Monday, April 8 – Sunday, April 14
LAST CHANCE: PENGUIN HIGHWAY Ticket Giveaway!
Win a pair of movie tickets to Eleven Arts’ amazing new anime adventure, PENGUIN HIGHWAY, coming to theaters April 12th! Tuesday is the last day to enter!
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HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE [Subtitled]
: 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
FRIDAY – THURSDAY
: Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets
SATURDAY and SUNDAY
Orange County Buddhist Church’s Hanamatsuri
: The Orange County Buddhist Church’s Hanamatsuri features delicious food, games for the kids, Japanese cultural performances and exhibits, and a Buddhist bookstore. Lots of fun for the whole family! Orange County Buddhist Church | Anaheim | Free
: 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
Japanese Curry with Sonoko Sakai
: Learn to make curry from scratch with Sonoko Sakai, using fresh whole spices and seeds. You will create your own spice blend and make a curry brick with no preservatives or food coloring. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC | $125 | Get tickets
NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND [Subtitled]
: Just before the founding of his legendary Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki made NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, often considered to be one of his very first indisputable animated masterpieces. Don’t miss this 35mm presentation. Vista Theatre | $11 and up | Get tickets
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
Isekai Ball by California Cosplay Gala
: California Cosplay Gala is a social ballroom event for people who have an interest in Japanese pop culture (not just cosplay) and ballroom dancing. Soho Dance LA – Sherman Oaks | Sherman Oaks | $17.55 | Get tickets
Tokyo City Cup and Japan Family Day
: In addition to the Tokyo City Cup horserace, the Japan Family Day festival has become one of the most popular spring festivals in Southern California. Featuring cultural events, demonstrations, and a ton of amazing food. Santa Anita Park | Arcadia | $5 or free with coupon
: Celebrate anime, manga, and Japanese culture at a growing convention with an artist alley, exhibitors, panelists, special guests, and more activities! Orange Coast College | Costa Mesa | Free | Get tickets
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