Monday, March 11 – Sunday, March 17

THURSDAY

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HOMIE KEI [Subtitled]: A former Japanese gang member named KEI looks back at his time with the Yakuza and how he appreciates and cherishes the close friendships he forged with Chicano gang members while spending 10 years in U.S. prisons. Part of the Consulates General of Mexico & Japan’s Japan-Mexico Bi-National Week. CCCM Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts | Los Angeles | Free | Get tickets
FATE/STAY NIGHT – HEAVEN’S FEEL II. LOST BUTTERFLY [Subtitled]: Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] II. lost butterfly is the latest installment of the beloved Fate series by TYPE-MOON. Audiences have been waiting for the dramatic and emotional second part of the [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy as our heroes fight for the Holy Grail. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets

FRIDAY – SUNDAY

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OC Cherry Blossom Festival: The annual spring celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture in Southern California returns with a broad spectrum of performers, activities, music, dance, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts, games and more. Huntington Central Park | Huntington Beach | Free

FRIDAY

Hilty & Bosch: Performance by Hilty & Bosch, a Japanese two-man dance unit that performs all over the world. The duo’s astonishing performance is reversed throughout the globe. Their YouTube videos have received over 35 million hits. Part of the Consulates General of Mexico & Japan’s Japan-Mexico Bi-National Week. CCCM Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts | Los Angeles | Free | Get tickets

SATURDAY

West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival: A chance to learn about Japanese culture, enjoy traditional music and dance performances, watch a judo demonstration, shop a wide variety of merchants, and be entertained by Japanese taiko drums. Plaza West Covina | West Covina | Free
Harajuku Day Meet Up: Wear your best Spring themed looks and clear out your old pieces you’d like to sell or swap! This is open to all types of garments and accessories, bought or homemade. Artists selling their art/clothing/accessories are always welcome! h Weller Court Shopping Center | Little Tokyo | Free
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Lecture: Dancing Mavericks Change The World by TAKARABUNE: In this lecture, the members of Takarabune dance troupe will share their life stories, their original inspiration behind becoming the first professional Awa-Odori dancers, and how they maintain the delicate balance of keeping the tradition while breaking out of it. The troupe will give the audience a short dance lesson. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets
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Shing02 & The Chee-Hoos: A Tribute To Nujabes: Japanese American hip hop artist Shing02 pays tribute to influential DJ/producer, Nujabes. The Fonda Theatre | Hollywood | $28 and up | Get tickets

SUNDAY

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Tsukemono Savvy: Put your pickling skills to the test! Learn about tsukemono, Japanese pickles in this intermediate workshop, with instructor Yoko Maeda Lamn and make three different types of tsukemono to take home. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center | Little Tokyo | $65 | Get tickets
Japanese Curry Workshop: Make curry from scratch, using fresh whole spices and seeds. You will do our own spice blends and make a curry brick, only ours will be without any preservatives or food coloring. We will then make a chicken and vegetable curry and have it for lunch with sprouted brown rice and home made Fukujinzuke relish – pickles of the seven lucky gods. Sonoko Sakai | Highland Park | $125 | Get tickets
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Glendale Sakura Matsuri: Join Friends of Shoseian Temple and the City of Glendale for their annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Shoseian Teahouse and Garden at Brand Park! Food booths, food trucks, tea masters, taiko, dance, and more! Brand Park | Glendale | Free
REBEL WITH A CAUSE: The true story of Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a political activist with a strong soul who spent 1145 days in 3 different American Concentration Camps during World War II. Warner Grand Theatre | San Pedro | Free

ONGOING EVENTS

Takashi Murakami: GYATEI²: Gagosian | Beverly Hills | Free
Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints: USC Pacific Asia Museum | Pasadena | $10
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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Note: Some sold out events omitted. Some events sell out after publication.