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Making Japanese Sweets


Sat. December 17 at 1:30pm

You will learn to give greetings using seasonal words, and useful expressions for occasions when you are invited for tea, such as compliments, by a JF Nihongo language instructor.  Then, you will learn basic knowledge about wagashi and make wagashi with a guest instructor, Yoko Isassi.  More Information>

Time After Time Capsule "Drop-Off" Day


Japanese American National Museum

(100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012)
Thursday, December 15 @ 3-8pm
Admission: Free

Bring either a cherished personal item or a colorfully decorated letter to your future self, to be placed in the capsule. The capsule is one of ten that are currently traveling the world and will be assembled for a major display in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will be opened in 2035. More Information>

Learn Natural Japanese through Acting


Sat. December 10 at 1:00pm

By playing a role, using gestures and facial expressions, acting is a fun way to learn natural Japanese! More Information>

Lecture Series 37: Magic and Power in Edo's City Planning


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Friday, December 2 @ 7pm
Admission: Free

Edo (modern Tokyo) was built to be the Tokugawa seat in 1590, and in 1603 it became headquarters of their shogunate. It was carefully planned to meet ancestral expectations of how an impressive East Asian metropolis should look, entailing a certain alignment of streets, with temples positioned in designated locations, according to magical criteria. More information>

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KABUKI LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd. # 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Tuesday, November 29 @7pm

Admission: FREE

Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theater, but it is also exciting entertainment. Kabuki scholar and performer Mark Oshima will explain the appeal of kabuki through his lecture on the history of kabuki, the elements that go into it, as well as a live performance of kabuki music including subtitles of the lyrics.

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Cinema Kabuki - One Piece (Screening at 10am)


TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028)
Sunday, November 27 @10am ---FULL
Admission: FREE

Cinema Kabuki "ONE PIECE" introduces kabuki theatre to a new generation. The play showcases elements of traditional kabuki: acting style, classical language, set design, costume elements, and more. The plot is from a specific "ONE PIECE" storyline that happens in the middle of the long saga – The Paramount War. It covers volumes 51 to 60 of the manga and episodes 457 to 489 of the anime.

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Cinema Kabuki - One Piece (Screening at 1:30pm)


TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028)
Sunday, November 27 @1:30pm ---FULL

Cinema Kabuki "ONE PIECE" introduces kabuki theatre to a new generation. The play showcases elements of traditional kabuki: acting style, classical language, set design, costume elements, and more. The plot is from a specific "ONE PIECE" storyline that happens in the middle of the long saga – The Paramount War. It covers volumes 51 to 60 of the manga and episodes 457 to 489 of the anime.

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Time After Time Capsule Workshop with Sebastian Masuda


Japanese American National Museum

(100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012)

Tuesday, Novemeber 1@ 12:30-2pm

Free (museum admission not included)

Help kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda fill a gigantic Hello Kitty time capsule! Bring a cherished personal item or write a letter to your future self, which you will work on and decorate at the workshop before adding it to the capsule.

Lecture Series 35: The Way of Japanese Bath by Mark Edward Harris


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Bvld., Suite100,  Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Wednesday, September 7 @ 7:30pm

Admission: Free

Japan, which lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, is where a large chunk of Earth's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.  One benefit of this geological turbulence over the centuries has been the creation of hot springs (called “Onsen” in Japanese) throughout Japan.  People enjoy hot springs not only for bathing the body, but also for relaxing and healing their spirit. Read More >

Making Sushi in Japanese


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Bvld., Suite100,  Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, August 25 @ 7pm
Fee: $35/ person

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Experience sushi like never before in this popular workshop!  Learn to make different types of sushi, order sushi in Japanese, and eat them!  A professional sushi chef will instruct participants during the sushi-making, and our language instructors will teach them useful vocabulary and expressions as well as manners and customs related to sushi. Read More>

Exploring Kanji & Calligraphy


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Bvld., Suite100,  Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday August 13 @ 10am
This Event is Full

Learning Kanji seems challenging but it is actually interesting and fun! In this workshop, you will learn Kanji learning tips as we introduce types of Kanji formation, the ways to read them, and the concept of radicals. Read More>

Feel the Beat! Taiko Across the Pacific


Lecturer: Isaku Kageyama
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Bvld., Suite100,  Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, August 11 @ 7pm
Admission: Free

The art form of Japanese taiko drumming is practiced across the globe – not only in Japan, but in other parts of Asia, Europe, South America, and of course, the United States.    Is there a difference in the way taiko is performed throughout the world? Read More>

