13 Things To Do This Week: Anime Impulse Convention, COWBOY BEBOP, Kurosawa’s RAN, A SILENT VOICE, and more

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Monday, January 8

Art of Japan Tour at LACMA: Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and art by exploring the outstanding collection of painting, netsuke, ceramics, and prints on this 50-minute tour that looks at LACMA’s collection of works dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 2:00 pm. $20. TAGS: Art, Museum

Wednesday, January 10

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A SILENT VOICE (Subtitled): A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption. Based on the manga written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Los Angeles. 7:00 pm. Free. TAGS: Anime, Movies
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Thursday, January 11

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Migrating Dreamscapes: Nobuo Anzai: Meet artist Nobuo Anzai at the opening of his exhibition from 5pm – 8pm on Thursday, January 11th. His work will be on display through February 6. Nobuo Anzai’s paintings are heartfelt memories of countries he calls homes— Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Japan. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Los Angeles. 5:00 pm. Free. TAGS: Art

Friday, January 12

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COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE – Midnight Show: A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it’s up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles. 11:55 pm. $12. TAGS: Anime, Movies
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On Ensemble: On Ensemble kicks off the ‘2018 Fireside at the Miles’ with powerful rhythms of taiko infused with a wide range of musical influences from jazz and rock to central asian overtone singing. On Ensemble combines their study and deep appreciation of Japanese traditional music with their experiences as DJs, electronic music producers, and rock bassists. Miles Memorial Playhouse, Santa Monica. 8:00 pm. $10. TAGS: Jazz, Music, Taiko

Saturday, January 13 – Sunday, January 14

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ANIME Impulse 2018 – Anime & Cosplay Convention: A place for casual fans and otakus to gather and indulge in fandom with celebrities, special guests, eSports, panels, cosplay, VIP parties, vendors, artist alleys, delicious food, treats, and the cutest (kawaii) fashion. Fairplex, Pomona. 10:00 am. $9. TAGS: Anime, Cosplay
Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Show & Sale - featured image
Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Show & Sale: Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Society will present the only show of deciduous, miniaturized trees in the United States. In Ayres Hall. Included with $9 admission to the Arboretum. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia. 10:00 am. Free. TAGS: Bonsai

Saturday, January 13

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Workshop: Exploring Kanji & Calligraphy: In this workshop, you will gain Kanji learning tips as we introduce types of Kanji formation, the ways to read them, and the concept of radicals. You will also learn how to write Kanji with Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) using the correct posture, the correct way to bring an ink blush, and the correct stroke orders. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Los Angeles. 10:00 am. Free. TAGS: Art, Calligraphy, Workshop
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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in Culver City: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is coming to Westfield Culver City on Saturday 1/13! Come visit near Forever21 and Macy’s between 10am-8pm and pick up some supercute treats, while supplies last. Westfield Culver City, Culver City. 10:00 am. TAGS: Food

Sunday, January 14

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Akira Kurosawa’s RAN: In Akira Kurosawa’s epic and existential samurai/Noh theater rendition of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” a once-merciless and bloodthirsty Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai) leaves his kingdom to his three sons. As Hidetora attempts to enjoy retirement in his twilight years, he is dropped into a nightmarish hell when filial squabbling and betrayal erupts. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aero Theatre, Santa Monica. 7:30 pm. $12. TAGS: Movies

Continuing Events

20th Annual Shikishi Exhibition

Gudetama Inspired Meal Set at Curry House Locations

Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora


Select Upcoming Events

January 16, 2018: Deities in Japanese Art – Session 5: Celestial Beings: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Free.

January 18, 2018: MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (Subtitled): Select Movie Theaters Around Los Angeles.

January 19, 2018: ICHI THE KILLER – Midnight Show: Landmark’s Nuart Theatre. $12.

January 20, 2018: JF Nihongo (Japanese Language Courses): Winter Term: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. $275.

January 20, 2018: MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI with Director Q&A: Japanese American National Museum. $12.

January 20, 2018: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary – JIRITSU: Microsoft Theater. $49.95.

January 22, 2018: Noh Dance, Noh Life with Lecturer/Performer Michikazu Taneda: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Free.

January 24, 2018: HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER (Subtitled): The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Free.

February 2, 2018: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO – Midnight Show: Landmark’s Nuart Theatre. $12.