Monday, February 25 – Sunday, March 3

TUESDAY

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Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time: It’s that time of the year again!  Tea Time is one of the most popular events at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.  70-100 people get together and you will enjoy Japanese snacks and tea while chatting with native Japanese speakers. All levels welcome! Japanese language experience is not necessary-this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up. The Japan Foundation LA | Miracle Mile | Free | Get tickets
 

WEDNESDAY

ISLE OF DOGS [Subtitled]: Free Japanese cinema screening of Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated film, ISLE OF DOGS. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Miracle Mile | Free
 

FRIDAY

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The Art of the Benshi: A DIARY OF SHUJI’S TRAVELS: During the silent film era in Japan, which extended into the early 1930s, film screenings were accompanied by live narrators, called benshi. See two short and one feature length film with live benshi accompaniment. Billy Wilder Theater | Westwood | $10 | Get tickets
 
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AUDITION [Subtitled]: A lonely, middle-aged widower (Ryo Ishibashi) starts using his production company to hold mock auditions for a fictitious film project in an effort to find a wife. Not for the squeamish! Directed by Takashi Miike (Blade of the Immortal, 13 Assassins, Sukiyaki Western Django, Gozu, Ichi the Killer), based on a novel by Ryû Murakami. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre | West Los Angeles | $12 | Get tickets
 

SATURDAY

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South Coast Botanic Garden Cherry Blossom Festival: Travel to Japan through sight, taste and sound with picnic bento (lunch) boxes for sale by Okamoto Kitchen and live performances throughout the afternoon, including Taiko, Ukulele, and Traditional Japanese Dancing. Enjoy live demonstrations and workshops while celebrating the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms! South Coast Botanic Garden | Palos Verdes | $9 | Get tickets
 
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MIRAI [Subtitled]: 2019 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Film, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, MIRAI is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Miracle Mile | Free
 
Elements of Character Design for Manga and Comics: Illustrator/Animator MinoMiyabi will offer comic enthusiasts, emerging manga artists, and doodlers alike, fundamental tutorials on refining character design to enhance the expressiveness and storytelling value of individual characters. Paired with a post workshop curator-led ‘This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA’ exhibition walkthrough, participants will gain insight into the process and techniques used by manga artist Naoki Urasawa in his character development. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | $10 | Get tickets
 
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The Art of the Benshi: DRAGNET GIRL: During the silent film era in Japan, film screenings were accompanied by live narrators, called benshi. Master director Yasujiro Ozu’s DRAGNET GIRL and two shorts will screen with live benshi accompaniment. Billy Wilder Theater | Westwood | $10 | Get tickets
 

SUNDAY

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Asian Dumpling Workshop: In this hands on soba noodle workshop learn how to make soba noodles from scratch using soba flour from Japan. You will also learn to make the soup and sauces. Sonoko Sakai | Highland Park | $125
 
Peach Blossom Festival: The whole family will enjoy the Japanese celebration known as the Peach Blossom Festival. View a seven-step doll display, make art, and play games suitable for all ages (adults, too!). Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden | Long Beach | $5
 
Soba Noodles Workshop: In this hands on soba noodle workshop learn how to make soba noodles from scratch using soba flour from Japan. You will also learn to make the soup and sauces. Sonoko Sakai | Highland Park | $125
 
The Art of the Benshi: SILENCE + Shorts: During the silent film era in Japan, film screenings were accompanied by live narrators, called benshi. Three Japanese short films and one American feature length film will screen with live benshi accompaniment. Billy Wilder Theater | Westwood | $10 | Get tickets
 
The Art of the Benshi: THE CHEAT + Shorts - featured image
The Art of the Benshi: THE CHEAT + Shorts: During the silent film era in Japan, film screenings were accompanied by live narrators, called benshi. Four short films will screen with live benshi accompaniment. Billy Wilder Theater | Westwood | $10 | Get tickets
 

ONGOING EVENTS

Takashi Murakami: GYATEI²: Gagosian | Beverly Hills | Free
 
MIRAI: Select Laemmle Theatres | Varies | Get tickets
 
SHOPLIFTERS [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets
 
Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints: USC Pacific Asia Museum | Pasadena | $10
 
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
 
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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