This Week: Japanese Food Lab, Miyazaki Events Including a New Documentary, a Totoro Art Show, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO in 35mm, and More

Monday, December 9 – Sunday, December 16

Tuesday

George Takei’s Allegiance - featured image
George Takei’s Allegiance: Straight from its Broadway run and inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes), Allegiance follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken. Rejoice in one family’s triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness in this groundbreaking musical. Select Movie Theaters | Price varies | Get tickets
 

Wednesday

HER SKETCHBOOK [Subtitled] - featured image
HER SKETCHBOOK [Subtitled]: An introverted dropout escapes reality by immersing herself in copying her favorite manga and illustrations. When a coworker discovers her talent for drawing, she struggles to create something of her own… The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Free | Get tickets
 

Thursday

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO in 35mm [Subtitled] - featured image
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO in 35mm [Subtitled]: Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO follows young sisters Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe, who move with their father into a new house near a vast forest. Discovering wondrous forest spirits, they also encounter Totoro, a giant, lumbering bunny-esque creature. In 35mm. Aero Theatre | $13.70 | Get tickets
 
NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI [Subtitled] - featured image
NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI [Subtitled]: Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? Go behind the scenes over two years as Hayao Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film Boro the Caterpillar using CGI. Select Movie Theaters | Price varies | Get tickets
 

Friday

SPIRITED AWAY in 35mm [Subtitled] - featured image
SPIRITED AWAY in 35mm [Subtitled]: Academy Award-winning masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and helped redefine the possibilities of animation. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, 10-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dreamlike spirit world, where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods. See it in 35mm! Aero Theatre | $13.70 | Get tickets
 

Saturday

Japanese Food Lab | Chef Series by Sonoko Sakai | Toshikoshi Soba - featured image
Japanese Food Lab | Chef Series by Sonoko Sakai | Toshikoshi Soba: Prolific California-based food writer and instructor, Sonoko Sakai, will lead a class on toshikoshi (lit. “year-crossing”) soba, a noodle dish traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve. Japan House Los Angeles | $25 | Get tickets
 
Giant Robot Presents: The Totoro Show - featured image
Giant Robot Presents: The Totoro Show: Giant Robot is proud to present The Totoro Show, a group exhibition featuring art inspired by Hayao Miyaziki’s classic film. Continues through January 16th. Giant Robot Store | Free
 
Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) - featured image
Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition): Inspired by the novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, Velina Hasu Houston’s play “Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition)” follows the Mayeda sisters as they move from an incarceration camp to an uncertain, changing future for Asian Americans. Japanese American National Museum | $25 | Get tickets
 
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE in 35mm [Subtitled] - featured image
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE in 35mm [Subtitled]: Hayao Miyazaki Double Feature! In HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, an average teenage girl is swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard. In KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, a resourceful young witch uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. Both in 35mm. Aero Theatre | $13.70 | Get tickets
 
Mari Iijima Live - featured image
Mari Iijima Live: Celebrate the holiday season with singer and songwriter Mari Iijima’s end of the year 2018 gig. Genghis Cohen | $18.88 | Get tickets
 

Sunday

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 | $125 | Get tickets
 
Shoseian Holiday Tea & Japan Culture Day - featured image
Shoseian Holiday Tea & Japan Culture Day: Shoseian, built in 1974 through combined efforts of the Sister Cities of Glendale and Higashi-Osaka, Japan is one of the few traditional Japanese Teahouses open to the public in the United States. Join them for a day of activities including tea ceremonies, taiko, martial arts, and more. The Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden | Free
 
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO [Dubbed]: Family-friendly matinee. Aero Theatre | $13.70 | Get tickets
 
NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI [Subtitled]: Introduction by members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Aero Theatre | $13.70 | Get tickets
 

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ONGOING EVENTS

SHOPLIFTERS [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters around Los Angeles | Price varies
 
A Celebration of Japanese Automotive Culture: Petersen Automotive Museum | $16 | Get tickets
 
Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future: Japan House Los Angeles | Free
 
 

UPCOMING PICKS!

December 18, 2018: MAQUIA [Subtitled]: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Free | Get tickets

December 18, 2018: NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters | Price varies | Get tickets

January 4, 2019: AKIRA [Subtitled]: Landmark’s Nuart Theatre | $12 | Get tickets

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

Note: Some sold out events omitted.