Japanese for Travel


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Bvld., Suite100,  Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, July 28 @ 7pm

Admission: Free
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Do you have plans to go to Japan in the near future?  If so, prepare for your trip with us!  You will learn helpful travel tips from a tourism specialist from JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization)and essential Japanese phrases from our JF Nihongo instructor.  Read More>


Current Status of Reconstruction and Issues of the Devastated Areas of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture


Speaker: Hon. Kimiaki Toda, Mayor of Ofunato City
Organized:  Love to Nippon Project, Ofunato City Hall, Iwate Prefecture
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Bvld., Suite100,  Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Thursday, July 21, 2016  2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Admission: Free



Mayor Toda will express his personal gratitude to the people of Los Angeles for their enduring support following the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and give a power point presentation on the present situation of Ofunato City.
RSVP:  Please e-mail to the following  address with your name in Kanji/or Enlgihs by Monday, July 11, 2016
Masako Unoura-Tanaka, Love to Nippon Project
Email:  unoura@ttta.com Tel:  (310) 484-1800 ext. 0



Madame Butterfly and the Birth of the Motion Picture Actress in Japan


Lecturer: Prof. Daisuke Miyao

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Thursday, June 23 @ 7pm

Admission: Free 

In Japan, motion picture actress did not exist until 1918 when Hanayagi Harumi starred in "Sei no kagayaki" (Radiance of Life).  Before this film, the majority of female characters in motion pictures were played by onnagata, female impersonators in kabuki.

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Japan in Asia Film Series #3


Hand in the Glove
Wednesday, May 25 @7pm

Prince Ariel of the Kingdom of Levelle (Chanon Rikulsurakan), together with his minder, Chris (Selina Wiesmann), visit a Kumamoto hotel for a secret holiday, where Hide (Eisuke Sasai), an old friend of Prince Ariel’s father, works as the general manager.  Immediately after arriving, the prince attempts to wander off by himself, but is discovered by Chris and returned to his hotel room.
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Japan in Asia Film Series #2


Fly Me to Minami

Wednesday, May 11 @7pm

Sherine (Sherine Wong), a talented editor of a leading Hong Kong fashion magazine was ordered to come to Osaka suddenly during winter holiday season.  Because the assignment was in such a short notice, she could not get hold of professional photographers.  Instead Sherine’s friend Naomi introduced her brother Tatsuya (Kenji Kohashi), an amateur photographer for Sherine’s disposal.
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US Premiere for Korean-Japanese Co-produced Film


The Tenor Lirico Spinto
Wednesday, April 27 @7pm
(Reception Starts @6pm)

This South Korea-Japan co-production is a drama based on the true story of singer Bae Jae-cheol, who achieved a miraculous comeback after to losing his voice to illness. Yoo Ji-Tae (Old Boy) and Yusuke Iseya (Tomorrow's Joe) star, and many of Bae's songs also feature in the film.
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Exhibition - Neo Japonism: Shunga


JFLA Auditorium

5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tuesday, March 15 - Saturday, April 23

Neo Japonism : Shunga is eighth in the series, FAUX SHO’, a bimonthly group show that focuses on different art movement/genre, where every show is interpreted by a diverse group of artists, each negotiating the fine balance of replication and free interpretation of a masterpiece. In this iteration, each artist was asked to pick an ukiyoe master who also created “shunga,” a sexually explicit and ornate painting or print which blossomed in the 17th century by aristocrats who custom ordered these erotic artwork with their wedding furniture. More information>

Frames of Mind, Frames of Body: German and Japanese Perspectives on Risqué Cinema


March 14, 15 at 7pm
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90036

(Located directly across from JFLA on Courtyard Pl.)


March 16, 17, 18 at 7pm
JFLA Auditorium
(5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90036)


Erotic cinema has existed in one form or another as long as the big screen itself, yet the differences in how eroticism is portrayed in film can vary greatly from country to country, and culture to culture. The contrast between Japanese and German erotic films offers intriguing insights into their country of origin’s collective sexual psyche and overall perspective on erotica. 
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Action, Anarchy and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective


Billy Wilder Theater in Hammer Museum

(10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024)

Friday, February 5 – Sunday, March 13

This upcoming series pays tribute to the influential body of work by Japanese director, Seijun Suzuki. Suzuki devotees include directors Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino who praised Suzuki in the press and quoted his work in their films. Titles to be screened include: Branded to Kill (1967), Tokyo Drifter (1966), and Zigeunerweisen (1980).
Full program details can be found at the UCLA Film & Television Archive website.

