Southern California and Arizona Area Cultural Calendar


Virtual events available below.
Please note that events may be canceled or postponed and venues closed in coordination with the jurisdictions' official orders as countermeasures against COVID-19.

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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Virtual Events

Moosic Lab x Japanese Film Festival: Watch Japan's latest indie films on JFF

Until Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Japanese Film Festival (JFF)

In collaboration with Moosic Lab, the Japan Foundation is streaming 5 feature films and 5 short films for free through 9/30. Watch and discover the works of 10 young filmmakers from Japan.

New from Japan | オンライン映画シリーズ 2020 Film Series

Friday, September 18, 2020 - Tuesday, October 16, 2020
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

Join us for a series of virtual screenings featuring some of the latest film releases from Japan!

This survey of recent films from Japan has something for everyone: new films from veteran masters Kiyoshi Kurosawa and the late Nobuhiko Obayashi, exciting new work from directors just breaking out with subjects as varied as the cenotes of Mexico and the maverick photographer Daido Moriyama, and more. All films are streaming for free.This series is co-presented by the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art; and the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan.

The following films will be available to stream online beginning September 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM PDT. Please refer to this page for more specific program dates and the latest lineup.

To the Ends of the Earth | 旅のおわり世界のはじまり
Labyrinth of Cinema | 海辺の映画館 -キネマの玉手箱-
Book-Paper-Scissors | つつんで、ひらいて
Cenote | セノーテ
I'm Really Good | 私は元気
Party 'Round the Globe | 地球はお祭り騒ぎ
Life Finds a Way | 普通は走り出す

Dear Etranger | 幼な子われらに生まれ

Friday, September 25, 2020 4:00 p.m. - Monday, September 28, 2020 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

Join us for the JICC's ninth virtual screening!

A Stitch of Life director, Mishima Yukiko, helms film adaptation of Osanago Warera ni Umare (We’re Having a Baby) by Shigematsu Kiyoshi, Naoki Prize winning author of Tonbi and Ryusei Wagon.

Haruhiko Arai, known for his artful depictions of romantic relationships between men and women, penned the screenplay.

A human drama that explores the meaning of family through the complex and often tumultuous relationships between a 44-year-old man, his ex-wife, their daughter who lives with her mother, his current wife, her children from a previous marriage, and a new child they are about to bring into the world.

Makoto is unable to get along with the eldest daughter of his second wife Nanae. With Nanae and Makoto now expecting their first child together, he is pressured to reexamine his relationship with Yuka, his first daughter from a previous marriage. As Makoto begins to feel suffocated by his family circumstances, he decides in desperation to have his step-daughter reconcile with her real father.

Although the novel was written 20 years ago, its open exploration of contemporary topics such as modern family issues, married couples with different surnames, and gay marriage are still relevant today.

Please note: A free Vimeo account will be needed for this screening. Registration required.

This event is free and open to online attendees in the US only. Registration through Eventbrite is also required in order to receive an exclusive access code to the virtual screening. Online 72-hour screening period begins on Friday, September 25 at 4:00 PM PDT.

Starring Asano Tadanobu, Tanaka Rena, Kudo Kankuro, and Terajima Shinobu

Register here.

Noh Tamura: The Blessings of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Mercy

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (PDT)
Noh Society

Noh Society presents a webinar series on Noh and Bunraku from September to November. For the first session, they invite the acclaimed waki-kata performer Arimatsu Ryoichi. Arimatsu will discuss the Noh play Tamura, using photographs from a recent performance. He will also answer questions in real time. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Register here.

Japanese-style Living Environment Webinar Events 2020: Curating the Japanese-style Garden

Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. (PDT)
Japan Foundation New York | (212) 489-0299

Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association will hold a series of free virtual lectures as part of its Japanese Living Environment program. In this lecture, Randall Lee will describe the growth, fostering and life-long care of a Japanese-style garden. He will also describe fostering freshly born gardens as well as remedial work on gardens in disrepair. Lee will highlight the role of plants, especially woody plants, in the Japanese living environment’s garden component. Lee’s specialties are aesthetic pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs. The webinar series is supported through the CGP Japanese Gardens Microgrant program.

Register here.

Virtual Japan Week @ Bellevue College

Monday, September 28 - Saturday, October 3, 2020
Bellevue College Japanese Culture Exchange Club

To protect everyone’s health and safety and in consideration of our obligation to avoid the 3Cs 三つの密: 密閉、密集、密接 (Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings), the Bellevue College Japanese Culture Exchange Club will be presenting the 4th annual “JAPAN WEEK at BC” virtually (online only) this year with support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

Currently, we are seeking photos and videos for the following four Virtual Japan Week 2020 Contests (Cosplay Photo Contest, Japan Trivia Quiz, Karaoke Contest, Tea Photo Contest). There will be prizes, so have fun participating! (Text in Japanese below日本語での説明も下にあります)

Our 2020 virtual Japan Week website will become fully active on September 28 and will provide links to many new and existing videos, photos, and information on a wide variety of different Japanese culture-related topics as shown in the below Topic Tiles. Each tile will open to a list of various links that will be “clickable” on Sept. 28th, 2020, so please stay tuned!

Music Mondays: Cheer up with "Virtual" Concert

Mondays, September 28 & October 5, 19, & 26 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.*
Japan Foundation Los Angeles
(323) 761-7510

We want to bring some cheer to your lives by music! JFLA presents live music performances via JFLA Facebook LIVE! Every Monday at 12:30pm, talented performers will play their repertoire dedicated specially to you. Just go to JFLA's Facebook page. You don't need to have a Facebook account. Click the link, and the live video will show up on the main page. If you miss the video, you can still find it on JFLA's Facebook or JFLA's YouTube Channel.

*Start times differ depending on performer. Visit JFLA's website for more information.

Performer Schedule:
September 28: Kai Kurosawa (Electric Bass)
October 5: Priscilla Ahn (Singer-songwriter)
October 19: Yumi Torimatsu (Shino bue & Shamisen)
October 26: Ark Sano (Jazz Piano)

View past live performances here.

A Curator’s Perspective on Japanese Textiles: Minneapolis' New Clothes -The Thomas Murray Collection

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PDT)
Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida

Dr. Andreas Marks, Director of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, provides insight into the textiles of Japan that include rare and colorful kimonos, textiles used by fishermen and farmers, and elaborate clothes made by the Ainu people of Hokkaido.

“Thomas A. Murray began to develop his affinity for the cultures and artwork of the numerous peoples he encountered during his travels throughout the world, some 40 years ago. He eventually became an art dealer specializing in textiles and is now one of the world’s leading experts on ethnographic textiles. Murray’s interest in Japanese textiles stems from spending a year in Japan beginning in late 1982. It was there he first encountered the textiles of the Ainu people from northern Japan and the Okinawan Islands and began to focus his collecting on these two areas along with folk textiles from Japan’s mainland. In 2019, the Minneapolis Institute of Art acquired Murray’s collection of 230 objects which is equally impressive in its quality and depth. This acquisition catapulted the museum to its current status as an institution with one of the foremost collections of Japanese textiles in the world. His lecture will present some highlights of a featured exhibition set to open October 9, 2021.”

This program is sponsored by the National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, as part of the 2020 Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series.

Please registerhere.

Japan’s Business Reforms after Abenomics

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

Prime Minister Abe was a great supporter of business reforms – be that by empowering reformers, rewriting rules and laws, or taking more control over bureaucratic appointments. Over the past decade, markets have become more attractive, companies more proactive, and innovation more salient. But will this stay after Abenomics? Join Kazuhiko Toyama, one of the leaders of Japan’s business reinvention processes who was deeply involved in guiding the turnarounds at JAL, Kanebo and many other companies, for a conversation of what’s at stake for the trajectory of Japan’s business organization. Register here.

4-Part Resilience and Wellness Workshop Series

Tuesdays, September 29, October 13 & 27, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Changing Tides

Changing Tides is excited to announce that we will be hosting a 4-part Resilience and Wellness Workshop series online this fall! We are grateful to be partnering with therapists and mental health professionals from the AAPI community to facilitate these spaces.

Each workshop will begin with a psychoeducational component where a concept or concrete practice/skill will be taught. Participants will then have an opportunity to practice the skill, followed by a group discussion and sharing session.

September 15th - Building Resilience, facilitated by Matthew Shima, LMFT
September 29th - Mindful Relaxation: Accessing Calm Through Breath and Body, facilitated by Katherine Chan, AMFT
October 13th - Creating Your Self-Care Routine, facilitated by Teryn Hara, ASW
October 27th - Following Your North Star, facilitated by Nara Lee, AMFT

Please fill out this Google Form if you would like more information or are interested in signing up to attend.


"Virtual" Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

Wednesday, September 30 & October 14 & 28, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Japan Foundation Los Angeles
(323) 761-7510

We would like to help during these trying times. Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE! 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.
The singing bowl used in this program is a healing musical instrument that Japanese craftsmen designed with the finest of details. Tibetan meditation bowl (a type of Buddhist instrument) has rich harmonic overtones, Japanese traditional singing bowl (also a type of Buddhist instrument) has a beautiful single tone and long sustain. The singing bowl used in this meditation program is a wonderful healing instrument incorporating both the Tibetan and Japanese qualities. Harmonious waves penetrate quickly and deeply, while harmonic overtones delicately realign the body.


Japan Enters the Post-Abe Era: More of the Same or New Directions?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.
Japan Society of Northern California

Just days after becoming the longest sitting Prime Minster in Japan’s history, Shinzo Abe unexpectedly announced his resignation on August 28, citing serious health issues. The next Prime Minister will face unprecedented domestic and foreign challenges ranging from Japan’s demographic crisis, the rise of China’s military and economic power, a global pandemic which is driving a world recession, and doubts about America’s longstanding security commitment to Japan. What will be the policy priorities of the next Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, and how will he differ from PM Abe in content and style of leadership?

The Japan Society of Boston and the Japan Society of Northern California are proud to jointly present a program to explore the opportunities and pitfalls of the post-Abe era. Please join us online on September 30, 2020 to hear three of the top experts on Japan’s domestic and foreign policy talk about what the change in leadership means for Japan and for its relationship with the US.

Register here.

Roundtable: Why Do We Study Anime and Manga?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
Japan Foundation, New York

The Japan Foundation, New York is launching a monthly online series delving into Japanese pop culture from academic and professional perspectives!

With the help of professors and creators all over the world, we will discuss various topics from anime, manga, video games, fashion, J-pop, and more. We hope that this series will be one of the platforms for you to learn more about what you love!

Join our first session with four of the leading experts who were instrumental in popularizing Anime and Manga Studies in U.S. academia. Come be a part of the panel discussion with Christopher Bolton, Wendy Goldberg, N.C. Christopher Couch, and Frenchy Lunning, as they discuss the deep and fascinating world of studying anime and manga. We will hear how their love of anime and manga led them down the path to advanced study.

The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. If you have any questions about anime, manga, or a related field of study prior to the event, please feel free to post it on the Eventbrite page when you register. Live commentary will also be enabled on the YouTube stream, so you can participate in the live Q&A session.

This is a free event. Registrants will receive the link to the stream via email.

Please registerhere.

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Classes

Thursdays, October 1, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PDT)
Japanese Culture Center

Join the Japanese Culture Center in a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. This class has 4 sessions, which are 90 minutes each.

Kintsugi Lunch Hour: Feed Your Soul with Dumplings

Friday, October 2, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program, Japanese Arts Network

Spend your kintsugi lunch hour with Visual Artist, Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake making seasonally-inspired soul-nourishing Japanese dumplings! A digital link will be sent to attendees after registration.

Visual artist, Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake, will guide participants through two styles of seasonally-inspired Japanese dumplings, sharing snippets from her upcoming art recipe book along the way. The workshop will include discussions on how to incorporate intention into the cooking process and Japanese ingredients to aid in whole-body wellness.

Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake is a yonsei artist, avid home cook and student of Japanese mysticism. Her black and white illustrations tie in Japanese folklore, Western occultism and fairytales. Her work has been featured in publications such as MECZine and Asian Avenue. During a brief time living abroad in Japan, Akemi found comfort in the kitchen and began to spread her culinary wings. Her particular style of cooking is traditionally inspired and layered with intention. She finds that time spent cooking can be nourishing for both the soul and the body. Akemi enjoys exploring Southeast Asian, Japanese and paleo inspired dishes. She is always trying new things in the kitchen much to the enjoyment of her family and friends.

This series is sponsored by the Japanese Arts Network and is part of Kintsugi: The Art of Healing, Finding Beauty in Repair, a Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program.

Please registerhere.

Japan, China, Korea – Shifting Strategic Relations in Turbulent Times

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

The muscle-flexing of China, the rising ambivalence of the U.S. toward its Asian alliances, and ongoing concerns on the Korean Peninsula – where does all this leave Japan in the Asian geopolitical situation? How should one view the evolution of Asia's security architecture and new strategic narratives that incorporate the broader Indo-Pacific region? Join Andrew Yeo, author of “Asia’s Regional Architecture”, for an in-depth discussion. Register here.

"Virtual" Bilingual Yoga

Wednesday, October 7 & 21, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Japan Foundation Los Angeles
(323) 761-7510

We would like to help during these trying times. Bilingual Yoga will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE! No need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair at home and receive an instruction from our instructor in bilingual (English and Japanese). Easy and relaxed! Just go to JFLA's Facebook page. Stretch and refresh yourself with us at home! You don't need to have a Facebook account. The live video will show up on the main page. If you miss the video, you can still find it on our FaceBook or our YouTube channel.


The evolution of stakeholder capitalism from Eiichi Shibusawa's gapponshugi to the B-Corp movement in the US and globally.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.
Japan Society of Northern California

It is just over a year since some 180 CEOs of Business Roundtable signed an open letter titled “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation”, a commitment to promote the interests of not just shareholders, but all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers and communities.

Thirteen years earlier, a small group of entrepreneurs launched a B Corporation movement* and took a first step of changing “the system” to use business as a force for good. They founded B Lab which certifies companies as Certified B Corporations. There are now over 3,500 Certified B Corporations in the US and globally and the movement is lately getting more attention from major corporations. Jay Coen Gilbert, one of the co-founders of the B Corporation movement will share his story about leading the B Corporation movement and how he is trying to engage major businesses to adopt a stakeholder model.

In Japan over 100 years ago, Eiichi Shibusawa**, a Meiji era banker, industrialist and entrepreneur widely known as the “father of Japanese capitalism,” advocated for “gapponshugi” (合本主義), in which a new form of joint stock company would address social issues. Ken Shibusawa, a fifth-generation grandson of Eiichi Shibusawa will talk about “gapponshugi” and how he is practicing it today in his asset management business, Commons Asset Management Company.

We will learn how Shibusawa’s “gapponshugi” 100 years ago in Japan and the current B Corporation movement can join forces to promote the shift from shareholders to stakeholder capitalism.

(* B stands for Benefit, **Eiichi Shibusawa’s portrait will appear on the 10,000 yen notes from 2024 and he will be the main character in NHK’s year-long drama “Taiga (Big River) Drama” on Sundays in 2021)

Register here.

Shinola: Japan America Society Takumi Effect Series

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (PDT)
Japan America Society, Michigan and Southwestern Ontario

Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario presents a discussion on Shinola's design and manufacturing process. It will feature the Great American Series: Yamasaki Limited Edition watch, which was inspired by the works of architect Minoru Yamasaki in Detroit, such as the McGregor Memorial Conference Center and One Woodward. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Register here.

I Go Gaga, My Dear | ぼけますから、よろしくお願いします。

Sunday, October 9, 2020 4:00 p.m. - Monday, October 12, 2020 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

Enjoy the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan's selection for this year's Films Across Borders: Stories of Resilience & Hope online festival! Tickets for this event are limited and only for attendees in the US.

Films Across Borders showcases critically acclaimed films, documentaries and shorts and from around the world. Co-presented by American University in partnership with embassy cultural organizations, arts institutions and environmental groups, the series focuses on a distinctive timely and compelling theme each year.

Now in its sixth year, Films Across Borders presents ‘Stories of Resilience and Hope.’ The 2020 cinematic series features stories of humans and wildlife -- and the harrowing and heartfelt challenges they face to survive and triumph in all corners of the world.

Check out other free virtual screenings from this series by visiting!

Feature film directorial debut by Nobutomo Naoko, who has made numerous TV documentaries based on her personal experiences, including her own struggles with breast cancer.

A personal documentary chronicling the enduring love, resilience and struggles of director Nobutomo Naoko's nonagenarian parents in Kure, Hiroshima as her mother’s Alzheimer’s-related dementia gradually worsens. With a great abundance of footage taken over several years, Nobutomo interweaves direct documentation with intimate home movies of her parents, including their support during her own battle with breast cancer.

A small film that was a surprise box office hit purely through word-of-mouth, I Go Gaga, My Dear opened in one small Sapporo cinema and eventually expanded to 70 screens nationwide for over three months. (Description from Japan Society)

Register here. Registration opens this Sunday at 8:00 AM PDT.

U.S.-Japan Healthcare Connection: MedTech Emerging Growth Companies 2020 Virtual Roadshow

Monday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Japan Society of Northern California

Meet 20+ U.S. emerging medical technology companies. The MedTech Emerging Growth Companies 2020 Virtual Roadshow aims to introduce 20+ emerging U.S. medical technology companies to Japanese business, financial, academic, and government experts. Hosted by a collaboration between the Japan Society of Northern California and US-Japan Medtech Frontiers, this year’s virtual conference will feature three days of thematically grouped company presentations followed by virtual networking sessions with presenters.

Register here.

Reluctant Warriors: The Role of Japan and Germany in the international military order

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

As the international liberal order is breaking down, calls are getting louder for Japan and Germany to revise their roles and military responsibilities. Thanks to their size and economic importance, these two countries are the most important allies for the U.S. in Asia and Europe, respectively. The U.S. is increasingly frustrated with what it sees as a reluctance to share more of the defense burden, even as both countries still operate under those Constitutions and have strong sub-cultures of "anti-militarism. Join Ellis Krauss, co-author of "Reluctant Warriors: Germany, Japan, and Their U.S. Alliance Dilemma," and Ulrike Schaede for a discussion of what is at stake for the future of global security. Register here.

Women in Japan: Similar Challenges, Different Solutions

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

A lot has been made of Womenomics, Abe’s program to improve the work situation for women in Japan. And although many challenges remain, statistically it has worked and Japan is now average in several measures of women workforce participation and advancement. But how does Japan’s workplace reality compare, including also with Europe? Clearly, Japan’s business environment continues to be different from the West, with tighter social norms, more rigid hierarchies, and entrenched habits. Although Japanese women face similar workplace challenges as women everywhere, they have to find different ways to change their work settings and remove obstacles of social expectations and subconscious bias. Join Karen Shire, Director of the Center for Gender Research at UDE in Germany, and Saki Tomita, Manager at TEPCO Ventures in Tokyo, to discuss what is changing, how Japan compares, and what working women in Japan do to “lean in” and change their work environments. Register here.

Shinzo Abe – The Iconoclast

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

Now that the Abe administration is completed, it is time to assess the global impact of this outstanding Japanese statesman. Meet Tobias Harris, author of the current best-selling biography on Shinzo Abe, to discuss the larger meaning of the Abe Years. What kind of person is Shinzo Abe, how did he come to power, and what explains his remarkable “second take”, after the unsuccessful first Abe administration? How could he so deftly manage the LDP power structures, as well as the bureaucracies? What is the impact of his foreign and security policy shift? Will his various policy direction changes stick, and – last but not the least – what will it take to fill his shoes? Register here.

JFIT Roundtable: U.S.-Japan Relations after the Election

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

Join UC San Diego faculty to discuss what the outcome of the U.S. election means for U.S.-Japan relations, in terms of politics, business and economy, foreign policy and security, and any potential shifts in the U.S.-Japan military alliance and the power balance in Asia. Panelists will come prepared to each present three scenarios and bring their crystal balls to offer a glimpse into the future. Register here.

