Monday, January 7 – Sunday, January 13


Japanese Food Lab: Fish: In this workshop, Chef Takahashi will highlight the importance of sustainability and responsible fish farming while showing participants the basics of how to prepare Japanese fish dishes—from filleting fish using professional knife skills and techniques to pairing the finished dish with complimenting beverages and flavors. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | $15 | Get tickets (Waitlist Only)


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YOKO THE CHERRY BLOSSOM [Subtitled]: Based on an inspiring true story, Yoko the Cherry Blossom chronicles the life of a high school teacher in WWII era rural Japan. When his beloved students get called upon to join the imperial forces, he has no choice but to send them off, with the promise that they would all meet again under the beautiful cherry blossoms on the school grounds upon their return… The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Miracle Mile | Free


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Animé Los Angeles 2019: Animé Los Angeles is a mid-sized fan-run convention. Special events include cosplay showcases, talent shows, dancing, gaming, and events for those 18 years old and over. Ontario Convention Center | Ontario | $25 – $75 | Get tickets


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Novus Plants: Photographs from a selection of works by Hiroki Ohara, artist and fifth-generation Headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana. The Japan Foundation LA | Miracle Mile | Free
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MODEST HEROES [Subtitled]: Studio Ponoc, the new animation studio founded by two-time Academy Award®-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from the venerable Studio Ghibli, made an immediate splash with their acclaimed debut film Mary and The Witch’s Flower last year. The studio returns this year with Modest Heroes, an ambitious anthology of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets


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Hokkaido Food Fair and Ainu Culture Special: The Mitsuwa Marketplace store in Torrance will host a rare Hokkaido Fair in collaboration with representatives of Ainu culture from 1/11 to 1/13. Ainu are the indigenous people of Hokkaido and its neighboring regions. Limited quantities of gourmet specialties from Hokkaido will be available to intrigue your taste buds. Mitsuwa Marketplace – Torrance | Torrance | Free


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KUSAMA:INFINITY [Subtitled] with Director Q&A: See 2018’s lauded Sundance documentary, KUSAMA: INFINITY about the life and struggles of artist Yayoi Kusama, 89 years old, who is now internationally famous for her infinity rooms and art but spent a majority of her life ignored by the art scene’s boys club. The Los Feliz 3 | $5 and up | Get tickets
MODEST HEROES [Dubbed]: Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets
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California Sake Challenge: Enjoy over 30 kinds of Japanese sake and Japanese food. Miyako Hybrid Hotel | Torrance | $45 | Get tickets


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 made with – pork bones, chicken, shiitake and kombu based broth. Vegans and Vegetarian options are available upon request. Sonoko Sakai | Highland Park | $135
Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” Live Animation Concert: Students and faculty from the music departments of Tokyo Geidai and USC,perform a musical program of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi while an AI program listens and continually synchronizes the animation with music. Each season will be accompanied by animated films by renowned independent animators.  The Aratani Theatre | Los Angeles | Free | Get tickets


Kayokyoku: Jpop Art Show: Q Pop | Little Tokyo | Free
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
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 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.