Japan-related Events Around LA This Week: Japanese Knife Workshop, Taiko, CASTLE IN THE SKY, and More

Monday, November 12 – Sunday, November 18

MONDAY and TUESDAY

LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD [Subtitled]: From the Director, Producer, and Composer of “A Silent Voice” comes a new incredible film produced by Kyoto Animation. While this film is from the Sound! Euphonium franchise, knowledge of the series is not required. Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. Tags: Anime, Movies
 

WEDNESDAY

LET'S GO, JETS! [Subtitled] - featured image
LET’S GO, JETS! [Subtitled]: A group of ordinary schoolgirls set off on a long journey toward making their cheerleading dream a reality. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Miracle Mile. 7:00 pm. Free. Tags: Free, Movies
 

FRIDAY – SUNDAY

Sisters Matsumoto: Three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives. As the details of their deceased father’s final arrangements emerge, the sisters must work together to keep their dreams alive. James Beard Theatre, Westwood. 8:00 pm. $15 and up. Tags: Theatre
 

FRIDAY and SATURDAY

Okaeri 2018: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering: An opportunity for you to connect with LGBTQ Nikkei and allies, find support, resources and information, and learn how Nikkei have embraced their LGBTQ family members. Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. 7:00 pm. $16 and up. Tags: Conference, Conventions, Discussion, Education, LGBTQ
 

SATURDAY

Japanese Food Lab Chef Series by Josh Donald and Taka Tozawa | Japanese Knives - featured image
Japanese Food Lab Chef Series by Josh Donald and Taka Tozawa | Japanese Knives: A workshop led by two experts on Japanese knives as they demonstrate knife-sharpening and vegetable-cutting techniques. Japan House Los Angeles, Hollywood. 1:00 pm. $15. Tags: Cooking, Featured, Workshop
 

SATURDAY and SUNDAY

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Aquarium of the Pacific Autumn Festival: Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s seventeenth annual Autumn Festival. Autumn Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating. Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach. 9:00 am. $29.95 and up. Tags: Festivals, Kid-Friendly
 
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Manji Inoue Japanese Pottery Exhibition & Sale: Manji Inoue, designated a Living National Treasure, celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Arita-yaki ware with this exhibition and sale. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena. 11:00 am. Free. Tags: Art, Free, Lecture
 

SUNDAY

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CASTLE IN THE SKY [Dubbed]: A timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The English-dubbed cast includes the vocal talents of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, and more! Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. 12:55 pm. Tags: Anime, Movies
 
LA Made: Getting in Touch with Taiko - featured image
LA Made: Getting in Touch with Taiko: USC Kazan Taiko will showcase the Japanese art of traditional Taiko drumming by performing on magnificent drums and auxiliary instruments. In addition to presenting their repertoire, they aim to educate about the art’s rich, diverse history in Japan and its transformation as a key cultural heritage among Japanese Americans. This program will also feature a section for the audience to play on the taiko and have a mini-showcase. Central Library – Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Los Angeles. 2:00 pm. Free. Tags: Free, Taiko
 

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ONGOING EVENTS

A Celebration of Japanese Automotive Culture: Petersen Automotive Museum. 10:00 am. $16.
 
Valley of the Heart: Mark Taper Forum, Downtown Los Angeles. 8:00 pm. $30 and up.
 
Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future: Japan House Los Angeles, Hollywood. 10:00 am. Free.
 
Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery: The Gamble House, Pasadena. 12:00 pm. $15 and up.
 
Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys: Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. 11:00 am. $12.
 

UPCOMING PICKS!

November 26, 2018: Re-Imagining Kurosawa: Japan House Los Angeles, Hollywood. Free.

November 29, 2018: MIRAI [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters Around Los Angeles.

December 1, 2018: Art & Study of Taiko: James R Armstrong Theatre, Torrance. $10 and up.

December 11, 2018: George Takei’s Allegiance: Select Movie Theaters Around Los Angeles.

December 13, 2018: NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters Around Los Angeles.