Southern California and Arizona Area Cultural Calendar

2022/5/6

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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  1. Virtual Events
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  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

SAMPURU: The Art of Japanese Food Replicas

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
Online
1(800) 516-0565

Japanese food is admired worldwide for its visual appeal, with ingredients arranged and combined so artistically that a meal might be a feast for the eyes as much as the mouth. Japan is also famous for its plastic food samples, or “sampuru,” – replicas that are displayed in restaurant windows to show the food served inside and entice passersby. Iwasaki Mokei is one of the best-known food replica companies, based in Gujo Hachiman in Gifu prefecture. Since 1955, the company has been producing replicas that are designed not to simply copy the food but to convey its deliciousness too.

Mr. Seigo Kozakai, the CEO of Iwasaki Mokei will give a presentation with slides about the art and business of food replicas, the importance of this industry in Japanese culinary culture, and the future role of his company in promoting Japanese food in Japan and beyond.

Local Upcoming Events

Arizona Area Events

Farewell Photography: The Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs, 1961-1989

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - Sunday, June 26, 2022 | Open Wednesday-Sunday
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1880 | info@phxart.org

Farewell Photography: The Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs, 1961-1989 explores the radical reconsideration of the photographic medium in post-World War II Japan through outstanding works from the Center for Creative Photography.

Reserve your ticket online for a seamless check-in here.

 

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 | academymuseum@oscars.org

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.

The Art of the Ramen Bowl

Friday, March 18, 2022 - Tuesday, July 5, 2022
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
6801 Hollywood Blvd, 2F, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 516-0565

Ramen – wheat noodles served in soup with toppings – were introduced to Japan in the late 19th century, grew popular over the following decades and became deeply connected with the culture of postwar Japan. A fast food served in a single bowl, the hot noodle soup can satisfy hunger for a reasonable price. Originally Chinese, this everyday dish has evolved differently in each region of Japan, featuring diverse ingredients and seasonings. With the growth of Japan’s economy and the spread of Japanese food globally, the dish has further evolved – even more so than sushi – so that now ramen can be vegan, halal and gluten-free. It is no exaggeration to say that ramen has become the most popular Japanese food in the world.
 
In Japanese food culture, vessels of diverse shapes, styles and materials – including ceramics, lacquer, metal and glass – appear on dining tables, even for ordinary meals. However, the bowls used in Japanese ramen shops are often porcelain donburi bowls with almost uniform dimensions, materials, shapes, and designs. Almost 90% of these are produced in the Tono area in the eastern part of Mino in Gifu prefecture, and many of these donburi have also made their way to ramen shops overseas. So, in one simple type of vessel, ramen of many flavors is enjoyed around the world. Yet, although the flavor of ramen – the soup, noodles and ingredients – are a focus of attention around the world – including in the Michelin Guide – the quality of the bowls themselves is rarely discussed. Since these bowls can enrich our enjoyment of ramen, why is this?
 
Although this exhibition touches on the history and culture of ramen, its primary goal is to spotlight the donburi itself. To examine donburi more closely, these bowls are "dissected" and observed in detail, like a specimen. Then, in the hands of thirty artists, the bowls serve as blank canvases on which the fun, the deliciousness and the many possibilities of ramen are uniquely expressed. In addition, the exhibition introduces the region of Mino – Japan’s largest producer of porcelain ramen bowls – and its long and important history of ceramic production, from tea bowls to house wares to donburi.
 
The exhibition is curated by designer Taku Satoh and art writer, editor and curator Mari Hashimoto and designed by Taku Satoh Design Office (TSDO) in conjunction with the Ceramic Valley Association, Mino, Japan. It presents the idea that the experience of eating delicious noodles can be a feast not just for the nose and the mouth but for the eyes too.

Plan your visit here.

1st Valley Asian Cultural Festival

Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91371
(818) 710-4100

A feel-good event for the community showcasing West Valley Businesses who offer Asian Culture through food, retail and art. Asian Cultural Performances through Dance and Music will be offered. Crafts such as origami and other childrens’ activities that are popular in the Asian Culture will make it fun for the whole family.

The venue will undergo the most colorful, bright and beautiful transformation. This one-day festival will provide over 50 cultural experiences to hundreds of attendees. The cultural expression will be delivered through dance and musical performances and arts, crafts and food demonstrations. Shopping and dining will add to the festivities. Los Angeles personalities and talents will be celebrated and announced over the next few months.

Free Attendance to Public.

JACCC + Sow & Tailor Present: Doing Our Own Thing

May 7, 2022 - June 4, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725 | info@jaccc.org

Doing Our Own Thing features a group of artists who are all born and raised in Los Angeles. The artists are invited to retrace their multigenerational family histories in Los Angeles and the profound effects the city has had on their artistic production.

