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.

Tel: (213) 617-6700 ext. 334
Fax: (213) 617-6728

  1. Virtual Events
  2. Arizona Area Events
  3. Southern California Area Events
  4. Arizona Area Ongoing Events
  5. Southern California Area Ongoing Events
  6. Online Activities
  7. Special Events & Exhibitions at JICC

Virtual Events

Virtual J-Film - Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy | 偶然と想像

Friday, January 21, 2022 4:00 p.m. - Monday, January 24, 2022 4:00 p.m. (PT)
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

Happy New Year! Please join us for our Winter Film Fest 2022 from the JICC!

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past.

Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, acclaimed director Hamaguchi Ryūsuke ( Happy Hour, Asako I & II, Drive My Car) returns with an enchanting triptych that spins mundane encounters into a world of infinite possibilities.

In Episode 1: Magic (or Something Less Assuring), a young woman is startled when she realizes that her best friend’s new flame might just be her ex; in Episode 2: Door Wide Open, a disgruntled student plots to trick his college professor, using his friend-with-benefits as bait; and in Episode 3: Once Again, a girl’s college reunion leads to an unanticipated run-in with an old friend, and awakens feelings long since forgotten. Playfully inspired by life’s tiny miracles, and bound together by memory, regret, deception, and fate, Hamaguchi leaves no stone unturned in his quest to chart the ever-deepening mysteries of the all-too-human heart.

Starring Furukawa Kotone, Nakajima Ayumu, Hyunri, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Mori Katsuki, Kai Shouma, Urabe Fusako, Kawai Aoba

These virtual events are free and open to the online attendees in the US, however registration on Eventbrite is required in order to receive streaming access information via email. After receiving streaming info via email or Eventbrite on Friday, January 21 at 4:00 PM PST, you will have exactly 72 hours to watch. The code and link will expire after the screening ends. Register here.


Japan Outlook 2022

Monday, January 24, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Society of Northern California

Will 2022 be a year of economic resurgence in Japan or will factors such as COVID restrictions, continued supply chain disruptions, and inflation act as headwinds to growth? Will the new Kishida Administration, which faces an election in the summer, succeed in keeping the pandemic under control while keeping the economy running and opening its borders? What will Japan together with the US and other allies do to balance rising Chinese power and influence and support prosperity and peace in Asia?

Please join us at the Japan Society of Northern California’s annual Japan Outlook program on January 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (January 25, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Japan time) to hear experts discuss these and other questions related to the political, economic and security outlook for Japan in the coming year and what this all means to America. Robert Feldman, Managing Director and Chief Economist at Morgan Stanley Japan Securities is responsible for forecasting the Japanese economy, financial markets and policy developments and has served on a number of Japanese Government advisory councils. TJ Pempel, Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, is a prolific author and one of America’s top scholars on Japan and Asia. The conversation will be moderated by Japan Society of Northern California Chair Larry Greenwood.

FREE EVENT! *via Zoom. Register for the event here.

Japan’s New Economic Statecraft: What It Means for Geopolitics in 2022

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

Beginning with the Abe administration, Japan has seen a marked shift in its foreign policy and national security calculus. In the economic realm, this has been triggered by the looming digital disruption, Japan’s endorsement of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, and a recent shift in China-Japan relations. So what is Japan’s new plan for using global economic policy for security gains, and what can we expect under Prime Minister Kishida? Join Akira Igata, long-term advisor to the Japanese government, bureaucracy, private sector, and international organizations on economic security issues in Japan, to learn about recent developments and future scenarios. Register here.

"Virtual" Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 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.

