2016 / Japan Foudnation Los Angeles, programs in August & September

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides library services, Japanese language courses, lecture series, workshops, and Japanese film screening regularly.

The JFLA library has approximately 10,000 volumes of Japan-related print and audio-visual materials in its collection, including books on Japanese language, art, culture, literature, manga, history, Japanese magazines, and newspaper.

The Japan Foundation is funded by an endowment from the Japanese government, annual government subsidies, as well as private sector donations.



JF Nihongo Fall 2016

Sept. 10 – Nov. 15 (9 weeks)

Registration deadline: Sept. 2. Early bird 10% discount by Aug. 26.

The courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills. Each course focuses on specific themes and learning goals, such as inviting friends or writing an e-mail. Each course is offered once a week for 9 weeks.


Workshop: Making Sushi in Japanese

Thursday, August 25, 7 pm – 9 pm

Participants will learn sushi-making from Chef Andy Matsuda of Sushi Chef Institute, and useful vocabulary and expressions from language instructors of the Japan Foundation.

Fee is $35 per person. 18 years and older. Menu will include: chirashi, hand-roll, and nigiri sushi.


JFLA Lecture Series 34

Thursday, August 11, 7 pm

Feel the Beat! Taiko Across the Pacific

Speaker: Isaku Kageyama

Admission free. Reservation required.

Kageyama was a principal drummer of premiere ensemble Amanojaku in Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts from Longy School of Music of Bard College in New York.

JFLA Lecture Series 35

Wednesday, September 7, 7:30 pm

The Way of Japanese Bath

by Mark Edward Harris

coinciding with the opening of the photo exhibition “The Way of Japanese Bath”

Photo Exhibition

The Way of Japanese Bath

September 7 – October 8


JAPANEMA, free Japanese cinema screening on 2nd and 4th Wednesday

Wednesday, August 10, 7 pm

The Cross

Wednesday, August 24, 7 pm

Tsukiji Wonderland (Los Angeles Premiere)


Special Screening

Sunday, September 25 at 2 pm

The Boy and the Beast

James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance


Street Style Kendama Master Akira Tajima Demonstrate & Clinic

Thursday, August 25 in San Diego

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28 in Los Angeles areas

Sunday, August 28 at iam8bit gallery, 2147 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026


Unless venues are not mentioned, programs are held at the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 761-7510. www.jflalc.org