Cinema Kabuki - Togitatsu no Utare (Noda Version)


AMC Rolling Hills 20
(2591 Airport Dr., Torrance, CA 90505)
Saturday, February 13 @7:30pm
Admission: FREE
This Event is SOLD OUT 

Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in theatres around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.

Cinema Kabuki - The Haunted Sword (Kagotsurube)


Billy Wilder Theater in Hammer Museum
(10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024)
Thursday, February 11 @7:30pm
Admission: FREE 

Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in theatres around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.
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Cinema Kabuki - Lion Dance (Kagamijishi)


Aratani Theatre
(244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Saturday, February 6 @7:30pm
Admission: FREE

Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in theatres around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.
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Introducing Kabuki: History, Aesthetics, and Star Power


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 

(5700 Wilshire Blvd. # 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036) 

Tuesday, January 19th, 7pm

Professor Satoko Shimazaki, a kabuki specialist who teaches at the University of Southern California, will trace kabuki's roots back to the seventeenth century and give a user-friendly introduction to its aesthetics and special pleasures. This lecture is part of an ongoing series of kabuki events organized by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, which includes screenings of high resolution Cinema Kabuki at theaters throughout Los Angeles.
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Culture & Language Events

Exhibition: Direct Translation


LA ARTCORE BALLERY AT THE BREWERY ANNEX
(650A SOUTH AVE. 21, LOS ANGELES CA 90031)
December 7 - December 30

A group show featuring Tomoaki Shibata, Jesse Minott, Julie Belnick, Nyguen Ly and Pranay Reddy.
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Exhibition:"Bullet (P)roof • artificial interference"


George Billis Gallery
(2716 S. La Cienega Blvd.,Los Angeles, CA 90034)
November 19 -
December 31

A group show curated by Kio Griffith + Bryan Ida featuring Asae Soya, Akihiro Yasugi, Nobuki Mizumoto, Naohiko Onodera, and Sakiko Ohba.
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AFI FEST SCREENING "THE RED TURTLE"


Egyptian Theater

(6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028)

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028)
Tuesday, November 15, 7pm (Egyptian)
Wednesday, November 16, 1:15pm (Chinese)

Admission: FREE

In Studio Ghibli’s beautiful first co-production, a shipwrecked man struggles to escape a deserted island but he’s kept from doing so by a giant sea turtle.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Runtime: 81 min.
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AFI FEST SCREENING "MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI"


TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028)
Sunday, November 13, 7:15pm

Admission: FREE

Steven Okazaki's thoughtful, elegant portrait of Japanese cinema's greatest actor is less a straightforward documentary than a creative examination of the formative elements — both personal and cultural — surrounding Toshiro Mifune that contributed to his rise in stardom.

Director: Steven Okazaki
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Martin Scorsese, Steven Speilberg, Kyôko Kagawa, Toshio Tshuchiya
Runtime: 80 min.
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AFI FEST Screening "HARMONIUM (FUCHI NI TATSU)"


TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028)
Friday, November 11, 9:45pm

Wednesday, November 16, 6:45pm
Admission: FREE

Awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Koji Fukada's latest film uses themes of Japanese domesticity to investigate the surrounding fissures that expand to collapse a family shaken by tragedy.

Director: Koji Fukada
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa, Kana Mahiro
Runtime: 118 min.
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FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR Screens at German Currents Film Festival


Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.,Los Angeles 90036
Admission: $11(General)

Desperate to move past the heartbreak of her broken engagement, young German woman, Marie (Thomass) joins the charity circus troupe “Clowns4help” and travels to Japan, hoping to bring joy to the elderly survivors of the 2011 nuclear disaster still living in emergency shelters. More information>
 

Persona Non Grata - The story of Chiune Sugihara screens at the Polish Film Festival Los Angeles


Laemmle Music Hall Theater
9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Sunday, October 16 @ 11am

Admission: $11

Persona Non Grata is a feature film based on the true story about Diplomat Chiune Sugihara who issued visas for Jewish refugees and saving 6,000 lives in the midst of World War II. Mr. Sugihara (1900-1986) was a Japanese diplomat who served as the Vice-Consul for the Empire of Japan in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno - Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces


REDCAT
(631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)

October 7 - 9, 2016

Tickets: $10/$12/$16/$20/$25

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Takao Kawaguchi, who first came to REDCAT with the Tokyo-based collective Dumb Type, reimagines legendary works by revered Butoh master Kazuo Ohno in an original production that prompted both excitement and commotion in the Tokyo cultural scene. Any interpretation of the inimitable work of Kazuo Ohno requires the performer to suspend his personal beliefs and interpretation, in order to project his body onto the forms and contours of the aged dancer as precisely as possible. The result is a copy that is in itself an original, a choreography created by Kawaguchi with the illusory image of Ohno, one of the most honored artists in dance history.