JACCC Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 465-3106 |

Thank you for your support as an active member and supporter of Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. As a member and supporter of the organization, we invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting where JACCC Staff and Board Members will report to the public on the activities of the past 2019-2020 fiscal year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom.

If you're interested in attending the meeting, please RSVP by October 30th. To RSVP, please fill out a short form or call/text (213) 465-3106. For any questions regarding the meeting, please don't hesitate to contact Carolina Roque, Development Associate directly at

Online Activities


Embassy of Japan JICC Educational Resources and Activities

Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

The Japan Information & Culture Center at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. has prepared their own educational resources for parents, educators, and those studying Japanese during this time. This page will get updated regularly with new information. View their free coloring book and other resources here!

Japan Foundation Learning Materials

Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation has prepared their own educational resources for parents, educators, and those studying Japanese during this time.

MARUGOTO Plus Japanese Learning

The Japan Foundation

MARUGOTO+ (MARUGOTO Plus) is a website where users can learn about Japanese language and culture based on the contents of the "MARUGOTO: Japanese Language and Culture", the official coursebook of the Japan Foundation, which complies to the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education.

"KC Yom Yom" for Easy Stories in Japanese

The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai

"KC Yom Yom," created by the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai, offers free Japanese stories based on the "tadoku" method of learning foreign languages by reading easy books. "Ta (多)" means "a lot" and "doku (読)" means "reading" in Japanese, so tadoku (多読) literally means "read a lot." You can find stories according to your level and listen to each story to improve your listening skills. "NPO Tadoku Supporters" also offers a variety of stories on it website here.


Online Art Exhibitions - Ukiyo-e, featured artist retrospectives, and more

Ronin Gallery

The Ronin Gallery in NY has set up an online art gallery! In addition to the 6-10 exhibitions featured in our New York gallery, Ronin Gallery also curates weekly online Japanese art exhibitions. Drawing from the wide Ronin collection, our exhibitions range from revered ukiyo-e woodblock print artists to blossoming contemporary talents, artist retrospectives and thematic explorations to antique Japanese paintings. Ronin Gallery invites you to browse our online art gallery and share in our excitement for East Asian art.

teamLAB: A Forest Where Gods Live


Check out the online gallery of the latest teamLab Digitized Nature project! This installation explores how non-material digital technology can turn nature into art without harming it.

IJC Museum: Online Art Museum

IJC Museum

The IJC Museum is a virtual museum in the cloud that exhibits the works of remarkable artists representing the Japanese modern art scene. You can view works from all directions with 360-degree freedom and get so close that you can see the subtlest details and even feel the presence of the artists. Artists include Yayoi Kusama, Nerhol, Manabu Ikeda, Tabaimo, Taku Obata, Kohei Nawa, and Hisashi Tenmyouya.

Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

The Studio Ghibli museum has temporarily closed in the efforts of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Japan. The museum has released video footage on their YouTube channel of popular rooms in the building such as the prop room used for many of the Ghibli films. Normally, the Ghibli museum does not allow photos or videos to be taken inside the building, so it is the perfect chance to get a look into the museum.

Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics

Japan Society
Boro (“rags” or “tatters”) are patchwork textiles hand-pieced by peasants in Japan in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The inability to cultivate cotton in the northern climate of Tohoku necessitated the practice of stitching remnants of used fabric into utilitarian items, including blankets, coats and mittens. These hard-used garments – reworked over generations – express essential principles of Japanese ethics and aesthetics, such as an appreciation for distinguished imperfections and the avoidance of waste. For the first time in the U.S., this exhibition assembles over 50 archival pieces from the personal collection of folklorist and cultural anthropologist Chuzaburo Tanaka (1933–2013) presented alongside new portraits by editor-photographer Kyoichi Tsuzuki, designs by pioneers of Japanese avant-garde fashion Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and textile-based works by Susan Cianciolo and Christina Kim – part of a generation of contemporary artists influenced by the aesthetics and ethics of mending, patchwork, and re-use. The installation, designed by New York architecture firm SO–IL, rediscovers this traditional handicraft, its history of survival and ingenuity, and its continued legacy within creative practices today. While our doors are closed, please enjoy a Virtual Video Tour of Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics, narrated by Director Yukie Kamiya and Assistant Curator Tiffany Lambert of Japan Society Gallery.

The Art of Impermanence: Japanese Works from the John C. Weber Collection and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection

Asia Society New York

Asia Society's gallery is currently closed, but you can still learn more about the exhibition and explore the works on Asia Society's website. Find images from the exhibition, as well as related podcasts and recordings of lectures. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
Impermanence is a pervasive subject in Japanese thought and art. Through masterpieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles drawn from two of America’s greatest Japanese art collections, this exhibition examines Japan's unique and nuanced references to transience. Objects span from the Jōmon period to the twentieth century. From images that depict the cycle of the four seasons and red Negoro lacquer worn so it reveals the black lacquer beneath, to the gentle sadness evoked in the words of wistfully written poems, the exhibition demonstrates that much of Japan's greatest art alludes directly or indirectly to the transient nature of life.

