10am entry available at pre-registration).

Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai Calligraphy Exhibition

October 5 - 26, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725 | info@jaccc.org

This exhibit showcases the work of the masters and up-and-coming artists from this Japanese Calligraphic Art group, Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai. The late Reverend Kanshu Ikuta and his wife Hiroko Ikuta founded Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai in 1965 and through the organization, taught Shodo throughout the United States and Japan. Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai continues to outreach to new students and inspire interest in Japanese calligraphic art.

Fandangobon Festival 2019

October 6, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725 | info@jaccc.org

JACCC’s 7th annual FandangObon Festival bridging the participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango of Veracruz, Mexico; Japanese Buddhist Obon circle dances; and West African dance and drums of Nigeria and New Guinea. Hundreds of folks of all ages and cultures will celebrate connections to each other and our environment!

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Tanabata

October 12, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414 | http://www.janm.org/contact/

Make Tanabata inspired crafts for your friends and family.

Two-Day Workshop: Indigo, Shibori, and the Making of an Offering Bag

October 19, 2019 | 11:00 .m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414 | http://www.janm.org/contact/

The first day of this two-day workshop will focus on indigo and shibori dyeing of recycled fabrics and threads. These will then be used the following day to make a replica of a komebukuro, or offering bag. These bags, in which offerings were taken to the local temple, were originally made from either scraps of leftover and reusable household textiles or from unused family kimonos.

24th Annual Japan Studies Graduate Conference At UCLA

October 28, 2019 |
University of California Los Angeles
Royce Hall Humanities Conference Room 314,
(310) 825-4500 | japancenter@international.ucla.edu

This conference on Japan explores the transdisciplinary theme of the interactions in poetics and politics that manifest as imagining(s). Imagining(s), or the act of producing ideas, visions, and understandings, appears in various shapes and fields, including international relations, governance projects, economic schemes, and urban planning, as well as literature, art objects, commodities, architecture, etc. In other words, these forms embody poetics—the juxtaposition of different elements to create affect —and politics—the dominant structure of power that is embedded in a given context. While poetics and politics began as a theme within the humanities as a literary analysis of allegory, it can also be applied broadly to other fields to understand the interface of social, political, and cultural realms.

Japan CUTS Hollywood

November 1 - 3, 2019 |
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 461-3331 |

Japan CUTS Hollywood film festival is presented by the Japan America Society of Southern California to promote Japanese cinema, content and culture to the US and the world. It will also introduce Japanese talent (actors, directors, writers and more) to Hollywood, and will benefit people who know and have interest in Japan, as well as create new “fans” of Japan. Japan CUTS Hollywood is presented as a sister event of "Japan Cuts," presented by Japan Society in New York.

6th Annual Women's Leadership Counts Conference - “From Locker Room to C-Suite"

November 7, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
InterContinental Los Angeles Hotel
2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 284-6500 |

Increasing evidence shows that playing sports can transfer into your professional career, helping you become a better and more influential leader. Playing sports is often considered a male thing, but the expectation that sports can help your career holds for women as well as men. In a 2014 report of women executives by Ernst and Young (EY) Women Athletes Business Network and espnW, 74% said a background in sport can help accelerate a woman’s career. In another report, they found an overwhelming correlation between athletic and business success; 94% of women in the C-suite played sports and 80% of female Fortune executives played competitive sports. Against the backdrop of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this year’s conference will address the character traits and attributes that are common among great athletes and business leaders. The speakers will highlight leadership qualities that are both effective on and off the field, and share skills learned in athletics that have a direct workplace crossover.

Horizons of (Mis)communication between Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen

November 22, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
University of Southern California
University Park Campus, East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
(213) 821 - 4365 | cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu

Buddhism flowed between the Chinese continent and Japan – by Japanese pilgrims, Chinese émigré monks, merchants, texts and other objects. This is often described as a transmission from China to Japan. However, from diaries, travelogues, manuscripts, and hagiographic writing of the 11th to 14th centuries, we also learn that Japanese and Chinese monks frequently could not use spoken communication with each other. Even many erudite Gozan Zen monks, competent writers of metered-and-rhymed kanshi (“Sinitic poetry”), could not understand spoken Chinese. Instead, acts of translingual communication relied upon: (a) third party interpreters; (b) written “brush talk” 筆談 (J. hitsudan; Ch. bitan); or (c) body language. This lecture will discuss evidence for these forms of communication, and illustrate the horizons and possibilities of misunderstanding. I will argue that some foundational insights were reached precisely through miscommunication. I will also suggest that certain kinds of misunderstanding may play an essential role in creativity and interpretation. Overall, this may provide us an opportunity to rethink how we describe the relationship between Japanese Zen and Chinese Chan.

CharaExpo USA 2019

December 7, 2019 |
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave., Anaheim CA 92802
714-765-8950 | usa_help1@bushiroad.com

CharaExpo USA is a Japanese anime and games convention organized by Bushiroad, and held its inaugural event in the same venue the previous year in November 2018. CharaExpo USA 2019 will feature BanG Dream! live performance, BCS 2019 Anaheim Regional and pro-wrestling matches by New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

A Little Tokyo Christmas

December 21, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725 | info@jaccc.org

A Little Tokyo Christmas is back! Come enjoy music, laughter, and dancing by talented performers, celebrity guests, and beloved community members in this one-of-a-kind holiday show! Shop for unique crafts and gifts at the Holiday Gift Boutique and join us for a fun-filled time for the whole family as Little Tokyo celebrates the holidays.