Striking Cords: Kumihimo Silk Braids as Fashion Statements in Japan Past and Present

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (PST)

Braided silk cords called kumihimo have been made in Japan for over 1,400 years. Over the centuries, they have been worn by members of the aristocracy and religious orders, as elements of their dress that were not only functional but also highly decorative. The diverse styles of braids and their rich colors and patterns made them exciting accents of a warrior’s armor and sword furniture and of the kimono ensemble of wealthy urbanites alike. Today, these cords are also being incorporated into contemporary fashion, from clothing and shoes to detailing for handbags, cell phone cases, jewelry and other accessories. Japanese fashion expert Josephine Rout from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will present a lecture with slides introducing the many ways that these gorgeous silk cords continue to contribute to fashion.

Register here.

Abe Global 2022 | Polishing Japan’s Silver: Aging Sustainably in the 21st Century

Friday, January 28, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (PST)
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
(212) 377-2700

Across the world, societies are struggling to design sustainable policies for their aging populations. In much of the developed world, an increasing share of the population is over 60. In Japan, which has long been viewed as the pioneer “super-aging” society, nearly 30% of the population is now over 65. Individuals are living much longer lives due to improvements in nutrition and health care, while evolving lifestyles and shifting socio-economic conditions have kept birth rates at historic lows. The combination has produced a crisis in the social welfare systems which provide financial and care support for older citizens. The result has been increased unpaid labor for carers, elder work-force participation, and healthcare spending. A roundtable of five Abe Fellows will discuss these issues, share stories from their research, and examine potential policies for end-of-life care and an aging global society.

Abe Global 2022 is held in partnership with the Reischauer Institute of Japan Studies, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and the Oxford Brookes Healthy Ageing and Care Network.

An initiative of the Abe Fellowship Program, the Abe Fellows Global Forum (Abe Global) brings Abe Fellow research and expertise on pressing issues of global concern to broader audiences. Abe Global hosts events each year in partnership with academic and civic organizations. The Abe Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Virtual J-Film - Café Funiculi Funicula | コーヒーが冷めないうちに

Friday, January 28, 2022 4:00 p.m. - Monday, January 31, 2022 4:00 p.m. (PST)
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

Happy New Year! Please join us for our last Winter Film Fest title! You will have 72 hours to watch this screening.

Based on stories from the bestselling tearjerker novel series by playwright and author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

Urban legend has it that you can return to your chosen point in the past at Funiculi Funicula, the coffee shop where Tokita Kazu (Arimura Kasumi) works. But, several rules must be obeyed in order to travel back to the past...

Starring Arimura Kasumi, Ito Kentaro, Haru, Hayashi Kento, Fukami Motoki, Matsumoto Wakana, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Yoshida Yo, Matsushige Yutaka, Ishida Yuriko. In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 2018 | 117 min | Directed by Tsukahara Ayuko

This event is free and open to the public, however registration through Eventbrite is required in order to receive information on how to access the virtual screening via email. After receiving streaming info via email or Eventbrite on Friday, January 28 at 4:00 PM PST, you will have exactly 72 hours to watch. The code and link will expire after the screening ends. Registration for this film opens Thursday, January 20 at 8 AM PDT. Register here.

MA in Japanese Film: In Conversation with Film Director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (PST)

The fourth and final webinar in the Rethinking of MA Webinar Series will examine the role of MA in Japanese film. Our guest will be filmmaker Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, whose film Drive My Car, is Japan’s official entry for Best International Feature Film for Academy Awards 2022 and is now on the Oscars shortlist for this category. Hamaguchi, a renowned director and screenwriter who first gained attention for The Sound of Waves and Voices from Waves, his thoughtful documentaries (co-directed by Ko Sakai) about survivors of the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake, as well as several recent dramatic full-length feature films, pays close attention to timing, pacing and “space” in his films.

Hamaguchi’s film Drive My Car is generating substantial international acclaim, including being voted Best Picture of 2021 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and chosen by President Obama as one of his favorite films of 2021. In a December 3rd review in the Los Angeles Times, film critic Mark Olsen, wrote of Hamaguchi’s emotional pacing in Drive My Car, “He keeps tears and drama in check, letting emotion seep in after the heavy blow and in the meaningful silences which, like the negative space of a painting, complete the picture.”

Hamaguchi will join Professors Hitoshi Abe of UCLA and Ken Oshima of Washington University, hosts of the Rethinking of MA series, in an engaging conversation exploring the role of MA in the making of his most recent film Drive My Car, with reference also to some of his earlier works. The webinar will conclude with an audience Q&A.

Register here.


Be the Bridge: The Untold Stories of San Jose Japantown “Why is Japantown Important?”

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Japan Society of Northern California

Join us for a special talk featuring the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and learn about the history of Japanese immigrants in Northern California. Michael Sera, Board President at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (, will tell the overall history of Japanese immigrants to the Bay Area and Northern California in addition to the Japanese American community in the Bay Area today. He will also share why it is important to maintain and preserve this local community. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge about the history of Japanese Americans and the lesser-known stories of San Jose Japantown.

FREE EVENT! *via Zoom. Register for the event here.

Japan and Cybersecurity in 2022

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

Cybersecurity is becoming more important than ever – for people, business, government and the world. What is Japan’s role in global cybersecurity, what are the main concerns within Japan, how does Japan’s current situation compare with other countries, and what could be done to improve Japan’s protection? Join Miho Matsubara to discuss what lies ahead as Japan and the world prepare for the digital transformation.” Register here.

Japanese Film Festival Online 2022

Monday, February 14 - Sunday, February 27, 2022
Japan Foundation

We’re very excited to announce our finalized lineup for Japanese Film Festival Online 2022! Starting next month from February 14-27, 2022 you will be able to watch 16 Japanese films for FREE. For the complete lineup, please visit: JFF+ and select your host country to see the full list of films available to you.

To watch the films, please register and create your free account from here: Register

While you wait for the film festival to start, we’ve also created a portal where you can read up on the latest Japanese news, and interviews with prominent film directors and industry insiders. Check out the interviews here.

Virtual Workshop from Osaka: Let's Speak Kansai Dialect!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (PT)
Japan Foundation Los Angeles
(323) 761-7510

まいど!(Maido! = Hi!) , おおきに!(Okini! = Thank you!)… Does it sound familiar? These are examples of Kansai dialect, spoken in the Kansai region (central-west area of Japan comprising Osaka and surrounding prefectures). It is one of the most well-known and unique dialects in Japan. You may have heard it when watching Japanese movies or while traveling in Kansai area. Now it is your turn to try speaking Kansai dialect. It's fun to learn! In this session, you will learn some characteristics of Kansai dialect and useful expressions. You will learn the intonation, commonly used phrases and even grammatical rules! Three native Kansai dialect instructors from the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai will teach you authentic Kansai dialect, and practice conversation with you! ほなな~!(Hona na! = See you later!)

The workshop is limited to 30 participants (18 years and older) Participants will be asked to have their camera video enabled for the duration of the workshop. *This event is for Japanese language learners.

The registration is now full. Please contact us at, so that we will put your name on the waiting list in case a seat becomes available.

Local Upcoming Events

Arizona Area Events

13th Annual Ikebana Art Exhibit 2022

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - Sunday, January 30, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (MT)
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 274-8700 |

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites you to our 13th Annual Ikebana Exhibit presented by The Sonoran Desert Sogetsu Study Group.

This year’s theme is “EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH IKEBANA”. Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Sogetsu Ikebana promotes the practice of ikebana by anyone, anywhere in the world, any time, with any kind of material.

Our local artists will showcase both traditional styles with natural branches and flowers, exotic works with local desert materials, and even unusual materials like plastics, metals, and fabrics. This year’s exhibit also includes Japanese dolls and Japanese scrolls alongside the flower arrangements.

For an extra $5 our Ikebana artists and teachers will host a Make and Take Mini Ikebana activity for visitors to learn the basics of ikebana themselves and arrange their own to take home with live branches and fresh flowers. Tickets will include instruction, a mini demonstration, vase, flowers, and a photo opportunity. An origami booth for an extra $2 will also teach guests traditional Japanese paper folding that they can practice and take home after the exhibit.

Our tea café in the tea garden will also be open with a special display in the front tatami room of our tea house, Musoan. Guests can enjoy the special Japanese display and arrangements up close, eat a Japanese sweet and drink tea in this private space. Our special exhibit and tea café set is $7 per guest.

Guests can also peruse a Japanese vintage market and take part in a silent auction offering authentic Japanese items to purchase and bid on.

Purchase tickets here. $15 General / $5 Member / $13 Seniors/Students/Military (with valid ID) / $10 Youth (6-17) / Free Children (0-6).


Southern California Area Events

Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - Sunday, June 5, 2022 | Sun-Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Academy Museum
6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-3000 |

Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition, marks the first North American museum retrospective dedicated to the work of its namesake: the internationally celebrated artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.

Curated by the museum’s Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán and organized in collaboration with Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded in 1985, Hayao Miyazaki features more than 300 objects, including original imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, posters, and cels from Studio Ghibli’s archives—including pieces on public view outside of Japan for the first time.

Advance reservations strongly recommended. Purchase tickets here.

KUMIHIMO | The Art of Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO

Saturday, December 11, 2021 - Sunday, March 6, 2022
6801 Hollywood Blvd, 2F, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 516-0565

KUMIHIMO: The Art of Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO is the first exhibition in the United States to explore the history and art of Japanese silk braiding, or kumihimo (“braided cords”). The JAPAN HOUSE touring exhibition is produced by Yusoku Kumihimo Domyo (Domyo), a Tokyo-based company that has been making braided silk cords by hand since 1652.

The tradition of kumihimo began in Japan in the sixth century in the Imperial Court and Buddhist temples, and by the ninth century, during the Heian period (794–1185), it reached its golden age. Braided silk cords of many styles and patterns were used for aristocratic costumes, interior furnishings and decorations, musical instruments, and religious equipment for temples and shrines. From around the tenth century, kumihimo was also used for swords and armor by members of the military. Later, the cords became important decorative elements on kimonos and kimono accessories for well-to-do members of the general population. These braided silk cords are still featured in traditional dress and settings; they are also incorporated into contemporary fashion and inspiring braiding applications in engineering, architecture, and even space technology.

This historical survey presents the evolution of kumihimo over centuries in Japan. With materials provided by Domyo, the exhibition introduces some of the most important braiding techniques and tools and shows innovative ways kumihimo is used today.

Plan your visit here.

Kumihimo Silk Bracelet Braiding Workshops

Saturday, February 5, 2022 | Time varies *See time below
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Salon
6801 Hollywood Blvd, 5F, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 516-0565

Kumihimo, Japanese traditional silk braiding, has been practiced in Japan for over 1,400 years but has been little known outside Japan. This changed in 2017 when the hugely popular animated film Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) was released in the United States. One of the central objects in the story was a beautiful braided bracelet.

In conjunction with the KUMIHIMO: The Art of Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will present a series of kumihimo braiding workshops. The workshops will be taught by Michael Hattori, a Northern California-based kumihimo practitioner and instructor, who trained with Domyo in Tokyo in 1979 and has several decades of experience teaching kumihimo.

In three separate 90-minute workshops at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Mr. Hattori will teach three different bracelet designs - two for beginners, one intermediate class. He will explain the basic principles behind kumihimo braiding and the history and technique used for the pattern for each class and help the students master that one design and complete a bracelet. The silk will be provided by Domyo, a company that has been hand-braiding silk cords in Tokyo since 1652. The silk is also hand-dyed by Domyo's artisans. 

Please Note: If you are late for more than 10 minutes of the starting time, your seat may be given to a walk-in participant with no refund. Guests must be 12 or over.

COVID-19 Policies: In accordance with Ordinance No. 187219 issued by the City of Los Angeles, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. At the time of your check-in, please have your vaccination proof and ID ready. All guests (adults and children 2 years of age or older) must wear a mask at all times while visiting. Please find further information here.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST) | Beginner Workshop
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (PST) | Beginner Workshop
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (PST) | Intermediate Workshop (kumihimo experience required)

Fee: $30 (materials included)
Age: 12 and up
Class Size: Max. 10

Plan your visit here.

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.

Cool Nihongo - Learn Culture Through Language

Second Saturday each Month | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (MT)
Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 274-8700 |

Want to learn Japanese culture? Practice your Japanese language skills? Or just connect with other people who have your same interests? Our Cool Nihongo gatherings are the perfect place for anyone captivated by Japan, Japanese, and or just the customs and celebrations of a culture outside their own.

Nihongo means “Japanese language” in Japanese. It is pronounced “Knee - Hone - Goh" and just like that, you’ve already learned your first word. In our Cool Nihongo gatherings the teachers give our monthly topic introduction based on the season, etiquette, literature or useful phrases. A handout for you to use and take home for reference is provided! Your teacher’s will help everyone practice together and complete an activity based on the content. There is also time to mingle with your fellow learners if you like. Cool Nihongo guests are encouraged to enjoy their full Garden admission included in the price as well by strolling through our green paths before or after the gathering.

2021 Topics (subject to change):
October: Introductions & Salutations
November: Cultural Day, Shichi Go San
December: Preparing for the New Year
January: After the New Year
February: Girls Festival
March: Flowers of Japan
April: New school year in Japan
May: Golden Week and other holidays in Japan
June: Final gathering and Award Ceremony

General Price: $15. Member Price: $10 (per class). Purchase tickets here.

Chanoyu Experience the Way of the Tea

Third Saturday of each month | Various Times
Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 274-8700 |

Tanko Kai tea group of the Urasenke school has been practicing the Way of Tea in our tea house for the past 25 years. Once a month the public is welcomed into this special world to experience the Way of Tea firsthand. Take this rare opportunity to partake in the art form during one of our tea seatings and come away with a new awareness of beauty. ​

Public tea is held one Saturday of each month, October through July and divided into 4 public seatings with 5 seats available at each seating.

The experience includes a tour of the tea garden first where guests will prepare for the tea together. Once inside the tea house guests are guided through a traditional tea ceremony presented by Tanko Kai, in the Urasenke style. Guests will be served matcha (green tea) and a traditional Japanese sweet during the course of the experience as well as learn the proper hand motions and way to drink tea at a gathering. Time to ask questions and further appreciate the experience will be provided before you are encouraged to freely enjoy the rest of our 3.5 acre authentic Japanese Garden.

More information on Chanoyu and details about attending as well as reservations can be found on our chanoyu page here:

Purchase tickets here.


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.


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.

Create an Origami Heart While Learning Japanese

Origami Tami

Learn Japanese and English while folding origami. In this video, Origami Tami creates an easy heart origami. To view more of her bilingual origami videos, visit her YouTube channel 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!


JFNY Literary Series: Sayaka Murata x Ginny Tapley Takemori

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - Thursday, April 15, 2021
Japan Foundation New York, National Cherry Blossom Festival | (212) 489-0299

Japan Foundation New York

JFNY Literary Series invites notable writers in Japanese literature and their translators to discuss their work, speak on the art of translation, and touch upon the current literary scene in Japan.

This session will feature Sayaka Murata and her translator Ginny Tapley Takemori, moderated by literary critic John Freeman. Murata is an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer and the author of Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings, both of which were translated by Takemori.

The English publications of Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings were supported through the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Amy Stanley, professor of history at Northwestern University, introduces the vibrant social and cultural life of early nineteenth-century Japan through the story of an irrepressible woman named Tsuneno, who defied convention to make a life for herself in the big city of Edo (now Tokyo) in the decades before the arrival of Commodore Perry and the fall of the shogunate.

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.