This Week in LA: Anime Impulse, Japanese Classes, DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY, and more!

Monday, January 14 – Sunday, January 20

TUESDAY

An Evening of Animation: Student Works from Japan and the US: Visionary young talents unveil their next-generation animated creations followed by a live animation concert of “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, performed by students and faculty from Tokyo Geidai. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets (waitlist)
 

WEDNESDAY

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DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY: Ultimate destruction is coming! Goku and Vegeta face off against legendary Super Saiyan Broly in an explosive battle to save the world. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Get tickets
 

THURSDAY

Naomi Kawase: Possibilities of Film: A master class led by Naomi Kawase, celebrated director of Sweet Bean (2015) and Radiance (2017), on the theme of “the possibilities of film.” It will be moderated by Akira Mizuta Lippit, Vice Dean and Professor at the University of Southern California. TCL Chinese 6 Theatres | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets
 
Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood: A one-day film festival program that aims to introduce the world of Japanese and international short films through screenings, live discussions, and presentations by industry leaders. TCL Chinese 6 Theatres | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets
 

SATURDAY – SUNDAY

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ANIME Impulse – Anime & Cosplay Convention: A place for casual fans and otakus to gather and indulge in fandom with celebrities, special guests, eSports, panels, cosplay, VIP parties, vendors, artist alleys, delicious food, treats, and the cutest (kawaii) fashion. Fairplex | Pomona | $10.45 and up | Get tickets
 

SATURDAY

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SFVJLI Japanese Conversation Class: This is a course for adults who want to learn a wide variety of basic expressions in Japanese. The course introduces basic Japanese sentence structures, conversations, vocabulary and cultural findings. There is no prerequisite for this course, however some knowledge in Japanese language and culture is a plus. San Fernando Valley Japanese Language Institute | Arleta | $280
 
Japan Foundation Japanese Language Course: Entry-level Japanese courses designed to help learners develop a strong foundation in the language. Each course focuses on specific themes and learning goals, such as inviting friends or writing an e-mail. Enjoy these friendly, interactive, and above all, fun courses! The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Miracle Mile | $225 and up | Get tickets
 
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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck: Torrance: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be returning to Del Amo Fashion Center on Saturday 1/19! Visit them in the courtyard near the AMC Theaters between 10am-8pm and pick up some supercute treats and merch, while supplies last. Del Amo Fashion Center | Torrance | Free
 
Traditional Art of Japanese Knife Sharpening: Sharpen up your knife skills and knowledge in this workshop led by Hitachiya USA. Learn about the Japanese technique of knife-sharpening plus restoring, repairing and polishing your knife. No prior experience necessary. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center | Little Tokyo | $50 | Get tickets
 

SUNDAY

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Leslie Buck: Gardens of Kyoto: Author Leslie Buck describes her three seasons living in Kyoto and working for one of the oldest landscaping companies in Japan. Buck will also sign copies of her book Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto. Brand Park | Glendale | $20 donation
 

ONGOING EVENTS

Novus Plants: The Japan Foundation LA | Miracle Mile | Free
 
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
 

UPCOMING PICKS

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January 23: This is Manga: The Art of Naoki Urasawa: Japan House Los Angeles | Free

January 23: MIRAI [Subtitled]: The Japan Foundation LA | Free

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

January 27: Fresh Furikake Workshop: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center | $50 | Get tickets

January 27: Japanese Food Lab | Vegetable Sushi: Japan House Los Angeles | $15 | Get tickets

January 27: Finding Okinawa: Conversations with 3 Artists: Okinawa Association of America – OAA | $5 | Get tickets

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

February 16: IKIRU [Subtitled]: Vista Theatre | $11 and up | Get tickets

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

March 9: Homemade Ramen Workshop: Sonoko Sakai | $135

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

March 16: SEVEN SAMURAI [Subtitled]: Vista Theatre | $11 and up | Get tickets

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

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

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