Monday, December 31 – Sunday, January 6


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Little Tokyo Japanese New Year Celebration: Experience the Japanese way of celebrating the New Year of 2019 on January 1st. From entertainment, food, children’s cultural activities and a sake fest, it is one of the most exciting events to take place in the Japanese American community. Weller Court Shopping Center | Little Tokyo | Free


Kayokyoku: Jpop Art Show: Q Pop presents an art show celebrating Kayōkyoku (歌謡曲), the Japanese popular music of the 1960s – 1980s, including City Pop and other genres. Continues through 1/20. Q Pop | Little Tokyo | Free
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AKIRA [Subtitled]: At the time of its original release, Akira was the most expensive animated film ever produced in Japan. Based on the best-selling graphic novel by director Katsuhiro Otomo (Steamboy), it’s is a tough, gritty, violent science fiction adventure set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo—a city overrun by motorcycle gangs and a destructive telepathic force. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre | West Los Angeles | $12 | Get tickets


Hello Kitty Cafe Truck: Downey: he Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is coming to Promenade at Downey on Saturday 1/5! Find them near the Cinemark Theater between 10am-8pm and pick up some supercute treats & merchandise, while supplies last. Promenade at Downey | Downey | Free
Gardena Oshougatsu Workshop: Celebrate the new year with Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institiute’s Oshougatsu Workshop! Activities including crafts and mochi! Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) | Gardena | $5 | Get tickets
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Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Premiere [Subtitled]: In preparation for Season 2, Crunchyroll Movie Night Out presents will an exclusive first look at Episode 1 from Season 2 before it premieres in Japan! Select Movie Theaters Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets
Little Tokyo Anime Society: Share your favorite programs, learn about the history of Anime, and develop a deeper understanding of Japanese Animation! The Little Tokyo Anime society meets on the first Saturday of every month! Little Tokyo Branch Library | Little Tokyo | Free


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Oshogatsu Family Festival: Year of the Boar: Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Boar with fun arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and exciting performances!
Including: traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance, lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles), and more. Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | Free
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Kotohajime: Join JACCC for their signature New Year celebration featuring stunning performances and live music, including ritual shooting of the arrow, breaking the sake barrel, and traditional and contemporary dance and performances. Aratani Theatre | Little Tokyo | $20 | Get tickets


Giant Robot Presents: The Totoro Show: Giant Robot Store | West Los Angeles | Free
SHOPLIFTERS [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets
A Celebration of Japanese Automotive Culture: Petersen Automotive Museum | Miracle Mile | $16 | Get tickets
Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future: Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free
Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys: Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | $12


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January 8: Japanese Food Lab: Fish: Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | $15 | Get tickets

January 17: Naomi Kawase: Possibilities of Film: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets

January 19: ANIME Impulse – Anime & Cosplay Convention: Fairplex | Pomona | $10.45 and up | Get tickets

January 19: Japanese Conversation Class – Spring 2018: San Fernando Valley Japanese Language Institute | Arleta | $280

January 23: This is Manga: Naoki Urasawa Artist Talk & Book Signing: Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets

January 26: RASHOMON [Subtitled]: Vista Theatre | Los Feliz | $11 and up | Get tickets

February 12: Kodo: Evolution: Walt Disney Concert Hall | Downtown Los Angeles | $47 – $112 | Get tickets

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

March 16: Shing02 & The Chee-Hoos: A Tribute To Nujabes: Fonda Theatre | Hollywood | $28 and up | Get tickets

March 19: One Ok Rock: Hollywood Palladium | Hollywood | $35 and up | Get tickets

Note: Some sold out events omitted. Some events sell out after publication.