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



Virtual Events

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia

Learn about Momofuku Ando, the man known as the "inventor of instant noodles" with author Andrea Wang. This webinar is brought to you by The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and is being presented in collaboration with the University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia.

Virtual Introduction to Origami for Children

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST
Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館

Origami is the Japanese traditional art of folding paper. We can enjoy making something by a square piece of paper, through origami. We would like to show how to make a samurai helmet at this workshop.

"Virtual" Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

Wednesday, April 8 & 22, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Japan Foundation Los Angeles
(323) 761-7510

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

"Virtual" Bilingual Yoga

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Japan Foundation Los Angeles
(323) 761-7510

Live on JFLA Facebook!
We would like to help during these trying times. Bilingual Yoga will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE! No need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair at home and receive an instruction from our instructor in bilingual (English and Japanese). Easy and relaxed!

Tokyo House Party

Saturday, April 18 & May 2, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. PST
The Japanese Arts Foundation, AnimeChicago, Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館, Van Paugam, and Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

The Japanese Arts Foundation,, Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館 , Van Paugam, and Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya are excited to invite you to FREE a live-stream party!
Every other Saturday from 6-10pm, Tokyo House Party will explore a unique topic in Japanese art and pop culture, a special delivery menu from Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, a live music set from City Pop DJ Van Paugam, and community watch parties with AnimeChicago!
Tokyo House Party will be a nimble party that is fluid among streaming platforms such as Twitch, Netflix party and more! You’ll find our party most accessible if you sign up for these free platforms prior to Saturday so you can jump on in!
Be sure to RSVP on our website to receive the streaming links directly to your inbox at 2pm the day of the party!

2020 Virtual Gala and Auction: Stories in Action

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum’s annual Gala is its largest fundraising event of the year and raises critical funds to support the institution. Due to the continually evolving COVID-19 situation, we’ve made the decision to turn our 2020 Gala Dinner and Auction into a virtual gala. We will have a livestream program during which the winner of the 2020 Lexus Opportunity Drawing will be announced, an online auction, and Bid for Education.

Ongoing Online Activities

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.

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.

Local Upcoming Events

Arizona Area Events

Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Saturday, April 18, 2020
Chandler Museum
300 S Chandler Village Dr, Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 782-2717

The main exhibit produced by museum staff, Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River, will debut at the opening. This profound display explores the experiences of more than 16,000 Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their west coast homes at the beginning of World War II and placed in the Gila River Internment Camp, located south of Chandler. This all new exhibit builds on the museum’s previous work on Japanese-American interment and includes objects from the Gila River camp from museums across the country.

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Discover the Soul of Japanese Culture in "Spirit of the Land - Paintings by Emily King"

Friday, February 7 - Friday, May 1, 2020
Yume Japanese Gardens
2130 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 272-3200 |

The exhibition “Spirit of the Land - paintings by Emily King explores the Japanese concept of tamashii — the way that Japanese culture is moved by the spirit of a place, a sight, or a being.
“When you see a sunset so beautiful, you gasp. When the view from Mt. Lemmon leaves you searching for words. When the paths of Yume Japanese Garden fill you with peace. That is Tamashii,” says King. “Tamashii is spirit, it is soul. It is not restricted simply to humans or even to animals. Trees, rocks, and even places can possess Tamashii. Anything that imbues the viewer with a sense of awe is filled with Tamashii.”
In “Spirit of the Land,” King explores this Japanese way of seeing our world through moments of wonder and awe. Sometimes realistic, sometimes dreamlike, King’s work captures the world of the soul as well as the mind.
“Spirit of the Land” opens in the Art Gallery of Yume Japanese Gardens on February 7, 2020, with a free artist reception for King from 5 to 7 pm. The show runs until May 1, and all paintings in the exhibition will be for sale.


Southern California Area Events

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Exhibition: HIDA | A Woodwork Tradition in the Making

Thursday, January 16 - Sunday, April 12, 2020 | M-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Sun 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery Level 2
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1 (800) 516-0565

The Hida region is one of the most recognized places in Japan for woodworking traditions. Located in the center of the country in Gifu Prefecture, its wood crafting history began 1,300 years ago. This exhibition aims to explore the heart of Japanese craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibility through the ever-present artistry represented in traditional Hida woodcraft techniques and products from its forests, from contemporary chair designs to fragrant aroma oils.

The exhibition highlights the Hida region’s enduring craft connections to wood and the forest. The featured objects and processes engage the five senses and touch upon all aspects of contemporary lifestyle. From the raw materials of the forest, the origins of Hida’s craft traditions, to the furniture designs developed by Hida Sangyo in collaboration with some of the world’s top contemporary designers, such as Enzo Mari and Sori Yanagi, the exhibition spans the evolution of Hida’s relationships with the Forest, Human needs, Time, and Craft.


