2012 Past Events

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Culture & Language Events

Explore the World of Go

Date: Dec 15, 2012
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free (Advanced reservations required)
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/ac-workshop-go.html

LA Eiga Fest 2012

Film Festival
Date: Dec 14-16, 2012
Location: Egyptian Theatre
Info: http://www.laeigafest.com/en_top/


"About Her Brother" (126 minutes)
Date: Dec 12, 2012  7:00pm
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free  RSVP is required.
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/japanema-schedule.html


"Quartet!" (118 minutes)
Date: Dec 5, 2012  at Noon
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free  
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/JAPANEMA-Matinees.html

Japanema Matinees-11-21-2012


"The Place Promised in Our Early days"

Date: Nov. 21, 2012
Location: JFLA Auditorium
Admission: Free

Taketori's Story

Date: November 4, 2012 
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
1220 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
Admission: $10
Complementary Childcare Avairable



Date: Sun, Nov 4, 2012  6:30pm   Tue, Nov 6, 2012 2:30pm
Location: Chinise 4
Admission: Free (RSVP)
Info: http://afifest.afi.com/sections/LIKE-SOMEONE-IN-LOVE

Cherry Blossom Centennial Concert - A Touch of Tokyo -

Date: Friday November 2nd, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Grand Park, Los Angeles Downtown
Info: http://www.la.us.emb-japan.go.jp/SakuraConcert.htm


" The Guys Who Put Money on Me" (90 minutes)
Date: Oct 31, 2012  7:00pm
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/japanema-schedule.html

Nikkatsu at 100

Date: Oct 26~28, 2012  
LocationNorris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Admission: Free (RSVP)
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/art-nikkatsuat100.html

ANDO Complete Works 1975-2012

ANDO Complete Works 1975-2012
Date: Oct 23, 2012  7:00pm
Location: TASCHEN Store Beverly Hills (7-8pm), 354 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
Secure admittance by ordering your copy of ANDO at 310-274-4300 or store-beverly@taschen.com. Space is limited. RSVP required. One order admits 2 guests.


"Million Dollar Smash and Grab" (83 minutes)
Date: Oct 17, 2012  7:00pm
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free (RSVP)
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/japanema-schedule.html
Not Required For This Event

Hawaii International Film Festival 2012

Film Festival
Date: Oct 11-21, 2012
Location: http://www.hiff.org/filmsevents/venues-parking/
Admission: http://www.hiff.org/filmsevents/box-office-tickets/
Info: http://program.hiff.org/films/country/japan


 "Can You See Our Lights? First Festival after the Tsunami" (48 minutes)
Date: Oct 10, 2012  12:00pm (Noon)
Location:  JFLA Auditorium
Admission: Free
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/JAPANEMA-Matinees.html


Photo Exhibition
Date: Aug 30, - Oct 13, 2012
Location: JFLA Audotrium
Admission: Free
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/ac-ntme.html


" Cast me if you can"(97 minutes)
Date: Sep 26, 2012  7:00pm
Location: JFLA Auditorium
Admission: Free
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/JAPANEMA-Matinees.html

NOH: Moon viewing and Sake

Date: Sep 28, 2012  7:00pm
Location: JACCC (244 S. San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Admission: $35
Info: http://www.jaccc.org/noh2012.php


"Wanko The Story of Me, My Family and My Dog" (123 minutes)
Date: Sep 26, 2012  12:00pm (Noon)
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/JAPANEMA-Matinees.html


"eclair" (107 minutes)
Date: Sep 19, 2012  12:00pm (Noon) 
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/JAPANEMA-Matinees.html


"Haru's Journey" (134 minutes)
Date: Sep 12, 2012  12:00pm (Noon)
Location: Auditorium in JFLA
Admission: Free
Info: http://www.jflalc.org/JAPANEMA-Matinees.html

JFLA: Open House

Come join us for our Open House on Thursday, August 30th, 2012, from 12:00PM to 7:30PM. Be the first to view our new office, which has our information center; multipurpose room with AV equipment; rooms for workshops, JF Nihongo courses, as well as cultural events. Our inaugural exhibit is a photography show "Nippon Through My Eyes." We will also provide hands on experience in calligraphy, short-film screenings and musical entertainment. Japanese snacks and drinks will also be served and gift bags will be handed out to the first 50 guests. Don't miss out on this opportunity.

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami

Naoya Hatakeyama Natural Stories

Naoya Hatakeyama Natural Stories
Date: July28 - Sep 15, 2012
Location: SFMOMA 
Admission: $18.00
Info: http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/458

Hyakkimaru's Kirie World

Date: July 28 - Sep 15, 2012
Location: Fine Arts Center Corolado Springs
Admission: $10.00
Info: http://www.csfineartscenter.org/Exhibitions/Hyakkimaru.asp

Little Tokyo Music Festival

  • State: CA
  • Date: July7, 2012  11am - 7pm
  • Event: Music Festival
  • Location: Noguchi Plaza in Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
  • Info: http://www.sushiandsake.net


Legend of Piano: Fuzko Hemming Piano Solo Concert USA Tour 2012


LACMA Film Screening

In conjunction with the exhibition Fracture: Daido Moriyama, LACMA will screen a series of films that offer a raw, street-level view of Japanese urban life while also confronting such poignant, postwar themes as identity, gender, and alienation.

