Monday, April 8 – Sunday, April 14

LAST CHANCE: PENGUIN HIGHWAY Ticket Giveaway!

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MONDAY

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Umekawa Ichinosuke: A Revolution in Movement: A demonstration of both classical Japanese dance and innovative unique “Buyo” will be given by Dance Master Umekawa Ichinosuke. The Japan Foundation LA | Miracle Mile | Free | Get tickets
 
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
 

WEDNESDAY

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE [Dubbed]: Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Price varies | Get tickets

FRIDAY – THURSDAY

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PENGUIN HIGHWAY: 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

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Bunka-Sai (Japanese Cultural Festival): Enjoy a weekend of delicious food, traditional Japanese art, performances, and children’s activities. Ken Miller Recreation Center | Torrance | Free
 
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
 
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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
 

SATURDAY

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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
 
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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
 

SUNDAY

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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
 
Coast Con: 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
 

ONGOING EVENTS

RAMEN SHOP [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Screens through 4/18 | Price varies | Get tickets
 
Takashi Murakami: GYATEI²: Gagosian | Beverly Hills | Ends 4/13 | 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
 
 

UPCOMING PICKS

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