Monday, April 1 – Sunday, April 7

PENGUIN HIGHWAY Ticket Giveaway!

Win a pair of movie tickets to Eleven Arts’ amazing new anime adventure, PENGUIN HIGHWAY, coming to theaters April 12th! Earn more chances to win by sharing with your friends.
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RAMEN SHOP [Subtitled]: Masato, a young Ramen chef, leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find out the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes. Screens through 4/18. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets
AKIRA [Subtitled]: At the time of its original release, Akira was the most expensive animated film ever produced in Japan. Based on the best-selling graphic novel by director Katsuhiro Otomo (Steamboy), it’s is a tough, gritty, violent science fiction adventure set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo—a city overrun by motorcycle gangs and a destructive telepathic force. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre | West Los Angeles | $12 | Get tickets


YOUR NAME [Subtitled]: The Little Tokyo Anime Society presents a free screening of YOUR NAME at the Little Tokyo Public Library! Come for the film, stay for a chat. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Snacks highly encouraged for yourself and/or to share! Little Tokyo Branch Library | Little Tokyo | Free
A Taste of Japan at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden: This delicious fundraiser to support the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden features food, drinks, and a special demonstration by classical dancer Umekawa Ichinosuke. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden | Pasadena | $60 | Get tickets
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Madama Butterfly: What if a brash American naval officer and a young Japanese girl met and fell in love? How would they communicate? (Certainly not in Italian.) In Pacific Opera Project’s most ambitious production to date, a bilingual Madama Butterfly comes to life. With a new libretto, all Japanese roles will be sung in Japanese (by Japanese-American artists) and all American roles will be sung in English. Aratani Theatre at the JACCC | Little Tokyo | $15 – $75 | Get tickets
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Metal Gear Orchestral Concert: The official METAL GEAR orchestral concert series features more than 70 musicians on stage, including METAL GEAR singer Donna Burke, HD footage from the game will be projected on a giant screen in perfect sync with the music. Wilshire Ebell Theatre | Mid-Wilshire | $89 and up | Get tickets
SEVEN SAMURAI [Subtitled]: After learning a roving gang of 40 bandits make plans to attack their village, a town of farmers reluctantly decides to hire Samurai to protect them. The catch? The farmers have nothing to pay the Samurai with. Vista Theatre | $11 and up | SOLD OUT (Sometimes they release a few tickets later.)


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HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE [Dubbed]: From director Hayao Miyazaki, “Howl’s Moving Castle”, is an Academy Award®-nominated acclaimed fantasy based on the novel of the same name. Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl… Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets
Artist Roundtable: Kenjiro Okazaki, Yukinori Yanagi, Kenji Yanobe, and Mika Yoshitake - featured image
Artist Roundtable: Kenjiro Okazaki, Yukinori Yanagi, Kenji Yanobe, and Mika Yoshitake: Japanese postwar art historian Mika Yoshitake will sit down with three of the most prolific and important artists working during this period—Kenjiro Okazaki, Yukinori Yanagi and Kenji Yanobe—to discuss their work and the overlapping themes in Japanese art of the 80s and 90s. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets

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


Takashi Murakami: GYATEI²: Gagosian | Beverly Hills | Free
Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints: USC Pacific Asia Museum | Pasadena | $10
Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys: Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | $12


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