This Week: Art and Study of Taiko, MIRAI, Sake Tasting, Ramen Workshop, and More

Monday, November 26 – Sunday, December 2

MONDAY

POKEMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US [Dubbed]: When a series of threats endangers all the people and Pokémon of Fula City, it’ll take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day! Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. 7:00 pm. Tags: Anime, Kid-Friendly, Movies
 
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Re-Imagining Kurosawa: In this lecture, Dr. David Desser will help you “Re-Imagine Akira Kurosawa” as he provides you unique insight into Kurosawa and his classic film, High and Low(1963), which was adapted from Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom. Japan House Los Angeles, Hollywood. 7:00 pm. Free. Tags: Free, Lecture, Movies
 

TUESDAY

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Let’s Go, Atsuko! A Japanese Game Show: Atsuko hosts a night of interactive games, videos, ​​discussions, and talent from notable comedians, political thinkers, and public figures in the style of a Japanese Game Show. Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth, Los Angeles. 8:00 pm. $11.87 and up. Tags: Comedy
 

WEDNESDAY

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TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT [Subtitled]: Free Japanese movie screening! A 24-year-old office employee Yoshika (Mayu Matsuoka) has a secret crush on her former junior high school classmate Ichi (Takumi Kitamura) but when her colleague Ni (Daichi Watanabe) asks her to be his girlfriend she anguishes over her feelings about Ichi versus Ni and ideals versus reality. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Miracle Mile. 7:00 pm. Free. Tags: Free, Movies
 

THURSDAY

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Kanpai! Japanese Sake Tasting: Mutual Trading’s Sake workshop covers the history and brewing processes that helped create modern day sake before moving on to guided Sake tastings. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Little Tokyo. 6:30 pm. $60. Tags: Food & Drink
 
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MIRAI [Dubbed]: From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. A young boy encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his baby sister Mirai, as a teenager. Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. 7:00 pm. Tags: Anime, Movies
 

THURSDAY and FRIDAY

MIRAI [Subtitled] Select Movie Theaters, Around Los Angeles. 8:00 pm on Thursday and 7:00pm on Friday. Tags: Anime, Featured, Movies
 

FRIDAY

Yakuza, the State, and Freedom of Expression in Post-1960 Japan - featured image
Yakuza, the State, and Freedom of Expression in Post-1960 Japan: This talk examines the impact of the massive 1960 protests in Japan against the US-Japan security treaty on Japanese society. Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles. 4:15 pm. Free. Tags: Free, History, Lecture
 

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, 12/9

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LA Auto Show: See concept vehicles and new models from Japanese automakers like Subaru, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and more. Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles. Tags: Cars, Conventions
 

SATURDAY and SUNDAY

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Art & Study of Taiko: ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT! Staff and students of Asano Taiko US and Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) present contemporary and traditionally inspired taiko repertoire in their end-of-year recital. Performances are interspersed with explanations of the roots and context of taiko and commentary on the challenges and joys of learning Japanese drums. James R Armstrong Theatre, Torrance. 6:00 pm Saturday, 2:00pm Sunday. $10 and up. Tags: Taiko
 

SATURDAY

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Japanese Curry Workshop: Make curry from scratch, using fresh whole spices and seeds. You will do our own spice blends and make a curry brick, only ours will be without any preservatives or food coloring. We will then make a chicken and vegetable curry and have it for lunch with sprouted brown rice and home made Fukujinzuke relish – pickles of the seven lucky gods. Sonoko Sakai, Highland Park. 10:00 am. $125. Tags: Cooking, Featured, Food & Drink, Workshop
 
Homemade Udon Workshop: This is a hands on udon workshop. Tastings of hot udon in a hot soup with chicken, mushrooms and greens and chilled Udon with Tan Tan style spicy meat sauce. Take home 2 servings. Sonoko Sakai, Highland Park. 2:00 pm. $125. Tags: Class, Food & Drink, Workshop
 

SUNDAY

Homemade Ramen Workshop: Make ramen noodles from scratch, using a blend of local grains. Toppings will include yakibuta, braised pork belly and seasonal vegetables. The soup will be a Tokontsu style – pork bones, chicken, shiitake and combo based broth. Vegans and Vegetarian options available. Sonoko Sakai, Highland Park. 10:00 am. $135. Tags: Class, Food & Drink, Workshop
 
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Japanese Food Lab | Home Cooking Series | Chakin Sushi: Learn about chakin sushi, usually served at festivals and celebrations. It’s made with seasoned sushi rice, wrapped in a thin omelet, and colorfully garnished. Japan House Los Angeles, Hollywood. 11:00 am. $20. Tags: Food & Drink, Lecture, Workshop
 

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ONGOING EVENTS

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SHOPLIFTERS [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters around Los Angeles. Tags: Featured, Movies
 
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!

December 3, 2018: Brewing Happiness: Secrets Behind a Century-old Sake-making Family Business: Japan House Los Angeles, Hollywood. Free.

December 7, 2018: Hiroya Tsukamoto: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance. $33 and up.

December 8, 2018: PORCO ROSSO [Subtitled]: Vista Theatre. $11 and up.

December 8, 2018: TaikoProject + Sumie Kaneko in Concert: The Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. $26.87.

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.

January 4, 2019: AKIRA [Subtitled]: Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, West Los Angeles. $12.

February 23, 2019: A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy: Zipper Concert Hall. $40 and up.

Note: Some sold out events omitted.