Monday, September 30 – Sunday, October 6

MONDAY

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY [Subtitled]: In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live out of sight of humans. But when brave and tiny Arrietty is out gathering supplies, she is discovered by a human boy, and they begin to form a friendship that blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY

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RASCAL DOES NOT DREAM OF A DREAMING GIRL [Subtitled]: In Fujisawa, where the skies are bright and the seas glisten, Sakuta Azusagawa is in his ssecond year of high school. Blissful days with his girlfriend and upperclassman, Mai Sakurajima, are interrupted by the appearance of his first crush, Shoko Makinohara. Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets

THURSDAY

Trotting to Paradise: The Animal in the Art of Japan: This lecture will explore the broad application of animal themes to express ideas ranging from sacred power, geomantic direction, virtue or vice, seasons and poetry, then empirical observation and contemporary expression. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free | Get tickets
Umi No Sachi: The Bounty of the Ocean: A Japanese-inspired dinner featuring local, diverse, seasonal and sustainable seafood with chefs from the restaurants Azay, Mama Musubi, Ise-Shima, and more. Los Angeles River Center and Gardens | Cypress Park | $250 and up | Get tickets

FRIDAY

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HAUSU [Subtitled]: Haunted Little Tokyo is pleased to present a screening of the 1977 cult Japanese Horror classic, HAUSU, by Nobuhiko Obayashi. A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt’s country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. Union Center for the Arts | Little Tokyo | Free | Get tickets

SATURDAY

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Making Sweet Miso and Miso Dama: The workshop will introduce rice koji and organic soybeans, an essential living culture for the Japanese kitchen. As a patron, you’ll take home your own sweet miso, kame (a fermentation pot) from Tokoname made for this workshop, and miso soup balls. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC | Little Tokyo | $100 | Get tickets
Super Dimension Convention: What began as “MacrossWorld Con” in 2001 as small fan meet-up has blossomed into an annual event. This full-day celebration of anime, idols, mecha, and cosplay returns in 2019 in its second year under the banner of SUPER DIMENSION CONVENTION. Torrance Cultural Arts Center | Torrance | $25 and up | Get tickets
Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai Calligraphy Exhibition: Showcasing the work of the masters and up-and-coming artists from this Japanese Calligraphic Art group, Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai. George J Doizaki Gallery | Los Angeles | Free

SUNDAY

Kokoro Craft Boutique: Over 50 vendors will be on hand with unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, cultural t-shirts, handbags, ceramics, origami, and more. Performances by Yuujou Daiko and harpist Audrey Kato. Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | Free
Okinawa Bazaar: The only Okinawa-focused festival in Southern California featuring food, games, taiko, dance, and more. Okinawa Association of America – OAA | Gardena | Free
Shiba Block Pawty: Six immersive and interactive photo set-ups for you and your pups to take photos! Meet other shibas, owners, and shiba-enthusiasts. DAF Studios | Echo Park | $15 and up | Get tickets
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FandangObon Festival: The 7th annual FandangObon Festival bridging the participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango of Veracruz, Mexico; Japanese Buddhist Obon circle dances; and West African dance and drums of Nigeria and New Guinea. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC | Little Tokyo | Free
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Japanese Food Lab: Tohoku Izakaya Night: Experience the culinary culture of Tohoku, home to the traditions featured in the BAKERU: Transforming Spirits exhibit, in a relaxed atmosphere like that of a Japanese style pub known as an “Izakaya”. Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | $70.59 | Get tickets
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Sankai Juku | Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land: Ushio Amagatsu’s contemporary Butoh creations are sublime visual spectacles and deeply moving theatrical experiences. Royce Hall | Westwood | $39 and up | Get tickets

ONGOING EVENTS

FIRST LOVE [Subtitled]: Select Movie Theaters | Around Los Angeles | Varies | Get tickets
Hello Kitty Friends Around The World Tour: L.A. Village Plaza | Downtown | $27 and up | Get tickets
Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art: LACMA | Los Angeles | Free – $25
BAKERU | Transforming Spirits: Japan House Los Angeles | Hollywood | Free
At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America: Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | $16

UPCOMING PICKS

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