Monday, July 8 – Sunday, July 14
 

TUESDAY

Marugame Udon Grand Opening: The largest Udon restaurant in the world, MARUGAME UDON, is making it’s way into the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Celebrate with discounts, games, and taiko. The Bloc | Downtown
 

THURSDAY

Japan America Society of Southern California 110th Anniversary Dinner & Gala - featured image
Japan America Society of Southern California 110th Anniversary Dinner & Gala: Join the Japan America Society of Southern California in honoring SHOHEI OHTANI (Los Angeles Angels) and MARIE KONDO (Author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”) at the organization’s 110th anniversary dinner and gala. Angel Stadium | Anaheim | $325 and up | Get tickets
 
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What Is a Concentration Camp with George Takei: Actor and activist George Takei, a camp survivor himself, will join JANM Chief Curator Karen Ishizuka in a discussion of the use of the term “concentration camp” throughout history, how and why JANM came to use the term, and its use today with regard to refugees and migrants. Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | Free | Get tickets
 
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SOUND! EUPHONIUM: THE MOVIE [Subtitled]: From Kyoto Animation, the studio that brought you A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird, and Violet Evergarden comes the long-awaited sequel in the Sound! Euphonium franchise, Sound! Euphonium: The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets
 

SATURDAY and SUNDAY

Bridge USA Japanese Summer Festival: This festival features over sixty booths filled with food, kimonos, and souvenirs, and that’s just scratching the surface at this annual summer celebration featuring martial arts demonstrations, professional dancers, amazing live music, and a traditional Mikoshi parade. Torrance Cultural Arts Center | Torrance | $6
 
Zenshuji Obon Festival: This family-friendly Obon Festival features Bon Odori (folk dancing), live music and taiko, flowers, carnival games, cultural exhibits, and drinks/delicious food. Admission is free and open to the public. Cash only for the food.
Zenshuji Soto Mission | Los Angeles | Free
 
Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival: One of the largest in the L.A. area. Great selection of Japanese food and drinks, Buddhism 101 Q&As, tea ceremony demonstrations, bingo, taiko, live stage performances, and much more. Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple | Little Tokyo | Free
 

SATURDAY

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THE BAD SLEEP WELL [Subtitled]: Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Hamlet is a gripping parable/revenge story. Part of The Secret Movie Club’s 12 Months of Kurosawa series. Vista Theatre | Los Feliz | $11 and up | Get tickets
 
Oxnard Obon Festival: Bon Odori dancing, a performance by West LA Taiko, cosplay, bonsai, karate demonstrations, and much more! Oxnard Buddhist Temple | Oxnard | Free
 
Long Beach Buddhist Church Obon: Come out and support Long Beach Buddhist Church’s third annual Obon Festival! Dancing, taiko, Chirashi and other Japanese food, plus a raffle. Long Beach Buddhist Church | Long Beach | Free
 
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Montebello: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck comes to The Shops at Montebello on Saturday 7/13. Say hello near the Main Mall Entrance between Macy’s & JC Penney between 10am-8pm and pick up some supercute treats & merch, while supplies last. The Shops at Montebello | Montebello | Free
 

SUNDAY

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GODZILLA VS HEDORAH [Subtitled]: Godzilla takes on Hedorah, a micro alien life form, that gains strength from Earth’s pollution and grows to become a kind of trash monster that literally slimes and smogs its prey with a kind of acid. Part of Secret Movie Club’s KAIJU SUMMER series. Vista Theatre | Los Feliz | $11 and up | Get tickets
 

ONGOING EVENTS

VIOLENCE VOYAGER [Dubbed]: Laemmle Music Hall | Beverly Hills | Varies | Get tickets
 
Hello Kitty’s 45th Anniversary Group Art Show: Corey Helford Gallery | Downtown | Free
 
Aggretsuko Meet and Rage: Sanrio Japanese Village | Little Tokyo & Hollywood | Free
 
Manga Hokusai Manga: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles | Miracle Mile | Free
 
Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints: USC Pacific Asia Museum | Pasadena | $10
 
 

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