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection

Harvard Art Museums

Painting Edo at the Harvard Art Museums is a great exhibition that you should not miss. Learn more about the exhibition in their series of videos. The museums have also been active on Facebook and Instagram. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This groundbreaking exhibition was part of our Japan 2019 project. You can still learn about this show and view all the exhibition objects on the museum's website. The exhibition catalogue is also available online for free.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) - Japanese Modernism

This gallery located in Melbourne, Australia is offering online and downloadable exhibition resources for student learning experiences about Japanese Modernism in art. They also have virtual tours for other exhibitions in their current collection and video highlights from guest artists!

Digital Exhibition - Yōkai Senjafuda

The University of Oregon’s collection of senjafuda (千社札) is one of the largest in the world! Their digital exhibition focuses on tiny slips of paper that depict Japanese ghosts and monsters known as yōkai (妖怪).

e-Museum: National Treasures & Important Cultural Properties of National Museum, Japan

This website provides high definition images of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Japan, owned by four national museums (Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyushu National Museum) belonging to the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage.

Enjoy Mori Art Museum @ Home!

The Mori Art Museum is one of the leading contemporary art museums in Tokyo. The museum offers a wide variety of their content online including official photos of installations to past exhibitions.

Renwick Gallery - Chiura Obata: American Modern

Chiura Obata (1885–1975) ranks among the most significant California-based artists and Japanese American cultural leaders of the last century. Check out the online gallery of his artwork on their website!

Google Arts & Culture

Explore museums all over Tokyo virtually through Google. Some collections include online exhibits, panoramic tours, video clips, and more. There is also an Art Camera available which will allow you to zoom into famous works of art. Washington DC's very own Freer and Sackler Gallery at the National Museum of Asian Art has its own online collection here too!

Adachi Museum of Art: The Adachi Museum of Art houses a collection of modern Japanese art. This museum is known for its magnificent Japanese garden.
Chihiro Art Museum: The Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo is a small gallery in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward dedicated to illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974), a Japanese artist renowned for her paintings and illustrations of flowers and children. Chihiro Art Museum’s virtual tour features three exhibitions, including some of Iwasaki’s most famous works.
Fukuoka Art Museum: From traditional Japanese screens to modern art, the Fukuoka Art Museum has a wide collection of approximately 16,000 works from ancient to contemporary. Enjoy Dali, Miro, Chagall, Tomita Kaisen’s scroll paintings and more.
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum: The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is the only museum in the world that systematically collects and exhibits Asian modern and contemporary art.
Fukuoka City Museum: The Fukuoka City Museum displays the history of Fukuoka and the lifestyle of the people of the area. The museum’s collection includes a variety of sculptures, masks, and ukiyo-e.
Keio University Library: The Keio University Library has a few unique online ukiyo-e exhibitions, including "Give Me Back My Bonito!" and “Discover Tokyo Through Funny Food Ukiyo-e.”
Kioi Art Gallery, Edo Ise-Katagami Kimono Museum: Ise-katagami is the Japanese craft of making paper stencils for dyeing textiles. This museum boasts over 5,000 stencils from the Edo to the Showa periods.
Kobe City Museum: The Kobe City Museum owns nearly 70,000 objects, including a National Treasure comprising 21 items and 6 important Cultural Assets comprising 74 items. The museum includes textiles, silks and screens from the Edo period.
Kobe Fashion Museum: This is the first museum in Japan to specialize in fashion. Enjoy haute couture, textiles, costumes, and other fashion styles from European and Japanese fashion history.
Kyoto National Museum: The Kyoto National Museum is one of Japan's oldest and most distinguished museums. The museum's main focus is pre-modern Japanese art.
Kyoto Prefectural Domoto-Insho Museum of Fine Arts: The works of Insho Domoto (1891-1975), the great Nihonga painter, are preserved and displayed in the museum. The museum is dedicated to his work and features his traditional Japanese paintings to abstract paintings.
Mie Prefectural Art Museum: The Mie Prefectural Art Museum showcases are from the Edo period onward by artists who were either natives of Mie or had a close relationship with Mie, paintings from the Meiji period onward that show the development of modern oil paintings in Japan, or paintings by foreign artists who exerted a strong influence over modern Japanese art, and sketches, studies, watercolors, and other documents that give insight into the creative undertakings of key artists. After Mie Prefecture and Valencia, Spain became sister cities in 1992, the museum also began collecting works by important Spain artists.
MOA Museum of Art: The Mokichi Okada Association Museum of Art promotes a wide range of art and cultural activities. This museum in particular focuses on Rinpa, one of the major historical schools of Japanese paintings.
Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds: This museum has been actively involved in the preservation and maintenance of the Sakitama Kofun Cluster, a nationally designated historical site consisting of ancient burial bounds. View the burial accessories that were discovered at the burial mound of the Inariyama Kofun as well as earthenware called haniwa.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum: At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, the sky above Nagasaki was filled by a white flash, and all the clocks stopped. A gigantic mushroom-shaped cloud soared up towards the blue sky. The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum displays a collection of photographs documenting the damage from the bombing.
National Museum of Nature and Science: Enjoy exhibits on anthropology and natural history including the dinosaur evolution, mining, and medicine in Japan.
The Kyoto Costume Institute: The Kyoto Costume Institute collects and preserves outstanding examples of western clothing through the centuries, as well as the historical items related to this area of study. Enjoy seeing different fashion pieces throughout the centuries.
The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma: This museum features ancient Japanese and Chinese art, and a group of works by artists born in Gunma, including Fukuzawa Ichiro, Yamaguchi Kaoru, and Tsuruoka Masao. It also contains a wide range of modern Japanese and modern Western art, contemporary art and textile.
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama: This museum is the first art museum the architect Kurokawa Kisho designed. It displays a collection of fine artworks from modern Western masters to contemporary Japanese artists.
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka: This ceramics museum commemorates the donation of the world-renowned "Ataka Collection" by the 21 companies of the Sumitomo Group. There are various ceramics from around the world located here.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is the foremost museum collecting and exhibiting modern Japanese art.
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo was built to house the Matsukata Collection, which includes many Impressionist paintings and Rodin's sculptures.
Sagawa Art Museum: The Sagawa Art Museum is home to Raku ware, a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used during tea ceremonies. The collection includes pottery, clay, ceramic and rock pieces.
Sankeien Garden: The Sankeien Garden is a spacious Japanese garden created by Sankei Hara, a successful Yokohama businessman who had built a fortune through his silk business. Enjoy cultural artifacts as well as taking a stroll through the Japanese garden.
Sekido Museum of Art: Sekido Museum of Art was founded in April 2006 to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding through artcraft and to enhance Japanese culture. The museum's collection is built upon a group of works collected by Senju Satoh and features clay and ceramic pieces with intricate patterns.
Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art: The Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art focuses on the works of Edo Ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Hiroshige. Some of Hiroshige's masterpieces include Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido and One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Enjoy the internationally loved Ukiyo-e works from Edo to the present here.
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art: The Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art displays various paintings to Mount Fuji as well as screen, canvas, and sculpture pieces.
Tachibana Museum: The Tachibana Museum houses cultural properties passed down to the Tachibana family that controlled the Yanagawa clan throughout the Edo Period. The museum displays items that convey the history of the Tachibana family: from a suit of armor that once belonged to family ancestor and first feudal lord of Yanagawa, Muneshige Tachibana, to gold and silver lacquer dispatch boxes, cosmetic utensils and Noh theater costumes.
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum: The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum collection is comprised of some 30,000 Japanese, Eastern and Western artworks, ranging from paintings, prints, photograpy, sculptures, ceramics and lacquer ware to armor, swords and medallions of various periods and cultures.
Tokyo National Museum: The Tokyo National Museum is perhaps the oldest and largest art museum in Japan. This museum collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of art works and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries.
Yamatane Museum of Art: The Yamatane Museum of Art is Japan's first museum dedicated to Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings).



