Monday, February 18 – Sunday, February 24

TUESDAY

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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM NT NARRATIVE [Dubbed]: U.C. 0097, one year after the opening of “Laplace’s Box.” Despite the revelation of the Universal Century Charter that acknowledges the existence and rights of Newtypes, the framework of the world has not been greatly altered… Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets
 

WEDNESDAY

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Explore the Roots of Manga: In this lavishly illustrated talk Dr. Ellis TINIOS will introduce illustrated popular fiction produced for a mass audience in Japan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—a varied body of printed material worthy of wider appreciation. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets
 
Artist Talk: Takashi Murakami: Discussion with artist Takashi Murakami who draws from traditional Japanese painting, sci-fi, anime, and the global art market to create paintings, sculptures, and films populated by repeated motifs and mutating characters. LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Los Angeles | Free | Get tickets NOTE: This event sold out shortly after publishing this list. Sorry!
 

THURSDAY

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Takashi Murakami: GYATEI²: Famed artist Takashi Murakami’s latest exhibition, GYATEI², “references the climactic mantra, ‘gyatei, gyatei, haragyatei, harasogyatei,’ that comes at the end of the Heart Sutra. This phrase could be full of meaning or devoid of meaning—some say it imitates an infant’s cry and, when chanted loudly, signifies rebirth.” Through April 13 | Gagosian | Beverly Hills | Free
 
Japanese Snacks

FRIDAY

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Keiko Matsui: Acclaimed smooth jazz pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui’s transcendent and haunting melodies have long sought to build bridges. She has worked alongside icons like Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela and Bob James. The Rose | Pasadena | $45.25 and up | Get tickets
 
Once Adrift: UCLA NSU Cultural Night: UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union (NSU) invites you to join us for our 33rd Annual Cultural Night: Once Adrift. Come and learn more regarding Japanese American culture and experience and see performances by our 2019 Drama Cast, Kyodo Taiko, NSU Modern, and NSU Odori! Royce Hall | Westwood | | Get tickets
 

SATURDAY

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SoCal Retro Gaming Expo: SoCal Retro Gaming Expo features a large free play arcade and console play area for everyone to enjoy all weekend. Play Japanese consoles and games never released in the United States! Pasadena Convention Center | Pasadena | $23.16 and up | Get tickets
 
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Sawtelle Japantown Birthday Celebration: Celebrate the 4th anniversary of Sawtelle Japatown’s official designation with Koshin Taiko, Fujima Seiyumi Kai dance group, Little Tokyo Dance Club, Ryujin Taiko, and ondo dancing. Nora Sterry Elementary School | West L.A. | Free | Get tickets
 
Little Tokyo Walking Tour: Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood. Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | $15 | Get tickets
 
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Hannari: Traditional Dance and Music: Japanese traditional and contemporary dance performance by Shiho Tendou featuring Kagura dance, Japanese taiko, opera, flamenco guitar, guest performers, and more! Atwater Playhouse | Atwater Village | $40 | Get tickets
 
Tune in Tokyo's Plastic City 2 - City Pop & 80s J-pop Night - featured image
Tune in Tokyo’s Plastic City 2 – City Pop & 80s J-pop Night: Tune in Tokyo presents PLASTIC CITY 2, their CITY POP Night in Little Tokyo featuring 70s – 80s idols & the golden age of Japanese pop! It’s a night of Kayōkyoku hits with Japan’s biggest idols, bands and pop artists that defined the Showa Era. Bicycle Coffee | Little Tokyo | $5
 
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Miyavi: Japanese guitarist, singer-songwriter, and producer MIYAVI celebrates the release of his new album, SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.3 – Worlds Collide –. El Rey Theatre | Miracle Mile | $35.04 and up | Get tickets
 

SUNDAY

Edible Adventures: Vegetarian Little Tokyo: Take a healthy stroll through Little Tokyo and listen to neighborhood stories while learning about Japanese vegetables from daikon to gobo to maitake, capped off by a macrobiotic lunch at Shojin, a Japanese vegan/macrobiotic restaurant. Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | $60 | Get tickets
 
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Fate/Grand Order USA Tour: Join Aniplex USA for a Fate/Grand Order celebration of epic proportions! The Fate/Grand Order U.S.A. Tour 2019 kicks off with an exclusive event featuring special stage events, merchandise, booths, and displays! California Market Center | Fashion District | $33.46 | Get tickets
 

ONGOING EVENTS

Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints: USC Pacific Asia Museum | Pasadena | $10
 
MIRAI: Select Laemmle Theatres | Varies | Get tickets
 
Takuma Kamine: Myо̄-о̄ in the Shell: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Miracle Mile | Free
 
This is Manga: The Art of Naoki Urasawa: Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free
 
SHOPLIFTERS [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters around Los Angeles | Price varies | 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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Note: Some sold out events omitted. Some events sell out after publication.