Sunday, April 5 - Sunday, August 23, 2020 | Mon-Thurs 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Fri 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sat-Sun 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Closed Wed
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Yoshitomo Nara is among the most beloved Japanese artists of his generation. His widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self. A peripatetic traveler, Nara’s oeuvre takes inspiration from a wide range of resources—memories of his childhood, music, literature, studying and living in Germany (1988–2000), exploring his roots in Japan, Sakhalin, and Asia, and modern art from Europe and Japan. Spanning over 30 years from 1987 to 2020, Yoshitomo Nara views the artist’s work through the lens of his longtime passion—music. Featuring album covers Nara began collecting as an adolescent, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, an installation that recreates his drawing studio, and never-before-exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artist’s empathic eye, this exhibition shines a light on Nara’s conceptual process. One of the main highlights will be Miss Forest, a 26-foot outdoor painted bronze sculpture that will grace Wilshire Boulevard.

2-Day Workshop: Natural Plant Dyeing - Kusakizome

Saturday, May 2 - Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414

Discover the world of color in Nature! Learn about kusakizome, which translates to “plant dyeing,” in a two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce. Kusakizome has a long tradition in Japan with in-season plant materials collected regionally and used for different purposes. We will continue our explorations using natural plant materials locally sourced. A swatch book will be created by each participant. New and returning participants encouraged. On the second day, participants will dye a silk scarf using the dyes. Bring scissors and a notebook. $72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). All fabrics and dyes and other materials are supplied. Please wear workshop attire. Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

2-Day Jewelry Workshop: Wonderful World of Washi

Saturday, May 16 - Sunday, May 17, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414

Chigire is a form of washi, traditional Japanese paper, that comes in solid colors. In this workshop, participants will use several forms of washi to cover wooden beads of various shapes and sizes. They will then use their decorated beads to form a truly unique necklace and earrings set. Please bring a pair of sharp scissors, a snack, and a desire to practice and learn technical skills such as looping, wrapping, and clasping. Everything else will be supplied. $64 members, $80 non-members, plus $25 materials fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

2020 Pasadena Festival of Tea

Saturday, May 30 - Sunday, May 31, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Storrier and Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721 |

One of the garden’s most popular events, the Pasadena Festival of Tea will be held again this year the last weekend in March at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Participating tea purveyors will be there both Saturday and Sunday and tea specialists will give talks throughout the day. You can also shop for decorative items at the garden's gift shop, Takara-ten, and Tai-Ling Wong will be there with her Asian-inspired clothes by Citron for sale.
Garden admission is guaranteed and free for every member plus one--no registration. You may purchase a tea tasting cup at the garden for $2.00. Register here to attend a Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Cherry Blossom Festival - West Covina

Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
West Covina Civic Center Courtyard
1444 West Garvey Ave, West Covina, CA 91793
(626) 960-2566 |

The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center and Plaza West Covina are proud to present the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival! Join us on our mission of promoting and preserving the cultural heritage that is unique to the Japanese and Japanese-American community. The festival welcomes all residents of the local community and visitors from the greater community to gather for a day of Japanese sights and sounds. There will be traditional Japanese music and dance, countless merchants, entertainment, and much more! The Cherry Blossom Festival is an opportunity for the city to welcome residents of the local community as well as visitors from the greater community to gather with the common enjoyment, interest and desire of experiencing Japanese flavors, sights and sounds. This is a chance to learn about Japanese culture, enjoy traditional music and dance performances, watch a judo demonstration, shop a wide variety of countless merchants, and be entertained by Japanese Taiko drums.

2-Day Workshop: Indigo and Shibori in the 21st Century

Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414

In this two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce, continue working with indigo and shibori dyeing using a broad selection of beautiful fabrics, both vintage and unique. Shibori techniques of itajime, arashi, nui, and more will be practiced with both new and continuing students, with a focus on combining techniques. Bring scissors and a seam ripper. All fabrics and dyes and other materials are supplied. Please wear workshop attire. $72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.


Local Ongoing Events

Arizona Area Ongoing Events

First Friday Extended Hours

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

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

Phoenix First Fridays

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

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

Public Tea Ceremony

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

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


Southern California Area Ongoing Events

First Friday Origami Club

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

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

Gardena Bonsai Society

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

The Gardena Bonsai Society meets regularly at the Nakaoka Community Center on the first Friday of the month at 7 p.m. The Society is a group for the novice and the experienced bonsai artist, with each meeting being highlighted by demonstrations and lectures. Lessons are also available on Wednesday nights. The Annual Bonsai Show is held on the first weekend of May.

Gardena Kawai Sumi-e Club

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

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


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

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

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Japanese Storytime

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

Children, parents, and caregivers, join us for our fun and lively Japanese storytime. Listen to exciting and entertaining stories told in Japanese by our STAR reader.

Japanese Teahouse Tours

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

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


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

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


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

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

(TEMPORARILY CLOSED) Origami for Teens & Young at Heart

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

Join us for a workshop to make origami. Participants will learn about the history of this craft and then make their own origami creations. All supplies will be provided.

Oshaberi Tuesday! おしゃべり火曜!

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

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

Second Sunday Open Day (Tea Ceremony)

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

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

South Coast Bonsai Association Meeting

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

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

The Garden's ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden

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

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