Rising Chef Series: WEEK 2 | KEVIN LEE (5/10 ~ 5/11)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 9:30 p.m.
Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Center
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725 | info@jaccc.org

This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) will launch the “Rising Chefs Series,” the non-profit organization’s first-ever pop-up series concept in Downtown Los Angeles. The dynamic experience will bring together three emerging Asian American chefs in a 4-week celebration of food, culture and the spirit of innovation.

Week 2 will feature a restaurant concept by Kevin Lee, a trained Korean American chef who specializes in French and Italian cuisine, with prior experience at several Michelin-star restaurants. Chef Lee’s menu reflects his formal training in Italian and French cuisine, seasoned with flavors from his Korean roots.

TANAGOKORO: Alternative Crafts by 16 Japanese Contemporary Artists

Saturday, March 12, 2022 - Saturday, May 28, 2022 | Monday - Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7510 | jflainfo@jflalc.org

Tanagokoro references matters that virtually fit in the palm of one’s hand. As in Yasunari Kawabata’s book, Palm-of-the-Hand stories, the narratives are concise and portable, yet imbued with characteristic depth. The skills involved in handling tools highlight the premium placed on manual dexterity in Japanese culture. The centuries long investment in craft as the primary vehicle for the expression of aesthetic and spiritual values in Japan registers across the board in traditional folk, commercial and classical arts, from silk weaving to street fashion and anime. Tanagokoro exhibition introduces sixteen Japanese artists trained in traditional craft-making techniques yet committed to engaging contemporary issues and concerns. Please join us for this special exhibition as we reopen the Japan Foundation,  Los Angeles’ gallery space.

This exhibition is curated by Kio Griffith and organized by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

Kenny Endo: 45th Anniversary Tour

Saturday, May 14, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Aratani Theater
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700 | boxoffice@jaccc.org

CELEBRATING 45 YEARS IN TAIKO – Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continually paving new paths for this Japanese style of drumming. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.

Children’s Day : Samurai Kids!

Sunday, May 15, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden
1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA
(818) 548-3782

Come and celebrate the Japanese custom of “Children’s Day” – Learn about Samurai Culture, play traditional games, and participate in other fun activities such as Origami, Shodo, Obon Dancing & Music and more. Immerse your kids and yourself in Japanese culture for the whole day on Sunday.

Rising Chef Series: WEEK 3 | TWAY NGUYEN (5/17 ~ 5/18)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 9:30 p.m.
Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Center
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725 | info@jaccc.org

This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) will launch the “Rising Chefs Series,” the non-profit organization’s first-ever pop-up series concept in Downtown Los Angeles. The dynamic experience will bring together three emerging Asian American chefs in a 4-week celebration of food, culture and the spirit of innovation.

Week 3 will feature a restaurant concept by Tway Nguyen, a Vietnamese born chef and one of the fastest rising stars in the culinary space. Whether it's at her sold out pop-ups across the US or on her hit People Magazine series "Celeb Eats", her goal is to connect with people through food. Chef Tway Nguyen’s menu is an ode to traditional Vietnamese comfort foods, elevated through innovative flavors and pairings.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration Panel: Visibility of Asians in Commercial Real Estate

Tuesday, May 19, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1(800) 516-0565

ULI Los Angeles in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, together with JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, presents an inaugural moderated panel focused on the Visibility of Asians in Commercial Real Estate (CRE). Our featured speakers are esteemed Asian CRE trailblazers who represent notable institutional investment managers and are involved with ULI at the Global and Americas levels.

Please join us to learn about the speakers’ heritage, career journeys, and perspectives on social impact with respect to investments and hiring. There will also be discussions addressing important topics Asians face within our industry.

Additionally, for those looking for a new career opportunity, our event sponsor Gaw Capital is looking to hire talented investments associates to join their team. Please be sure to stay for the networking reception afterwards to meet representatives from Gaw Capital.

"Chasing the Eccentrics: Takashi Murakami in Conversation with Etsuko Price"

Friday, May 20, 2022 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1(800) 516-0565

Presented in conjunction with The Broad’s special exhibition Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, on view May 21–September 25, 2022, this conversation with Etsuko Price—who with her husband Joe, amassed an unparalleled collection of traditional Japanese art focused on the Edo-period—and artist Takashi Murakami will explore how traditional Japanese painting has influenced and inspired Murakami’s creative practice. This dialogue, moderated by Yuko Kaifu, President of JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, will also offer a window into the long-held friendship Murakami and Mrs. and Mr. Price have developed over their passion for traditional Japanese art.
Among the Price family and Murakami’s many shared passions are painters labeled as “eccentrics” by the art historian Nobou Tsuji in his 1970 book Lineage of Eccentrics. Artists such as Itō Jakuchū, 1716–1800, Nagasawa Rosetsu, 1754–99, and Soga Shōhaku, Japan, 1730–81, inspired both the Price’s collecting and Murakami’s art practice. In 2009, Murakami and Tsuji began a creative dialogue centered on the eccentrics. This collaboration led to an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2017, for which Murakami and Tsuji selected Japanese works from the museum’s collection and showed them alongside works by Murakami. Many of the artists in the exhibition figure prominently in the Price collection.