Animé Los Angeles 2020

January 9 - 12, 2020 |
Ontario Convention Center
2000 E Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764
800-455-5755 | info@animelosangeles.org

Animé Los Angeles is a medium-sized fan-run convention, "on the other side of the year" -- in the winter.

ANIME Impulse 2020

January 18 & 19, 2020 |
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
2780 Fairplex Dr, Pomona, CA 91768
909-593-7010 |

The ANIME IMPULSE is being held on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, 2020.

 

Local Ongoing Events

Arizona Area Ongoing Events

First Friday Extended Hours

First Fridays | All Day
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix Arizona 85003
(602) 274-8700 | info@jfgphx.org

Free admission to the garden. Unique entertainment and Japanese Happy Hour bar every month.

Phoenix First Fridays

First Fridays | Evenings
Fushicho Daiko Dojo
925 Grand Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 350-0343 | info@taikoaz.com

During the evening of the first Friday of every month the dojo opens its doors to the public to come visit and watch our classes and performers and to try some taiko themselves! Come visit us at our dojo at 925 N.W. Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix. You can’t miss the building as it has a large red mitsudomoe (pictured) on the south wall.

Public Tea Ceremony

Third or Fourth Saturday | Various Times
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 274-8700 | info@jfgphx.org

Authentic tea ceremonies for the public are held on the third Saturday of each month October through June. The ceremonies are presented by Tanko Kai tea group, wearing beautiful kimonos in our Musoan tea house. Guests are met at the entry gate and conducted to the tea house by a docent who explains features in the tea garden and other interesting facts about the tea house itself. *Tea ceremonies require complete silence for a duration of 30 minutes. Guests must be age 12 years or older, as the seating may have other guests apart from your group.

 

Southern California Area Ongoing Events

Anime Society

First Saturdays | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 612-0525 |

Do you have a passion for Anime? Bring yourself and friends as we develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for Japanese animation and make new friends along the way! This event is free and fun for all ages.

First Friday Origami Club

First Fridays | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721 | info@japanesegardenpasadena.com

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. 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.

Gardena Bonsai Society

First Fridays | 7:00 p.m.
Nakaoka Community Center
1670 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 217-9537 |

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.

Gardena Kawai Sumi-e Club

Tuesdays | 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Nakaoka Community Center
1670 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 217-9537 |

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.

Japanese Book Club

Fourth Saturdays | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 612-0525 |

Enjoy a discussion in Japanese about the books you've read or share the latest articles that you've found interesting.

Japanese Storytime

First Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 612-0525 |

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.

Japanese Teahouse Tours

Second Tuesdays | 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100 |

Monthly informal tours allow visitors to peek inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn about the traditions behind its use. See calendar for upcoming tours.

Origami Club

Fourth Saturdays | 1:00 p.m.
Palisades Branch Library
861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 459-2754 |

Come join us as Travis Taft, origami folder extraordinaire, will teach the basics of this stress-busting art. Learn some, craft some, and have a great time!

Origami Club

Second Thursdays | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
John C. Fremont Branch Library
6121 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 962-3521 |

Master Folder Travis Taft teaches the Japanese art of origami to students of all ages (above 7) and all levels. Travis will host Origami Club the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

Origami for Teens & Young at Heart

First Thursdays | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 612-0525 |

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.

Oshaberi Tuesday! おしゃべり火曜!

Tuesdays | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tea N More
7380 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #111, San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 571-2926 | https://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoJapanese/

Every week, we get together for an informal session, where you can 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 we all have a great time. Please be sure to order some food and/or drink so we will continue to be welcomed there. Tell the cashier you are with Japanese Meetup and you'll receive 10% off your order. You can accrue even more savings by using the Fivestars rewards program.

Second Sunday Open Day (Tea Ceremony)

Second Sundays | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721 | info@japanesegardenpasadena.com

Even though the Storrier Stearns garden is a perfect backdrop for cultural events, festivals and celebrations, Japanese gardens are designed primarily for quiet contemplation and introspection. Our Second Sundays will offer visitors the serenity that has characterized Japanese gardens for centuries, a respite from a hectic world. Chairs and benches will be scattered around the garden and tables will be available for picnics and conversation. Highlighting the day will be tea ceremonies in the Niko-an Teahouse (reserved separately.)

South Coast Bonsai Association Meeting

Fourth Sundays (with exceptions for August, November & December) | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274 | uedak@sbcglobal.net

The South Coast Bonsai Association meets the fourth Sunday of most months at South Coast Botanic Garden. For additional information contact Ken Ueda.

Southern California Haiku Study Group

Third Saturday | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hill Avenue Branch Library
55 South Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 744-7264 | www.socalhaiku.org

The Southern California Haiku Study Group meets monthly at the Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Avenue in Pasadena, California. Workshops start at 2 pm on the third Saturday of every month.

The Garden's ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden

Second Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-4726 | sbteahouse@gmail.com

The Teahouse is open every second Saturday of the month from 11:00am-1:00pm. Visitors and members are welcome to experience our ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden. Trained Teahouse volunteers will be available to share their skills and answer questions about the rich traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony.