Monday, October 14 – Sunday, October 20
 

MONDAY

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Concert: Kishi Bashi with Takenobu: Kishi Bashi's latest album explores the emotional lives of the innocent Japanese-Americans who were unjustly incarcerated, Kishi Bashi hopes to nurture a sense of empathy, or omoiyari. In concert with cellist Takénobu. The Regent Theater | Downtown | $28.97 | Get tickets
 

THURSDAY

Japanese American National Museum Free Day: Museum dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Free general admission every third Thursday of the month. Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | Free
 
Popkiller Anniversary Party: Celebrate the 16th anniversary of Popkiller with DJ's spinning 70s-80s Japanese Citypop while enjoying treats from Pocky Los Angeles, Prime Pizza, Dōnatsu, Asahi Beer USA, and more. Popkiller | Little Tokyo | Free | Get tickets
 
DMBQ: Japan’s DMBQ (aka Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet) are one of a kind, and have been making wigged-out, heavy psychedelic rock for nearly 30 years. Zebulon | $18.45 | Get tickets
 
THE CRIMSON KIMONO: The Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival is pleased to present a screening of the 1959 black and white film, The Crimson Kimono, starring James Shigeta. Part of Haunted Little Tokyo! Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | Free | Get tickets
 

FRIDAY – SUNDAY

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OC Japan Fair: Celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festival in Southern California. Enjoy the experience of shopping, tasting, and learning about Japanese culture. Live performance by Misono, Ai Haruna, Yuna Ito, Eden Kai, and more. OC Fair & Event Center | Costa Mesa | $8, 6 and younger & 65+ are free | Get tickets
 

FRIDAY

AMIKO [Subtitled]: Yoko Yamanaka's debut film was completed at the end of her teen years, assembling the cast and staff through social media. Free screening. Santa Monica College | Santa Monica | Free
 
Ace 20 Year Celebration with Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles celebrates 20 years of music, art and collaboration with performances from musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and more. The Theatre at Ace Hotel | DTLA | $20 and up | Get tickets
 

SATURDAY

Gardena Aki Matsuri: Gardena's Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival) brings food, beer, entertainment, children's activities, and a car show to 186th Street between Denker and Harvard and Denker Ave. 186th Street Elementary School | Gardena | Free
 
Little Tokyo Manga Society: A group dedicated to promoting, reading and appreciating the Japanese comic art form known as manga. They meet once a month to socialize, discuss and simply just read some amazing manga. Little Tokyo Branch Library | Little Tokyo | Free
 
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CENCOROLL CONNECT [Subtitled]: Based on the 2009 short film, CENCOROLL CONNECT is a fast-paced, wild ride of adventure featuring the coolest creatures who feel as if they’ll bust out of the screen at any moment. Part of the Animation is Film Festival. TCL Chinese Theater | Hollywood | $14 | Get tickets
 

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Sakai Meeting: One of the biggest Punk Rock festivals held in southern Osaka, Sakai City since 2013 comes to the U.S. for the first time. Live House Hollywood | Hollywood | $38.77 | Get tickets
 
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CHILDREN OF THE SEA [Subtitled]: The latest feature from the studio behind MFKZ and MIND GAME. The film is adapted from the manga of the same name by author Daisuke Igarashi, which won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival. Part of the Animation is Film Festival. TCL Chinese Theater | Hollywood | $14 | Get tickets
 
Haunted Little Tokyo Guided Walking Tour: Join the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) on a journey through Little Tokyo’s haunted past with a special guided walking tour of historical buildings, ghostly tales and paranormal experiences in this over 100-year-old historic and cultural neighborhood. Part of Haunted Little Tokyo! Japanese American National Museum | Little Tokyo | $17.55 | Get tickets
 
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RIDE YOUR WAVE [Subtitled]: From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl; Lu Over the Wall) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. Part of the Animation is Film Festival. TCL Chinese Theater | Hollywood | $14 | Get tickets
 

SUNDAY

The Origins of Anime, Manga, and Cosplay: Modern Japanese Art, Action, and Play: Learn about anime, manga, and cosplay while enjoying food trucks and Japanese music from DJ Yui Sensational. The Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden | Glendale | Free | Get tickets
 
Tune in Tokyo: Plastic City 5: Plastic City is a celebration of City Pop and Showa Era Japanese music held bi-monthy in Los Angeles. The LASH | Downtown | $5
 

ONGOING EVENTS

FIRST LOVE [Subtitled]: Select Laemmle Movie Theaters | 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

November 9-10: Pacific Media Expo: Hilton Glendale | Glendale | $54.67 and up 50% off with promo code PMX19SOY | Get tickets

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