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Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s seventeenth annual Autumn Festival. Autumn Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating.Find out more
“Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery” reinterprets the connecting elements of historic Japanese timber-frame construction as a compelling expression of contemporary art. This new exhibit brings the work of architect, historian and preservationist Yoshihiro Takishita to Pasadena to showcase the intricate craft of the ancient joiner’s art.Find out more
A timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The English-dubbed cast includes the vocal talents of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, and more!Find out more
USC Kazan Taiko will showcase the Japanese art of traditional Taiko drumming by performing on magnificent drums and auxiliary instruments. In addition to presenting their repertoire, they aim to educate about the art’s rich, diverse history in Japan and its transformation as a key cultural heritage among Japanese Americans. This program will also feature a section for the audience to play on the taiko and have a mini-showcase.Find out more
Three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives. As the details of their deceased father’s final arrangements emerge, the sisters must work together to keep their dreams alive.
CONTENT WARNING. A new documentary exploring cannibalism through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and his mysterious relationship with his brother, Jun Sagawa. Arrested in Paris for murder on June 13, 1981 and declared insane, Mr. Sagawa returned to Japan where he has been a free man ever since. Ostracized from society, he has made his living off his crime by writing novels, drawing manga, appearing in innumerable documentaries and sexploitation films in which he reenacts his crime, and even becoming a food critic.Find out more
On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.Find out more