Taiko Lesson – Learn Obon Festival Drumming

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play Bon Daiko (Japanese Obon festival drumming)? Isaku Kageyama, a taiko instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute, offers free Bon Daiko lessons on his website. The first few lessons will focus on fundamentals and basic patterns, and will progress from there. You can also download music files and sheet music, and use these recordings for free at your local festival.

Learning Daifuku/Sashiko Embroidery with the JICC, Embassy of Japan

Nowadays, the Japanese word boro is as common as wabi-sabi among the textile and fashion cognoscenti. Textile museums around the world have highlighted this unique Japanese patchwork technique originating from the Tōhoku region, establishing it as part of world textile history. Today, contemporary designers like Nakazato Yuima are drawing inspiration from boro in how they approach the construction of their cutting-edge garments.
In her book, Boro: Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan, Koide Yukiko explains that originally, boro was born out of necessity in the extreme north of Japan, where cotton cannot grow. Cotton fabric was such a precious commodity that every piece of it was saved for repurposing. It was even passed down through generations as a full garment or even as remnants.
Sashiko is an embroidery technique used on boro items to simultaneously decorate and reinforce the fabric. The story of the Tōhoku region’s former hardship can be found in the beautiful boro patchworks of treasured fabric pieces and their multi-purpose sashiko designs.
Recently, sashiko has gained popularity alongside boro, and it is enjoyed all over the world as a stylish and sustainable approach to fashion and repurposing household items.
Check out #sashiko on Instagram and find more stunning examples!

Free Coloring Activity: Yoroshiku-Girl by Yoshitomo Nara

Japan Society
Download the drawing here (Printable PDF)
Yoroshiku-Girl is feeling colorless - at home, away from her friends, her favorite stores and museums (and Japan Society). Bring her to life with lines, shapes and lots of color!
We are happy to offer Yoroshiku-Girl, a drawing by Yoshitomo Nara for your coloring enjoyment at home. With the artist’s support, we invite you to participate in this creative project for people of all ages. Share your artwork with us online using #JSFromHome for a chance to be featured on the Japan Society social media channels!

Free Coloring Books from Hanshin Railway

Hanshin Electric Railway

The Hanshin Electric Railway has collaborated with MofuMofuDo illustrators to create coloring books featuring iconic locations in Osaka and Kobe. Currently, there are 10 free coloring books available for download!

