2023 March: Japanese Cultural Event Listing

Los Angeles Area

Madame Fujima Kansuma, who taught Japanese classical dance to generations of dancers, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 22 at the age of 104. A celebration of life is being planned for April 16 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (The Rafu Shimpo)


Torrance Sister City Association
48th Annual Bunka-Sai: Japanese Cultural Festival
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd (at Madrona Ave)


Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America
Irei-sai (Monorail Ceremony) for the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Tohoku in 2011
Friday, March 10, 7:00PM (PST) Streaming live on YouTube


Shakuhachi and Koto Performance
Saturday, March 11, 7:00PM at Zenshuji Temple, 123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cerritos Center for Performing Arts
YAMATO: The Drummers of Japan  / Hinotori – The Wings of Phoenix
Friday, March 3, 8PM

Soraya Center at California State University Northrige
YAMATO: The Drummers of Japan  / Hinotori – The Wings of Phoenix
Saturday, March 4, 3PM



Orange County Japanese American Association
2023 Officers Installation and Community Service Award Banquet
Sunday, March 5, 12:00pm
Double Tree Suite by Hilton Resort


Japan Foundation Los Angeles
Beautiful Handcrafts of Tohoku Japan
March 10 – May 06, 2023


Tulips in Harmony Annual Memorial After 3.11 Charity Concert Series Vol.12  Send Your Love Vol.2
Sunday, April 30, 3:00PM at Salvation Army, 4223 Emerald Street, Torrance, CA 90503

US Sumo Open –  23rd Annual
Saturday, May 20 at Water Pyramid, California State University Long Beach


Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation (Aurora Foundation)
The 19th Annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest
Sunday, June 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m. (PDT) online



Japan House Los Angeles
Designing with Disaster: Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities
January 27 – April 2, 2023

University of Southern California (USC) Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture Programs

Wed. Jan. 18 | 12-1:30 PM PST |DML 110C
New Approaches to the Study of Premodern Japan Project
Reaching the Poor and Preaching Poverty: A View of Ninth-Century Japanese Buddhism from Below
Bryan D. LowePrinceton University

Fri. Jan. 27 | 4-5:30 PM PST | SOS 250
Morale on the Home Front from Europe to Japan: Its Transnational Construction and Destruction, 1914-1945
Sheldon GaronPrinceton University


Sat. Feb. 11 | 2-3:30 PM PST | JANM (100 N Central Ave)
Voices of Japanese American Incarceration

–  Readings from When Can We Go Back to America? 
–  Art from the exhibit “Resilience – A Sansei Sense of Legacy”
–  A performance of “Citizen 133660: Vignettes” for string and clarinet quintet composed by Chad Cannon
–  Poetry reading by artist tracy kato-kiriyama


Wed. Feb. 15 | 12-1:30 PM | DML 110C
Japanese Food Culture and Culinary Traditions Speaker Series
Story of Sushi: How a Fermented Dish Became a Global Fast Food Eric RathUniversity of Kansas


Wed. Mar. 29 | 12-1:30 PM  | DML 110C
Environmental Humanities Speaker Series
Local, National, Regional, or Planetary?: Analyzing Island Chains as Biotropes and the Poetics of Ishimure Michiko 
Christine Marran, University of Minnesota


Apr. 28 | 3-5 PM | Location TBD
Film Screening of Before They Take Us Away: Untold Stories of Japanese American Self-Evacuees of World War II
Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Producer
Patrick Glenn, Producer
Antonia Grace Glenn, Writer, Producer, and DirectorCo-sponsored by the USC East Asian Studies Center, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the USC Department of History, and USC Libraries