Rising Chef Series: WEEK 4 | CHRIS ONO (5/24 ~ 5/25)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 9:30 p.m.
Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Center
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2725 | info@jaccc.org

This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) will launch the “Rising Chefs Series,” the non-profit organization’s first-ever pop-up series concept in Downtown Los Angeles. The dynamic experience will bring together three emerging Asian American chefs in a 4-week celebration of food, culture and the spirit of innovation.

Week 4 will feature a menu by Chris Ono, JACCC’s newly appointed Chef in Residence, whose culinary training comes from Michelin starred restaurants, Providence, Eleven Madison Park and Mori sushi. Chris is a 4th generation Japanese American creating dishes evocative of both his French and Japanese training and JA heritage. He will focus on seasonal ingredients using the freshest locally sourced fish, vegetables and meats.

Makoto Taiko Annual Concert - Hajime!

Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Aratani Theater
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700 | boxoffice@jaccc.org

Experience the power, precision, and artistry of Japanese drumming when Makoto Taiko presents Hajime! The Pasadena-based ensemble will perform both traditional and modern compositions sure to inspire. Featured artists include Grammy Award winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura, Grammy Award nominated musician, composer, and producer Shoji Kameda; koto, shamisen, and vocal artist Sumie Kaneko; taiko artist, composer, and arranger Isaku Kageyama, and taiko performer, composer, and shinobue artist David Wells.

REO Brothers from Tacloban

Saturday, July 30, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Aratani Theater
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3700 | boxoffice@jaccc.org

Widely acknowledged as the Philippines finest Beatle tribute band, the REO Brothers has astonished the music world with their phenomenal success shortly after breaking into Manila’s music scene when their hometown of Tacloban was ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) in November 2013.

8 years after they first broke into Manila’s music scene, the band continues to have the same energy and enthusiasm in their performances. They are, after all, still very young- mostly still in their 20s, except the eldest, now 32 years old band drummer- and retain the same zeal and joy for music, as the day they auditioned for a Manila gig.

As 5 real siblings performing separate instruments, the band is a unique phenomenon. There is no other real brothers group like them in Manila or anywhere, except the very successful Osmond Brothers of the 70s. That, in itself, has become an attraction to concertgoers!

Dragonfest Expo

Saturday, August 6, 2022 | | 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Glendale Civic Auditorium
1401 N Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA 91208
(818) 548-2787 | ldalyan@glendaleca.gov

Presented by the Martial Arts History Museum! If you love martial arts, if you love Cobra Kai, if you love those old kung fu movies, if you love anime, and if you love to work out with the greatest martial arts pioneers in history, then Dragonfest is for you. It's a who's who of martial arts action stars, icons and pioneers. From martial arts movie directors to Hawaiian hula dancers, you are going to love this event. Only one like this in the world!!! This is also a charity fundraiser for the Martial Arts History Museum to help them relocate to a larger place. It all goes to help the museum!!! If you want to get into martial arts movies, these are the people to meet.

Local Ongoing Events

Arizona Area Ongoing Events

First Friday Extended Hours

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

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

Phoenix First Fridays

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

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

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 | info@jfgphx.org

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 | info@jfgphx.org

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: https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/tea

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 | info@japanesegardenpasadena.com

Origami is one of Japan’s most exciting contributions to world culture and is now practiced by children, adults, artists and scientists all around the world. Join the Origami Club on First Fridays of every month and learn from local origami enthusiast and skilled folder, Nick Cavallo. We will provide origami paper and the spectacular natural setting of our garden to inspire the creation of flowers, fish, birds and other natural wonders ? all folded from paper.

Gardena Bonsai Society

First Fridays | 7:00 p.m.
Nakaoka Community Center
1670 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.

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Japanese Book Club

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.

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Origami Club

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!

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Origami Club

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 | https://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoJapanese/

Every week, we get together for an informal session, where you can come to practice English or Japanese, socialize about culture, study, or just sit back and relax. All skill levels are welcome! New people show up every week, and we all have a great time. Please be sure to order some food and/or drink so we will continue to be welcomed there. Tell the cashier you are with Japanese Meetup and you'll receive 10% off your order. You can accrue even more savings by using the Fivestars rewards program.

Second Sunday Open Day (Tea Ceremony)

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

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

South Coast Bonsai Association Meeting

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

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

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 | sbteahouse@gmail.com

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

LEARN JAPANESE

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.



VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

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

teamLAB

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).

  

EXPERIENCE JAPAN

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!



VIDEO & AUDIO CLIPS

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
info@jfny.org | (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.

 

STORIES

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.



ONLINE COURSES

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.