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Cinema Kabuki "NEZUMI KOZO: Noda Version"


NEW PEOPLE Cinema
(1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115)

Sunday, July 24 @ 4pm
Ticket: $15

Don’t miss the rare chance to experience the authentic and unique beauty of this contemporary kabuki performance by Japan’s greatest kabuki actors in HD on the big screen! NEZUMI KOZO is based on the story of a real-life bandit from the Edo period (19th Century). After his execution, the legend left behind states that he had been a kind of Robin Hood, sharing his ill-gotten gains with the poor. Written and directed by Hideki Noda and starring Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII.

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Film Screening: Orizuru 2015


Laemmle Royal Theatre (West LA)
(11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025)

May 27, May 31 - June 2 @ 12:00pm
Admission
General $8
Students (under 18) $6
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This short film shines the light on Sadako Sasaki's (a girl who folded thousand cranes after being exposed to high levels of radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb, and diagnosed with leukemia) family and the people from both sides of the Pacific, who took down cultural and historical barriers, both big and small, through their hard work and courage.

Orizuru 2015 - Film Screening & Talk Event


Laemmle Royal Theatre (West LA)
(11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025)
May, 28, 29, 30 @ 11:30am
Admission:General $20, Students (under 18) $15
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This short film shines the light on Sadako Sasaki's (a girl who folded thousand cranes after being exposed to high levels of radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb, and diagnosed with leukemia) family and the people from both sides of the Pacific, who took down cultural and historical barriers, both big and small, through their hard work and courage.
Special Guests:
Mr. Masahiro Sasaki & Mr. Yuji Sasaki (Sadako Sasaki's Family)
Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel (Grandson of President Truman)
Main Cast and Crew

Film Screening: Orizuru 2015


Laemmle Royal Theatre (West LA)
(11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025)

May 28, 29, 30 @ 10:30am
Admission:General $8,Students (under 18) $6

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This short film shines the light on Sadako Sasaki's (a girl who folded thousand cranes after being exposed to high levels of radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb, and diagnosed with leukemia) family and the people from both sides of the Pacific, who took down cultural and historical barriers, both big and small, through their hard work and courage.

Peace Lecture: Sadako's Omoiyari Spirit


Toyota Meeting Hall at

Torrance Cultural Arts Center
(3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA 90503)
May 25 @ 6:30pm
Admission: $55
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Speakers
Mr. Masahiro Sasaki (Sadako Sasaki's Family)
Mr. Yuji Sasaki (Sadako Sasaki's Family)
Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel (Grandson of President Truman)
Main Cast and Crew
(Admission Includes refreshments and a ticket to "Orizuru 2015" screening at Laemmle Royal)

SHI-SHI-O


The David Copperfield Theater, MGM Grand
(3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

May 3 - May 7, 2016
Tickets: $65~

An original new Kabuki play created for the David Copperfield Theater in MGM Grand, featuring Ichikawa Somegoro and integrating new media art.
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Tetsuya Umeda


REDCAT
(631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Wednesday, April 27 @8:30pm
Tickets: $10/$16/$20
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Osaka-based sound and installation artist Tetsuya Umeda creates surprising sound scores with an intriguing variety of found objects, inventions and environmental or architectural elements. 
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TETSUYA UMEDA


Old Freeman Factory
(2638 NW Wilson St., Portland, OR 97210)
Friday, April 22 @8pm

Tickets: $15(General)/$12(Members)
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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) presents Osaka-based sound and installation artist Tetsuya Umeda in a multi-faceted engagement.
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Exhibition: Chromatic Passages - 彩時期


JFLA Auditorium
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tuesday, January 26 - Friday, March 4

Chromatic Passages (彩時期) is a three person exhibit of Los Angeles based painters Kaoru Mansour, Shingo Francis and Devon Tsuno each exploring color transitions through time, space, pattern and rhythm.
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