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  • The Face of Another
    May 11, 2012 | 7:30pm

  • Nanami: The Inferno of First Love
    May 11, 2012 | 9:40pm

  • Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
    May 12, 2012 | 5:00pm

  • Stray Dog
    May 12, 2012 | 7:30pm

  • Pigs and Battleships
    June 8, 2012 | 7:30pm

  • The Pornographers
    June 8, 2012 | 9:20pm

  • Funeral Parade of Roses
    June 9, 2012 | 5:00pm

  • High and Low
    June 9, 2012 | 7:30pm

."ABEYA" Tsugaru-Shamisen US Tour in Los Angeles (UCLA)

Los Angeles, CA (UCLA)

8:00pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012 The Orchestra Room, 1343 Schoenberg Hall

For more information, please contact the Department of Ethnomusicology or call the Japan Foundation at 213-621-2267!

*Refreshments will be provided *Co-sponsored by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music  Department of Ethnomusicology and the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, in conjunction with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

"ABEYA" Tsugaru-Shamisen US Tour in Los Angeles

Tsugaru-Shamisen US Tour Celebrating the Japan-US Cherry Blossom Centennial

In 1912, the city of Tokyo gave Washington, DC the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to be planted around the Tidal Basin. The trees have since flourished and now transform the appearance of the nation’s capital each spring, standing as permanent reminders of the friendship our two countries share. To commemorate this important event, ABEYA, Japan’s top Tsugaru-Shamisen Performance Ensemble, is traveling to 5 cities after Los Angeles to introduce American audiences to Japanese traditional music infused with the energy and power some of Japan’s most acclaimed young performers.

Los Angeles, CA (co-organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles)

19:00 Monday, April 9, 2012
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free Admission (RSVP is required.)

RSVP: www.jflalc.org

Info: 213.621.2267

Clay & Petals

Date: March11 - April 1, 2012

Venue: George J. Doizaki Gallery  

Info: http://www.jaccc.org/clay&petals.php

Japan, Endless Discovery

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012

Time: 12:00 - 20:00

Place: The Grove in L.A.
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Info: http://www.la.us.emb-japan.go.jp/310event.htm

Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012

Time: 1:30 PM   - 3:30 PM

Venue: Fowler Museum UCLA Los Angeles, CA 90095

Info: http://www.international.ucla.edu/japan/events/showevent.asp?eventid=9138

Moving Forward:

Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake
An Exhibition Documenting Japan’s Recovery

March 4 – April 15, 2012
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm (Thursday 12pm – 8pm)
Fowler Museum at UCLA Enter UCLA campus Lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-By-Space area of the lot.

Piano Concert

  • Japanese Music Concert “Piano Journey in Japan-Import, Synthesis, and Export: From the First Piano Piece in Japan to the Game Music”
  • Supported by the Japan Foundation’s Grant
  • Date: Saturday, March 3rd at 3PM
  • Venue: Bird Studio, Occidental College, LA (1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nobuo Uematsu, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Toru Takemitsu, Akira Miyoshi, Yoshinao Nakada, Rentaro Taki, and Kosaku Yamada
  • Info: http://junkopiano.com/concert-info/

Arigato from Japan

  • Tohoku Folk Performance Group
  • Ondeko-za Taiko and Musicians:
  • 6:30pm, Friday, March 2, 2012
  • Ahmanson Theatre in Music Center
  • More Information

A Symposium

Voices of Mono-ha Artists: Contemporary Art in Japan, Circa 1970

English Rakugo

A Rakugo performance by Master Utazo Katsura


The First Performance of the New Year

Hatsu Kaze  "First Wind"

Library Hours

Nihongo Library is Open

  • Days: Monday - Fridays
  • Hours: 10AM - 5PM
  • Closed: Saturday, Sundays, and Holidays

Language Events

2012 Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
Location: Click Here
More Information: http://www.jflalc.org/jlpt.html

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 5PM PT

Open House for Japanese Teachers

Please join us at our new Miracle Mile location on September 8th, 12:30 pm -4:30 pm!

Learn about our:

  • Unique and Exciting Japan Foundation Programs throughout the year
  • Japan Foundation Standards and Japan Foundation Materials such as JF Standard and Minna No Can-Do Site
  • A wide variety of new library services including: education books, class materials, and an array of multimedia.


The 1st Northwest Conference on Japanese Pedagogy

Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum

The online registration for the 19th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum, which will take place at Princeton University on May 19-20, 2012, will start on Friday, March 23.

