Recommended reading: Last week, friend of the newsletter Eric Brightwell posted a fascinating and detailed history of Japanese Los Angeles from 1869 to present day. Check it out here!

Monday, June 3 – Sunday, June 9
 

WEDNESDAY

Kokedama: Japanese Moss Arrangements: Award-winning florist Takeshi Nakamura will teach this class on basic kokedama techniques of mixing soil and binding the roots. All participants will create a single arrangement and will receive a small ceramic plate to take home. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | $15 | Join Waitlist
 

SATURDAY and SUNDAY

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Makoto Taiko 20th Anniversary Concert: Powerhouse ensemble Makoto Taiko celebrates their 20th Anniversary concert at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. Enjoy artist meet-and-greet after the concert. Arcadia Performing Arts Center | Arcadia | $18 and up | Get tickets
 
Yurie Sekiya Art Show, Pop Up, Meet & Greet: Japanese artist Yurie Sekiya is visiting both JapanLA stores (Melrose and Little Tokyo) to meet her fans. In addition to an art show and merchandise, fans can purchase tickets for special meet and greet packages. JapanLA | Los Angeles | Free to $180 | Get tickets
 

SATURDAY

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Ronin-Expo 2019: The third annual Ronin Expo is an easy-going anime and asian culture convention with live performances, vendors, swap meet, maid cafes, and more. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center | Little Tokyo | $20 and up | 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. Sonoko Sakai | Highland Park | $125 | Get tickets
 
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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-: Celebrating the launch of KINGDOM HEARTS III at the end of January 2019, KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra concert series will be back on tour with a brand new program, KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World of Tres- Dolby Theatre | Hollywood | $199 and up on StubHub | Get tickets
 
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Arugakki and Mochi-Mochi: Arugakki returns to Grand Annex! Master drummer Kristofer Bergstrom with GVF’s Team Taiko and friends from Los Angeles Taiko Institute perform their newest works for Japanese drums, including their one-of-a-kind mochi-making extravaganza! The Warner Grand Annex | San Pedro | $20 and up | Get tickets
 

SUNDAY

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LA Koto Ensemble Concert: The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Yuki Yasuda and the LA Koto Ensemble perform at the Bridge USA Event Center with guest performers Marco Lienhard on Shakuhachi and Yuki Easter on Koto. Bridge USA | Torrance | $8 and up | Get tickets
 

ONGOING EVENTS

My Colour with U in Mind by Yoskay Yamamoto: Giant Robot 2 – GR2 Gallery | West LA | Free
 
Manga Hokusai Manga: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Miracle Mile | Free
 
Keshiki: The Landscape Within: Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | 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
 
 

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

 

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