Travel through Japan with these VR videos: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and more

Itching to visit Japan? Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, we're all staying put indoors. However, with these 360-degree virtual-reality YouTube videos from Simbosi, you can 'travel' through Japan without a plane ticket. Each video puts you in a different destination in Japan – go from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to Kyushu down south, then follow up with a trip to Japan's traditional crown jewel, Kyoto. Keep an eye out for historical facts in some of the videos – it's like having your own virtual tour guide.

Virtual Tours - Cherry Blossoms Around the World

Explore street views of some of the world's most scenic sakura spots as recommended by local reviewers on Google Maps. Each spot has descriptions and personal quotes from local guides.

Virtual Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Like the spirit of Japan-U.S. friendship, the gift of cherry blossoms lives on. This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival is being held as a Virtual Festival, with countless videos and activities that bring the festivities to you. Take a tour of the Tidal Basin during peak bloom or explore activities for kids. As a special treat, the festival includes personally recorded videos by Japanese performers, including Naotaro Moriyama, Anna Sato x Toshiyuki Sasaki, and White Out Tokyo!


Gold Hill Samurai... The Story of the First Japanese Colony On U.S. Soil

Sierra Community Access Television

The full play GOLD HILL SAMURAI is now showing on the Sierra Community Access Television YouTube Channel. (140 minutes) This original play written by Placerville's Jamie Van Camp was performed at American River Conservancy WakamatsuFest150 one year ago. This is the story of the first settlement in America by Japanese immigrants in 1869. This video also headlines the SCA-TV2 YT Wakamatsu/American River Conservancy Playlist which includes SCA-TV2 videos of prior year events at the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony, El Dorado County, CA.

NHK & Tokyo National Museum - The Magic of Japanese Masterpieces

Tokyo National Museum

NHK has partnered up with the Tokyo National Museum's to produce a radio series that delves into the history of Japanese relics and artifacts. You can listen to detailed descriptions and the origin of each art piece while looking at their online gallery.

New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra - Teleworking Performance

New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

The New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra is a symphony orchestra founded in 1972 and based in Tokyo. They are known for their collaborations with video games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, Kingdom Hearts, and the Resident Evil series. They also worked on Studio Ghibli soundtrack productions with Joe Hisaishi like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle!

Podcasts to Learn about Japan

Time Out Tokyo

Discover Japanese daily life, food, history, sake and even ghost stories through these engaging podcasts. Featured podcasts include Japan Eats, Uncanny Japan, History of Japan, Voices in Japan, and Sake on Air.

What Bonsai Can Teach Us About Patience

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Ted Matson, curator of The Huntington’s bonsai collections, used to be a writer. Whenever he felt writer’s block coming on, he would visit his personal collection of bonsai trees, do a little pruning and pinching and enter a “flow state."

Inevitably, the solution he was seeking would pop into his head. To help us grapple with the frustrations of coronavirus stay-at-home orders, host Giovana Romano Sanchez escorts us deep into the practice of bonsai for a lesson in patience, the concept of time, and respect for the pace of nature in this inaugural episode of the Hear and Now at The Huntington podcast.


The Sound of Tea

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the contemplative nature of a Japanese tea ceremony through sound as Robert Hori, gardens cultural curator, performs the traditional ritual and discusses the intricacies of this venerable art form.



Haruki Murakami - Free Short Stories to Read

For a limited time only, the New Yorker has made several short stories penned by Haruki Murakami free to read! You can also view another translated short story of his here.


Japanese-inspired Food Education Course for Students of All Ages

Table for Two

Table for Two has partnered up with Wa-Shokuiku to offer a free a online course! You can learn the principles of Japanese cuisine and food culture, and gain the skills to prepare healthy, nutritious foods to strengthen your bodies and minds.

Free Online Course from Harvard University - Japanese Books: From Manuscript to Print

Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Take a free course on Japanese Books with materials being drawn from Harvard University's extensive collections. Topics include notable Japanese books and scrolls, binding techniques, and visual storytelling in premodern Japan.

Local Upcoming Events

Arizona Area Events


Southern California Area Events


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 |

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 Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 350-0343 |

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 |

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

First Friday Origami Club

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

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 W 162nd St, 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 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 217-9537

The Kawai Sumi-e Club meets every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Nakaoka Community Center. Sumi-e is the Japanese art of black and white painting.


Fourth Saturdays | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S Los Angeles St, 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.

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Japanese Storytime

First Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S Los Angeles St, 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

Learn about the history of Japanese Garden's ceremonial teahouse and the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered at 20-minute intervals on the second Monday of every month. General admission; no reservations required.


Fourth Saturdays | 1:00 p.m.
Palisades Branch Library
861 Alma Real Dr, 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!


Second Thursdays | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
John C. Fremont Branch Library
6121 Melrose Ave, 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.

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Origami for Teens & Young at Heart

First Thursdays | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S Los Angeles St, 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 |

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 Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721 |

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 |

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

The Garden's ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden

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

The Teahouse is open every second Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 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.