2012 AATJ Annual Conference

The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) 2012 Annual Spring Conference will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Toronto.


Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012

Time: 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Venue: LAPD Headquarters (Los Angeles, CA)

Info: http://www.jas-socal.org/Default.aspx?pageId=824060&eventId=447851&EventViewMode=EventDetails

AP Japanese Language and Culture DC Seminar

On March 4th the Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee will be holding a seminar in conjunction with the Japanese Teachers of Southern California at the Japanese American Culture and Community Center in Los Angeles.

The Sixth Annual University of California, Irvine Japanese Speech Contest

  • Date: Saturday February 4th 2012 
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Humanities Instructional Building (HIB) 135

Summer Institute application deadline


JF Course Events

Celebrate Japanese New Year's

Let's celebrate with us in our traditional way!  You will learn our customs as well as vocabulary and basic expressions related to New Year’s.

Mastering Kana [Sat]

Mastering Kana [Thu]

Everyday Japanese: Making Friends 1 [Thu]

Making Sushi in Japanese

Everyday Japanese: Making Friends 1 [Sat]

Everyday Japanese: Making Friends 2 [Sat]

Business Japanese [Tue]

JF Nihongo Tea Time

Are you interested in Japanese?  We’ve got the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy Japanese language conversation!!
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012 
Time:  2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fee: $2 (Cash Only) 
Location: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (Miracle Mile

Kana Reunion

Come play fun games while reviewing Katakana & Hiragana!  Enjoy conversation in Japanese as much as you can! 
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012 
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fee: $5 (Cash Only)
Location: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (Miracle Mile


Summer Camp for Teens: Discover Little Tokyo

Mastering Kana [June]

Mastering Kana [June]

Mastering Kana [June]

Mastering Kana [June]

Mastering Kana [June]

Mastering Kana [April]

Everyday Japanese: Making Friends [Thu]

•Dates: Thursdays, April 26 – June 21 (8 meetings)

•Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (2 hours)

•Location: JACCC

•Information: http://www.jflalc.org/courses-listing.html

Everyday Japanese Making Friends [Sat]

•Dates: Saturdays, April 21 – June 23 (8 meetings)

•Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm (2 hours)

•Location: JACCC

•Information: http://www.jflalc.org/courses-listing.html

Business Japanese

•Dates: Saturdays, April 21 – June 23 (8 meetings)

•Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm (2 hours)

•Location: JACCC

•Information: http://www.jflalc.org/courses-listing.html

JF Nihongo Spring Term Registration Start

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 

Course information:  http://www.jflalc.org/courses-listing.html

How to register:  http://www.jflalc.org/courses-register.html

Business Japanese

Mastering Kana (Feb)

Start of Mastering Kana (Feb)

Mastering Kana (Jan)

Everyday Japanese

Start of Mastering Kana (Jan)

Start of Business Japanese

Start of Everyday Japanese

JFLA Deadlines

Grant Program for Japanese-Language Courses

This grant is designed to support Japanese-language programs in the U.S. that are facing severe financial difficulties in initiating/expanding/maintaining(surviving) their program due to budget cuts. The Japan Foundation provides financial support to educational institutions or school districts to supplement the instructor's salary for up to two years.

The grant is given on the premise that the Japanese-language program and the instructor's position at the applying institution will become self-sustaining even after the completion of the grant support from the Japan Foundation. It is recommended that the applying educational institution submit a commitment letter(supporting letter) from the person who is authorized to make a decision on whether to continue the Japanese-language program at the institute/school district (Examples: Dean, Dept. Chair, District Superintendent, Head of the Board of Education, Principal, etc.) at the time of application.

Japanese-Language Teaching Materials Purchase Grant

This program is intended to assist educational institutions in the U.S. to purchase teaching materials (textbooks, audio-visual materials, dictionaries, teachers' reference books, etc.) for their Japanese-language courses by providing financial support not exceeding $1,000.

First, the applying institution (hereafter "applicant") should submit an Application Form and a Wish List which includes titles, unit price, quantities, and estimated total cost to acquire the materials on their own (including tax, shipping/handling charges). Please do not purchase anything at the time of application, and wait until the Japan Foundation (JF) provides the grant result before actually purchasing materials.

The grant payment (a reimbursement check) will not be provided until the grant recipient submits the required documents such as proof of purchase (receipts, invoices, etc.), final report, and a sample lesson plan which has been developed using the newly acquired teaching materials. Please also note that the reimbursement check will be made payable to the applying institution, not to an individual.

Grant Program for Contests Designed for Japanese-language Learners

Projects to be held between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013

This program provides educational institutions/organizations in the U.S. with financial support (up to $600) for their Japanese-language education related activities such as speech contests, quiz contests, and presentations, etc. that are intended to motivate Japanese-language learners and promote Japanese-language education in the region.

J-LEAP Host Organization Application Deadline